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ACME California IPA - North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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1,047 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,047
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 31 | 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 ChainGangGuy


2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

United Kingdom (England)

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. Bottle - ACME California IPA

Got a lazy Sunday situation going on here, so thought I would review a few beers. Picked up a couple of these in a mix-a-six, surprised this is the first time I have tried this as I am a big fan of North Coast.

A - Pours out a nice amber. Unremarkable head with some slight lacing as I move through the tasting. Average appearance, not much to get excited about.

S - Slightly fruity. For an IPA I am surprised at how sweet this as it hits my nose. Apricot is the dominate fruit note here, but too much of it kills the hops.

T - Remarkable sweet for an American IPA. Apricots and orange in the front, with a decent bitter and biscuit finish. The beer does have some balance, but could use a little more bitterness to counter the sweetness.

M - Smooth with a thin finish. Slightly dry, makes me feel like I am drinking a light pilsner style beer.

D - At 6.5% it has a decent kick to it. For an IPA the sweet notes are what would turn me off to drinking a decent amount. Still, it is a decent drinking IPA.

For me, this was a little unusual for a 'California' IPA. I am just not sure what the intent of this beer was. Being an east coaster I am used to some sweet malty-ness in an IPA, so the sweetness was not an instant turn-off, but this just seemed to be a slightly sweet under-hopped attempt at an IPA. I would not be looking to try again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 19:05:32 | More by Beard
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 00:37:56 | More by MeLikeBeer
Photo of ReebShorts


2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Costa Rica

2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beers from California are really expensive in Costa Rica.

A: is a golden color, with a nice one finger head that doesn't leave a lace

N: slightly hoppy, some bread notes and floral notes

T: light grain taste, followed by some earthy hops

M: it is a light beer, easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 19:15:21 | More by jcbogantes
Photo of morimech


2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light golden with a large white head that sticks around the entire time the beer sits in the glass. Excellant retention. Moderate lacing left on the glass.

I get a lot of bready malt and not much for hops in the aroma. The hops do give off some pine and citrus aromas.

Mostly malt in the taste. There is a bitterness there but the flavor from the hops have been lost somehow. Leaves a lingering bitterness on the tongue but no hint of pine, citrus, grass, spice, etc. Just bitter. Very odd profile.

On the lighter side of IPAs with low carbonation that coats the mouth nicely.

It is an easy drinker but the odd flavor leaves it far behind most IPAs. I won't revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 22:51:40 | More by morimech
Photo of Illinick


2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Orangish hue with a golden touch. Almost like a mix between apple juice and orange Hi-C. Medium white head that dissipates quickly to a sticky ring. Lacing is decent up front but dies by the end.
S: Aromatic scents of grapefruit, sour piney/fruit, floral hops and a slight bread/malt backing that adds a scent of sweetness.
T: Grapefruit, piney and floral hops up front over a malty sweetness that ends very pungent with noticeable alcohol. Ends with a big punch in the face-bitter, strong, and not for everyone. As the temp comes down so does the bitterness.
MF: Light with a semi-dry to dry, bitter finish.
Overall: Overall a decent West Coast IPA, although this style IPA is not for everyone. North Coast produces great brews, but be warned that this one finishes strong and bitter unlike some less pungent IPA offerings.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 18:41:50 | More by Illinick
Photo of kramerboy


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am really of a fan of most of the 'west coast' IPAs, but I felt that this one fell a little short.

The appearance was OK. Poured a great light orange color with a small amount of white head. Smelled pretty good with a lot of that west coast citrus hops.

The taste is where it really went down in score. The great smell did not translate to the taste. Perhaps I had an older bottle and didn't realize it. The hops did not really come through as I expected. A little thin in the mouth feel.

Good to try it, but I don't think I'd seek this one out again as there are just too many great beers out there to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 13:07:37 | More by kramerboy
Photo of 99bottles


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A light lemony-tan color with some haze, and an active inch of dense white head. A little lighter than some IPAs, but not the lightest I’ve ever seen either.

Smell: Wow. If dry hopping is to impart hop scent, this thing must have been dry hopped, stomped, pummeled, squeezed and choked. An intensely raw hop prescence in the nose; pine scents predominate some little floral character.

Taste: Whoa. This is bad ass. This isn’t even listed as a double IPA, but it should be. This is the most raw, unrefined hop monster I have ever tasted. The malts, who knows? My tastebuds were gone after the first sip. I guess there was some dry biscuit flavor, but mostly just wild hops. This makes Stone’s Ruination seem mild by comparison. The ending is sharply bitter, more strong pine flavor and acidic fruit. This is something else. I want to know the IBUs in this. I’d guess 100+, easy. No more fresh kegs of this please.

Mouthfeel: Ok, I suppose. Not too heavy, but with so much on the bittering side, this could stand up to tons more malt.

Drinkability: I couldn’t have another if I tried. Too much. So overly hopped, this has lost sight of the fact that IPAs, no matter what the style was intended to preserve, were still meant to be consumed at some point. This sort of misses that fact. Send one to India and back (or stick it in the cellar for 2 or 3 years) and I suspect you’ll have something special on hand. Fresh, and you’ll just wonder what happened to your mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2004 16:48:01 | More by 99bottles
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated bottle  Bought at Happy Harry's Grand Forks Sourh in a mixed six. Poured into a clear plastic glass around 4C

A: Slightly hazy straw yellow body with a dinger of head with light lacing 4.5
S:  Incredibly muted. A hint of hops, maybe earth?  Light notes of apple juice. Nothing like an IPA should be. Old bottle perhaps? 2
T: A nice thin body here that lets the hops shine. Strong bitterness with a resinous pineyness. Still weak flavours though, hopefully this bottle has faded with time otherwise it is a weak IPA.  3
M: Strong carbonation and nice lingering bitterness, though the bitterness is not as sharp as I had expected. 3.5
O: An old bottle?  Perhaps. Unless I know this is fresh I won't be touching this again. 3

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 00:39:30 | More by kjyost
Photo of EBEdwards

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 03:05:53 | More by EBEdwards
Photo of illidurit


2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Murky goldenrod with an ivory head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is one part herbal hops and one part pineapple/grapefruit hops. Flavor is hop-forward, with pine needles and citrus over homemade biscuity malt. There's an unpleasant tinge of minerals and sourness in the finish. High carbonation, in fact this is like drinking hoppy Perrier; even the mineral note fits. Thin bodied and short on the finish. Could stand a more flavorful malt profile and more bittering hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 07:56:12 | More by illidurit
Photo of SmellsofMahagony


3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-09-2014 20:45:27 | More by SmellsofMahagony
Photo of Skye1024


3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-17-2011 22:32:06 | More by Skye1024
Photo of ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -17.4%

10-26-2012 12:41:28 | More by ChrisL24481
Photo of atlbravsrno1


3/5  rDev -17.4%

07-16-2014 19:51:44 | More by atlbravsrno1
Photo of VeganUndead


3/5  rDev -17.4%

04-04-2014 06:09:28 | More by VeganUndead
Photo of ArtZan

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.4%

07-01-2014 19:00:50 | More by ArtZan
Photo of tclapper

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-17-2011 19:12:52 | More by tclapper
Photo of Another6Pack


3/5  rDev -17.4%

11-22-2011 01:27:37 | More by Another6Pack
Photo of kristenspaintings


3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a lot going for it. It has a thick mouthfeel and pleasant honey flavors. It has a very bitter flavor while sipping that lingers as a strong aftertaste. This is something I am not particularly fond of in beer, though it's something that others sometimes look for. I finished drinking the beer I used for this review but I wouldn't buy a 6-pack of it. If you like hoppy IPAs then you might love this beer. It's other flavors are quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2014 17:18:07 | More by kristenspaintings
Photo of goz


3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium golden pour, creamy white head mostly diminishes to ok lacing. Aroma is light, mildly hoppy, some caramel, and some rice krispie cereal, too. Flavor starts with the caramel, some of the cereal sneaks in, middle and end has medium hoppiness to it, and then some metallic tang comes into play. Light-medium body, long lasting bitter end, but the metallic tang is also sticking around.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2003 11:56:39 | More by goz
Photo of MikeDre


3/5  rDev -17.4%

11-18-2011 08:07:54 | More by MikeDre
Photo of jjd315


3/5  rDev -17.4%

05-10-2013 13:38:23 | More by jjd315
ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.