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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 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.

boelker62, Jul 07, 2007
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.

OKCNittany, Jul 04, 2007
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.

sloejams, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of GRPunk
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Poured a hazy golden orange with a fairly thin head and medium carbonation. Left decent lacing in the glass.

S- Pretty basic. Mostly pine scents picked up. Maybe some citrus notes.

T- Somewhat dry up front with a solid grapefruit/pine finish. Good hop taste I look for in an American IPA.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Pretty smooth on the tongue.

D- Solid IPA. I'd drink it again, but wouldn't go as far as to seek it out. It's missing something to set it apart from the "upper tier" standard IPAs out there.

GRPunk, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of jdoncbus
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Golden orange appearance, quite bubbly with mild haze. Moderate head with significant hazing.

Sweet aroma, pine presence with accents of smooth citrus. Crisp hop blast mixed with wood and pineapple; very little on the malt end. Mouthfeel is oily with the expected tart and bitter finish of an AIPA - very refreshing on a hot summer day.

IMO this is an excellent IPA session brew. Sure I would not have minded a little more low-end on the malt side but if you like AIPAs you can't go wrong with this solid West Coast AIPA.

jdoncbus, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of joecast
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks clear golden in the glass, forming a 2cm thick frothy white head. great head stability and nice lacing. medium carbonation.

aroma full with citrus and herbal notes. gets a slight sharp medicinal aspect to it when it warms, but just a little.

taste is well rounded and balanced. good hop presence which is complemented nicely by the malt sweetness. herbal and citrus are the main players here.

one of the more balanced ipas i've had. even amounts of hop and malt (at least in the taste) make this pretty enjoyable.

joecast, May 31, 2007
Photo of MCDuhamel
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an English pub glass at fridge temperature.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy dark copper, with moderate visible carbonation. Head is two inches of white pillowy foam, eventually reducing to a one centimeter cap. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Citrusy, strong presence of American hops, with a slight pungency. The nose is all about the hops.

T: Some malt sweetness upfront, followed immediately by strong American hop flavor and a pungent bitterness. Perhaps a bit unrefined, but quite typical of West Coast IPAs.

M: Moderate mouthfeel, with the carbonation and hop bitterness preventing the malt sweetness from being in the least bit cloying.

D: A bit high in alcohol for easy drinkability, and the coarseness of the hoppy finish prevents this from being an all afternoon kind of beer.

Overall: Definitely a West Coast IPA, and better than many. Perhaps a slightly lighter hand on the bittering hops would make the beer a real standout.

MCDuhamel, May 22, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beauty in appearance. Golden color, fluffy head with sticktoitiveness. Smell is earthy and moist, like tree moss with a dash of hops. The flavor isn't bad, but isn't great. Malt is overpowered by hop bitterness right out of the gate. Seems like this could be retooled with less hops in the early boil and more in the latter, for aroma. The malt smells better than it tastes. The mouthfeel is average, with a little sting at the end. A miss for North Coast, but a near one.

jeffjfindley, May 18, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a pillowy, off-white, 2+ finger head. Very nice lace.

S - It smelled of grasses and had floral notes.

T - It had a nice sweet flavor and maltiness. Good hop character and a hint of coriander or some citrus.

M - It was crisp and quite sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good IPA. Good blend of hops and malt. Plus some nice sweetness.

zeff80, May 11, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big white frothy 2 finger head.Hazy red colored body with some streaming bubbles.Lacing on the glass.

Some piney smell in there lurking but not much else.

Piney,faint citrus taste and some malt towards the end of the taste.

Some carbonation attack but not bad at all,pretty much the same ole mouthful for ipa's.

Drinkibility is ok,a bit high on the abv,wouldnt take ya too many to get slammed.Pretty bland beer

MmmIPA, May 06, 2007
Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into an IPA glass. No date found. The apricot colored body had a chill haze. Three fingers of head left ladder rungs of lace all the way down the glass.

Smell was of orange juice and light caramel. Flowery.

Taste was grapefruit pith. Somewhat astringent. Malty caramel. Bitter lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and carbonation.

Cresant, May 01, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber with a thin off-white head that left some lacing. The aroma was of some grapefruit citrus hops with sweet malts. The taste was both citrus and mild pine hops with a decent balance of caramel malts. The beer was medium to heavily bodied with warming alcohol and some syrupiness. This one is a little harsh, but a decent IPA.

atsprings, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of bosco7
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic. Has a pillowy white head with slight chill haze. Big caramel aroma with cascade hop notes. Huge malt backbone for a regular IPA. Typical cascade hop flavors; citrusy and floral. Fare amount of bitterness.

Overall a decent IPA, however nothing outstanding.

bosco7, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Acme says mediocre to me, and this one matches it fairly well. Decent, but nothing stands out with this one.

Hazy amber orange, small white head – couple o’ rings of lace. Small pop of floral hop in the aroma, moves right into the quaff. Small orangey taste, big grapefruit kicker. Sour and tart in the finish. I could drink these, no problem, but there are much better IPAs in the market.

Vancer, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light copper with a finger head that sticks around and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is very nice citrus with hints of pine. Taste is citrus with nice crisp hops and enough malts to keep the bitters from getting too bad. Mouthfeel is slightly resiny, but okay for style. Very drinkable and much much better than the California Pale Ale.

Duster72, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance — Hazy orange with fluffy head. Mild retention and awesome lacing.

Smell — Floral hops, grapefruit, caramel malts.

Taste — Grapefruit and the caramel malt starts the flavors but the hops quickly take over leaving a lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel — Medium bodied. Adequate carbonation.

Drinkability — Nicely balanced IPA.

stereosforgeeks, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of schusterbauer
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very hazy and pale with a tint of light orange and a creamy head. soft aromas of melon, cold pizza crust, and freshly picked green herbs. the taste puts me in the mind of a light breakfast -- hearty whole grain wheat toast served with fresh marmalade, grapefruit, orange juice. rich and full-bodied in the mouth. citric and toasty on the finish, and very dry. as forward as the flavors are, there is something very contained and refined about this that i like. there are plenty of american pale ales (not IPAs) that are hoppier than this. easy to drink. beer for outdoors.

schusterbauer, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of oelergud
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange and brown unusual color. White uneven clumpy head with great retention and clumpy lace.
Fresh hoppy scent with a very faint pine note and good balance.
Crisp hop flavor, very invigorating and delicious. Malts come through briefly just before the aftertaste kicks in with a nice resin rush which has great length.
Good mouthfeel, full body and viscous, some coating and just abit dry finish. Very drinkable, this may be a newly found gem among the multitude of micro breweries.


oelergud, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of Tang07
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very sudsy pale orange. The head is a bit out of control. Bubbly and not foamy. The beer smells of pine and grapefruit with a bit of malt in the background.

It has a nice sharp back of the tongue biting hop flavor, which I like very much, but it doesn't have much else going for it. Very bad balance, not much body to support the highish ABV and the hoppieness.

It's drinkable, but not my favorite. IPA and hoppy Pale Ales are my favorite and this didn't make a very good impression.

It's not a bad beer, but I would not call it a very good example of an American IPA. I'd buy it again if it were reasonably priced, but being that my local beer shop is a bit pricey I'll probably not be purchasing this stuff again.

Tang07, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is citrus and piney hops with a little bit of malt in the background as well. The taste features much of the same piney citrus hops and a pretty good malt backbone as well. Mouthfeel was just too thin but not enough to detract from the brew that much. Overall, I found this to be a pretty solid IPA that is good enough for a repeat purchase. Recommended.

cjgator3, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of rajendra82
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New arrival in Georgia and American IPA, a lethal combination I have yet to develop the ability to pass up when first spotted. Acme California IPA was not going to be the first one to put a stop to my hop seeking, obsessive buying habit. Upon opening, I immediately notice how heavily carbonated this one was. The initial pour resulted in a glass that was nearly ¾ foam. After it settled down to a clear pale amber liquid, an impressive craggy head emerged above the rim of the glass. Good deal of fine bubbles were continuously coming up though the body too. The smell was floral, citric, and herbal hops, but the impact was low key and relaxed. The taste was clean and straight forward, with a simple dextrin sweetness, and a citric hop presence with low bitterness. Body was a little thinner than I anticipated considering the respectable 6.5% ABV strength. Very easy to drain the glass rapidly.

rajendra82, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peach colored, evenly clouded, under a tightly formed, lumpy head that stays as an attractive creamy covering. The aroma is mild, but suggests this will be a nicely balanced IPA...zesty citrus juice and sweet malts with a delicate herbal edge. More citrus rind and pulp on the tongue supported by a solid malt backbone that is sweet yet earthy. There's an interesting ginger snap quality to the whole thing. Medium in the mouth, bitter, and drying. Its not blow-your-socks-off delicious, but few beers are. Acme IPA is a tasty, balanced take on the style. Its not over the top, and I don't think it has to be.

wedge, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with a different label than shown: now it's red label with a vintage girl swinging in a yellow dress.

Appears orange in the mug with some whisps of dark yeast and a 2" thick cream-colored head. A sweet hop aroma greets me, as does notes of citrus, pineapple, and flower.

Taste is more like an ESB that an IPA, with sour mash, hops, bread, and caramel. A bit too unbalanced for me. The mouthfeel is pungent, juicy and well carbonated, with an aftertaste that bites harder than Lorena Bobbit. Aftertaste is part hop, part metal. Overall, it's a decent attempt at an IPA, but the taste and mouthfeel are a bit off the mark.

wagenvolks, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of jmc44
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a short 12 oz bottle with a cool retro-looking label.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber-gold, thick tan head that dissipates but leaves some lacing.

Definite citrus hops in the aroma; a bit piney, with a slight hint of light maltiness.

Taste follows the aroma pretty well, hop dominated but not overwhelming. Slight malty backbone helps balance it a bit. Finishes bitter and dry.

Somewhat thin, medium bodied and a bit oily on the toungue, particularly in the finish.

Since the hops are not overwhelming, and the alcohol content isn't too high, this is a fairly drinkable IPA. Goes down easy.

Nothing really sets this beer apart from a bunch of other IPAs, but it is solid and well done, nothing "extreme" about it. Just a classic example of the IPA style. Well worth a try and would be a good standard beer. Nothing exotic.

jmc44, Mar 14, 2007
ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,079 ratings.