ACME California IPA | North Coast Brewing Co.

557 Reviews
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color with a slight red edge on the outside, 2/3" firm head, good look to this beer. Aroma kicks down a lot of pink grapefruit hop nose. Old recipe, old school hops, still delightful.

Taste has that dry end malt feel, not overly heavy, solid 60ibu range bitterness. Lots of C hops. Easily drinkable over and over, 24, 36, 48 oz at a time. Very reliable. Highly carbonated. Toasted pale malts.

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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 wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass may4 2010

A a hazy golden with lots of carbonation but no retention on a thumbs width of head and no lace

S some mellow hops with a little toffee and I pick up on some faint honey of all things

T a little more action here with some bread, earthy hops and a some more caramel and toffee with some citrus

M nice and thick with almost a syrupy feel and it has just enough carbonation, a high point for this beer

D a well rounded beer that I enjoyed, I was expecting a little more of a hop bomb but decent nonetheless

I'd drink this again with out doubt and hopefully I will one day. I can get North Coast beers in Alberta but I don't think this is one of them. Thank you Moniker for sending this one my way

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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 barczar
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper orange color with a solid one finger cream head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving no lacing.

Aroma is heavily dominated by bready caramel malt, which is accented by a hint of citrus hop, finishing slightly floral.

Flavor reveals a bit more underlying citrus hop, resting on a bready malt backbone, finishing with a bit of herbal tea-like hop and a touch of pepper.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Overall, not nearly enough hop flavor for the style. It's a fairly underwhelming selection.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, this beer had an amber color and fairly cloudy texture. Not a huge amount of head or lacing.

S: Had an aroma mainly of hops, but there were faint traces of malt.

T: The hops overwhelm the flavor, but that's not to say there are that many other elements. Not bad tasting, but kind of underwhelming.

M: There was a middle-of-the-road carbonation level and a smooth finish. This is a medium-bodied beer.

D: This isn't necessarily a bad beer, but it doesn't necessarily impress. There are other IPAs I would go for first (Bear Republic, for one).

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this at the Carnivores mix and match cooler during 3 dollar anything night.

A - Pours a murky amber with a half inch of bubbly head. Slight sticking of lacing.

S - Very nice in fact I get some solid pine and citrus from this one.

T - Wow this one was pretty bitter. Aggressive pine hits the palate with little to no balance at first. As you work your way through it does start balancing with the malt but comes off kind of bland. I remember calling this "dirty hop water"

M - Pretty light to medium it drinks rather easy.

Overall a very cool find since it wasn't anywhere else even D's Six packs. Still with an aggressive pine taste and lackluster balance this is a pretty average IPA.

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Photo of mltobin
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at BevMo in beautiful La Jolla, California.

Appearance is a fine honey color with a medium sized head, that soon laces.

Smell is slightly spicy, with some cinnamon aromas as well.

Taste is medium hoppy, kind of sweet, and pleasant.

MF is above average, finishes strong.

This is a good beer, it was enjoyed at sunset at Windansea beach in La Jolla, and made an excellent compliment to another great day spent in Southern California.

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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 scruffwhor
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent medium copper with some awesome bubbling and a thick doughy head. Leaves thick spongey lacing. The aroma hash a crisp,almost metallic hop twang in the nose. Offers a light to medium citrus nose wit some spiced biscuit and honey malts. The taste starts very faintly sweet, then a blast of blast of faintly metallic hops with some clean lemon zest notes and a resiny palate in the middle and finish of the palate. The finish brings some light honey and toasted white bread.

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Photo of Brad007
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a two-finger head that fades to leave lacing on the edges of the glass.

Aroma is full of grassy hops with just a hint of buttery malt underneath. I'm not feeling an American IPA here.

Taste is full of grassy, slightly citrus hops followed by a hint of buttery malt. Pretty standard. Nothing harsh.

Mouthfeel has only a slight hint of hops and malt. Nothing really impressive.

Maybe my expectations were too high. Regardless, this is still a drinkable example of the style. It's just not what I was expecting.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, darker shade of golden brew. Small, fluffy white head sits on top. Lace is nice, with rings marking my glass incrementally all the way down. Mix of floral and citrusy hops on the nose with a biscuity malt backing. This IPA tastes pretty good, but in a real subtle sort of way. Lemon poundcake, orange rind, hop resin all come into an intricate way. Nothing over the top here, but it's good in its delicacy. Malts are based in toffee and biscuit. And the drinkability is really nice. This would make for a good "keep in the fridge at all times" kind of IPA. Not top of the line, but quite the easy and tasty drinker.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. No freshness dating on the bottle. Poured a light, translucent copper, with a one inch, loose, off-white head. Head settles into a solid quarter inch cap, with some residual spots and strands of lacing appearing as the head dissipates. Nose was primarily caramel malt with a hint of citrus. Taste is consistent with nose; however, a resinous hops qaulity permeates the flavor profile and lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an assertive carbonation. Decent IPA, but lacks balance.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Great appearance, copper and ruby. Aroma, one of the old school ipa's that smells like a new school citrus hop buzz.

Taste, restrained malt, good hopping, Columbus and/or Centennial? Mouthfeel, what was apparent immediately, fades gently into the background. Very drinkable, while it fades, it doesn't morph into something you don't like. Good stuff.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, 6.5%. I had seen this in the past and not realized that it was a North Coast offering. Poured a brilliant golden-orange color with a sizable frothy white head that held good retention and left a sticky lacing down the side of the glass. Herbal and floral hops fill the nose with some faint citric and toasted grain aromas. Tastes are very earthy and herbal - bitter hops from the start all the way to the finish providing an oily and medium bodied mouth-feel. Slight malty sweetness holds off some of the bitterness, but it still finishes dry and bitter leaving a tingle on the tongue on the way down. Not much complexity, and I am not a fan of the more herbal noted IPA's, but this one was decent.

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

I have generally good impressions of this flowery, sweet and orange liquid, served from a large tulip glass. It has a decent head with, leaving islands of lace about he glass. The aroma is seriously hoppy, leaning toward the fresh, flowery side of life. The foretaste is sweet, fruity, and malty, but is balanced with a large dose of bitterness. This is a very nicely balanced IPA, which makes it quite drinkable. It probably lacks the power that hopheads want, but I’d be pleased to have a few of these.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance — Hazy orange with fluffy head. Mild retention and awesome lacing.

Smell — Floral hops, grapefruit, caramel malts.

Taste — Grapefruit and the caramel malt starts the flavors but the hops quickly take over leaving a lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel — Medium bodied. Adequate carbonation.

Drinkability — Nicely balanced IPA.

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Photo of dgilks
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber colour with a small off-white head. Poor to fair head retention.

Mild to moderate citrus hop aroma. A bit muddled. Nothing special but fair enough for an IPA.

I don't like it that much. The bitterness is there but it isn't backed up with hop flavour or malt. This needs one of those two to balance it out a little bit. There's a touch of citrussy hop flavour but I get a dominant hop bitterness which is quite harsh. It slowly builds a little more hop flavour but the overall picture isn't pretty.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

On the whole this IPA fails to live up to expectations. It lacks vibrancy and the bitterness while acceptable for an IPA lacks the balance of either malt or hop flavour.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium golden amber color with a huge white head. The head has big bubbles entrapped within which rapidly lead to a recession of the head, to leave a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – A citrus hop aroma is the heaviest, but overall it is quite light. Mixed with the citrus are some tastes of caramel and a bit of pine.

Taste – The taste starts out sweeter and maltier with nice citrus and caramel sweetness and maltiness a white bread malty nature. As the taste advances, it bitter more with heavier citrus hop notes as well as a very light pine hop flavor. These flavors take the taste to the end and overall leave a somewhat bitter-sweet citrus hop flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is just slightly above medium with the carbonation level bordering on the same (just above average). Both are quite nice of the style and the flavor profile of the brew.

Overall – A easy drinking IPA that is slightly on the sweeter side. Not bad.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice example of an IPA. The beer was an amber color with a thick white head and abundant lacing. The aroma was primarily floral, with a hint of honey. I think I could detect a little citrus also. The taste was more grapefruit, but I could taste some pine also. This was not a hop bomb, actually fairly mild. It went well with my Reuben.

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Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a clear gold color with a rocky two-finger head. The head recedes slowly into a patchy layer on top leaving sticky lacing on the edge of the glass.

Smells of citrus and pine hops up front, but the pine aroma soon fades and the citrus aroma attenuates, leaving light grapefruit, pale malt, and bitter aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, if a bit less intense. Husky pale malt flavors are joined by mild hints of grapefruit before ending with a solid amount of bitterness. It's not very complex or flavorful, but I'm a fan of it's simplicity.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, with less than stellar carbonation, though I did get a bit overzealous with the pour.

Drinkability is good. As I said before, it's not spectacular, but it's a simple beer that's well done. The alcohol is not noticeable and I could have a few of these.

Overall this is a solid contribution to the world of IPA's from North Coast, although it's lacking a few things to make it really good. Still, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.42/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from The Wine Seller in A2. Pours a hazy light golden color, lots of bubbles, and a small white head. The aroma is strong straw and hay, rather dry, and what seems like no malt backbone for sweetness. The flavor follows with dry stale hops, very little malts, watered down, and an unpleasant finish. I suppose I got a bad bottle here, as there is some serious funk going on in this. Maybe I'll try again later, but this was not good.

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Photo of Gusler
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after it’s emancipation from the 12-ounce stubby brown bottle with the new label pours a somewhat hazy golden amber color with a pleasing bright white modest in size creamy head, and after its erosion, the lace forms a tight concealing sheet upon the glass. Nice hint of hops at the front, sweet malt at the back and a fresh crispness though out, start is lightly sweet with a decent grain presence and the top, light to moderate in feel. Finish has a distinct acidity, the hops forthright in their spiciness, very dry lingering aftertaste, as with all their brews, delightful to drink, and would make a fine session beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a murky orange-amber color. The head is a two finger offwhite shade with a nicely consistent texture, even after much of it has receded. Lacing is patchy.

S: Quite floral. There is a lot of pine, lavender, biscuit, and mild caramel. Not much citrus quality, sadly.

T/M: Tastes like...well, an IPA. This one in particular starts off malty with notes of biscuit and toffee, while a light citrus quality pops up past the midtaste. It actually tastes a bit yeasty, and certainly feels that way. The heavy feel, chalky finish, and moderate astringency all take away from an otherwise balanced but bland IPA. I'd reckon its best feature is the building dryness on the aftertaste.

O: I love the simple but retro labeling - shame the beer itself feels about 10 years behind the 8 ball. It's too heavy-feeling to session and too mild for serious IPA drinkers. Others out there will like it, though.

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Photo of FLima
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber orange color with a thick two finger off-white head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice orange citrusy aroma with notes of pineapples, biscuit and slightly toasted malts and earthy hops.
Nice bitter flavor balancing both earthy and citrus hops and slightly toasted malts. Notes of spices, grapefruits, American Amber yeast, caramels, tangerines, tea leaves and a bit of grass. Some herbal pine, flowers and lemon comes later. Dry aftertaste with a pleasant lingering bitterness.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.9% abv is incredibly well hidden specially considering its body.
Quite nice IPA and very easy to drink, not stupidly hopped. Good bridge for beginners of hoppier beers or for taking in large quantities.

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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,255 ratings.
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