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ACME California IPA | North Coast Brewing Co.

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ACME California IPAACME California IPA
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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 brendan13
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear dark golden/orange colour with a few centimetres of off white head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - Light citrus, some herbal notes. Light caramel malt character.
T - Bready, light caramel malt flavour with light citrus and herbal hop characters.
M - Light bodied, quite high bitterness, medium carbonation.
O - A bit lacking in the hop character that I'd expect from a west coast IPA. Decent enough but a bit of a let down.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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 ADZA
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a light clear golden copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves a two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is abit subdued for my liking for a AIPA and has only light aromas of pineapple,lychee and boiled candy,it has a light-medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of light citrus,passionfruit,stonefruit,boiled candy and finished with a citrusy,hoppy bitterness and overall its very drinkable but to be honest after all of the beautiful examples ive tried of this style brewed in the USA this is not in the top tier in my mind but dont get me wrong very drinkable and better than alot other exampples out there.

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Photo of jacobseyb
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint. Color was an orangy gold, with ample off white head of about three fingers. The head dissipated quickly leaving some minor lacing. Smell is quite malty up front, with biscuity toasty aromas dominating. Some hops are present but are so weak it is tough to discern the aroma. Taste is much the same with malty flavors dominating. Bitterness is present, but more there than discernable. Feel is briskly carbonated and medium bodied with some hop oiliness on the finish. Overall while I was able to finish the beer, it is probably not one I will purchase again.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a dark orange gold color. Very opaque. A few carbonation bubbles here and there but not much else. One finger off white head, very tightly compacted bubbles. Took it's time in receding. On swirling got two fingers of head that slowly died off to film. Left a decent layer of film on the sides of the glass.

S-- Far more biscuit smelling and not as much fruit. Lots of malt. Soft orange and grapefruit smells and a bit of honeydew melon. A little bit of perfume as well. Just a slight bit of pine in the back of the nose.

T-- Picked up more of the malt and biscuit taste. Some grapefruit and some orange but very malt forward and a very clean taste.

M-- Much better feel. Bitter grapefruit peel and orange marmalade sort of taste. Good amount of lingering grapefruit bitterness in this. Still pretty clean though. Medium carbonation and lighter medium feel. IBU's are more obvious in the feel than in the taste.

O-- Not the best IPA out there but very drinkable and pretty easy to have 2-3 of these in a sitting. Taste is a big nothing to get excited about but the feel is much better. Good lingering bitterness does help this out a lot. Kind of the anti WCIPA to me.

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Photo of dgilks
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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 dhartogs
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this at a BBQ, no glasses to pour it in so drank from the bottle. Was kind of warm and probably not a fair shake. I thought it was a perfectly average IPA. I'd like to try it again a little colder and poured into a glass. But it beat the Corona that was served.

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Photo of richkrull
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden/amber color with a good amount of head on it.

Smell was a mix of sweet malt and some citrus hops.

Taste was good. Good hop flavor, not overly bitter. Fairly balanced beer.

Mouthfeel was pretty light. This was a smooth easy to drink beer.

Overall a pretty good beer. Would probably be good to someone even if they don't like IPAs. I'd try it again.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

In looking at other reviews, it looks like I had a significantly different experience than most. Perhaps mine had been sitting on the shelf for a long time. No dating, so I can't verify this.

Nose - I get a lot of bready, graham cracker notes, somewhat grainy, with a very very subtle hop presence (no standout floral or piney notes).

Flavor is quite similar to the nose. Very malty, with nothing but bittering hop flavors. Somewhat zingy (the yeast?), and carbonation is medium to low.

Overall, I was not impressed. My understanding of this style suggests that this beer is not to style. It was a very drinkable beer, but is not what I would call a West Coast/California IPA.

Maybe I just got a bad bottle and someone needs to send me another one.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: honey amber gold. Dark on top. Light on bottom. Light thin head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Fresh and potent ingredients. Pale and Caramel malts. Floral aromatic hops. Hints of spice and fruit.

Taste: Orange and melon rind. Hints of marmalade and toasted biscuit malts. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Oily resiny floral hops. Crisp in the mouth with a dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium. Slight chewy. Balanced. Clean and crisp.

Overall: This is a great refreshing and satisfying west coast IPA. I really can't find any flaws in this beer. It's well balanced with a medium ABV. I will return to this beer again.

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Photo of bobhits
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden copper/orange color. Very lively carbonation, among the best I’ve seen in an IPA. Tall white head with large bubbles, not overly dense.

Citrus nose, a touch metallic, and a light malt back.

Damn…this is a good IPA. I’ve been avoiding it as I can’t for the life of me find a bottled on date and well I have no idea how fast these bottles move, but this is a darn good hoppy IPA. The hops aren’t over powering at the start and the malt balances fairly well. The finish is brutally bitter and biting. There may be a touch of alcohol but I’m not sure. The sweetness is rather middle of the road, it adds a bit of quality but doesn’t take over. I think this beer will go over well with people who are on the boarder about hops and the hop heads who don’t believe there’s ever been a hoppy enough beer.

6.5% alcohol is par for the course and this body is pretty par for the course. The carbonation is far more powerful than most, but instead of adding a creamy effect it adds to the bite of the hops.

Overall I’m pretty impressed. This doesn’t touch stone IPA and doesn’t bite like two hearted ale, but beyond those two this might be my favorite easy to find IPA around. I only wish I hadn’t just bought a single bottle as a 6er would be just wonderful!

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Photo of whatthehull
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted April 15th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Cloudy copper/orange, one finger white head, and some decent lacing

S - Earthy hops, pine and citrus as well. Nice bitter sweet malt. A nice yeast strain and some sort of pungent smell

T - Toasted grain, earthy, malt, strong pungent hops. Hops taste nice and fresh. Very acidic hops. Tastes of roots

M - Very carbonated, very acidic, long finish. The carbonation is almost bubbly feeling

D - Easy drinking for the description, but still a bigger IPA for being only 6.5 ABV

Final thought - Worth a try, but not worth a six pack. Love to try this on tap

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Photo of bayougutter
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a orange amber with chill haze, nice white head. smells of malts and hoppy goodness. ON the taste I get yeastly malts with piney-grapefruit rind hops but not really 'in your face'. Mouthfeel was just right for the style. Overall a nice average everyday IPA, didn't knock my socks off but didn't dissipoint. [ 10.50 for a sixer]

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours out a deep yellow-gold color. There's just a touch of haze on the outset, after which it shines with perfect clarity. W just off-white head is about a finger high and retains a dense cap well, depositing sticky patches of lacing down the glass.
The nose is expressive, a dry, resinous piny hops aroma with some grapefruit and herbal hops notes mixed in with a light, dry malt that isn't weak but accentuates the hops.
The taste follows suit; this is a nicely hopped IPA. Mostly pine is complimented by the same herbal hops notes and a touch less but still present grapefruit, and it goes so dry as to nearly offer that aspirin flavor in the finish, as crackery dry malts are used for balance. This is sharp and clean with a lingering dry, grassy finish.
The body is medium with a complimentary crisp and smooth feel
in the mouth and well into the finish.
This is a nice one, and more what I expect from NC than the ACME pale ale.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. "stubby" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed copper/gold in color, with a moderate head of white foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted malt, citrussy hops
Taste-Nice, flavorfull citrussy hops, grapefruit rind bitterness, dry finish.
Overall, friendly and tasty, classic West Coast IPA. It won't blow your doors off, but it'll get you there and back again with no worries. A nice, "everyday" IPA.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thick 2finger foamy white head over a honey colored beer. The beer is slightly hazy, and has avg carbonation.
The aroma is of sweet malts and only light citrus hops.
This beer has a balanced taste with malts holding thier own against the hops but neither one really is in any position to boast in my opinion.
The beer has a medium mouthfeel and I also can detect low levels of diaceyl.
Its an Ok beer that is good for a session.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice smooth IPA from North Coast. Slightly cloudy, rich amber colour with a nice white head.

Creamy malts and zesty, fruity hops. Light bitterness on the nose that translates into a nice, hoppy flavour with a flavourful malt background.

Good, lightly effervescent carbonation and very easy to drink.

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Photo of JesteR14
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice orange, brownish color. A fat 3 fingered head when i poured this aggressively. Head is very big and foamy, lasts a while.. like whipped cream on the top of this beer... Seriously i have a big foamy head on this beer..

S- I smell hops, malts barley and some light sweetness like honey.. I have to smell again as the head goes down..

T- Some great hops that arent very bitter, they impact my mouth and leave them wanting some more! i get a slight taste of some nice apple flavor...

M- Got that fresh california feel, just like the red seal ale which is one of my favorites. great beer that i cant say enough about. Just try it for yourself!

D- Yum, love this IPA.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy golden color with a slight orange tint. Nice 1 1/2 finger head that clings very, very well.

S: Sweet bready malty smell with a strong citric body. Not what I was expecting.

T: Sweet and malty followed by bitter hoppy finish. Very balanced and smooth.

So far I haven't found a "bad" IPA, just good and great ones. This falls into the good category. Very smooth and great flavor. Smell was a little backwards but the taste was amazing. Floral/citric hops with a wonderful toasty malt character. Lacing is out of this world!!!! Would probably buy again. Great beer North Coast Brewing Co.!!!

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't mean to drink two IPAs in one evening but...who cares?! I hadn't had a North Coast Brewing Co pale ale yet so I picked up the IPA. I wasn't disappointed.

The head wasn't too bubbly or frothy one way to give it one description so it was in between and white toffee in color. Color of the beer is a bronze-gold.

From smelling it I got a delightful sweetness mixed with floral hops and also a bit of citrus/lemon as well. It was hoppy throughout and had a malty smoothness and sweetness to it that balanced well with the hops. Yummy one here.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, translucent amber with a huge, frothy head.

Big, picturesque lace along my ale glass. Nice.

Aroma is mild, some grapefruit-ness. Not huge, but appealing.

Flavor is superb! Rich and smooth-drinking, with lots of citrus/grapefruit hoppiness. Acme isn't a hop-bomb, but it is a sturdy and very drinkable IPA that's worthy of repeat drinking.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale amber in color, a touch of haze, and remarkable lacing. The most impressive aspect is the head, which is cloud-like in texture, and tenacious in retention.

S: There isn't a ton of hop aroma here, but there is a noticeable slant towards Pacific Northwest Hops.

T: A brief cameo of malt sweetness is quickly snubbed by an onslaught of piney Pacific Northwest hops. Juniper, rosemary, and a touch of grapefruit create a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

M: Light body, clean texture, and delightfully effervescent.

D: A well made IPA from a brewery that grows on me with every brew I try. It's not necessarily the best IPA out there, but it is certainly in the top tier.

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Photo of masstransplant
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served with an outstanding prime tenderloin at Annie Gunn's just outside of St. Louis....expecting to order a Two Hearted Ale but they were out. The Acme IPA came off the bench and did a good job.

Poured a blood-orange with a thin, persistent head. Aroma of hops and citrus, and maybe some spice. Tasty, though not as sharp and cutting as two-hearted ale, but good nonetheless. Carbonation was decent, about right for the style. Could have easily had a few of these as they paired well with a world-class steak. Still, will go back to the starter when he's off injured reserve.

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Photo of VtBrew
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Frothy head, that last about a minute and thin lacing. Color is a golden/orange hue. Est 6-10L (srm). Clear body.

Aroma: Grapefruit/Citrus aroma at the front. Balanced malty aroma at the back.

Flavor: Medium/High Bitterness ,but doesn't over stay its welcome. Light caramel notes.

Mouth-feel/Finish: A little dry and sweet in the finish. Pretty clean finish for Am IPA. Bitterness lingers only slightly.

Overall: Good if your looking for something not in your face with ABVs or IBus.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- roasted malts dominate over the hop components

color- pale amber

clarity- clear

smell- citrus hops and bready character

body- mellow in the mouth, rounded and smooth with hoppy bite at the front of the tongue, dry

appearance- white creamy, ice cream-like head

overall impression- slighty above-average ipa, i like mine a little hoppier and full-bodied

notes and comments- wouldn't ordinarily seek this out

beer spy- north coast brewing company, fort bragg ca, 2/13/11

glassware: bottle

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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 1,260 ratings
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