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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,065 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,065
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2000)
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Photo of Gusler


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

The beer after it’s emancipation from the 12-ounce stubby brown bottle with the new label pours a somewhat hazy golden amber color with a pleasing bright white modest in size creamy head, and after its erosion, the lace forms a tight concealing sheet upon the glass. Nice hint of hops at the front, sweet malt at the back and a fresh crispness though out, start is lightly sweet with a decent grain presence and the top, light to moderate in feel. Finish has a distinct acidity, the hops forthright in their spiciness, very dry lingering aftertaste, as with all their brews, delightful to drink, and would make a fine session beer.

08-20-2005 22:23:59 | More by Gusler
Photo of Sephiroth


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is a crystal clear, light golden color. There is an inch of head that leaves some nice lacing as it retreats. The nose is of floral hops and slight caramel malt.

The taste is one of balance between the malt and the hop. Yet I detect a slight bit of resin, or juiciness from the hops. This is one of the few IPAs that satisfies me. Not that I dislike the style, I am just picky when it comes to hops. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation, and is good. The drinkability is great. This beer is not the hoppiest IPA out there, but it tastes damn good.

08-09-2005 03:42:00 | More by Sephiroth
Photo of Bighuge


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

A hazy, darker shade of golden brew. Small, fluffy white head sits on top. Lace is nice, with rings marking my glass incrementally all the way down. Mix of floral and citrusy hops on the nose with a biscuity malt backing. This IPA tastes pretty good, but in a real subtle sort of way. Lemon poundcake, orange rind, hop resin all come into play...in an intricate way. Nothing over the top here, but it's good in its delicacy. Malts are based in toffee and biscuit. And the drinkability is really nice. This would make for a good "keep in the fridge at all times" kind of IPA. Not top of the line, but quite the easy and tasty drinker.

08-05-2005 03:43:02 | More by Bighuge
Photo of tgbljb


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

poured a deep amber color with moderate white head that rapidly fell to a thin coating. Smell is piney, hoppy and enjoyable. Taste is strongly of hops with much dryness and bitterness. Aftertaste is dry and enjoyable and begs for more. A nice drinking ber but nothing that stands out from the crowd.

07-29-2005 23:58:57 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Buildscharacter


2.8/5  rDev -22.9%

Being a huge fan of Old Rasputin, I always have high hopes for any offering from North Coast Brewery.
I felt like this one fell a little short of the other great offerings that they have. Don't get me wrong, it's not that this is a bad IPA or anything, it's just not the greatest one that I've ever had.

Hazy, yellowish pour. Slight head with carbonation bubbling through it the whole time.

Any little head that was made through the pour quickly dissapeared into a slight foam layer.

Warming, apple spice flavor pulls through the hops in the first taste, but coming in afterwards is a watery malt dryness that's not very pleasing.

Lace if left on the glass as you go. Decent brew, but I feel that there are other IPAs that offer a better experience.

07-11-2005 02:25:19 | More by Buildscharacter
Photo of DogFood11


3/5  rDev -17.4%

everything leading up to the first gobble was dissapointing. Apologetic head and lacing. Burnt maltiness smell that I cant figure out. Its like the smell of an IPA mixed with charcoal and citrus. The taste was the best part for me, Smooth and easy on the palate, not as much hoppiness as I'd expect with this style, it actually has more of a balance between the malts and hops. Oh well, I continue my quest for the greatest IPA.

07-02-2005 01:18:06 | More by DogFood11
Photo of beertaster13


3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

This IPA pours the normal orange/amber, this one has a lighter shade of yellow in the color, the head rises while pouring then fades to a a thin lace around the glass. The smell is light and clean. The floral aroma from the hops is refreshing, the malts are clean with small hints of a sugar nectar. The taste is lacking definition, the malted sugar is noticable while the floral hops round it out, with so many IPA's on the market now in the PacNW, this one just falls into the category of good, but doesn't stick out of the crowd.

07-01-2005 04:04:03 | More by beertaster13
Photo of board45

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

12oz. bottle

Bronze in color with a light white head. It has a citrus, floral aroma. Not strong at all but it is there. I took a deep sip and it tastes a lot of copper, some grapefruit, and apricot. The finish almost has a berry taste to it. It has lots of body to it for such a light IPA and is quite filling. Good beer though i wouldnt go out of my way to purchase this.

06-18-2005 00:04:54 | More by board45
Photo of abcsofbeer


4.15/5  rDev +14.3%

I have been drinking a few IPAs lately, and this is the best so far. Pours a pale orange, apricot color with a small white head. There is a small amount of sticky lace around the glass. The carbonation is medium bubble in a cloudy liquid.

The smell is both citrusy and nutty, but a bit mild compared to other IPAs. The taste is very good. Hinting at grapefruit, but not much of a pine taste as some other IPAs. Because of this, I give it higher marks even though I like the pine flavor. Overall, a very good IPA.

06-17-2005 23:20:26 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

Fuzzy, flaked, flecked apricot-amber. It looks like someone squeezed some variety of citrus fruit into the glass, pulp and all. The beer is capped with a nice looking head of lemony dark cream that is semi-firm, persistent and chiseled as it deflates. A good bit of chunky lace graces the glass in sputters and spatters.

After the underhopped ACME APA, it crossed my mind that this beer might suffer a similar fate. My fears were unfounded if the nose is any indication. Although it isn't nostril candy, it is plenty hoppy. Citrus zest is the focal point, with a musky, mid-frequency pungency... as opposed to a bright, high-frequency, bright citrus burst. Some variety of floral hops have been added to the 'one or more of the 4-Cs' hop bill if I'm not mistaken.

California IPA is lovely stuff. It's abundantly clear that my hop deficiency worries were misplaced. There's a more than competent, biscuity maltiness on hand to push back against the fruity, lip-smacking hops. The balance is still a bit askew in favor of hoppy and bitter, but then balanced IPAs have never seemed quite right to me. Although this is far from hop juice, hopheads will find a lot to like.

I'm still convinced that some other, non-routine hop variety is in use; the flavor has just enough 'otherness' to keep that notion in play. I'm a little surprised at the 52 IBUs; I'd have guessed a little higher.

The long finish is somewhat resiny with echoes of white grapefruit pith and pine needles. The mouthfeel has a lot to recommend it; it's medium-full and smooth. Lace update: I continue to be impressed since crusty sheets are adorning more than half the glass at present.

ACME (why the shouting?) California IPA is a pleasant surprise after the lackluster showing of its little brother APA. California is bursting at the seams with quality (indeed, mind-blowing) IPAs. This beer clearly doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the all-time greats, even within its own state, but it's a fine example of the style. If I had access, I'd reserve a spot for it in my fridge.

06-15-2005 13:25:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of hustlemuscle


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

Suprisingly cloudy and light, a peachy yellow with a thin head but decent lacing. Good hop piny hop nose, with a mild biscuty malt profile. Bitter, from both the alchohol and the hops. The biscuty malts balance it somewhat. Smooth, but the bitterness slows down the gulping process. A decent, but not overwhelming beer.

06-12-2005 15:32:52 | More by hustlemuscle
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4.38/5  rDev +20.7%

06/08/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle poured into my Moose Drool pint glass.

Appearance- Darker golden pour with a small 1/2 inch head that evaporates soon after. Leaves nice lacing behind though.

Smell- Touch of pine and woodsy notes. A slight bit fruity, but mainly that outdoorsy forest smell.

Taste- Good mixture of malt and hops. One of the more bitter pine hops I have tasted which balances out well with the amount of malt. A bit of citrus in the finish, but primarily pine hops flavor.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation, smooth drinking IPA.

Drinkability- One of the upper eschelon of IPA's. Nicely balanced and tasty.

06-08-2005 23:01:12 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Shiredave

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Pretty glass of beer - bright, clear golden amber w/ streaming carbonation. Frothy white head slumps to a persistant film and lots of lacing.
Aroma is dissapointing for me, note of earth and alcohol and a spritz of grapefruit. Doesnt smell like cascade, which in its self is a welcome change, but not powerfull enough to impress as an IPA.
Its nicely soft up front with some sugary malt to pave the way for strong hop flavors. High alpha bittering for sure and again, intersesting change from the typical west coast IPA profile. Chewy wet hay and grass flavors, sharp peppery bite on the tongue but little malt body to back it up. Hides the 7% very well, but the balance is missing in the light/ medium body.
Finish is a tasty mix of roof of mouth bitter and side mouth fruit - the malt comes thru a bit at the end.
A fine session IPA somewhat outside the norm of most left coast breweries.

06-04-2005 18:01:56 | More by Shiredave
Photo of lackenhauser


3/5  rDev -17.4%

Pours a hazy,straw color. No head to be seen and no real carbonation present. Low aroma-somewhat metallic. Heavy citrus flavor. Causes one to pucker. Not alot of malt to balance. Almost becomes astringent from the heavy hops. Decent enough mouthfeel. An ok beer but very one dimensional. Just way overhopped in relation to the rest of the beer.

06-02-2005 01:22:41 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of SupaCelt


4.18/5  rDev +15.2%

Appearance: Honey coloured and hazy. Small head of off white appearance. Not much resiliency to the head. Sluggish bubbles embark on their quest to join the ring that forms around the edge of my glass. A weird piece of debris just drifted into my view. What the hell is that? I hope that didn't fall out of my nose. Lacing is manifested but not very pronounced.

Smell: The smell gives off a very enticing hop boquet. A bizarre, restrained smell of vibrantly fresh hops. Despite being quite subdued, this scent seems to be the only perceptable scent present. Weird. Low odour, but still so inviting. Beer pheromones!

Taste: This brew has the most unique "homegrown" flavour I have ever run across in an IPA. The taste is so natural and raw. A fantastic grassy character jives with spruce and raw grain to produce a splendid result. Super earthy and wildly wild.

Mouthfeel: Not heavy, but moderate. Nicely carbonated and pleasing to the palate. Natural feeling.

Drinkability: Good. No problems foreseeable with dropping these into the abyss. The taste lends heavily to the urge for repetition. Nice.

05-03-2005 07:52:47 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of woemad


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

12oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew for $1.75. First time I've seen it around here. Label is different, as is abv on the label - 6.5%, as opposed to BA's listing of 7.1%.

Poured a cloudy amber/gold color, with a big white head. Head took a couple of minutes to drop. Lots of lace.

Smell was of bittering hops and more mild, grassy hops. Not much malt to notice here.

The taste here is sharp citrus, like grapefruit. Strong bitterness to this one - let the IPA neophyte beware. Again, there is no maltiness to speak of. Just hops. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

This seems a little too thin for an IPA. Definitely at the trailing edge of medium bodied. Carbonation is moderate for the style.

This is a decent session IPA, but nothing to seek out. I like there to be a tiny bit of maltiness held at bay, but it just didn't seem to be there at all. Still, its quaffable. Just not that remarkable.

05-03-2005 07:34:03 | More by woemad
Photo of garymuchow


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

Aroma is grassy and sweet with a nice malt base. Good subtle aroma.
Cloudy gold/yellow with a bit of amber. Smallish head that leaves spotty white bubbles and a thin film. Some lacing.
I like the balance of this beer. Bitterness stands out but it's not excessive and a firmness in the malt supports the beer well. Grassy hops.
At times a little thin and watery. Nice softness.
Overall a solid drinkable version of style.

04-16-2005 13:26:27 | More by garymuchow
Photo of ADR


3.63/5  rDev 0%

Medium sub amber color, good golden luminosity and clear in presentation. Pale head is medium bubbled, holds some bumps, and rises to just under 1/2 an inch in height. Nice lacing, some thin and complex spider web patterns stick to the far side of the glass. Nose is nicely hoppy but fairly straightforward, grapefruit pithiness with some unripe currant characteristics. The mouthfeel is adequate, the carbonation is a bit on the high side for me. A fairly solid biscuity malt is quickly overtaken by the hops, which are solid but not overwhelming. A clean but somewhat metallic close marks the end of the berrs flavor profile. Respectably solid, middle-of-the-road for west coast IPAs in many categories.

04-04-2005 16:03:37 | More by ADR
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Big fluffy white head - stays big!
Nice light golden honey color.
Good hoppy smell, nothing huge though. Good mix of other stuff but nothing else jumps out at me. Perhaps as I get a little better at this I'll be able to differentiate.
Tastes like it smells... hoppy. Faint alcohol tingle and a mild bitterness right off the bat. Leaves a nice citrus taste on my tongue.
Medium to heavy mouthfeel that is gone immediately after the swallow in a nice clean finish.

My favorite beer store just got this in and I'm becoming such a fan of the west coast IPA's I had to try it. The aftertaste is very similar to Bigfoot, could be Cascade or Chinook..? Really impressive head retention and pretty amazing lacing down the side of the glass. I feel the alcohol in this one immediately after finishing.

03-24-2005 00:54:34 | More by Chadbrew
Photo of droomyster


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a clear orange with a bright white head one finger tall that last and lasts. Lively carbonation shooting upwards. Amazing lacing of heavy rocky rings after every sip. Smell of peaches and apples, plenty of melon. Also aroma and taste of lychee. Medium hops in this guy - well pronounced lemon citrus and pine. Light to medium body. A dry bitter finish.

03-22-2005 10:25:13 | More by droomyster
Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

Lasting bubble cream top with solid retention covers the thick-looking, light gold body. Somewhat hazy. Nose is rich guava flavor and sweetness with only a push of hops in the background. Nicely done.

Yummy guava taste greets in the mouth, followed by a hearty combo bitter and weed hop taste in the aftertaste. Mildy sour and salty. Nice combo of flavors. Alcohol is unfelt.

Carbonation is strong, but went nicely with the fruity flavor and relative thickness of the body. Very drinkable low impact IPA.

03-15-2005 06:59:36 | More by donnebaby
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United Kingdom (England)

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%

Tap@North Coast. Hoppy, as usual, but a lot more subtle than other Californian IPA’s. Lychee and pine, with more malty/grainyness. Drinkable, yes, but a bit on the boring side. Still, it has a taste that will probably appeal to a wider audience, drinakble.

02-19-2005 11:17:37 | More by rastaman
Photo of Dmann


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

A very sessionable IPA but not a standout at all. The beer poured a light amber color with a nice white head that left great lace on the glass. The smell was lightly hopped for a AIPA but still inviting with light citrus and hop scents. The taste was nothing outstanding with an over emphasis on the malts in my opinion. There was a touch of dry hop bitterness but this was definantly a more balanced IPA that would work as a good transition beer for people. Recommended but only if you are new to IPA's.

02-16-2005 09:46:49 | More by Dmann
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3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

Aroma is very light, a bit grapefruity and kind of stinky like wet clothes that have been laying around for a while. Hazy golden beer with a storm of carbonation brewing inside. Solid, cream colored, meringue looking head leaves a sheet of lace. Orange and lightly bitter grapefruit flavor up front. There's a bit of pale malt hovering underneath, but mainly the flavors fade out towards the end letting the bitterness take over. Body is thick enough, mouthfeel is light and soft until the bitterness coats your tongue. Mild flavor and aroma had me thinking mass appeal beer until the bitterness kicked in. There are some good aspects of this beer, but the bad ones just kill it for me.

02-05-2005 17:30:37 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of RedwoodGeorge


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

North Coast quite accurately labels this as their "California IPA" with the traditional West Coast hop notes you'd expect of an IPA from this region...

The beer pours to a rather uninspiring straw yellow with a thin head and light carbonation. On first glance you'd be more likely to think this is a lager of some sort rather than an IPA. The smell corrects any mistakes - there are plenty of strong, citrus and pine hops notes to let you know this is going to be a bitter beer.

The taste starts out all hops - mainly grapefruit and pine with a light floral note but there's a very strong malt backbone to keep this a balanced taste. There's a distinct bread note to counter the bitterness of the hops. The mouthfeel is a bit light - there's not much carbonation. While there's plenty of hops to make this a dry beer there's no real body to balance it out. On a positive note, you'd never guess this was a 7% ABV brew; there's no alcohol notes or 'burn' to be found...

Drinkable? Sure, it's a very tasty brew. I'm sure I'll be drinking plenty more of these in the future as I'm quite fond of most of North Coast's offerings. Am I impressed with this as an IPA? Not really. The hop notes aren't terribly bold and I'd be more likely to compare this to some of the better known California American Pale Ales rather than an IPA. As a matter of fact, North Coast's Red Seal Ale shares quite a few of the same notes as this beer (no surprise) but comes across as much hoppier and stronger tasting.

01-27-2005 03:22:47 | More by RedwoodGeorge
ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
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