ACME California IPA | North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2000

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Reviews: 556 | Ratings: 1,253
Photo of MeLikeBeer
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of ReebShorts
2.88/5  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.

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Photo of jcbogantes
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
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

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Photo of Illinick
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of kjyost
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
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

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Photo of DogFood11
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of EBEdwards
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
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!

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Photo of morimech
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of kramerboy
3/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of goz
3/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into an IPA glass. No date found. The apricot colored body had a chill haze. Three fingers of head left ladder rungs of lace all the way down the glass.

Smell was of orange juice and light caramel. Flowery.

Taste was grapefruit pith. Somewhat astringent. Malty caramel. Bitter lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and carbonation.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean deep yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, mellow hops of pine. In the taste, a mellow hops of the pine variety, very balanced, more like a pale than an IPA. Quite smooth and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine like hop in the aftertaste. More a pale ale than an IPA, not bad, but not as hoppy as I was expecting.

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Photo of Primitivechef
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- slightly cloudy golden orange color. Average off white head. Nice lacing.

S- A little sweet malt scent with a citrus hop backup.

T- It tastes exactly how it smells. Citrus with sweet malt.

M- light to medium bodied. Soft carbonation.

D- Only had one to drink. Would not see my self drinking 3-4. Not a strong hops kick that I like.

Overall- For a IPA I was hoping for more of a hop presence. Maybe I am use to the in your face IPA's. Not sure if beer was old. No date on bottle?

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Photo of msante79
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours golden orange with white head. Aroma is floral hops, citrus and malt. Flavor is hops, citrus, and malt. Finishes bitter. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Has a tart bitterness at end which really throws flavor off. Could use more malt to bring better balance to the brew.

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Photo of 99bottles
3/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured bright with medium carbonation. Two fingers of fluffy white head. Golden colour. Film of retention and thin rings of lace.

S - Citrus, grapefruity, boozy, citrus, hop oils, oily, dusty, a little odd.

T - Citrus, grass, oily hops, orange, odd strange hop, sweet honey.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, medium bitterness.

O/D - Soapy and plain. Not a better IPA. I would tolerate this as a backup but nothing else. Just unexciting. Wouldn't seek it out. Maybe it's a bit older.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice pale orange color, with a light off-white colored, frothy finger and a half of head. The aroma had some tinges of citrus fruits, biscuit malts, and some slight caramel. The taste was again of light citrus fruits, some breadiness and a fairly mild bitterness. Finishes clean. The feel was somewhere in between light and medium, more light though. Medium carbonation and overall average on the palate.

No idea how fresh this is or not, but as it sits, it's a shining example of an average IPA.

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Photo of kristenspaintings
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of Tallboy
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle.
Pours: A dull orangeish honey colored body with a nice allaround white head.

Scent: Was of both citrus and faint piney aroma with little to no hops.

Taste: Sweetness is verry strong at first, followed by the bitterness of the hops, and the dryness of the citrus.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly crisp and smooth with an abundace of carbonation.

Drinkability: Was not as strong of an IPA as I am used to drinking....or would have liked, but still overall was not bad.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is amber with a mild haze, some lacing from a medium head, moderate to low carbonation, decent retention, looks like beer.

Aroma is weak, mildly hoppy, mildly grainy, mildly sweet.

Beer is mildly sweet on the front and mildly grainy / bitter at the back, the hop character in this one is overall weak but present. It was fine but there are way better IPAs out there.

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Photo of webbcreative
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazy yellow color with decent 2 finger head. aroma has a sour apple sent to it. and maybe a little biscuity flavor also. taste is about the same a little bit of malt sweetness up front, but quickly turns to that sour apple that I was getting in the nose, ends with a citrusy hop bitterness, not a whole lot though. Really good smooth, medium mouthfeel in this one, probably its best feature.

Overall, not really what im looking for in an IPA, I dont really like sour apple notes in it, or any beers for that matter.

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Photo of Vancer
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Acme says mediocre to me, and this one matches it fairly well. Decent, but nothing stands out with this one.

Hazy amber orange, small white head – couple o’ rings of lace. Small pop of floral hop in the aroma, moves right into the quaff. Small orangey taste, big grapefruit kicker. Sour and tart in the finish. I could drink these, no problem, but there are much better IPAs in the market.

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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,253 ratings.
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