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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,091 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,091
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 17
Gots: 42 | 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 TYE
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden with an orange tint that produces a big bubbled white foam head that hold it's form well and leaves a lot of smear.
S - Grain, hopps, and a bit of citrus. A little light on the aroma. Could be a bit stronger.
T - Good hoppy bitey flavor with the grain and citrus stronger in flavor than in aroma. Overall taste is well balanced and stronger than aroma. A nice suprise, but could be even a bit stronger.
M - Medium body and carbonation with a nice hoppy bite. A little textured and a nice coated finish.
D - Good IPA. Could be a little stronger in taste, and more in aroma, but overall very drinkable. I normally go for stouts, but I wouldn't pass this one up. Recommended.

TYE, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of billybob
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden orange in color with a beige three finger head with a easy pour that settles rocky cap on top of the beer with lots of lace and chunks of foam on the sides of the glass.

aromas are floral and fruity.

taste is biscuity malt with hints of chocolate and citrus and nicely hopped.

medium body and carbonation is very good.

pleasantly surprised with this beer its a little different in taste from your standard ipa but just as good in every way.

billybob, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of MerkinMan
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold with a nice head. Looks very inviting, though a little cloudy.

S: Nice hoppy aroma. Citrusy. My guess would be Chinook, Centennial, or Cascade.

T: Very malty, and then a nice hop punch. Not entirely balanced, but this is an American beer, so I am not expecting perfect balance. I am expecting a big malt backbone to support the massive hop parade. That is what you get here.

MF: Nice body. This is what I want.

D: I am going to buy a six pack of these. More drinkable than other IPAs which are just trying to rough you up.

MerkinMan, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of biggmike
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color that is much lighter than I've become accustomed to from IPA's. Head was decent but dissipated pretty quickly. Aroma was floral, citrus hops but not that dominant. Taste was a bit lacking and I thought the mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery. This was okay, but I have to say I was disappointed.

biggmike, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of shlub
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz crown cap bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Poured aggressively, resulting in a big rocky head. It was amber in color and slightly cloudy. Fairly pronounced fruity aroma followed by less hop flavor than I expected from the smell. The hops became more assertive as it warm and turned more earthy with a good shot of bitterness. The mouth feel was a little thin. I could drink several of these, but it seems my enjoyment of this IPA has been going down each time I've bought it...

shlub, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Short, fat, stout 12 oz bottle copped singly from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.99...
Pours a clear, lucid, amber, light copper color with a foamy head that soon receded, leaving a fair amount of lacing...
Smell wasn't above and beyond for an American IPA, with only a slight suggestion of hops, caramel, and vanilla...
Taste was similar to the aroma due to the fact that it was more nondescript and non-assertive than anyting, without a full burst of IPA and hoppy flavors that was desired...
Average, slightly watery mouthfeel with a fair level of drinkability... a good point was the fact that the relatively hefty 7.1% ABV is hard to detect behind sugar-laden and sweet flavors...
For the price, it was certainly worth a try, although North Coast has definitely turned out much better brews, and could have done significantly better with this one...

dsa7783, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded orange with a crème head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Nose seemed like there more than a minor amount of alcohol there. Citrus and wood is there as well. The flavor exhibits much of the same qualities with a touch of salt on the side. Seems a bit bright and unbalanced. A bit too much citric oomph. Feel is okay, as is this beer overall IMO. A bit too bright and unbalanced, especially with so much else out there.

RblWthACoz, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of mltobin
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at BevMo in beautiful La Jolla, California.

Appearance is a fine honey color with a medium sized head, that soon laces.

Smell is slightly spicy, with some cinnamon aromas as well.

Taste is medium hoppy, kind of sweet, and pleasant.

MF is above average, finishes strong.

This is a good beer, it was enjoyed at sunset at Windansea beach in La Jolla, and made an excellent compliment to another great day spent in Southern California.

mltobin, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass. Red Seal Ale quickly became a staple beer for me, so I came into this one with somewhat high expectations.

A - Nice cloudy golden orange hue which produced a massive head of froth. Excellent retention and some attractive sedimentary layers of lacing. Near perfect presentation.

S - Big citrus hop nose. A bit sweeter than I expected, but certainly not bad.

T - Very sweet tangy citrus profile. Pretty hoppy, yet well balanced. Finish is mildly bitter, but could have used a few more IBUs if you know what I mean. Tasty at any rate.

M - Creamy medium body. The carbonation was a little sharp but it left a nice oily coating behind and I like that in my IPA, so it averaged out here.

D - Not bad at all, definitely worth a try. Were my expectations not so high, I could've given this one a better rating, but oh well, it's still a very enjoyable brew.

PhageLab, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Disappointed with Indica, I'm giving another IPA a chance to end the night on a good note, with the North Coast instead of the Lost one. Good or bad, though, here's to beer...

Appearance - hazy yellow-gold pour. Huge fluffy white head hangs over the beer like a cumulus cloud for a long time, leaving thick craggy lace as it slowly falls.

Aroma - light citrus, light pine, that light b.o. scent that sometimes accompanies the hoppier brews. All in stride, though, it is pretty close to style, just wish there was a little more intensity.

Taste - sweet malts play on the tongue early. An odd, bloody flavor in there as the hops make their move. It's light but unusual. It is thankfully short-lived as the hops gain in strength, showing their strength in a raw, piny fashion. Pretty good showing, they stick on the palate through the swallow, drying out the mouth and leaving a dry bitter residue. Finishes with grapferuit oil, a touch woody, no nonsense bitterness. Not my favorite but it drinks.

Mouthfeel - properly weighted, more than average body and with a crisp carbonation level.

Drinkability - all in all, a good drinkable IPA and worth trying. It grew on me during the sampling, I'd be tempted to have it again.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of SirSaranac
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours honey in color... Great frothy head and solid lacing.... Slightly cloudy.

S- Piney hop oil.... fruity esters as well. Not an overlly strong nor complex nose though

T- Tasty, but the hops kinda juxes you. I expected stronger tasting hops just from the brews aroma, but right when it seems as though the hops are gonna really jump out, the malt takes over. Slightly citrus however... nice.

M- Light/med-light body.... not much of a the IPA hop bite

D- This isn't the posterchild for an IPA in my opinion, yet still a very good tasting brew with plenty of hops. Well balanced, but I'd expect more out of an IPA

SirSaranac, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice bright but hazy tangerine orange with a thin off white head.

S: Light oranges and citrus on nose. Nice creamy caramel palate and flavor with a great citrus hop bite.

F: Malty and citrusy with an oily mouthful and texture. Leaves a dry bitter orange in the finish and a malty coating on tongue. A decent session ipa, not as hoppy as one would expect.

M: moderate mouthful, some liveliness from carbonation

D: Would drink two or three but probably get bored with it after that. Overall a good ipa with moderate drinkability.

beerthulhu, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of mmmbeer
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby with no freshness date. It pours a hazed topaz, with low carbonation, two inches of light tan head, and some good lacing. Earthy and bready in the nose, along with pine and citric hops. Pretty similar on the palate, with the addition of white grapefruit and a medium bitterness on top of a medium, smooth body that imparts some alcoholic heat. A good IPA that is tasty and not too complex.

mmmbeer, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of bigpatvoodoodad
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love IPAs and my beerstore recently got this as a new addition, so I picked up a sixer. The pic on the bottle was pretty cool, but on to the beer. I had this beer on two separate nights and so I base this review off both experiences. It certainly smells and tastes like an IPA. However, the second occasion I had I noted that there was an overwhelming hop kick.Though as far as IPAs go that's not such a bad thing. The slightly metallic aftertaste I experienced on my second session try was a bit off-putting, but not so much that I couldn't drink one or 2 more. The only problem is that 2 or 3 is the maximum I can do in one session. The hop taste will overwhelm the palate. Not a bad beer in moderation. I bet this brew would generate a most wicked hangover if over consumed.

bigpatvoodoodad, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of 454onbeerss
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great IPA in my opinion. Very tasty, easy to drink and fairly affordably priced for a great craft beer. The first one I had was courtesy of the wobbly mailman after a 10 mile or so trek through the woods! It seemed to fend of the diddlers so it must be a stong manly brew. I'm gonna go crack one right now! enjoy.

454onbeerss, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of cer40
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this beer out of a 12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It had a decent sized head that was very frothy. It left lace all down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was of citrus and of course hops although overall not as strong of an aroma as many other IPAs. Tasted much the same although the maltiness was much more in balance with the hops than in other beers of this style. Very mild bitterness.

Very easy to drink with lots of carbonation. Well balanced overall. I could drink another one right now!

cer40, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of armock
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

armock, Jan 11, 2008
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.

mooseisloose, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Dec 24, 2007
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.

JohnGalt1, Dec 05, 2007
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.

fitzy84, Nov 30, 2007
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.

ttu94, Nov 29, 2007
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.

wardough, Nov 04, 2007
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.

LarryV, Oct 31, 2007
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 : )

praufs01, Oct 31, 2007
ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,091 ratings.