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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,148 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,148
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 24
Gots: 54 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2000

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jablonski
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cnally
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of hopdog
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one from 12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and hazy yellow color with an averaged sized head. This one had a nice hoppy/grassy aroma. Tastes of citrus and grassiness. Nice bitter bite. Alcohol content well hidden. Decent IPA.

Notes from 08/14/04.

Photo of msante79
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours golden orange with white head. Aroma is floral hops, citrus and malt. Flavor is hops, citrus, and malt. Finishes bitter. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Has a tart bitterness at end which really throws flavor off. Could use more malt to bring better balance to the brew.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Poured a hazy amber color with average frothy white head that diminished quickly but produced good lacing. Heavy citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body. Same good hoppy bitter flavor with an average bitter finish of moderate duration.

Solid drinkable beer.

Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Murky goldenrod with an ivory head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is one part herbal hops and one part pineapple/grapefruit hops. Flavor is hop-forward, with pine needles and citrus over homemade biscuity malt. There's an unpleasant tinge of minerals and sourness in the finish. High carbonation, in fact this is like drinking hoppy Perrier; even the mineral note fits. Thin bodied and short on the finish. Could stand a more flavorful malt profile and more bittering hops.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color. It has a pinky finger head that leaves a medium amount of lacing. 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.

Photo of nick76
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has a nice balance between malt and hops. The appearance is a hazy gold with a medium foamy head. The flavor is sweet and malty with a bitterness that seems to creep up on you. The palate is typical for the style. It's pretty good but rather forgettable.

Photo of becktone
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes 10-18-08

Eye: Hazy tangerine in color. Head is thick and pillowy, creamy...kinda like a whipped topping...but not. All I can say about it is that it looks really appetizing, very sexy. Great head retention and formation, the head is thick, I mean thick....it has sustenance, not just a buch of bubbles collected together, more like a living breathing thing...like a symbiote living off of the beer. Reminds me of meringue but not as thick, less air tight. Nice lacing too.

Nose: Sweet malt aroma fills the room as it is poured. Citrus and grapefruit notes from the hops. Unlike all other Northcoast brews I've had, this one hides the "house yeast" aroma that I always get...prolly the hops hiding it. Also a woody aroma in here, cedar chiefly. Malt supports the hops, but really only comes through as that-support. Nice IPA. Finally got that Norhtcoast house aroma, along with some grainy notes.

Tongue: Grassy notes, citrus, and then a nice pleasant bitterness are all key players in this beer, and all make it a very nice IPA. Nice floral notes from the hops as well. I think that this one covers just about every flavor and sensation you can get from hops. I'm really quite surprised at this one, I think this is the first time I've noticed, or tasted, hop complexity and been able to treat it like malt complexity. There seems to be alot going on in here with the hops, mixes to create different flavors to come forth. Fruity notes from fermentation are also present. Grainy malt notes come through as well. Sweetness from malt is here as well...when it first hits the palate, right on the tip of the tongue. Then it is overcome by hop flavor that steals the attention. This is a really nice IPA.

Mouthfeel and Drinkabilty: Grassy semi-dry finish on this beer. Its not really all that dry, but the hops and the bitterness and grassy flavors they give at the end make it feel so. Body is medium-full here. Carbonation is just right, it doesn't interfere with the flavors that are going on here....just enought to tell you that this is a carbonated beverage and it helps to scrub the palate and bring forth all the other hop flavors that are in here. This is one that I'll be buying again. It is an easy drinker and is now on my list of great IPAs that I can get my hands on.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Enjoyed while watching the Georgia Tech/UNC game. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A cloudy, golden-bodied beer with one-finger of white head with average retention that leaves culture-like splotches of oily foam and a speckly ring of lacing around the edge of the glass after it fades. Lacing is nice, color is nice, head's nice ... good start, if not groundbreaking.

Aroma: Spicy floral and orange zest notes, some faint light sweetness. Not too pungent, not too complex, but completely inoffensive.

Taste: A good balance of bitterness and honey-like malts here - with the slightest roasted edge. There are hop flourishes in there - some bitter vegetalness, a few citrus notes, but nothing too robust. This one's mainly just a well-balanced, standard IPA.

Mouthfeel: Big body, creamy, fluffy, and even, perhaps a bit too big given the style and mouth notes. Carbonation is mild to high, which lends a bit of instability to the mouthfeel, but it's not over the top. Nice.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer at all. Just a solid, above-average drinkable IPA, with a nice balance of good notes. Abv% is reasonable and well-hidden, and it's just all around pleasant, without being heavy, novel, unique, or gimmicky (can you tell I've had a lot of gimmicky beers lately?). Not sure I'd make it a go-to, but I would never turn it down on a warm day.

Photo of popery
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A smooth but hoppy IPA. This golden beer has good clarity and a bubbly head that sticks around well. The aroma is mostly hops, citric and floral. The taste is similar. It's a nicely hopped IPA with good balancing malt. Compared to the Acme Pale Ale, I enjoy this beer more, but then I like hops. It's still a relatively smooth drink, not quite as smooth as the Pale Ale, but it's enjoyable and well-balanced. All that said, there are a lot of IPA's out there and I'm not sure if I would go out of my way to get this one.

Photo of mtbbaboon
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack knowing nothing about this beer. Poured a bottle into a pint glass. Very cloudy beer with dark blonde color. Thick head that leaves moderate lacing. The smell is mild for an IPA...milder than what I am used to, anyway. Smells of yeast and citrus, with a mild hint of hops. Mouthfeel is decent. Medium body, no stickiness and a refreshing finish. Very smooth with light carbonation. The taste is citrusy and almost wheatish to me. I'd expect more hops with an IPA though. It's a decent IPA. It's easy to drink and the 6.5 ABV is hardly noticable.

Photo of JayQue
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a big white head. Good head retention and thick patchy lacing. Smell is a bit weak for an IPA. Tastes pretty good. Sort of balanced but the hops win out in the end. The hops are bitter but without much in the way of citrus or pine. A little malt sweetness balances it out but this is still a good beer for hopheads.

Mouthfeel is rich enough even from the first sip. Drinkability is good for a beer of this octane. I like the citrusy or piney hop bombs better but I wouldn't turn another one of these down either.

A good IPA.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy tangerine brew with a fat two finger head that ain't goin' anywheres anytime soon. Butt-loads of lace stick like crazy glue to the glass, and form solid crust that looks like it will be a bitch to wash off.

S - Round creamy malt notes provide a very mellow base for a smooth yeasty aroma with big hop notes and some winy grape accents. There is a vinegary saltiness off in the distance that give this a bit of a Mediterranean salty sea-air when you consider the little grape notes.

T - Sweet, mellow, creamy, and lusciously yeasty. That little hint of salt makes this extremely refreshing, and it tastes like it was brewed yesterday. This IPA shows PERFECT BALANCE. It's not enamel-strippingly bitter, although there is a big hop presence. And it's not overly sweet, although it is more sweet and creamy than most examples of the style. There is even a bit of coffee notes that are very stout-esque, as if someone poured a few drops of a smokes stout into my IPA. Amazing.

M - Medium bodied with luxuriantly silky carbonation and a fresh hoppy dryness at the midpalate. This reverts back to sweetness at the swallow, before drying up again gradually over the next two minutes. The aftertaste is gloriously hoppy and yeasty.

D - Outstanding. I'm blown away by this one. This may be one of the most drinkable beers I've ever encountered.

Photo of bifrostguard
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden yellow edges with an orange center. Small off white head.

S - Malt and citrus hops.

T - Citrusy and refreshing although lacking the upfront bitter and floral notes that I have come to look for in an IPA. Carmal malt holds things together well until a mildly bitter finish.

M - Somewhat thin but still above average.

D - Not a big fan of the citrusy IPAs but this one in refreshing a bitter enough to deserve another try.

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Nikki's in NP, RI.

A - Golden with a very slight haze. Large white head with good retention.

S - Citrusy and floral hop aroma.

T - Citrusy flavor with a firm bitterness. Enough malt to support the beer but not so much as to subdue the hops.

M - Good consistency and carbonation.

D - Easy to drink. A nice hoppy IPA.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Gehrig
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of changeup45
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of blackjack000
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thartman
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of HalfFull
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%.

ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,148 ratings.