ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,127 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,127
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 22
Gots: 49 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2000)
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Photo of morimech
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light golden with a large white head that sticks around the entire time the beer sits in the glass. Excellant retention. Moderate lacing left on the glass.

I get a lot of bready malt and not much for hops in the aroma. The hops do give off some pine and citrus aromas.

Mostly malt in the taste. There is a bitterness there but the flavor from the hops have been lost somehow. Leaves a lingering bitterness on the tongue but no hint of pine, citrus, grass, spice, etc. Just bitter. Very odd profile.

On the lighter side of IPAs with low carbonation that coats the mouth nicely.

It is an easy drinker but the odd flavor leaves it far behind most IPAs. I won't revisit this one.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a hazy orange-yellow, with a medium off-white head that lingered throughout the glass and left very good lacing on the sides. Immdeiately struck by the citrusy grapefruit upon opening, and this was reflected in the biting tanginess of the mouthfeel. Taste was mostly hoppy grapefruit as well, but there was a hint of both a malty sweetness and the 6.5% alcohol as the beer warmed slightly.

A very pleasant beer that I could definitely enjoy again.

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

This is a very nice IPA and a pleasant surprise. The beer pours a slightly cloudy, golden amberish color, with a pretty thick and frothy off white head that retains and retains. There is also lots of lacing to this beer. There's not heaps of carbonation and this is a medium bodied beer. The aroma is faint for an IPA. There are some tea like hop notes, some crips malts, maybe a hint of florals as things get warmed up, maybe some musty smells along the way. The taste is a very nice creamy, biscuity malt backbone. There are some bittering hops of the traditional variety. They are not so much grassy, oily, or estery, but more warming and tea like in their tartness and bitterness. I particularly like the creamy blend with the hops and the malty breadiness. This is a really nice IPA with a lot to recommend it. The mouthfeel is modest and this is just a very drinkable beer worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Photo of weiserr
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Before I go any further, I must admit how much I dig the label on ACME California IPA. It has an old school feel, and the attractive blonde featured on the bottle keeps sending me subliminal messages. It's as if she's saying, "Come take a peek inside, I promise you won't be disappointed." Lovely.

It empties to an overcast, strawberry blonde haze capped by a beigeish-white froth approaching two fingers. Solid retention and manifolds of lace.

The aroma is pleasantly fruity up front. Valencia oranges and peach flavored Snapple. As it warms, a light bready, somewhat nutty malt character is present.

It's balanced, given the composition. Would have enjoyed a bit more sting from the hop character, but did enjoy the sweet citrus blend and toasted malt combo. If you let the palate wander long enough, there's some faint spiciness too.

Incredibly smooth texture with a bit of lingering hop residual.

ACME California IPA isn't as aggressively hopped as some of its regional counterparts. However, the ABV is well hidden making it a nice departure when looking for something on the tame side.


Photo of demcorhip
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was the best part of this beer. With no best by or brewed on date the age of the bottle is unknown. Bought and consumed yesterday, and i suspect that it was not particularly fresh...

Amber brew with a big whipped head, great retention driven in part by a medium level of very finely bubbled carbonation. Nice sticky clumps of lace.

Aroma disappoints. Mild bready malts and some honeylike sweeter notes. Some mineral qualities and essence of lemon.

Biscuit appears, as well as more herbal notes in the tasting. Fairly substantial bitterness but lacking hop flavour, hop taste is mainly some lemon with a touch of pine.

Big clean bitterness in this light bodied brew. Fairly astringent.

Not much to say about the drinkability on this one. Many better examples of the style exist compared to what i had out of this bottle. Hopefully this was an older sample that had already lost significant hop flavour versus something put together with stale or inferior quality hops, which may be a concern thanks to a certain shortage...

Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, this beer had an amber color and fairly cloudy texture. Not a huge amount of head or lacing.

S: Had an aroma mainly of hops, but there were faint traces of malt.

T: The hops overwhelm the flavor, but that's not to say there are that many other elements. Not bad tasting, but kind of underwhelming.

M: There was a middle-of-the-road carbonation level and a smooth finish. This is a medium-bodied beer.

D: This isn't necessarily a bad beer, but it doesn't necessarily impress. There are other IPAs I would go for first (Bear Republic, for one).

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Union Brewhouse, Weymouth. Nice auburn/ orange color with light white head. Some fruity aromas with some grassy aromas to finish. Really crisp hop bite throughout this beer. I am a hop head, but there does not seem to be too much balance here with any noticable malt finish. This one just rips apart your taste buds, not a horrible thing, mind you. Crisp, light mouthfeel. Only going to have one fo these!

Photo of JEdmund
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, brownish/orange, thick head that retains well, but leaves little lacing

Malty and hoppy, nothing too strong, but it is very pleasant; somewhat fruity

Taste & Mouthfeel
Good carbonation/hop sting at first, lots of malt from the start through the middle; nice hop burst at the end; really yummy on the malt side and overall somewhat weak on hops (but still definitely an IPA); extremely smooth and creamy in texture (a great attribute I've noticed with other North Coast beers)

Very refreshing, tasty, and full; big on malts but somewhat weak on hops for an IPA; I really like it and could easily enjoy a six-pack over a week or weekend.

Photo of BrianC
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: a hazy deep golden color.
smell: moderate hop aroma.
taste: well balanced flavor. this is an IPA that's not too bitter, but has good fruity hop flavor.
drinkability: This hits a sweet spot for me. It's got enough hops to keep me very happy, but it's not so strong or bitter that I couldn't drink 4 or more.

I'll buy it again.

Photo of Pencible
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy honey color with white head. It smelled like a blend of strong floral and lemon hops with some malt. It tasted very dominantly of citrus and floral hops, with some honey malt for a bit of balance. It was watery with no carbonation and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very clean and bitter beer that was good but not great, as it gave a sense of being more watery than it really was.

Photo of TYE
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of billybob
4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Photo of MerkinMan
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of biggmike
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of shlub
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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...

Photo of dsa7783
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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...

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of mltobin
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of PhageLab
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of SirSaranac
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of bigpatvoodoodad
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of 454onbeerss
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,127 ratings.