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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,079 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,079
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 allergictomacros
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

A - Clear gold-copper with a solid, creamy head and patchy lace.

S - Slightly metallic with a light citric hop, light maltiness and tropical fruit.

T - Hops take a second to kick in, but come through with a big grapefruit. Fairly sweet with a hint of soy sauce and assertive bitterness.

M - Slick, oily body and a light carbonation.

D - Worth trying, but seems to lack that juicy hop kick that I like.

allergictomacros, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

ACME pours a golden-rust color with a (too) dense, slightly tan soda head requiring a second pour, even into a pint glass. Despite that, there isn't as much duration as I expected, but the rings of lace are impressive. Rich nose with fruity hops, apple, pineapple, and apricot. Nice taste, lots of hops, and a sweet first half with a fairly sour finish--lemon is distinct. The gritty tongue is most welcome, but the thin texture screams more malt. It's not embarrassingly thin, but noticeably so. Fine beverage, certainly high quality IPA, with a couple improvements that can make this in the upper crust of IPAs. North Coast has done it again with ACME, well done.

Gehrig, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.63/5  rDev 0%

A: Pours a clear but oily light copper orange color with a finger thick head that settles down to a ring quickly. The bubbles from the ring stick to the side of the glass as it is consumed.

S: A faint but present aroma of floral and citrus hops. That was all that I can pick up in the aroma.

T: It has a very clean taste when it initially touches the lips. The bitter hop taste is mostly in the aftertaste. Lemony and grapefruit hope flavors really come through strong in the after taste. There is a bit of a malt backbone there, but it definitely leans more toward hoppy than malty.

M: A medium thickness in the mouth. It is slightly oily from the hops, but it also leaves the mouth sticky. There is a good level of in mouth carbonation that adds some creaminess when rolled on the tongue.

D: The dry sticky aftertaste makes me go a bit slow on this one. With that said, it goes down relatively easy for the style.

GatorBeerNerd, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a hazy orange color and topped with a thick off-white head that produced tons of lacing on the glass. Mild fruity hop aroma with malt sneaking through as it warms. While this might not blow the average hophead away with flavor it is very smooth with malt and then a gradual grapefruit hop bite. It doesn't bite right away with hops, more of a long-lasting smooth hoppy flavor. This is solid.

changeup45, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of blackjack000
4/5  rDev +10.2%

12 ounce bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Hazy apricot with a thin bit of offwhite head that likes to cling.

Smell: Floral, grapefruit, and tangerine.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Grapefruit with an emphasis on the bitter aftertaste. The bitterness is almost woody and lingers for quite a while. This IPA seems particularly smooth on the tongue, immediately followed by the very present aftertaste and perky carbonation.

Drinkability: A fun and stimulating IPA. The citrus vibes make it pretty enjoyable, refreshing, and a great summer beer.

blackjack000, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of thartman
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle, hazy dark gold, frothy white head, lots of sticky lacings, Nice Label! Citrus and malt on the nose, nice mix of malts and hops on the palate, 6.7% alcohol well hidden, very much like other west coast IPAs, and oh-so-good! Very enjoyable, and recommended!

thartman, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a light golden color with a half inch of head that quickly recedes yet holds a nice cap on the top of the glass.

Very pale ale on the nose. Some hints of light grassy hops but no earth, no citrus, no oil; a rather atypical California IPA. Taste is slightly sweet and offers a hint of a chewy malt backbone. Feel is decent and again reminds me of a good Pale, yet the finish steps up and offers a maltier close which cloaks the ABV quite well. As the beer warms a bit the hops do open up somewhat, yet still a rather lightly hopped and easy drinking IPA.

Note: Beer marked as 6.5% on the bottle not 7.1%.

HalfFull, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

Acme IPA - The beer Wile E. Coyote would drink. Pours thickly into a pint glass a hazy bright amber/orange color, with two inches worth of rocky foam and fine particulates floating around, leaving behind some nice sheets of lacing. Looks delicious. Aroma of lemongrass, and a nice herbal hoppy bouquet. Not a whole lot going on in the nose. Taste is the right amount of bitterness for an IPA, only a hint of caramel malts, grass, lemon, and citrus zing. Could do with a little more of the hop floral and citrus notes. Nice amount of carbonation in this one, tingly on the tongue, medium-full bodied. I liked this brew, but could have been a little more balanced for my personal taste. Hop flavors are spot on, but could have used a little more malt backbone.

KeefD, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a translucent medium copper with some awesome bubbling and a thick doughy head. Leaves thick spongey lacing. The aroma hash a crisp,almost metallic hop twang in the nose. Offers a light to medium citrus nose wit some spiced biscuit and honey malts. The taste starts very faintly sweet, then a blast of blast of faintly metallic hops with some clean lemon zest notes and a resiny palate in the middle and finish of the palate. The finish brings some light honey and toasted white bread.

scruffwhor, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.05/5  rDev -16%

This brew was poured from a 12 oz. bottle that boasts a 6.5% ABV. No fresheness date, but I am pretty confident it's within good range. The look of this brew was incredible: nice orangeish hue, plus a remarkable thick and creamy head on top. But the smell was lacking! I was certain I had had one of these brews before at a local bar, and that it had quite the hop kick. This one, as well as the rest of the 6 pack, were clearly short on hoppiness. There wasn't the floral or even citrusy aroma that I was hoping for. And it was the same with the taste. It was more like a moderate Mild Ale than an IPA. I had to let it warm a little bit before I could even really taste the hops with any strength. Definitely not the West Coast style IPA I was expecting.

HoppyMcStout, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of waldoiverson
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Extremely robust head that piled up about 1.5 inches and then very slowly dissipated with very fine lacing. reddish orange. lots of tiny bubbles

S - slightly sour smelling nose with a bit of grapefruit thrown in.

T - Starts off clean and transitions into a strong grassy and lemon zesty finish. The malt adds a bit of bready sweetness.

M - A bit sticky but the carbonation makes this one feel lighter. Dry, too.

D - Pretty good but the hops could be moderated a bit with a bit more malt. I think my palate would have difficulty throwing back more than one or two of these.

waldoiverson, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

12oz. bottle into DFH glass on 7/27/08

A - Poured a slightly hazy orange/amber body with more than two fingers of billowy bright white head that retained very well and left lots of sticky lacing around the glass. Very tiny bubbles of carbonation percolated throughout the body.

S - Grassy and citrus hops abound in the nose with a bit of sweet caramel malt to balance. Aroma is a little on the hoppy side, though, with plenty of lemon zest making an appearance.

T - Starts off on the sweet side with notes of caramel and citrus fruit. Hops really cut through in the backend with a huge dose of grassy bitterness, imparting a dry, crisp finish reminiscent of a pilsner. However, a mild bready maltiness helps to balance out the aggressive grassy hops in the finish, if only ever slightly.

M - Fairly creamy texture with a bit of oily slickness to the overall mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate and somewhat bristly. Finishes quite dry and bitter on the palate and sticks with you for the long haul.

D - Pretty solid IPA, but could perhaps use just a bit more of a malt presence to balance out the assertive hop bitterness. I was expecting more of a citrus profile with this one.

ffejherb, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance: Normal pour resulted in huge white, rocky head. Beer is hazy-orange amber. Great retention and lacing. Gorgeous!

Smell: Peach, tangerine (or a similar citrus fruit), and hops.

Taste: Peach for sure. Citrus fruit and hops are strong as well. Normally the imbalance wouldn't bother me, however this one could use a little more malt. EDIT: seems to be getting maltier as I approach the bottom of the glass.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Again, wish there were some more malts in this one to give it a thicker body.

Drinkability: This is a fairly easy IPA, but not too easy. Could definitely see myself drinking a lot of them, but overall ACME IPA is just ok. The appearance got my hopes up.

ThreeWiseMen, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of boralyl
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%

A - From the bottle it pours 2 fingers off white head with great retention. As it fizzles down it leaves loads of lacing. It is a pale golden orange in color and is slightly cloudy.

S - Sharp floral hops on the nose, but not much else.

M - Light-medium bodied with a smooth creamy feel and lower carbonation.

T - Some toasted malts in the front followed by some earthly hops leaving a slight bitterness. Not as hoppy as the aroma would lead you to believe. Not a whole lot going on in the flavor department though.

Not a bad IPA, and easily drinkable. I'd put it just above mid-range, as there many other better ones out there. I'd still drink this one again, however.

boralyl, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of gabeerfan
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a hazy honey gold with a thinish head that falls to a thin cap. Lots of lacing, almost a sheeting action on the glass.
Aromas of citrusy/grassy hops, sweet malts. Notes of honey.
Hops are more subdued than I expected but still prominent. Grapefruit, pine, grass. Honey flavors from the malt come up a bit too.
Average mouthfeel. Flavors don't linger for long. Lots of tiny bubble carbonation.
A little high in ABV to be sessionable, but the flavors make this quite drinkable.
I was expecting a hop bomb and didn't get it. I'm only somewhat disappointed as I have been migrating away from hop bombs. This is a good beer, but not one of North Coast's better beers.

gabeerfan, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of badbassrandy
3.23/5  rDev -11%

Picked this gorgeous-labeled ale up from the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Md. (Rt 108/Rt 175)

What a fantastic looking pour I got on the first beer into a pint glass. I was clearly over aggressive in my pour, but wow what a head it produced that lasted and lasted. I had to take phonecam pics and send to a couple buddies. It settled a bit to mountainous, craggy peaks and valleys of uber-sticky foam that left a man's ale lacing.

I was drooling over the huge, thick, foamy and hearty head, but the smell told me my tastebuds were up for a hop attack with sour citrus notes. Not my favorite type of IPA in the least.

I am wondering if maybe the Acme IPA was brewed with hops that are not as popular as others, in this era of hop shortages. My thought was maybe a brewer had the idea to take hops in less demand and make a beer out of them -- kind of a conservationist, make-the-most-of-it, silver lining type situation. But of course that's just in my little fantasy world.

While I like citrusy IPAs, this one simply had notes that disagreed with my palate, though I was able to still enjoy it and not dwell on these flavors. Overall, obviously a fine and different version of a California IPA, but it just wasn't up my tastebuds' alley. I won't revisit this when there are such incredible IPAs out there.

badbassrandy, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of papat444
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Thanks to jtrockchalk for this one.

After 4 years of living at places where we couldn't barbecue, finally had our first one yesterday on our brand new barbecue, so i paired this beer with BBQ Hamburger and fries.

Poured from a 12oz. stubby bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with 2 finger head and lots of bubbles.

Smell: Faint aroma of bitterness & hops, citrus?

Taste: Grapefuit-like hops taste with medium bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Astringent but not overbearing, as it warms more subdued with hops still in the foreground with wisps of floral (grassy?) notes.

Drinkability: Alcohol is well blended into the taste, makes it an easy drinker.

Overall: A slightly, above-average IPA, perfect for a summertime BBQ. I liked this one, i'd try this again.

On a side note, my 2 year-old daughter loved the bottle, probably because of the fairy on the label. She walked around all over the place with the empty bottle pretending to drink out of it. Funny stuff!

papat444, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of jeremyd365
4.43/5  rDev +22%

Poors a medium-high bodied copper with a decent head on it. The hops waft up from this baby high avove the glass--mmm! It's slightly bitter and citrusy on the palate and just taste mostly of pure hops, perhaps with some caramel. The hops are pleasingly bitter on the back of the throat and it's full flavor hits you. Although heavy it's still a very drinkible beer, and a superb IPA. Would definitely get it again.

jeremyd365, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

12-ounce stubby with a girl swinging on a rope on the label, poured into my trusty DFH shaped pint IPA disposal unit yields a clear amber body capped with a ridiculous four fingers of bright white foam that deflates slowly into rolling pillows that leave webby lacing on the glass .

Smell is toasty malt and a tad spicy with a nice earthy note.

Taste is bitter with toasty malt and a finish in the caramel region. Dry, pale malty, a bit nutty, but damned-near hopless. Only an edge of dry bitterness indicates hops touched this beer at all.

Crisp and drinkable; an ok pale ale, maybe, but IPA? No.

cvstrickland, Jul 04, 2008
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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

a: a-fucking-mazing fluffy white head that leaves a thick sheet of lace; golden/amber body; nice movement that you can see bubbling up a little bit through the thick head

s: real light; light citrus hops; light grassy malts

t: first warm grainy malts; followed by a big back of bottle hops; nothing subtle but i prefer an IPA with strong unsubtle hop kick t one with none; there is also some light chocolate

m: smooth maybe a little too fizzy

d: a decent IPA that is definitely worth a try

hoegaardenhero, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Purchased as a single from Total Wine, Chantilly, VA.

A - Very nice golden colored - almost pilsner-like with a rocky head and plenty of lacing.

S - Pine w/citrus and floral hops. Nice malt in support frsh cut grass aroma.

T: Tastes like it smells, only a bit more earth (mulch?). The hops are very nice w/ a lightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation and pronounced hops; creamy sensation.

D - Year 'round, splendid drinkability. Yum.

pinotboy007, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of happygnome
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

a: pours a nice golden orange color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a good bit of lacing around the edge of the glass
s: sweet in the initial but the nice bitter floral hops come out in the finish
t: floral and citrusy hops from start to finish but it is nicely balanced
m: medium bodied with good carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this one, i will look for it again

happygnome, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of ABHatter
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

This is hands done one my favorite sessionable IPA's, North Coast never seems to let me down with any of their products. So I figured I'd show it some love with a review.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into 16 oz tumbler.
Strong murky pour reveals good carbonation and a pale orange/yellowish color with a slight cloudiness. 1/4 inch head leaves nice lacing on the glass which clings throughout the whole pint.
Smell is very mild, Nothing really jumps out at you. No pine ,a mild citrus and mild sweet malt smell.
Taste on the other hand is exceptional! loads of grapefruit with a real nice hoppy bitterness. This beer has the perfect balance of hops & citrus. Malt is apparent at first, then sort of goes away which leads into a nice floral hoppy bitterness which also makes this quite drinkable.
The mouthfeel of this beer Is also exceptional. Very nice carbonation matched with a mild lingering bitterness puts this over & above a lot of other IPA's.
All in all this is a great IPA. If you are looking for an aromatic IPA with a massive hop rush, well then this is not what you are looking for. But if your looking for a tremendous sessionable IPA which is also a nice thirst quencher on a hot summer day then ACME is the way to go.

ABHatter, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of brewandstew
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

12oz bottle from 6-pack i purchased about 3 weeks ago. I've been eyeing up the acme california IPA for some time but hesitated to buy it b/c of its $10 price tag and my meager living allowance. ANyways...
I was not disappointed with this brew as it was well balanced fairly flavorful. I am a very avid IPA drinker so I like to go for a different IPA when I see it.
Pours a light copper color with a 2 medium bodied two finger head. Nose is floral and light, not an overly prevelant presence of hops. No need to get worried though, the hops shine through from first sip to last. This brew is well balanced; crisp and clean with a moderate hop character. The taste gradually sweetens as the beer warms to room temp; the alcohol becomes more present on the palate as well. The crisp hop flavor, medium body, and refreshing nature of this brew makes it ideal for drinking all of the time; especially when clearing weeds or doing other yard work.

brewandstew, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +11%

Nice example of an IPA. The beer was an amber color with a thick white head and abundant lacing. The aroma was primarily floral, with a hint of honey. I think I could detect a little citrus also. The taste was more grapefruit, but I could taste some pine also. This was not a hop bomb, actually fairly mild. It went well with my Reuben.

lordofthewiens, Jun 15, 2008
ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,079 ratings.