ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.
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3.35/5 rDev -7.7%
Pours two fingers of head on an almost clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma has some apricot, banana and orange. A nice departure from the normal IPA but too faint.
The taste is malt forward, but maintains a mild to moderate bitterness from the middle to end. The finish is a longer bitter.
The texture is softer with moderate carbonation.
Excellent balance and tastes great.
06-09-2014 23:46:28 | More by Fatehunter
3.74/5 rDev +3%
Appearance 3.5: Pours out a lovely dark brown. Slightly cloudy/opaque. Nice, 1/2" head faded to swirls of foam on top. Excellent lacing.
Smell 3.75: Nice bouquet with a very distinct smell of grains here. Very similar to the other brews I have sampled from North Coast. Nonetheless, there is a very appealing and warming bouquet on this beer that somehow transcends the usual malt and hops.
Taste 3.75: Front is slightly sweet and grainy. Middle is somewhat watery, but redeems itself with a very nice blend of biscuit malt and noble hops. Finish is where a big hit of mid-level palate hops come in and tap-dance all over the palate. Very nice. Aftertaste is interesting: more Belgian than California-biscuit malt, Special B, light hops, rich malt. Finish is big and spicy, almost rye-esque. Lasts for a short time and fades away with hints of barley.
Mouthfeel 3.75: Smooth, silky and balanced. Actually, a bit too smooth for the style.
Overall 3.75: Very good IPA. I do not understand the "California" appellation -especially since there is a distinct nod to Belgium. This beer stands out in a sea of IPAs, but it -in itself-- is not outstanding. Figure that out. Still, I would recommend this brew to fans of IPAs just to try the entry from the brewery most famous for one if the world's greatest Imperial Stouts.
06-08-2014 06:27:43 | More by BeerDocT
3.79/5 rDev +4.4%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange color with a one-finger head
S: A touch light but a nice blend of wheat, citrus and herbs
T: Also light but also balanced with flavors that match the nose
M: Medium-bodied, fresh
O: A nice balance of flavors, they just need to be a bit more bold for this to be outstanding
05-26-2014 21:21:21 | More by ONUMello
3.49/5 rDev -3.9%
A clear golden-orange color, nice head. The flavor of this beer is really nice. The aftertatste is a slighty bready, malty taste. A nice IPA that lacks a little of the oomph that should be there. overall very nice and well done, just seemed to be lacking a little more of the nice aroma and taste that I expected
05-22-2014 21:28:35 | More by hophugger
3.36/5 rDev -7.4%
Pours a clear copper orange color with a solid one finger cream head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving no lacing.
Aroma is heavily dominated by bready caramel malt, which is accented by a hint of citrus hop, finishing slightly floral.
Flavor reveals a bit more underlying citrus hop, resting on a bready malt backbone, finishing with a bit of herbal tea-like hop and a touch of pepper.
Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth.
Overall, not nearly enough hop flavor for the style. It's a fairly underwhelming selection.
05-08-2014 22:33:29 | More by barczar
ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,069 ratings.