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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,066 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,066
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 35 | 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 Vancer


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

04-20-2007 13:30:56 | More by Vancer
Photo of Duster72


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

04-19-2007 21:39:01 | More by Duster72
Photo of stereosforgeeks


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

04-14-2007 03:02:09 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of schusterbauer


4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

04-08-2007 01:46:06 | More by schusterbauer
Photo of oelergud


4.4/5  rDev +21.2%

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.


04-07-2007 21:59:28 | More by oelergud
Photo of Tang07


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

03-31-2007 02:01:45 | More by Tang07
Photo of cjgator3


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

03-26-2007 22:50:34 | More by cjgator3
Photo of rajendra82


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

03-24-2007 03:56:07 | More by rajendra82
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

03-21-2007 01:38:20 | More by wedge
Photo of wagenvolks


3.3/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

03-16-2007 04:02:34 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of jmc44


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

03-14-2007 15:54:35 | More by jmc44
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.83/5  rDev -22%

Appearance: Light copper-colored body with a small, foamy white head.

Smell: Faint lemony citrus aroma with lesser notes of apricots and pale malts.

Taste: Starts with a faint, remote sweetness then moves to a grapefruit twang. Finishes lightly bitter, lighty metallic.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Sharp carbonation.

Drinkability: Little malt, hop, or yeast character. Entirely underwhelming.

03-02-2007 04:04:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.13/5  rDev -13.8%

This beer was lightly hoppy and pleasant, but I was hoping for more robustness in the hop/bitterness of this beer. Still, it was not bad.

Appearance was a hazy yellow with lots of head. Aroma was a subdued blend of maltiness and hop sweetness. Flavor also felt subdued...there was a somewhat rich hop bouquet, but it was weak in intensty. Mouthfeel was light, but a bit thin.

02-24-2007 03:29:21 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a cloudy but luminous orange color and has the beloved rocky head with excellent stickiness to the lace. Nose is hoppy but not overpowering and does seem to have a smidge of sweetness to balance. Citric and pine flavors are the top dogs bbut neither has much bite.

The balance continues into the taste but is flattened out at the end by a dry bitterness that is also oily and a llittle soapy. Big pine flavors here but not unique or outstanding compared to any other well done but basicallly generic west coast pale ales. Worth a shot and you won't be disappointed, but not a holy grail or anything like that.

02-22-2007 03:02:27 | More by daliandragon
Photo of JoeyHotrod


4/5  rDev +10.2%

Not a bad IPA to be had here, though nowhere near groundbreaking.

Slightly cloudy orange look, with an average sized head.

The smell hoppy.... grapefruit, pine and citrus.

The taste matches the smell in it's dominant hoppiness, though there's a decent enough malt backbone to help balance it out somewhat.

This is a beer I could drink from time to time, though not something I would go out of my way to try again.

There's clearly better options in the style, but again this is by no means bad and worth drinking in it's own right.

02-10-2007 02:42:27 | More by JoeyHotrod
Photo of rallison


3.2/5  rDev -11.8%

A: Light amber color. Clear - no cloudiness. 1 inch white semi-fluffy head. Dies down to about a 1/3 inch head.

S: Smells of citrus and bread. Doesn't really have a distinct hop smell. Closest it comes to hoppy smelling is the citrus. Just doesn't smell like an IPA.

T: Also doesn't really taste like an IPA. It's not bad though. More like an amber ale. Think Firestone double barrel - something along those lines. There is a bit of hop flavor back there though (but seriously - this is supposed to be an American IPA!), but the slightly bready malt is what you'll more distinctly taste in here. Finishes with some bitterness. I guess the citrus shows up a bit too. Also a bit of astringency - familiar to some of the not so great ambers I've had. Relatively clean taste.

M: A bit thin, somewhat sharp too. Head helps it a bit.

D: Easy enough to drink, although I might get bored with it. If I were to not get bored, it's very sessionable.

Overall, not too bad. Just not really much of an IPA unfortunately. More like a cross between a pale ale and an amber.

01-27-2007 08:28:58 | More by rallison
Photo of Nipitato


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liqours in Westborough, MA.

A: Amber hue with an orangish tint. Somewhat hazy. Good head retention.

S: A really great aroma. A prominent hoppy scent with lemony characteristics. As warms more pine comes through.

T: Well balanced taste with a strong recognizable malt backbone. Hop flavor is citrus/piney. Nice bittering effect. Medium dry finish.

MF: Medium light. Nice carbonation. Hop dervived astringency.

D: A good well balanced IPA. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

01-25-2007 18:12:40 | More by Nipitato
Photo of cbn


3.45/5  rDev -5%

presentation: 12 oz. bottle
red black and gold, flying lady lable

a hard pour,at room temp, yeilds a large off-white head perched above an orange-amber body with generous carbonation. large islands of thick lace form as thin lace blankets the surface of a crystal clear ale.

warm alcohol, sweet malt, yeast and bold hops combine into a locker- room like aroma.

much like the aroma, taste warm spicy(pepper/pine) with a sweet malt backbone, slightly salty finish.

hot and thin at room temp. slightly oily hop resin leave taste buds wanting more.

i like this brew near the end of the day, big bold hop flavor with a nice sweet malt body.

01-25-2007 01:11:39 | More by cbn
Photo of alexskovan

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

12 oz bottle, just below room temperature; 57F.

Poured slightly cloudy gold with a big coarse white head that crumbled slowly like whipped cream on coffee. Aroma was big on hops with the malt behind them. Hop attack -- in a good way -- in the taste with lots of honey and grapefruit under it. Finishes easygoing-bitter, and crisp. Good for a session. Nice and well balanced IPA.

01-07-2007 20:00:23 | More by alexskovan
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

A - Hazy apricot color with an orange hue. A small one finger head that is fueled by the slow, yet steady, carbonation. The head never fully subsides. The glass has lacing all down the sides.

S - Apricot and grapefruit pith with some lemon juice as well. Very mild aroma.

T - Initial flavor is pretty bland with a bit of ctirus and light malt. The taste then shifts into a very strong grapefruit pith bitterness. Throughout the flavor seems soapy, but it is very good.

M - Thick body, slightly high carbonation, pretty refreshing.

D - I wouldn't mind having this again. The hop combination is a pleasant one and the flavors are a balanced well. It isn't a typical cascade loaded pale ale. Definitely worth a try.

01-03-2007 18:55:04 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of ReebShorts


2.85/5  rDev -21.5%

Picked this up at Bottleworks in Seattle. Cool looking red label with a chick hanging on to a rope flying through the air while holding a pint of beer. There is a proclamation on the label that this is one of the Ten best beers in the world according to the Beverage Testing Institute.

Pours an unappealing hazy brownish-orange color. The head is rather impressive; Thick and chunky, lotsa lacing.

Aroma or Floral hops, bread, and citrus.

Mouthefeel is creamier than I expected for an IPA. Flavor is unimpressive. Not overly hoppy for an IPA, however it has a perfumey taste that lingers, and seems out of balance.

Bottom line, great packaging, average IPA.

01-02-2007 06:37:38 | More by ReebShorts
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

Poured this into a pint glass. Pale yellowish-orange, rather cloudy. Slight lacing, a little foam. Smells sweet for an IPA. Tastes sweet for an IPA. The taste is light and refreshing as I served it pretty cold. Overall this is a good beer. I like the taste and the mouthfeel is great. As an IPA on the other hand, it isn't the best example I can think of. It isn't as bold as an IPA should be IMHO.

12-27-2006 22:13:29 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Light yellow, 75% clear. Moderate carbonation and head.

Sharp bitter hop, floral and citric. Almost no sweetness, but what is there is caramel-like.

Hop blast. Metallic aftertaste. Generic bitterness. Almost no malt. Quite unbalanced.

Nice carbonation and mild foamation.

Blast of dry hop and carbonation like a kick in the teeth. There is little real flavor. Kudos to North Coast for the grand hoppage classic of strong American IPAs. Sadly the malt backbone just isn’t there.

12-26-2006 06:22:40 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of EagleTalon


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours to thin white head and hazy orange-amber color. Aroma is sweet malt and American hops, probably Amarillo or Cascade. Flavor is typical American pale ale with a little extra hops. Hop bitterness dominates with just enough malt to balance it out. Finishes bitter and somewhat dry. Not a bad brew.

12-25-2006 22:35:13 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Served at refrigerator temp from amber 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass.
Aroma at the bottle neck is noble hops, pilsnerish.
First impression is how light straw colored it is. Pours thick and dextriny, like an IPA should. Next impression is the excessive haze, actually cloudiness, and finally, a big merenguey head suggesting a heading agent.
Nose is absent at the glass, concealed by the rock hard foam layer.
Taste is muted, a nice, neutral flavor with light malt, thick and silky mouthfeel, only a little bit of tang in every swallow. Hops are not aggressive, but are well balanced between flavor, aroma, and bitterness.
As it warms, beer mellows a bit, no real change in character.
Drinkability is great. Could down these all day. Wish I'd bought two and could have a second right now. Nothing terribly interesting about it, though. Only defect is the cloudiness, starch haze maybe? Tasty beer, recommended.

12-10-2006 17:37:22 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,066 ratings.