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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,163 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,163
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 25
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 1,163 | Reviews: 547
Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extraordinary rocky head that has great lasting power with generous sticky lace. This is a very cloudy beer with a light golden color.

Very mild aroma; far more malty than most IPA's. The little hop I can detect reminds me of freezer burn. Very un-IPA like.

The flavor offers a huge improvement to the smell. The hop is now very pronounced. Yet, the malt is still present. Good full body with a too-high carbonation.

This is a potent and heavily-hopped IPA with some balance.

Photo of Night
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy orange gold. Fairly large golden-white head; overall rather bubbly but with a wide crown of foamy cream. Skinny and patchy arcs of lacing ring the glass. Aroma is warm and malty with sweet citrus hops: light pineapple and peach commingle with a buttery and fruity yeast quality. Mouthfeel is sharply carbonated with a light to medium body. Flavor is dominated by mildly bitter hops (mostly grapefruit) accented by sourdough and lightly buttery malts. A touch of sweetness: honey and caramel. Finish is flat and a bit woody. Aftertaste is lightly bitter and warm.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a fluffy head that sticks well and rings the pint glass with lace

Smell: Pineapple and grapefruit with some underlying caramel

Taste: Starts with a caramel flavor that is joined by some grassy elements at mid-palate; after the swallow the pineapple and pink grapefruit flavors kick in to make for a nice finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice middle of the road IPA

Photo of 1fastz28
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazey orange color with lots of carbonation and a thick frothy head, pretty, while the foam is normal for an IPA, it seems very hazey, almost as hazey as a hefe. smells alot like a skunky european pilsner, but with hops thrown into it. when it first hits the tongue it is very spicy, almost attacks the tastebuds, but then warms the entire mouth with its spicy hop wonderfulness, very good beer, shame i can't find it anywhere around me. i picked this one up in indianapolis.

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

Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head that settles to a thin cap, and leaves a soap like lace on the glass. Aroma typical for the style, with citrus and evergreen hop in the nose, and not much else. Taste follows suit, with a big citrus hop flavor up front, with a slight malt presence also noted before a clean finish that leaves just a small citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, good carbonation given the hop flavor on this one. I wouldn't hesitate to put down 3 or 4 of these in a sitting. Enjoyable!

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden color with a creamy white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is rather grainy with some citrusy and piney hop aromas.

Grainy taste upfront that is immediatly hammered by a big bitter bite. A blend of citrus and piney hop flavors ease in, but are rather mild in comparison to the level of bitterness. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Medium body, creamy texture.

Overall, a nice beer, but the hop flavor and aroma is really held on a shot leash while the bitterness is free to roam. Easy enough to drink more than one in a sitting. Probably won't satisfy the hopheads, but certainly worth a try.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a single, decided to give this one a try- especially since I love the west coast IPA's so much...

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Hazy golden burnt yellow color- some orange/amber hues. Some hilly head here, some nice lacing through the first half of the glass.

S- Smelled of citrus hops- also some nutty pine scent.

T- Kind of what I expected. Tasted like the grapefruit/citrus hop scent thast I detected- hops were not up front, but were evident in every sip.

M- Nice mouthfeel, some warming as it went down, but nothing too overwhelming.

D- Very drinkable. In fact, I could see myself drinking a lot of these- very enjoyable but nothing too complex.

Good stuff

Photo of bboven
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very good lacing, but very little actual head and seems very light for an IPA.

Little smell, considering it's supposed to be an IPA. Very little hop aroma, malt overpowers it but no smells hit you full-on like an IPA should.

Taste is bitter more than anything, not very much hop flavor, just back-of the mouth hop bitterness. That's fine, but there needs to be the other half of the hop in there.

Mouth feel is pretty thick, maybe due to what seems like heavy but quickly dissipating carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, I guess. This might be a good ber for when you want a real big IPA, but it's just too hot out.

Photo of boelker62
2.26/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

Photo of OKCNittany
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of sloejams
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of GRPunk
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of jdoncbus
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of joecast
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of MCDuhamel
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of jeffjfindley
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of MmmIPA
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
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

Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of atsprings
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of bosco7
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Vancer
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of Duster72
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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.

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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
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