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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,096 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,096
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 20
Gots: 42 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2000)
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Photo of whynot44
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear coppery gold color with a foamy off-white head that slowly subsides to a sticky ring of lace that persists.

The aroma is grassy, citrussy hops with just a hint of caramel.

The taste starts with mild sweet malt for just a second before the hops kick in and overpower it. Orange/grapefruit zest, hints of grass and lots of pine needles kick in solidly and last into the aftertaste, where the caramel malt re-appears. Finishes fairly dry and refreshing with a bit of alcohol warmth.

Definitely worth a try for any hop lovers out there.

whynot44, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful head that leaves lacing as it falls nicely with a golden brown color.

The smell is fruity and dark with a hoppiness to it. Amarillo hops mix with the fruit and combine well.

The taste is very hoppy and grassy like cascade hops. The fruit is covered by the extreme hop flavor, but comes out in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated. It goes down cool and bubbly which matches the hoppiness and creates a great flavor on the palate.

I love this beer and could drink it very much.

Erdinger2003, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy light orangeish amber with a nice slightly tan head. nice lacing.

Smell. i smell a strong orange aroma with some caramel. nice.

Taste. lighter on the hops than what i expected (wish i could tell the date of this bottle). Still hoppy, but turns into quite a nice balance with the malts. there is a caramel taste i get to this. aftertaste is actually on the malty side, nice roasted flavors is what i get.

Mouthfeel. quite nice balance. nice amount of carbonation. body is medium.

Overall a very nice beer to just hang out and enjoy with. i love the balance here. i dont want to compare it to an english ipa cuz i just dont see it that way, but the malts play a very active role here. i would not mind having a lot of this in my fridge at all.

acrawf6, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

wow, the label on the bottle i had was much nicer.

So, i figured that this beer wouldn't be very good because it's ACME beer...either from the east coast chain of supermarkets or from Wiley Coyote's explosives supplier, and i wouldn't expect either to make good beer. but i think that i was wrong. peach colored, nice white head. Odor isn't great, malty but in a raw way, like fermentation never really finished. No hops on the nose that i can pick out. But its a tasty darn beer. hops apparant all over. sweet malt, citrusy (orange with a big smack of grapefruit). could drink this again for sure. North Coast should make their name more prominent on this one so people know to buy it and try it.

aforbes10, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange colored ale with no real head formation. We should probably start calling this color "IPA Orange" by now.

Smell is all strong and aggressive American C type hops. Strong aromas of eucalyptus, orange, mint and pine. Malts contribution is sweet and honey like.

Taste is strongly of hops at the start, mostly bitter oranges and wood. Strong hops and is what the West Coast IPA is all about and this beer certainly delivers on that. Mostly the first flavors remain as you drink this but in the end the flavor of strong tea joins the rest of the flavors. Pleasant bitter after taste that carries the flavor of orange zest.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is completely subjective based on your tolerance for hops. Super hoppy beer that just isn't for a non-hophead.

Zorro, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty golden yellow in the glass with a respectible full finger craggy head that melts to very substantial sticky lacy which follows all the way down the glass.
Aromas are a toasty, bready type of yeast with citrus hops.
Taste is a good balance of initially sweet malt followed then overpowered by sharp citrus hops....orange peel and lightly grapefruit peel.
Mouth if full of decent carbonation and bitter citrus peel hops with a mellow alcohol warming going down.
Overall a decent west coast IPA...nothing really spectacular or that sets it apart, but well balanced and definately shows the craftsmen's art.

IntriqKen, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed light honey color with an off-white tightly bubbled head that sinks quickly, but leaves a fine cap atop the liquid, and a ring of lace rising up the sides of the glass. Aroma is low, but has notes of citrus and grassy hops, some ripe sweet fruit, honey, and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, leading to an initially bitter hop flavor, reminiscent of citrus peel shavings. Slight malt nuances of honey and fruit lay in the back, and a bitter pine flavor emerges in the finish. A good beer, but a little too much orange peel and pine for my tastes, and somewhat one-dimensional.

far333, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark golden color ale with a huge foamy head with above standard retention. Aroma of citrus hops and sweet malt is well balance and very pleasant. Taste is sweeter then expected but very well balance by citrus hops and a medium bitter finish. Not the most extreme IPA but a very well balance example that I enjoyed more then expected.

Phyl21ca, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, the pour results in an inch thick head and a nice burned orange body. The lacing left behind is like an intricate work of art. Nose is a nasty skunkiness and pine. Taste is pine, orange and grapefruit mingled with caramel. Nothing that impresses though. Mouth is big and bold. I dunno ... it's good, but nothing too special, especially here on the west coast. Wouldn't refuse it, wouldn't seek it out.

TheBungyo, May 28, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up because I thought the label looked interesting (see picture on the site), 12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

A—pours burnt orange, slightly hazy with a 2 inch tan fluffy head, fades over 15 minutes or so, lacing forms in sheets down the side

S—a lot sweeter than I expected, lots of malty sweetness up front, some hidden grapefruit lingers, doesn’t smell like other IPAs that I have had

T—citrusy and bitter, from start to the dry finish, a touch of pine as well

M—a little chalky, medium/light bodied, medium carbonation

D—not bad, the chalkiness takes away from the drinkability a bit.

hanco005, May 24, 2006
Photo of MeLikeBeer
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale blonde in the glass...thick, rich head that hangs around for the duration of the drink.

Smells lightly of hops and a sweet aroma of fruit.

Flavor left some to be desired...brief hop bite, it does not linger on the palate, some bitternesss, but overall a little dry.

It's drinkable, but I won't be seeking it out again.

MeLikeBeer, May 23, 2006
Photo of mobyfann
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.69 for a single....

The beer pours a cloduy light amber and hazy colored base, with a medium white base, good head retention and a few lacing effects of the side of the glass. The aroma is as cloudy as the beer, a light hop tone, but nothing too noticeable.

The taste is the same as the aroma, nothing too impressive, for an IPA. The beer is noticeably smooth, very nice on the palette. Drinkable, but I would hold off on another.

Final Thought: Ehh, an ok IPA that appears to be overrated here on BA...

mobyfann, May 08, 2006
Photo of medic25
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with persistent white head the laces nicely along the edges of the glass. Hoppy aroma. Taste is very typical of the west coast IPA's. Strong, oily hops flavor, with a pine-like quality. Mouthfeel is very dry, with a bitter aftertaste. Drinkability was fairly decent; a little too hoppy to polish off more than a couple, but enjoyable none the less.

medic25, May 05, 2006
Photo of supercolter
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Ok so this was my first IPA, maybe I had a bad bottle... not sure, so take this review with a grain of salt...
A- Looks good, nice golden color, lots of foam- dissolves average with some really nice webbing
S- smells good as well- bitter citrus, no real hop smell at all-(kinda surprised
T- No I would not recommend the taste- very bitter- not crisp, but not skunk either- just not my favorite combo of flavors
M- pretty dry to the tongue
D- couldn't finish my beer because the taste repelled me

supercolter, May 01, 2006
Photo of plaid75
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very nice copper hue with a soapy one finger head. There was no head retention and minimal lacing.

The smell of the beer was uneventful. A very faint hop aroma and with hints of grass.

The taste was equally flat. No real hop characteristic. However, the ale was extremely dry and crisp. Quite refreshing and light.

The mouthfeel was average. Not what I would expect from an IPA, but average and clean nonetheless.

A good drinkable beer as long as you are not expecting a hop wallop.

Overall, not a model example of the style.

plaid75, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

mine also has the changed label

A- pours a true golden color with half a finger of head

S - smells like a good IPA, a hoppy aroma with a zest of citrus, probably orange

T - a very refershing bitter, a slight sweetness with the expected bitterness, a very bright flavor

M - typically dry, but very smooth at first

D - damn drinkable

sinstaineddemon, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of Luigi
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They have changed the label. Now, it is a hot blonde girl in a yellow short skirt swinging from a rope holding a pint glass full of ale. The girl of my dreams! but anyways.. to the review.

Has a hazy orange color. The head starts off two fingers thick then settles down a bit. Sticky all around the class and great head retention. The aroma is sweet and citrusy. Has a good amount of pale malt sweetness to blend in with the citrusy hop. The taste is very blalanced. A blend of floral hops and sweet pale malts make me want to sip more and more. Has warming alcohol level too. Finishes off dry and hoppy. Hmmm I think I could drink pint after pint of this beer. This is one of the most balanced and tasty Cali IPA's I have ever had.

Luigi, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a light yellow red with an average white head. Nothing special with the appearance. The smell has some hops with some citrus scents,but it's not as strong as other West Coast IPA"s. The taste is very crisp and clean with a good bunch of hops. The citrus flavors are pretty strong with a nice bitter hop aftertaste. The m/f is light and refreshing with a well balanced flavor mix. This is a good beer, but I can't help being alittle disappionted because I like North Coast so much.

jmz62565, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ACME- California IPA

Appearance- hazy dirty/ cloudy orange with a thick billowy head. Alot of lacing going on.
Smell- light floral hops. Grapefruit rind.
Taste- immediate grapefruit/ nectarine rind hops.
Mouthfeel- fruity at first followed up by a mild dry bitterness. Watery.

Overall- once again a decent offering from ACME but just a little too toned down for me.
A nice mild IPA that would be a good intro to the style though.

NJpadreFan, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very lovely opaquish gold with a good head that shrinks down to a thickish film, and the lacing down the glass is really quite nice. Aroma is very floral, and citrusy. Love the hops here, very aromatic and perfumy, and the malts show up faintly, but sweet. A great mouth to this thing, rich and smooth, but still with some action on the tongue so its not too flat. Taste-wise, this is really what I come to expect from an IPA, a nice load of hops, floral and citrus hints, piney, and has this sweet malt presence underlying that comes out and makes itself known near the end to balance out this lovely act of craftsmanship. I'm really starting to enjoy North Coast brews, and can't wait to try more.

objectivemonkey, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy slightly orange honey color with an inch of nearly white head that fell to a ring that left nice bands of lace. Smells of earthy hops with a sweet malt base. The malt tastes like watery oats and candy and the big hop character that follows is an oaky, grassy hop that isn’t all too bitter. The mouth feel is light to medium bodied and clean with a small gentle carbonation. This is a subdued IPA that is extremely easy to drink.

DarkerTheBetter, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of Tallboy
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle.
Pours: A dull orangeish honey colored body with a nice allaround white head.

Scent: Was of both citrus and faint piney aroma with little to no hops.

Taste: Sweetness is verry strong at first, followed by the bitterness of the hops, and the dryness of the citrus.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly crisp and smooth with an abundace of carbonation.

Drinkability: Was not as strong of an IPA as I am used to drinking....or would have liked, but still overall was not bad.

Tallboy, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of wingnutter
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden hazy in the pint glass, nice pillowy head. Upon first look, appears a bit thin.

Smells piney, citrusy, Floral. Nice aroma.

Very bitter up front, with citrus rhinds and a malt sweetness behind it.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin...maybe too fizzy. Dry finish.

Easy to drink, would be a nice summer quencher.

Not a bad IPA. Not great, but you could do much worse.

wingnutter, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer. Bought a sixer from a pretty good beer store in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Not much detail on the bottle, I'd guess it was bottle condition considering all the sediment at the bottom. Cloudy, unfiltered appearance, with a healthy head. Enormous fruit esters, one I found unusual for an IPA was bananas. Has a nice hop kick to it as well.

This North Carolina brewery would be better suited identify where it was from rather than adhering to a style.

Good session beer, trust me.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter shade of copper with a thin white head,very well balanced aromas piney hop over top of sweet caramel malt makes this appetizing to the nose for sure.I have to say that this IPA is much more balanced than I expected sure the healthy dose of piney/citrusy,resiny hop is there but its held up niely to a lightly swwet caramel backbone that makes for a nice finish and aftertaste.This beer is alot more balanced than I had expected California IPA to be means tongue curling hop monster but this has the hops with the malt and I liked it,I would definently buy again.

oberon, Nov 17, 2005
ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,096 ratings.