ACME California IPA
North Coast Brewing Co.

ACME California IPAACME California IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #6,698
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
82
Ranked #42,437
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 12.36%
Reviews:
559
Ratings:
1,264
From:
North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  35
Gots
  115
SCORE
82
Good
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Boca-X from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 19, 2015
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jun 15, 2005
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ACME IPA opidomizes the traditional identity of what west coast IPA's are. The crisp maltiness gives a modest and receeding caramel flavor without the cloying sweetness of caramel candies. Lightly bready and with a grahm cracker dry sweetness, the malts are ultimately clean and well attenuated.

But that's not why this beer is so good. It's all about the hops. Resiny and mouth coating with citrusy grapefruits, orange zest, and pineapple. Throw in shaddows of pine, lemon grass, and fresh cut herbs and we have a complex hop profile with refreshing and thirst quenching bitterness.

Because ACME IPA isn't larger than life, as are the Blind Pigs or the west coast, this one might share the same status as Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale: A basic error free beer that exemplifies the style to perfection but ultimately underminded because of it's moderate take on the style, and not the extreme. I beg to differ.

Jun 09, 2009
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Billolick from New York

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A treat to try this one on tap at the Blind tiger NYC, poured, bronzed golden and cloudy, but a citrus nose. Crisp malt backbone, smooth and nicely rounded on the tongue. Hops appear quickly, with a nice grainyness and cirtus notes, nice long piney tastes on the palate. Finishes with a well balanced dance across the tongue. Nice IPA, wish we saw this on a regular basis in the NY area.

May 13, 2004
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PhageLab from Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass. Red Seal Ale quickly became a staple beer for me, so I came into this one with somewhat high expectations.

A - Nice cloudy golden orange hue which produced a massive head of froth. Excellent retention and some attractive sedimentary layers of lacing. Near perfect presentation.

S - Big citrus hop nose. A bit sweeter than I expected, but certainly not bad.

T - Very sweet tangy citrus profile. Pretty hoppy, yet well balanced. Finish is mildly bitter, but could have used a few more IBUs if you know what I mean. Tasty at any rate.

M - Creamy medium body. The carbonation was a little sharp but it left a nice oily coating behind and I like that in my IPA, so it averaged out here.

D - Not bad at all, definitely worth a try. Were my expectations not so high, I could've given this one a better rating, but oh well, it's still a very enjoyable brew.

Feb 07, 2008
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cfinch2 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Nov 20, 2011
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redfox405 from California

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Mar 20, 2012
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Troyone from California

4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a 12oz bottle, poured a light copper iced tea color has lot of carbonation movement and the head is about an inch and a half.
The smell is not significant but malty sweet with some hint of hops.
The taste is a light to moderate bitter with a resin hops flavor and a hint of tea with a toasted malt character. The finish has an aroma of hops and the aftertaste lightly lingers the same.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with a dry feel and soft carbonation.
The drinkability is great could be a session beer.

Dec 05, 2004
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OldYoda from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this at a recent beer exchange - glad I did. Pours a decent light amber color into my standard Troeg's pint glass. A fairly aggressive pour produced a very modest head and left minimal lacing. No freshness date that I could locate on the label.

Smell is pine and a whiff of malt sweetness - the smell is a bit subdued but about what you would expect from an IPA, only a little less.

Taste is also a little subdued, pine up front but not overwhelming. The hops are there but certainly haven't been overdone.

Mouthfeel is , as has been noted in other reviews, a little bit thin. Not quite watery, but approaches that.

Drinkability at 6.5% ABV is fine - I could have a couple of these with no problem.

I liked this beer, it's not quite Sierra Nevada Pale for me, but it's close. As I was reviewing this, the old Road Runner cartoon kept playing in my mind with Acme Explosives - it's nothing like that.

Feb 04, 2009
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whatthehull from California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted April 15th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Cloudy copper/orange, one finger white head, and some decent lacing

S - Earthy hops, pine and citrus as well. Nice bitter sweet malt. A nice yeast strain and some sort of pungent smell

T - Toasted grain, earthy, malt, strong pungent hops. Hops taste nice and fresh. Very acidic hops. Tastes of roots

M - Very carbonated, very acidic, long finish. The carbonation is almost bubbly feeling

D - Easy drinking for the description, but still a bigger IPA for being only 6.5 ABV

Final thought - Worth a try, but not worth a six pack. Love to try this on tap

May 03, 2011
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Mounty4Life from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bronze with Little head but great lacing!!
Very good hop pop with fine balance
Good but not great t/m light Carb light hop good balance
drank it quick and got my ipa fix from it but didn't make my short list...it seems to be better on draft than bottle

Mar 13, 2012
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BMos from Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Feb 05, 2014
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Zorro from California

4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Jul 02, 2006
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

May 07, 2016
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ovaltine from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 13, 2015
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TheRuss9585 from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Apr 21, 2012
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csoult from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Sep 22, 2014
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ralphw56 from Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Jan 19, 2012
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into oversized snifter

A: Hazy amber golden orange color with large 2 finger head that stays for a while

N: Light amber malt nose with touch of spice and very light hop, some earthy malts that is reminiscent of a dark amber or red ale

T: Starts with a nice malt malts flavor, earthy malts and lots of light malts, again reminds me of a dark amber or red ale, some nice spicey hops come though and it gets pretty bitter, some juicy and fruity hops starts to shine through as well, some nice noble hops perhaps Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade

M: Semi thick with malty and frothy feel with lots of carbonation

F: Finishes pretty bitter and dry, more juicy and spicey hops that stick around for a while and make your mouth water and leaves a slight fruity hop flavor as well as some pine and citrus anticipating the next sip

Final thoughts: I actually thought this was a great IPA. It starts with a nice amber and red ale malt flavor, and lots of juicy, fruity and spicey hops that tend to hit pretty late but pack a nice punch, I'm surprised it gets such a low rating, but probably because its a California IPA thats not a super hop bomb and has too much malt for the Cali style.

Sep 02, 2009
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sendbeer from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Dec 03, 2012
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SocalKicks from California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Jan 21, 2014
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ArtZan from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.6%

Jul 01, 2014
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necoadam from Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy golden orange color with thin lacing of carbonation on the top.

Smell consisted of lots of hops, but also a lot of citrus aromas. Some malts are in there, but it's quite difficult to get them because of the hops. But this is an IPA, so no complaints here.

Taste was good. A nice amount of hops, nothing overboard, with a good malt backbone which was a little surprising because of how light the malts where in the nose. It does have a nice hop bite to it and finishes a little bitter.

Mouthfeel was good. Medium body considering it's 7.1%, but it does go down rather smooth and easy. A decent IPA that doesn't go overboard.

Nov 28, 2004
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Updated review done on 2011-03-19 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy, amber-orange with a 1.5-finger head into a nonic glass with good lacing.

S - Tropical fruit, hop floral, mild grass and grain.

T - The taste is grainy and floral with some grapefruit peel and a mineral/metallic taste, which lingers with the bitterness. Not a taste to write home about.

M - Medium body and carbonation give a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a mild, good tasting beer than can be a session beer. Very nice on a hot day.

Sep 20, 2009
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a cloudy orange yellow, with a one inch sticky white head, plenty lacing. Smell is sharp citrus, grapefruit, lemon, and some pine. Taste is that, grapefruit dominates, a little biscuity grass. Mouthfeel is nice, dry, lots of carbonation, and easy drinking. This is a nice beer, would rather get a Smuttynose Finest Kind 12 pack for almost same a price and fresh, but a nice IPA.

Nov 22, 2011
ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
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