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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,069 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,069
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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3.03/5  rDev -16.5%

Pours hazy yellow color with decent 2 finger head. aroma has a sour apple sent to it. and maybe a little biscuity flavor also. taste is about the same a little bit of malt sweetness up front, but quickly turns to that sour apple that I was getting in the nose, ends with a citrusy hop bitterness, not a whole lot though. Really good smooth, medium mouthfeel in this one, probably its best feature.

Overall, not really what im looking for in an IPA, I dont really like sour apple notes in it, or any beers for that matter.

03-24-2009 01:24:15 | More by webbcreative
Photo of hoppyhobby


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

A - Pours to a small off white head with a copper/amber color in the body. Some cloudiness with no visible particulate matter.

S - Slight hoppy floral smell.

T- Slight bitterness and a moderate lasting taste. Not at all overpowering. Not an extreme beer but is a pleasant ale.

M - Good, clean effervescence.

D - A pleasant IPA that you may want to have more than one of as the taste is not indicative of the ABV.

03-19-2009 00:41:32 | More by hoppyhobby
Photo of nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev 0%

Slightly stubby 12oz bottle with no freshness date poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal-clear copper with a moderate white head that leaves a bit of lacing and retains well.

Nose has some light bready scents, with a floral to spicy kick from the hops.

Pale malt flavours are first discerned, but subside into the background as the hops take over, starting a bit floral and grassy, moving to a spicier finish. Clean and semi-dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light, with a smoothness near the middle before a carbonated fizz that accents the spicy finish.

Drinkable, quaffable even, and refreshing. Worth picking up a sixxer, and I'll try it again.

My first genuine West-Coast IPA.

03-16-2009 22:33:07 | More by nighthawk
Photo of theghost3


3.2/5  rDev -11.8%

This IPA pours an amber with a white, golden-tinted, 2-finger head. Moderate lacing.

The smell is mainly floral hops & yeast. The taste is rather odd--empty. It has some weak floral hops, kind of soapy & medicinal, with a just a hint of roasted malts. There's a bitterness with the first sip that remains with the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is acidic, rather carbonated.

This is fairly drinkable, but with its lack of taste besides the overall medicinal bitterness, there are just too many other IPAs out there to choose from to go with this.

03-12-2009 03:34:08 | More by theghost3
Photo of mempath


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

good appearance...a very intricate lacing clings like gossamer...beautiful. poured an almost hazy yellow-orange...head settles into a decent 1/8 inch layer

smell is good, but for a CA IPA...? where's the hops? smells just like a Yuengling Lager (a favorite summer quaff, but not what i expected). all malt. not one hint of hops.

ok, there's those hops. saving the party for the taste only. that's fine. good on all counts. funny, though, the malts i smelled are not here to be tasted. swithcheroo? again, that's fine. but is that balance? overall, very pleasant taste. if you had a few mediocre beers, you'd be blown away. if you had a Sierra Nevada Pale, you'd be dissapointed. it's all about timing. etc. i do admit, there is a bitter lingering i really admire.

good. some carbonation, very dry. big inhale i get a layer of bittersweet that's intriguing. nothing watery. there is a thick, richness that does more hinting than talking the talk.

very quaffable, worthy of a pause to discern what's going on...i feel i could come back to this and find it possibly the same and maybe better.

03-08-2009 18:45:04 | More by mempath
Photo of cpn920

New York

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured a golden copper with a frothy off white head. Smelled citrusy and an aroma that I'm not sure of but it is something that I seem to catch on all of their brews. Taste is subdued with some bitter hops and a balanced malt finish. It is a little thin with adequate carbonation. Drinkability is a little better than average for me. There are too many other IPA's that I would go to before I selected this one. Worth a try however.

03-04-2009 14:46:30 | More by cpn920
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

saw these at the store and bought a single to test it out.

Pours a nice golden slight orange color, clear with a nice white head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is, in a word, WEAK! Not much in here but a bit of floral sweetness. Hop aromas are thin and soapy, the malt profile smells like it might be ok, some rock candyish sweetness.

Wow. This is like a pale ale at best. Extremely floral hop profile. Flowery and gummi fruitish sweetness. Bitterness is the weakest of weak suaces. Malt profile is ok, a little candy sweetness and not too caramely. The finish goes down very easy and is fairly dry, but this one lacks in overall flavor. There is actually more bitterness on the aftertaste than anywhere else, but even then it is weak. Odd how the bitterness doesn't show until after the finish, and sort of grows to mild by the end of the aftertaste. Still weak though.

Mouthfeel is alright, right around where it should be. Carbonation is a tiny touch too high, viscosity is ok, dryness is appropriate.

Drinkability is ok, but nothing amazing. I could drink a few of these, but I would tire of the flavor quickly. abv says 6.5% on this bottle, and it drinks like...6.5%. hahaha.

Overall this is a mediocre IPA at best, and does not deserve to proudly display "california IPA" on the label, as this will misrepresent the greatest IPA state in the world. This is an ok beer, but nothing impressive and your average West Coast or "california" IPA will be much better. North coast, don't know what your trying to go for here, but...well...yeah...

02-19-2009 03:53:25 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.18/5  rDev +15.2%

Pours a yellowish-orange color. A thin wisp of head to it but some nic lacing down the glass. Smell is nice and hoppy.. good start. Taste is bitter.. and very citrus like. This is probably the most citrus tasting IPA I've ever had and I must say, it's a good change up to the usual IPA. Drinkability is great as this is one of the highest ABV's I've encountered in an IPA.. it's stepping into DIPA boundaries with its 7.2% alcohol. Goes down almost too easy.. great beer, would try again.

02-18-2009 22:32:17 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of stockingcpl


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance: This brew pours a murky medium honey color. Head is slight with minimal lacings. Spiderwebbing was plentiful on the surface. Interesting but not excellent.

Smell: The aroma is slightly matly with aromatic hops and a tart citrus presence. The overall aroma is rather light, expecially for an IPA. Aroma curve is sharp during onset with a rather quick taper to sustain.

Taste: The flavor curve and character of this selection is quite interesting. Initially there is a burst of hops that are accentuated by the carbonation. Citrus and a woodsy presence with an interesting malt finish. Great overall taste.

Mouthfeel: The brew has a nice carbonation snap upon initial sip. This highlights the flavor character. The totality of the flavor rolls off the tongue quite well. The palate is left perfectly clean after sustain. Excellent overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This brew is not heavy in character and leaves the drinker wishing that there was another on ice. Great.


02-07-2009 18:02:01 | More by stockingcpl
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Appearance: Yellow-copper body with slight cloudiness, and due to a rather rough pour a mountain of foamy white head that went down relatively quick with a strong lacing.

Smell: Remarkably light smell. Pleasant light piney hops, maybe a citrus note, and some malt notes, but for a California IPA, remarkably not grassy. Unfortunately the smell is too weak to really discern the individual ingredients.

Taste: Initial piney hop taste not immediately evident in the smell. A little bit of light sweetness malt adds some nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: Enjoyable, a good IPA.

02-07-2009 02:59:52 | More by BWMKappaSig
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3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

Received this at a recent beer exchange - glad I did. Pours a decent light amber color into my standard Troeg's pint glass. A fairly aggressive pour produced a very modest head and left minimal lacing. No freshness date that I could locate on the label.

Smell is pine and a whiff of malt sweetness - the smell is a bit subdued but about what you would expect from an IPA, only a little less.

Taste is also a little subdued, pine up front but not overwhelming. The hops are there but certainly haven't been overdone.

Mouthfeel is , as has been noted in other reviews, a little bit thin. Not quite watery, but approaches that.

Drinkability at 6.5% ABV is fine - I could have a couple of these with no problem.

I liked this beer, it's not quite Sierra Nevada Pale for me, but it's close. As I was reviewing this, the old Road Runner cartoon kept playing in my mind with Acme Explosives - it's nothing like that.

02-04-2009 03:34:32 | More by OldYoda
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured a dark gold color, with about one cm of pillowy white head which diminishes with the first sip. I notice pine as the dominant smell from my pint glass. The hoppy pine carries into the taste along with a little lemon and a delicious malt to balance it all out. Kind of watery mouthfeel, with only a little carbonation.

01-26-2009 22:55:05 | More by ericlawton007
Photo of glid02


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Picked this up at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a clear gold color with a rocky two-finger head. The head recedes slowly into a patchy layer on top leaving sticky lacing on the edge of the glass.

Smells of citrus and pine hops up front, but the pine aroma soon fades and the citrus aroma attenuates, leaving light grapefruit, pale malt, and bitter aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, if a bit less intense. Husky pale malt flavors are joined by mild hints of grapefruit before ending with a solid amount of bitterness. It's not very complex or flavorful, but I'm a fan of it's simplicity.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, with less than stellar carbonation, though I did get a bit overzealous with the pour.

Drinkability is good. As I said before, it's not spectacular, but it's a simple beer that's well done. The alcohol is not noticeable and I could have a few of these.

Overall this is a solid contribution to the world of IPA's from North Coast, although it's lacking a few things to make it really good. Still, it's worth a shot.

01-19-2009 23:00:17 | More by glid02
Photo of BWH3


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Cloudy copper with fluff of yeast cake. The head is almost white and sticks to the glass to leave a nice lacing.

S/T: The aroma is a bit superior to the taste. Citrus zest and a underlying musk. The hops aroma does not reach the depth or the heights of the big names in Cali IPA. The malt backing is fine but not very rich or caramel tinged. bitterness ends firmly without excess.

M: Light medium bodied ale with a slightly creamy head. Relatively still.

D: Above average american IPA although not for California. I thought this beer was a big improvement over the APA by ACME.

01-18-2009 21:16:09 | More by BWH3
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3.63/5  rDev 0%

poured into a tulip with two finger head medium copper with a slight reddish hue.

smell is a nice blend of simcoe and possibly centennial hops a malt presence in the back.

taste is thick hops, bittering hops. but still quite balanced. citrus and pine nuances not overly complex but good.

mouth is slightly overcarbonated oily and thick. Drinks easy and is quite sessionable at only 6.5% ABV. Good beer all together.

01-17-2009 19:31:05 | More by naterock
Photo of confer


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

The appearance is a dark gold and slightly hazy. A very nice off white, finger and a half head lasts for a good amount of time and leaves behind some lacing.
There is a faint peppery aroma.
This is a very smooth feeling and tasting beer. There is a fruit taste at the beginning which end with a medium hoppy taste.
Overall a very good beer.

01-17-2009 01:37:44 | More by confer
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

A - Light, cloudy, golden color. Looks more like a witbier than an IPA, but still very nice. Not as much head as I expected, but retained nicely and left lacing.

S - Lots of fruity hops smell. Maybe some coriander in there?

T - Similar to what I expected from the look and smell. Almost like a witbier, but with the hop level of an IPA. Lots of fruit taste and a nice hop bite. Good flavor.

M - Great mouthfeel. Full but not heavy.

D - Decent drinkability. Not something I want a whole lot of, but one or two of these are pretty good.

Good beer. Not what I expected from an IPA. Not a strong malt taste to it, more fruit flavors.

01-15-2009 21:51:15 | More by cottonkoozie
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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

Not quite sure why they dubbed this Acme. North Coast IPA probably would have sufficed.

Anyhow, the appearance is about what you would expect. But, who cares? On to the good stuff.

Smell and taste: much more malty maltness manhandles my mouth muscle than most IPA's. Whoa, holy alliteration Batman.
Quite nicely balanced as a matter of fact. Very piney with a good hop bite to fend off the malt.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. What else would you expect from North Coast?

01-06-2009 23:11:17 | More by JAA
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2.63/5  rDev -27.5%

Maybe I missed something or got a bad batch, but this beer really did not do it for me. It pours a very light orange with a big white head. Aroma lacks the hops I would expect from an IPA. The taste is the same; missing the citrus hop bite, but leaving you with the pilsner-like taste. A good beer, but a bad IPA.

12-10-2008 22:35:04 | More by magictrokini
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

Serving type- Bottle poured into a pint glass. No activity present after pour.

A- Pours a nice murky yellow/orange. Small white lace present from start to finish.

S- No distinct smell present, but there are hints of hops, floral and alcohol.

T- Medium body that has a strong presence of hops throughout. Nice flaovr that blends nicely with the alcohol aftertaste. Nothing in there that overwhelms but you definately know that this is an IPA.

Overall a strong IPA this is my first offering from North Coast and I would certainly have this again. I am also eager to try other things they have at my local beer store.

12-05-2008 23:53:15 | More by cbros
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

A little limey. A good IPA; if I lived in California I would buy it regularly, but since it is just an average IPA, I feel like stuff out her on the east coast and in the midwest, my new homeland, can fill the bill. It has a nice color and has a good hoppy bite, just nothing extraordinary. I do like the label, but I'm not really sure how Acme works into the title. There is a grocery store out here in Philadelphia called Acme also, and I always thought that name was just assocaited with the road runner. Anyway, this beer is good, not great.

12-04-2008 03:12:37 | More by bheilman
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

ok, i've heard that this was far from great and therefore have been reluctant to try it, but, this was quite good nonetheless. pours a bright, clear golden orange with a nice creamy head and lacing that persists a bit more than most. requisite citrus, pine, and doughy malt in the aroma. taste is very much on the dry side, with just a hint of malt sweetness dominated by a smooth hop bitterness. nice frothy and effervescent moutheel. light to medium in body due to the lack of residual sugars. if you are looking for a light (in color), straightforward, crisp, clean, and dryish ipa then this will fit the bill quite nicely.

12-02-2008 07:30:25 | More by MrMcGibblets
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2.65/5  rDev -27%

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: amber color with a small head; head retention was good

Smell: smelled of hops and possibly a bit of pepper; different than expected, but still pleasant

Taste: Initially, it wasn't bad, but the bitter aftertaste was not pleasant; bitterness a bit too sharp

Drinkability: bad bitter aftertaste never went away, and I did not feel myself craving another one

I was disappointed as IPA's are generally my favorite style.

11-25-2008 07:36:02 | More by Jablonski
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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

This Acme IPA pours a thin amber orange hue. The foamy cap is quite impressive and stands tall for at least five minutes if not longer. The lacing is also quite nice,big thick sheets circle my snifter from top to bottom. The nose is mostly made up of a thin malt profile and mineral notes. A lack of anything close to hops is a little disappointing,lets hope it makes up for it with flavor. This is a really citrusy IPA,tastes of grapefruit and greenery. A good amount of malt helps balance,but of course the hops win in the end(as they should). Luscious and creamy,not bubbly and not an overly carbonated feel,very natural. A little taste bud tingling and crisp,bitter finish fits the style nearly perfectly. Acme California IPA is definitely good beer and worth a try.

11-24-2008 19:27:23 | More by orangemoustache
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3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

looks a pale amber-yellow with a fluffy, sticky head.

smells of yeast, hops, not much going on but seems clean.

flavor is heavily hop-dependent. very one-dimensional, with the hops hitting right away and never mellowing even throughout the aftertaste. feels wild to me.

dry, biting feel.

I don't know, I didn't love it. it is passable but there is not a lot of complexity to this one. the feel is very dry. also, I have had hop bomb beers and this can't even accomplish that, in spite of its one-dimensionality.

11-24-2008 01:57:54 | More by cnally
ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,069 ratings.