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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,051 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,051
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 32 | 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 armock

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head

S - Is of citrus hops

T - Follows the smell with citrus hops

M - This one has a good level of carbonation

D - While this isn't the best IPA that I've had it is a pretty good one that I'd recommend trying sometime

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 21:03:11 | More by armock
Photo of mooseisloose


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle smell is very hoppy. Pours to a translucent rusty yellow. Carbonation seems very high but it compliments this brew well. Taste is sweet and semi bitter hoppiness throughout. Very balanced for an IPA. Taste is consistent from start to finish. High AC may limit the drinkability but this is a very flavorful brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 17:37:12 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Poured a very clear amber with a decent sized frothy white head on top and a good two inches of lace. There was some nice streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Decent retention left behind some nice side glass lace.

S - Aroma was kinda light. Light floral hops dominating, but nothing really standing out or pungent about it. Seemed to be a bit weak here. Light grapefruit and pineapple with a bit of a grass like thrown in as well.

T - The flavor was decent, nothing really standig out here again. Lots of grapefruit like hop flavors, very sharp and crisp without the really sugary deep resin notes. Light grain and grass like finish to it.

M - Very light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. This was definitly one that was easy to drink and I had no issue really with the feel of it.

D - Very nice session ale, albeit somewhat bland and the profile was light enough that you could easily put down more then a few in a sitting.

Overall this was an ok IPA. Nothing really special here and I probably wouldnt pick one up again. Dont get me wrong there was nothing terrible about it, just to me seemed really to be about average. In a pinch not too bad but would not seek this one out for any real reason.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 01:42:04 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz purchased at the Boise Coop for about $1.40... enjoyed from shaker pint... still listening to Nick Warren's Shanghai mix.

Big fluffy head that towers more than a half inch out of the pint.. pretty white color that leaves lace all the way down the glass... hop hazed deep golden liquid.

Hop aroma is dominated by citrus with some spring flowers mixed in... pineapple and green apples also in there... malt is aroma is there but hard to pick apart because of all the hops.

bracing bitterness... the flavor is again all about the hops... more citrus than the aroma... toffee malts are low but there... yeasty fruitiness is all over the mid palate... juicy. low medium viscosity with a sorta fizziness to it... burpy.

I seem to be on an above average kinda IPA night... this brew is good, and I buy it quite a bit... but I would tone down the carbonation half a notch.. maybe up the body the same... none the less... a pretty good but not stellar example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 07:26:39 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of fitzy84


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it in its bottle at Moan and Dove. With a murky gold appearance, this IPA definitely was enticing, especially with its medium-body head. Thick aromas of citrus and hops, perhaps even minor spices were permeated from this beverage. A bitter-sour citrus/hops balance was the general taste of this delicious drink. An average carbonation led it to be typical but still refreshing. Overall, a great IPA for all.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 19:19:33 | More by fitzy84
Photo of ttu94


3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super big creamy head on this IPA. It left lacing all over the glass, very pretty. Nice hop aroma. Very grapfruit hop taste. Nicely balaced beer. Strong IPA but not out of whack like some. Bitters hard at the end but not offensively. All in all this is what I would call a textbook American IPA. Nothing wrong at all but not earth shatering either.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 06:04:56 | More by ttu94
Photo of wardough


4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a Pint glass at 49 degrees.

A: Pours a nice cloudy light amber. Fills up with a nice head of about 1 inch high. Head started to dissipate after 1 minute, which turns into course and fine head.

S: It's not an intense hoppy smell, but they're there. Malts come through next. Don't really get any citrus.

T: Light citrus, followed by very mellow hops. I like how this tastes.

M: With the head still clinging on, it's very smooth. Feels like full milk on the palate.

D: A very drinkable IPA.

An outstanding American IPA. Very drinkable, one that I could cozy up with on Saturday night.

The label says "California IPA". Not really true to a California IPA, one that is over the top with hops. This one is much more balanced than a California IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 23:43:13 | More by wardough
Photo of LarryV


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of those mysteries as to why this has a lower rating. Aroma is hoppy with a bit of fruitiness. Pours a deep amber color with a decent head that hangs for a bit before disintegrating into a sticky lace. Taste is very nicely balanced with a good hops presence and a solid malt backbone. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, easy to drink a few of these. It's not an over the top hop monster like some IPA's, but it's very nicely balanced and very tasty. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 23:25:03 | More by LarryV
Photo of praufs01


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance – Hazy amber color with a frothy off-white head and a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma - Mild hop aroma. Not much going on in the way of distinguishable smells.

Palate – A good bit of carbonation that gives a rough mouth feel.

Flavor – A light hop flavor with a citrus bite that finishes with a refreshing grapefruit taste.

Final thoughts – A little rough up front but it’s a very clean and refreshing brew. I could drink a lot of these : )

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 14:25:25 | More by praufs01
Photo of MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle received in trade from my fellow Charlestonian BA Infomercial into a pint glass.

A. Poured a clear yellow color with a classic looking head. Leaves a decent lacing.

S. Great balanced smell. Citrusy, piney hops with an after smell of malty biscuity yeast.

T. Very typically West Coast hops ala SN with a pretty balanced but available malt background.

M. Very smooth an drinkable. This IPA deserves a much higher score. Definitely a smooth and available IPA. An everyday staple.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 01:03:37 | More by MarkSCCOT
Photo of erosier


4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is possibly one of the best IPAs in the country. It pours a a very nice amber/orange color with a nice full bodied very hoppy smelling head. The hoppy aroma tells you this beer is no enemy of flavor and it certainly delivers. Crisp, clean, bitter hop taste yet refreshing and leaving you craving more. If you get the chance, you need to try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 04:38:10 | More by erosier
Photo of mntlover


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a big egg shell head that falls slowly to ringed scum that leaves nice sticky lace down my glass.

Aroma is sweet caramel, lightly fruity grapefruit with hints of pine but big malty nose leading some of the fruitiness that I am smelling more then hops I think.

Taste is big on fruity malt, like aged bigfoot without the kick, much more it seems then the 7% should have. The fruitiness has some hop kick to it grapefruit with hints of pine mingled in. But the main story here is the the big malt presence.

Mouthfeel is nice medium with a good dose of CO2 but not too much. Feels nice, good mouthfeel.

Drinkability is ok a little strange for an IPA but not too bad for a big brew. Enjoyable even if a little strange.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 19:53:09 | More by mntlover
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Golden yellow color, some head, and nice lace.

smell - Citrus and hop smell.

taste - Lot of hop taste and a biterness taste too.

mouthfeel - Light body.

drinkability - If your a hophead then this is a nice beer. In my case I'm not but I was asked to try this. Never turned down a beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 02:02:44 | More by auxiliary
Photo of smcolw


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extraordinary rocky head that has great lasting power with generous sticky lace. This is a very cloudy beer with a light golden color.

Very mild aroma; far more malty than most IPA's. The little hop I can detect reminds me of freezer burn. Very un-IPA like.

The flavor offers a huge improvement to the smell. The hop is now very pronounced. Yet, the malt is still present. Good full body with a too-high carbonation.

This is a potent and heavily-hopped IPA with some balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 01:34:40 | More by smcolw
Photo of Night


3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy orange gold. Fairly large golden-white head; overall rather bubbly but with a wide crown of foamy cream. Skinny and patchy arcs of lacing ring the glass. Aroma is warm and malty with sweet citrus hops: light pineapple and peach commingle with a buttery and fruity yeast quality. Mouthfeel is sharply carbonated with a light to medium body. Flavor is dominated by mildly bitter hops (mostly grapefruit) accented by sourdough and lightly buttery malts. A touch of sweetness: honey and caramel. Finish is flat and a bit woody. Aftertaste is lightly bitter and warm.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 06:32:19 | More by Night
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a fluffy head that sticks well and rings the pint glass with lace

Smell: Pineapple and grapefruit with some underlying caramel

Taste: Starts with a caramel flavor that is joined by some grassy elements at mid-palate; after the swallow the pineapple and pink grapefruit flavors kick in to make for a nice finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice middle of the road IPA

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 00:14:57 | More by brentk56
Photo of 1fastz28


4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazey orange color with lots of carbonation and a thick frothy head, pretty, while the foam is normal for an IPA, it seems very hazey, almost as hazey as a hefe. smells alot like a skunky european pilsner, but with hops thrown into it. when it first hits the tongue it is very spicy, almost attacks the tastebuds, but then warms the entire mouth with its spicy hop wonderfulness, very good beer, shame i can't find it anywhere around me. i picked this one up in indianapolis.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 21:30:51 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of jockstrappy


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head that settles to a thin cap, and leaves a soap like lace on the glass. Aroma typical for the style, with citrus and evergreen hop in the nose, and not much else. Taste follows suit, with a big citrus hop flavor up front, with a slight malt presence also noted before a clean finish that leaves just a small citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, good carbonation given the hop flavor on this one. I wouldn't hesitate to put down 3 or 4 of these in a sitting. Enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 21:55:02 | More by jockstrappy
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden color with a creamy white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is rather grainy with some citrusy and piney hop aromas.

Grainy taste upfront that is immediatly hammered by a big bitter bite. A blend of citrus and piney hop flavors ease in, but are rather mild in comparison to the level of bitterness. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Medium body, creamy texture.

Overall, a nice beer, but the hop flavor and aroma is really held on a shot leash while the bitterness is free to roam. Easy enough to drink more than one in a sitting. Probably won't satisfy the hopheads, but certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 03:19:26 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a single, decided to give this one a try- especially since I love the west coast IPA's so much...

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Hazy golden burnt yellow color- some orange/amber hues. Some hilly head here, some nice lacing through the first half of the glass.

S- Smelled of citrus hops- also some nutty pine scent.

T- Kind of what I expected. Tasted like the grapefruit/citrus hop scent thast I detected- hops were not up front, but were evident in every sip.

M- Nice mouthfeel, some warming as it went down, but nothing too overwhelming.

D- Very drinkable. In fact, I could see myself drinking a lot of these- very enjoyable but nothing too complex.

Good stuff

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 23:36:45 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of bboven


2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very good lacing, but very little actual head and seems very light for an IPA.

Little smell, considering it's supposed to be an IPA. Very little hop aroma, malt overpowers it but no smells hit you full-on like an IPA should.

Taste is bitter more than anything, not very much hop flavor, just back-of the mouth hop bitterness. That's fine, but there needs to be the other half of the hop in there.

Mouth feel is pretty thick, maybe due to what seems like heavy but quickly dissipating carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, I guess. This might be a good ber for when you want a real big IPA, but it's just too hot out.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 00:11:34 | More by bboven
Photo of boelker62


2.25/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy medium yellow under a white, two-finger head. Really, quite shallow for my, or most others tastes I know. The aroma was completely underwhelming as well, with notes of smoke and charcoal. Odd for an IPA. So far, nothing very redeeming about this. The taste follows suit of the aromas, and is not on style. It is very different without being adventurous in this department. Why would an IPA be smoky? I don't know. It's not just my taste, I think it is just wrong. Sorry.
Mouthfeel is light and fizzy, also off. Drinkability, I couldn't really tell you. I moved on.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 13:42:07 | More by boelker62
Photo of OKCNittany


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy gold body with a beautiful three finger thick white head. Good retention. Left lacing all over the glass.

S: Floral & citrus aromas - pleasant, but a bit understated - until it warmed a bit

T: Sweet fruitiness at first followed by bitter hops. Taste and complexity improved as it warmed.

M: Medium bodied. Lively carbonation. A bit dry at the finish.

D: Drinkable despite a substantial abv. However, nothing really stands out.

Nice, but not special.
Update - not sure why I was a bit down on this the first time I tried it. Seemed a bit harsh - but the rest of the 6-pack was not that way at all. It's not the best IPA I've ever had, but it's a solid offering for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 19:57:10 | More by OKCNittany
Photo of sloejams


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pick this up every so often at my local Trader Joe's - it's a good standby IPA to have around for a good price.

It has a pinky finger head that leaves a medium amount of lacing. The bronze / amber color is textbook IPA. A good dose of malt comes through in the nose - this is almost more APA compared to the rest of California's IPAs. The hops come through a bit more in the taste, but again more subtle than expected.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 01:56:50 | More by sloejams
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a medium white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of fruity citrus and caramelized malt, with a good compliment of hops.

T: The taste is much hoppier than the smell leads you to expect. The grassy hops presence hits hard which is exactly what you want from this type of beer. Flavors of sweet citrus and caramelized malt come in and create a very good balance. The after-taste strong with hops bitterness.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice IPA and has all the right qualities to make it a beer that you can drink for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 03:13:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,051 ratings.