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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,077 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,077
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 38 | 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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Photo of Coorskid33
4/5  rDev +10.2%

A Pours almost golden with a nice thick head about 2 inches that stuck and lingered.

S~ The head releases floral and hoppy aroma that is really inviting.Not complicated, yet no to simple. Hard to put my finger on. I knew this was a homerun when I smelled and sat in awe of this beautiful apprearance it had.

T~ Great. This is what IPA is all about where I'm from. Hoppy, bitter then smooth. Complex fruity flavor that isn't too sweet. This brewer knows what the heck they're doing.

MF~ NIce carb level. Not thick but def not on the watery side. Espically for an IPA.

D~ I bought this as part of a mix a six and I will def considering buying a six pack of it. This is a must try in my opinion. Some might say average, but think when you drink the first one. This is a complex and delicious brew.

Coorskid33, May 02, 2009
Photo of grayburn
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

She pours a cloudy orange with a nice soapy head of creamy bubbles. The 2 finger hat slowly dissipates into some nice lacing and a big ring.
The smell is slightly grapefruity, but could be a bit stronger, it is hard to get much from it.
The taste, however, is a different story. This is a nice true to style hop forward ipa. Typical american c hops are evident, but done well.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin, the carbonation is good, if not high...overall a nice beer. I could drink quite a few of these.

grayburn, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of canucklehead
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

This is not a hop monster; once you get past that you can enjoy the fresh citrus notes of the beer and the balanced hop/malt profile. The beer is bright coloured and smells of hops and lemons. A drinking IPA that never pretends to be a bruiser. I have a six pack and will enjoy this as the weather warms up

canucklehead, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

On tap at The Drafting Room, Exton.

A-A clear apricot/golden color with a thin white head. A little lacing.

S-Sweet malt in the front, citric hops in the background.

T-Malty sweet in the front followed by crisp grapefruit hops in the finish.

M-Crisp, medium bodied with light lingering hop bitterness.

D-Very drinkable. Good balance and tasty.


sholland119, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

I wanna know what hops is, I want you to show me.

Been craving a wicked hoppy beer lately, this didn't do it, but came close. As soon as you open it you can smell the hops and malts intermingle like the water dragon on the ASIA cover album, by asia.

Looks a little thin and transparent, Like MJ's silver bedazzled glove.

Tastes hoppy and malty, like the perfectly sculptured face the girl was working on in the video Hello, you know the one Gilly.

Good aftertaste, solid IPA, like the solid gold dancers, filling all our lives with music.

Murchmac, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Kraken
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Reviewed 04/02/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Firm pour yields an impressive inch of snow white head. Head has good staying power, and a spotty lace. Color is a nice clear yellow amber.

Nose- Lots of yeasty ques, with mild lemon citrus hop profile.

Palate- Smooth, somewhat sweet, with an almost pilsner quality to it. Moderately bitter quality to it. Bitterness creeps in slowly and builds. Pine and floral lemon rind really come through. Very nice

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean, very active

Drinkability- Very good.

Kraken, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of robbyc1
4/5  rDev +10.2%

At 55 IBU this is more bitter than most IPA's, but I loved the malt backing it up, I felt it was a bit more roasty, bready, darker than most of this style. And a beautiful bright white head. A silky mouthfeel, and very easy to drink. A sold California IPA.

robbyc1, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of CityBoy1986
3.45/5  rDev -5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. The bottle lists ABV at 6.5%.

The pour is golden with two fingers' white head. Retention is decent, as is lacing.

The nose has some sweetness, a bit of citrus, some bready notes and a light floral aroma. The taste is more of the same: a sweet flavour at first, then the fruit, bread and flowers come at the same time. A mild bitterness is present toward the finish.

The mouthfeel is good with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability is decent; I could have a few.

There seemed to be something missing, like it didn't pack enough of a punch. I wouldn't refuse it if offered, but I won't be buying it again.

CityBoy1986, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of midnite2sixman
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Nice crisp orange pumpkin color. Thick lacing all the way around the inside edge of the glass. Globby!

Delicate hop aroma, some biscuity malts, caramel sweet on the nose.

Hop forward taste, dry hoppiness, biscuits, little bit of orange peel.

This one is fairly bitter, but a nice crispness to it as well. Big aftertaste, and very dry on the tongue.

North Coast is one of those breweries that I feel I really need to delve into to get their beers. I have only had individual bottles so far but been intrigued by each one.

midnite2sixman, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
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.

webbcreative, Mar 24, 2009
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.

hoppyhobby, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of nighthawk
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.

nighthawk, Mar 16, 2009
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.

theghost3, Mar 12, 2009
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.

mempath, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of cpn920
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.

cpn920, Mar 04, 2009
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...

AKBelgianBeast, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
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.

oriolesfan4, Feb 18, 2009
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.


stockingcpl, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of BWMKappaSig
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.

BWMKappaSig, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of OldYoda
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.

OldYoda, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of ericlawton007
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.

ericlawton007, Jan 26, 2009
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.

glid02, Jan 19, 2009
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.

BWH3, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of naterock
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.

naterock, Jan 17, 2009
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.

confer, Jan 17, 2009
ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,077 ratings.