ACME California IPA | North Coast Brewing Co.

1,255 Ratings
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 OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium hazy gold with a decent head. No true retention, some spotty lace at best. A bit disappointing.

Pinecone heaven. Some toasted malt in the nose, even a little barnyard, but piney hops dominate.

Dried out malt pushed aside by resinous hops. You get some toasted malt, but no real fruit or sugars. Big hop finish. Spicy and biting and grown-up beer.

Medium bodied, smooth brew. Not mouth coating or tacky. Carbonation is appropriate and clears palate.

Very decent American IPA. Clean and aggressive and hoppy.

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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 sethcroisant
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a beautiful golden-orange color with a 2-3 finger head. relentless lacing down the glass

S- big citrus and some grassiness from the hops.

T- assertive hops up front with a spicy character. citrus follows soon after and adds a little sweetness. metallic flavor and grain in the end

O- pretty well balanced and definitely worth a try

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (purchased at Whole Foods in a mix and match 6 pack) into my 32 oz mug

a: Hazy golden with a small off white head that ran off pretty quickly with little lacing.

s: There is not much here... of course, I can smell the hops, but even they are muted.

t: First the malty sweetness, then a small hop bite with some residual piney, hoppy bitterness. Not a bad flavor at all.

m: Light to medium body, seems well carbonated.

o: A very standard IPA here. Nothing to make it stand out from the rest of the pack, although not a bad IPA. I could do a session of these, but only if there were no better IPA options available.

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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 smerrell
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wanted to like this beer. I expected to like this beer. I really did not like this beer.

my wife summed it up: "Tastes like Beast." Indeed, it does resemble the best of Milwaukee- pale yellow, faint head, and a corn flavor that I didn't care for. I hope that I got a bad/old example of this, but I won't be buying it again to find out.

I really love Old Rasputin - it's one of my favorite stouts. I'm regretting buying a six pack of Acme - I have four bottles left - at least I have something to boil my bratwursts in.

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

A - Big soapy eggshell head tops a clear golden amber body, thick chunks of lacing and excellent head retention.

S - Malt forward for a californian IPA. Some citrus and pine in there but secondary to the caramel malt.

T - There's the orange acidity, solid hop bitterness backed by the honey and caramel.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Not a bad IPA but in a style so scattered with greats this pales in comparison in terms of complexity and depth of flavour.

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Photo of Adam5150
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a thick white head that forms nice lacing on the glass. Then aroma is mostly malt with a bit of citric hop coming through late. The taste is very malty for a California IPA and not what I expected. With the name California IPA you would expect a hop bomb. Overall it was a good IPA.

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

The bottle boasts an interesting red label, which claims the brew to be "profoundly hoppy" and has a Marilyn Monroe-style blong swinging airily across the front. Brew is goden, light amber (not quite blonde), with a 1-finger beige foamy head that persists surprisingly. Nice fine-bubbly carbonation is evident.

Aroma is nuanced, faint, but complex hops, slightly floral and fruity, with early undertones. Taste provides a burst of great flavor, a combination of toasted malt and piney hops with peppery notes. Beautifully balanced, intense hoppy finish. After the initial hop blast, a sort of sweet, blue bounce-back flavor comes that slides down the tongue, like when you stare at an intense bright image, then look away and in you mind you see the negative counter-image branded on your sight.

For mouthfeel, this beer has light-to-medium body and slight astringency. 6.9% ABV is well hidden, no alcohol evident. I think this beer is highly drinkable. Heavy hopping sort of ruins the palate, but I'm a hop-head, so this is what I want - no complaints. Recommended.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 seems to be better on draft than bottle

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Photo of schoolboy
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I think I am being kind when I say that this is the worst APA. It looks OK, but it ends there. It has as the taste of a .... nothing. It is completely bland.

There is almost no hops, malt or yeast taste. It makes me think that I got a bad bottle, but that would at least empart a bad taste. It is one to be avoided.

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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 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 Rifugium
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle traded with a coworker

Poured into a pint glass, a hazy copper-brown with a small, fizzy, white head that dissipated quite a bit, leaving a little soapy lacing on the glass. Sweet aroma, quite nice, biscuity, caramel, and opposed to some reviews I've seen, the hops are more in the distance it seems; I get caramel predominantly. Taste is pretty good as well, very bitter up front, woody, leafy, then heavy with caramel sweetness, malty, with pithy citrus bitterness, and some herbal and piney hop qualities leaving a very dry and bitter finish. Medium body, pretty interesting overall, and decently drinkable.

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

I drank a stronger ale prior to this particular one. So, the boldness of the ale may not have presented itself to me as it would had I drank it alone.

Appearance: I drank it straight from the bottle, so I cannot comment.

Smell: The brew had a delightful smell of sweet and nutty.

Taste: it was a smooth brew, without a noticeable bite to the palate.

Mouthfeel: Not heavy. I would place it as just right. The carbonation was light and refreshing.

Overall: I bought a six pack of this brew, and will enjoy the other five as well. A fine quality IPA that is not overpowering, and tastes of a well crafted brew.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Slightly aggressive pour yielded a very rich, pillowy white head. Lingered for some time. Left a little lacing at first, then not much after a while.

S - Slightly hoppy, but lacking the robust hops / citrus / pine smell I was anticipating. Not bad, but not close to many other west coast IPA's.

T & M - Decent. Again, similar to the smell. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. Slightly bitter from hops, drinkable, and overall decent.

Overall - I probably won't buy this again. My brother in law both bought a sixer for a get together at my house. I bought Stone IPA, and he bought this. I won. In the crowded IPA market, there are much better choices. I will be sampling Goose Island IPA tonight for the first time and looking forward to it.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, light golden color. Frothy head retention and lacing is outstanding.

S - Good floral hops, but the aroma is a little weaker then expected.

T - Hoppiness is definitely there and comes off as a piney, grapefruit, flowery punch. Hop bitterness lasts throughout, and comes off a little bitter / pungent at the end. Malty sweetness complements.

M - Good mouthfeel that is smooth and dry. Light body.

O - Good example of a west coast IPA. Full of hops and semi-dry. My main concern with the brew was imbalance of hops in the aftertaste with too much pungent bitterness.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden to lightly copper body with a touch of haze and a creamy ecru head. Fluffy patches of lace

Scent is unfortunately very faint; floral and grassy i suppose

Taste is spicy and earthy hops. Grapefruit. Not that bitter. There's a bready malt base with a lightly sweet note.

Mouth is medium with low carbonation; slightly chalky

A pleasant ale but not among my favorite ipa's

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Photo of SawDog505
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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

Pours yellow with cloudy white head.

Nose is doughy, yeasty with a bit of metallic CCC hops. Lots of fruitiness- from hops or yeast?

Taste is similarly yeast dominated with a bit of sweetness and quite a satisfying bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy with good carb and nice bitterness.

Overall a nicely balanced, drinkable beer. Not really a "California IPA" by any stretch though.

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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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