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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,126 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,126
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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of rallison
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Nipitato
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of cbn
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ReebShorts
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of flexabull
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours bright hazy deep gold color, with a nice white head.

Aromas are faint... a bit of sweet malt noted, and a hint of citrus.

Flavors are a bit dull. Tasted some faint bitter grapefruit flavors, and a touch of creamy malt sweetness on the finish. Pretty average tasting and very pedestrian.

Mouthfeel is ok. But the flavors are fleeting.

This is a drinkable brew, but certainly nothing special. I wouldn't turn one down, but I'd certainly pass this one up in a bar or at the store. There are far more superior IPAs out there.

Photo of geexploitation
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, honeyed amber with a touch of yeasty cloudiness and a thick, sticky white head that leaves plenty of Brussels lace on my Duvel glass. Aromas don't seem overly hoppy to me... I get more fruit esters out of this beer, especially apples. But there are some typically American fruity hop notes in here, such as oranges. The malts are only present in the nose in the form sweetness added to the fruits already there. On the palate, the hop bitterness is by no means overpowering, but it is nonetheless the centerpiece of this beer. The malts own the mid-palate but play a supporting role up front and in the finish, wherein distinctively American pine-and-citrus hops predominate. Overall, this is a slight and not terribly interesting but drinkable American IPA.

Photo of jackorain
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer looks good. the only thing holding it back from a high mark is the amber color. I prefer copper IPAs. It is nicely cloudy though. Had a great 2 finger head that seemed to hold all day (I wouldn't know though becasue the beer only lasted 10 minutes) The lacing produed by this head was great.

S-Medium non-descript aroma with some yeast and maybe some malt. Not alot to smell.

T-Medium green hops balanced with some malt. Not a lot of depth but nice though. This drinks more like an english IPA to me.

M-Creamy, nice carbonation, medium body

D-Very easy drinking, I could toss back a 1/2 dozen, no problem.

Photo of Pooba001
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light gold color with good carbonation, and good white fluffy head that leaves lace as we drink. Smells hoppy and bitter, herbal, floral, slightly grainy.

Good hop flavor, the notes from aroma are all here in a pretty straightforward fashion. Less bitter than I would have guessed from its scent. Malt is understated, still barely present.

Mouthfeel is ok, a little thin, a little sticky, not bad. Drinkability is good, its not my favorite IPA, but its probably one of the better ones I've had.

Photo of mcallister
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad looking IPA by any means. A very light amber or dark rusty yellow whichever you prefer. The head is pure white, not too large and leaves legs of lace down the glass.

Nice piney hopped nose as well. A good amount of malt also shows through on the nose. Hints of lemon, and even lime show through as well as a hint of yeast-i-ness.

Beer is nicley balanced but very simple. Lacks depth of mouthfeel and complexity. A decent amount of malt leads into a bitter sticky pine hop finish. Again hints of lemon but no lime in the taste.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonated. Somewhat refreshing despite the lingering hop bitterness.

Photo of MarineHokie
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden color, thick 2.5 F head fades very slowly to islands of foam. Leaves fair amount of lacing.

S - Slightly sweet bready/grainy aroma with faint indications of hops almost exactly like Scrimshaw Pils.

T - Initial sharp bitter bite quickly rounded out by lightly spicy graininess finishes with a light citrus zing. Very balanced.

M - Light body, long lite bitter finish.

D - Super drinkable.

Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blue Tusk.

Nothing amazing here, but still nothing to scoff at. This is a prime example of a good, standard American IPA. A slight caramel malt flavor mixed with grapefruit and orange flavor hops with a touch of floral character. Just plain tasty and easy drinking. Nothing I'd seek out as there are so many fish in the IPA sea, but definately worth a try.

Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SwillBilly for giving me this terrifically tasty IPA.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous rich orange gold color with loads of lacing just plastered to walls of my pint glass.

Smell: The smell of caramel and mangos with pineapples and a drop of pine, sit in a biscuity bread bowl and taunt the taste buds.

Taste: A lively citrus tingle prances on the palate with flavors of tangerines a bit of honey then some pine and then some yeast and malt balance with a decent bready malt backbone. Nothing about this beer is extreme it is simple a beautiful display of what a balanced but hoppy IPA can be.

Mouthfeel: It has a smooth and mellow feel along with that zesty hop tingle just keep the beer interesting and pleasant beginning to end.

Drinkability the feature of this beer is its irresistibility; "Once you pop you can't stop" =) it is so tasty and pleasant in the mouth (even the burps taste good) that the beer just disappears before you had time to figure out what it is you like so much about it.
I am going to need to figure out where I can actually buy some of this.
Thanks again SwillBilly.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of auntfloyd
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz into a Stone IPA specialty glass.

Pours a light amber color, with about two fingers of white head.

The nose is light piney hops and fresh grass. Very vegetal.

The taste is bitter, slightly piney hops all the way through. Nice, and definitely has a distinctive "green" flavor to it.

The mouthfeel is good, this is a beer with body, but its not as overpowering as many American IPAs. I would rate this as highly drinkable, if you are a hops fan like me.

Overall, a good IPA, and another good outing for North Coast

Photo of
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Light gold in color, hazy, large white head.

Scent is unappealing. Very earthy, almost like freshly turned soil. In the interest of others, I will push on. Hope that the inkjet on the bottle of 051 A2 1921 doesn't indicate the bottled on date....

Taste is quite good. Very hoppy, grass and pine, maybe some citrus. Malt is subdued, comes up mainly as some sweetness in the aftertaste. Pepper at finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Carbonation is medium+. Alcohol leads to some warmth and drying, but it is very easy to drink.

A pretty good IPA, but there are better ones out there (Bells, Hop-Ottin, Stone, to name a few). Happy to drink again, and think it would make a good session beer, but the ABV could get you in trouble. As a final note, aroma improved as beer warmed, and morphed into more of a grassy type of smell.

Photo of williamherbert
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a golden, bubbly look. There is a slight bit of cloudiness, but overall it is quite clear.

The smell is somewhat hoppy, but not overwhelming. The malt smell is just as prevalent, which is odd for an IPA. I was hoping for a bit more hoppiness.

I am surprised by how the malt flavor overpowers the hop flavor. The hops are quite underwhelming. This tastes more like an ale than an IPA, which isn't unwelcome, but unexpected.

There is a bitter hop aftertaste that is not present in the initial sip. It's more fizzy than I expected it to be. It is a very nice, drinkable beer, it's just slight and doesn't stand out. Nothing wrong with it, just nothing to grab my attention.

Photo of bjohnson
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy peachish color with a soapy one finger white head. Nice retention and excellent lace forming, especially one the head receded a bit.
S: Citrus and floral hop notes are present, but very faint. Very fresh smelling with a bit of sweetness also. Slight metallic scents.
T/M: Pine hop notes with a background of citrus hops that are biting on the tongue. More citrus than pine notes. Good level of bitterness that follows towards the end and finishes dry. Mouthfeel is a tad biting and sharp. Slightly buttery on the palate. Sweet maltyness comes through. Medium body with a good level of carbonation.
D: Drinkable, but without the strong hop presence and bitterness that I really enjoy. Solid ipa though--I'd grab this again if I saw it.

Photo of BlackJeremiah
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

A: Light golden in color, nice streamers. Full, creamy head with good lacing.

S: Pine, peach and grapefruit. Nice hop quality apparent. The malt is only represented by a very subtle biscuit scent.

T: Lots and lots of green-tasting hops. Pine, resin, grapefruit, and lemon. Some bakery flavors, fresh, sweet bread and biscuit smells. A bit of toasty flavor emerges as it warms. Some chewy sweetness in the middle. This one starts out unsubtle, but seems better balanced as it approaches room temperature.

M: I love hops. This one is not as crisp on the palate as some of its superlative brethren, but still a great offering.

D: Maybe a little unbalanced for session drinking, but it's a nice one to sample from time to time.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice golden color, almost looked pale in color. Off-white head less than one-finger thick that took a while to dissipate and hung around with a good foamy film. Aroma was spicy to me like a Pilsner, minty with a sharp bitterness. Hops are immediate on the palate, again, sharp bitterness, piney with the pale malt flavor barely coming through for me. Mouthfeel is heavier than some IPA's and this is good. For an IPA I would have liked a little more citrus or floral characteristic. A good froth thickens the brew even more for a good richness that heightens the bitterness. Cool artwork with a 50's blonde bombshell woman on the label. I think this is the first beer I have tried from Acme. Cheers, Joe

Photo of EBEdwards
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle, so ignore the appearance (and smell, really):

It's good. Not great, but for being on sale for about $6.50 (for a six) it was a deal. Might not be a bad way to get "malty only" folks to try a hoppier style. I certainly would find good use for a mini keg of this!

ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,126 ratings.