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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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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Firefly, served a bit cold in a shaker pint.
Pours a deep copper with a thinnish white head that sticks around for a bit. Smells of pine and earth with a bit of a biscuit and caramel backbone. Taste is what you would expect from the nose. Bready and caramel up front with enough earth and pine to remind you there are hops in there. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Decent IPA, nothing exception here, but nothing objectionable either.

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Photo of tdm168
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, hazy orange with a quarter of an inch of soft, foamy, white head that has great retention. The nose is extremely faint; light bread, light citrus. The flavor is lightly malty with a big fruity, sweet, citrusy hop character. The hops give notes of mango, grapefruit, lemon, and orange. There is a very faint bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, but a little heavily carbonated.

This is a solid beer. It's drinkable and enjoyable, but it isn't outstanding in anyway. The flavor is a little fruity and sweet for my liking and the malt character is also a bit subdued. I would however have it again if offered.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, deep orange hue, with a full, frothy white head.
Aroma: big hops, grapefruit, pineapple, orange, large fruit in the nose, very enticing and inviting.
On the palate, smooth, and very mellow, without too much tumult on the tongue. Solid body, excellent balance, and possessing a very nice flavor which lasts and lasts, persisting on the palate. Yum, yum.
I was hoping for a hoppier bite, and had to realize that a good IPA doesn't have to be a Ruination or Dreadnaught. Sometimes, they can "just" be smooth and delcious, like this one.
Thanks to elmocoso!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, copper-yellow coloring with a thin, white, filmy coating. Aromas of bright, citrus blending with a hoppy and roasted caramel overtone. Flavors are extremely tart and peppery, with a sharpness due to the lighter body and the increased carbonation. Roasty toasty backbone with a slightly tangy and syrupy sweet highlight throughout, and peppery and dark hops overshadowing everything. The aftertaste is mostly tang, with sharpness cleaning the palate for a quick, mostly clean finish.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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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 GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blue Tusk.

Nothing amazing here, but still nothing to scoff at. This is a prime example of a good, standard American IPA. A slight caramel malt flavor mixed with grapefruit and orange flavor hops with a touch of floral character. Just plain tasty and easy drinking. Nothing I'd seek out as there are so many fish in the IPA sea, but definately worth a try.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden yellow with orange highlights that had a very thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. It had a nice orange citrusy aroma upfront with bready malty presence but not much hop character to speak of. The taste was also quite citrusy but some mild piney hops showed their face on the palate with a good sweet bready malty backbone. The brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, mild hoppy, and bready crisp finish. It drank quite well but IMO it was a below average IPA with a weak overall hop profile.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice citrousy hop scent surrounded by a fine pale malt base. The taste is decent. It has a pale malt core with some light crystal malts to add character. The hops dominate the palate with an ultra citrousy flavor. It is quite bitter, but goes down smooth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an interesting take on an IPA. It don't really care for the extreme citrous flavor. It must be a west coast thing.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy gold / orange color. A thick bubbly and foamy head was present for most of the drink. The aroma was good showing some floral, sweet, and citrus tones. The taste was even better, as the sweet malt and hops were nicely balanced, and some citrus tones were present. Mellow on the mouthfeel, but also crisp. The bitterness lasted very long after swallowing. I was surprised at how good this was.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass after work.

A- ACME has a light orange tangerine like color which is nice looking, but with a stealth pour I mustered very little head, not even a cap, just some faint twirls of white stuff on top, no stick. This smells very weak. I know it's a single IPA, but the hops don't really make a dent in the nose, come to think of it neither does the sweet malt. Get some caramel, that's about it. Tastes include uninspired hop additions, brewers tears with no blood but possibly some sweat. In short, there really is not much to add on the taste category. Feel is less than medium, kinda dead, slight carb, no bitter. This IPA for sure came from ACME because it is in the C-squad.

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Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle intl a weizen glass. Has a beautiful hazel color with 1 inch head. Strong aroma of hops and fruitiness. Taste was o.k. but a little to hoppy for my liking, with a bitter beer face aftertaste. Full bodied in mouth but bitter. Drinkability is o.k. I guess ipa's are not really my thing.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a lightly hazy, golden copper color, and is topped by a frothy, large bubbled, light tan colored head that barely gets a 1/2 cm above the body of the beer. The aroma is hop focused with citrus fruit notes being dominant. The hops are "light" enough though that ample malt character comes through as well; notes of lightly caramelized grain help to accentuate the citrus hop notes and a solid, biscuit like, toasted malt character lends a solidity to finish off the aromatics. It would even seem that the bergamot / grapefruit citrus notes become subservient to the malt character over time. This certainly not an aggressively aroma-hopped beer and, even though a touch atypical, I like all of the malt complexity that is noticeable (despite the simplistic seeming grain bill).

The taste is dry and malty up front, but is joined by an immediate, acute bitterness that cuts through the flavor profile and lingers on into the finish. The long finish also leaves a lingering note of lightly toasted soda crackers. The citrus character that was so noticeable initially in the aroma is fairly muted here; a touch of light orange peel that has lost the piquancy of the bergamot / grapefruit note in the aroma. The hops have an astringent edge to them that certainly dominate the flavor profile; sharply herbal, but mostly of the bitter herb variety. I do like the toasted / biscuit-like grain note here, there is also a touch of caramelized / crystal-malt character here. The noticeable, yet subservient, malt notes help to round out what would otherwise be a too harshly hopped beer.

All in all I am quite happy with this beer. The flavor profile had quite a bit more hop punch than I was expecting, based on the aroma. Of course I would like to have seen a bit more fresh, American hop flavor in this beer, but it is still quite quaffable. In fact quaffable is an apt descriptor here. The body of this beer is quite light, and if it weren't for the abundant bittering hop character, this would fall squarely in the American-style Pale Ale camp.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz purchased at the Boise Coop for about $1.40... enjoyed from shaker pint... still listening to Nick Warren's Shanghai mix.

Big fluffy head that towers more than a half inch out of the pint.. pretty white color that leaves lace all the way down the glass... hop hazed deep golden liquid.

Hop aroma is dominated by citrus with some spring flowers mixed in... pineapple and green apples also in there... malt is aroma is there but hard to pick apart because of all the hops.

bracing bitterness... the flavor is again all about the hops... more citrus than the aroma... toffee malts are low but there... yeasty fruitiness is all over the mid palate... juicy. low medium viscosity with a sorta fizziness to it... burpy.

I seem to be on an above average kinda IPA night... this brew is good, and I buy it quite a bit... but I would tone down the carbonation half a notch.. maybe up the body the same... none the less... a pretty good but not stellar example of the style.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ACME California IPA
North Coast Brewing Co.
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.50 %

LOOK: 12 oz stubby bottle. Pours a pale orange color with a large pillowy foam and plenty of lace work down the glass. Decent clarity.

SMELL: Orange blossom, pine, resin, caramel and bread aromas. All are signs of a solid American style IPA.

TASTE/FEEL: Pine and citrus upfront with a strong bitterness. Pale malt backing does little to soothe the onslaught of hop flavor. Oily and resinous but still manages to be crisp. Very hop forward but not a bad thing as the flavor is very good.

OVERALL: This is a nice rendition of an American IPA. Plenty of hop character, simple malt backing and easy drinking. Went along just fine with a BBQ Bacon Burger dressed with onion straws.

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Photo of plaid75
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very nice copper hue with a soapy one finger head. There was no head retention and minimal lacing.

The smell of the beer was uneventful. A very faint hop aroma and with hints of grass.

The taste was equally flat. No real hop characteristic. However, the ale was extremely dry and crisp. Quite refreshing and light.

The mouthfeel was average. Not what I would expect from an IPA, but average and clean nonetheless.

A good drinkable beer as long as you are not expecting a hop wallop.

Overall, not a model example of the style.

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Photo of Zorro
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is copper with a surprisingly light-colored (white) head. The dissipation is slow and leaves fantastic lacings.

S: This is very American in smell; floral as well as bitter hops are very American; citric and piney notes; pineapple and grapefruit. Caramell malt, with some sweetness gives it a bready backbone.

T: After the nose; no surprises. Pine and citrus dominates but doesn't overpower the caramell malt.

M: Nice feel: medium carbonation and body - smooth. Aftertaste holds a pine-like bitterness (if that is possible) and stays for some time.

O: Obviously a west-coaster. Nice (very nice), but it doesn't stand out from other great west-coasters.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 13, 2012. It pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a nice off-white head that sticks around for awhile. Floral, earthy hops are strongly evident on the nose with a more subdued malt and yeast note. The body is creamy and medium. The hop bitterness really takes over the flavor, which is probably appropriate for this type of IPA. A great beer for hop lovers.

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Photo of Derek
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bronze with a white head, good retention and amazing lace.

S: Great hop aroma... citrus rind, pine and a little grassy.

T: Hop flavour echoes the aroma, with plenty of bitterness and some underlying grainy biscuit.

M: Moderate body has a hint of hop acidity a slightly drying finish.

D: A good drinker. This is a solid west coast IPA that's really well-crafted. Great to have it fresh at the brewpub.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color. It has a pinky finger head that leaves a medium amount of lacing. A good dose of malt comes through in the nose - this is almost more APA compared to the rest of California's IPAs. The hops come through a bit more in the taste, but again more subtle than expected.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice bright but hazy tangerine orange with a thin off white head.

S: Light oranges and citrus on nose. Nice creamy caramel palate and flavor with a great citrus hop bite.

F: Malty and citrusy with an oily mouthful and texture. Leaves a dry bitter orange in the finish and a malty coating on tongue. A decent session ipa, not as hoppy as one would expect.

M: moderate mouthful, some liveliness from carbonation

D: Would drink two or three but probably get bored with it after that. Overall a good ipa with moderate drinkability.

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Photo of beertunes
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a light orangeish-gold color with just a thin cap of off-white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma had some nice pine and floral notes, with a hint of citrus at the back,and just a touch of malt sweetness. On the tongue the citrus aspects were a bit more noticeable and the malt was just apparent, otherwise it was like the aroma, mostly pine and floral hops.

The body was fairly typical for the style. Drinkability was a touch better than average, due to the fact that this isn't a tongue burner of an IPA.

Overall, a solid, average IPA. I wanted to like it more because I'm a big fan of the brewery, but while this isn't bad, it's nothing special either. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is citrus and piney hops with a little bit of malt in the background as well. The taste features much of the same piney citrus hops and a pretty good malt backbone as well. Mouthfeel was just too thin but not enough to detract from the brew that much. Overall, I found this to be a pretty solid IPA that is good enough for a repeat purchase. Recommended.

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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
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