ACME California IPA | North Coast Brewing Co.

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83
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1,257 Ratings
ACME California IPAACME California IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,257
Reviews:
558
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
Wants:
33
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110
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Photo of Greenlabel
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although IPA is my favorite style, I haven't had a lot of the West Coast brands. Thus, I was very pleased to see that the Acme version is now available in Mass. If this is indicative of West Coast IPA"s, I'm a big fan of them. Seems like a hoppier Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but not so hoppy it wouldn't make a great session beer , a comment which I wouldn't make about some IPA's. I was a bit surprised by the light golden color and lack of aftertaste but not by the overall flavor. At $8.99 a 6-pack, this is a pricey item here in the northeast but I'll be back for more

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Photo of marcobrau
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This wonderfully hoppy brew pours golden with a slight haze but nothing on the label seems to indicate bottle-conditioning. Behind the label and inside the bottle is a wonderful array of hop flavors. A crisp, honeyish malt character provides the stage for spicy and citrusy hops that tease in the aroma and excite the palate.This is a hoppy IPA and not so much as a bitter one, as the hops are detected more in the forefront of this ale as opposed to the finish. A very drinkable IPA with a medium bitterness.

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Photo of sporklift87
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of becktone
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes 10-18-08

Eye: Hazy tangerine in color. Head is thick and pillowy, creamy...kinda like a whipped topping...but not. All I can say about it is that it looks really appetizing, very sexy. Great head retention and formation, the head is thick, I mean thick....it has sustenance, not just a buch of bubbles collected together, more like a living breathing thing...like a symbiote living off of the beer. Reminds me of meringue but not as thick, less air tight. Nice lacing too.

Nose: Sweet malt aroma fills the room as it is poured. Citrus and grapefruit notes from the hops. Unlike all other Northcoast brews I've had, this one hides the "house yeast" aroma that I always get...prolly the hops hiding it. Also a woody aroma in here, cedar chiefly. Malt supports the hops, but really only comes through as that-support. Nice IPA. Finally got that Norhtcoast house aroma, along with some grainy notes.

Tongue: Grassy notes, citrus, and then a nice pleasant bitterness are all key players in this beer, and all make it a very nice IPA. Nice floral notes from the hops as well. I think that this one covers just about every flavor and sensation you can get from hops. I'm really quite surprised at this one, I think this is the first time I've noticed, or tasted, hop complexity and been able to treat it like malt complexity. There seems to be alot going on in here with the hops, mixes to create different flavors to come forth. Fruity notes from fermentation are also present. Grainy malt notes come through as well. Sweetness from malt is here as well...when it first hits the palate, right on the tip of the tongue. Then it is overcome by hop flavor that steals the attention. This is a really nice IPA.

Mouthfeel and Drinkabilty: Grassy semi-dry finish on this beer. Its not really all that dry, but the hops and the bitterness and grassy flavors they give at the end make it feel so. Body is medium-full here. Carbonation is just right, it doesn't interfere with the flavors that are going on here....just enought to tell you that this is a carbonated beverage and it helps to scrub the palate and bring forth all the other hop flavors that are in here. This is one that I'll be buying again. It is an easy drinker and is now on my list of great IPAs that I can get my hands on.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Musty clouded peachy yellow color, steady bubbles within, a very appetizing appearance to it, with a fine off-white medium sized froth that sits a good while before settling to a solid skim. Lacing sticks in some ink blobby sheeting.

Aroma is of a nice hop medley of woody, citrus mint, sweetly resinous with a nice pale malt of stale crisp bread.

Flavors are good in both the hop profile and malt backing, hops are slightly popping with a good zip of citrus, but maintains a mild front, more eager as it rides through to the finish where it gets a nice complex woody hop and bitterness clinging onto a very crisp pale malting. It takes awhile for the finish to render its full potential, but if your patient it makes a very welcome bite and squeeze of hops. Nice left over citrus pith and sourness brings an almost ghostly finish very late. Nice, quite nice. If it weren't for a mediocre start this would get a better number in the taste dept, but where it lacks in the front well makes up for it in the finish.

Feel is just right for an IPA, frothy yet slick and calming with a creamy front, gains an excellent hopping in the finish of bittering bite and dryness all maintained in a well balanced nearly full body. Well balanced throughout with a slight sweet front, malt stays firm yet crispy adding a grainier build towards the finish where the hops get fun and helps add a nice bite late.

This was gone in no time. Super drinkable and an outstandingly handled IPA. The west coast, or in this case, North Coast, has a yummy little drinker here. Solid offering!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: classic IPA-style golden yellow; thin head; little carbonation; great lacing
S: very malty, little hop aroma
T: very highly hopped; nicely spiced; malt base in the background; intense flavor--all IPA
M: buzzes on the tongue; creamy

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Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours amber gold with a slight haze that gradually clears as it warms. A clingy 3” white foam collar perches on top
S: Grainy nose with traces of fresh grass and pine.
T: Apricot to peach supported by melon over light biscuit.
F: Medium body and carbonation, creamy.
O: Full flavored, easy to drink IPA.

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Photo of RDW
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass
Aroma- Has a nice malt and fruit aroma
Appearance- Pours a murky golden amber with a nice off-white head
Taste- Hops come through nicely, with some malt as a backup. very flavorful
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer has a crisp finish.
Overall- A really enjoyable beer, I will drink this again.

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Photo of Dwtucker90
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of tbrascojr
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of vhmf1978
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Zachariah1978
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of detlefchef
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange with brilliant white head that lingers well and laces nicely
Really strong mango and orange aromas, actually, stone fruits as well.
Somewhat aggressive hop profile on the palate with quite a bite. Light malt and supple texture. Finished clean and left me wanting more.

This did for me what an IPA should do.

Pairing: Spicy prawn and calamari fritters with mango and salted cucumber

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,257 ratings.
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