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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2000

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Photo of GilmooDaddy
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Purchased from Total Wine in Norfolk, Virginia.

(Appearance): Pours a yellowish copper that is mostly transparent. The original pour yields a thumb size foam head that cuts in half moments after.

(Smell): Has a faint fruity/citrusy aroma that suggests the presence of apricot or grapefruit. There is definitely a hint of sweetness as well as molasses.

(Taste): This IPA greets the tongue with an immediate bitterness that quickly fades away in favor of some of it's more distinct flavors: Grapefruit, orange, and a slight caramel malt. After the wash-down, the bitterness makes a surprise comeback like an ocean wave that retreats back to the shore after leaving momentarily.

(Mouthfeel): Lightly carbonated and delightfully smooth. Goes down remarkably easy given the strong presence of hops.

(Drinkability): Personally, I am not a huge fan of apparent hops or grapefruit flavor in my beer, however, this one could definitely make a decent session for those who do like these flavors. It has a moderate ABV and is easy to gulp. I don't love it, but I would definitely drink it again.

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3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden marigold. Small tight white head. Some frosty lacing.

Some citrus and pine and pepper. Some sweetness. Light Toasty.

Crisp citrus, spicy herbal, peppery pine. Slightly sweet and toasty bread. Spicy/Piney bitterness. Slightly metallic.

Med body. Slow Carbonation. Some drying.

Pretty drinkable, decent IPA.

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Photo of Beard
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. Bottle - ACME California IPA

Got a lazy Sunday situation going on here, so thought I would review a few beers. Picked up a couple of these in a mix-a-six, surprised this is the first time I have tried this as I am a big fan of North Coast.

A - Pours out a nice amber. Unremarkable head with some slight lacing as I move through the tasting. Average appearance, not much to get excited about.

S - Slightly fruity. For an IPA I am surprised at how sweet this as it hits my nose. Apricot is the dominate fruit note here, but too much of it kills the hops.

T - Remarkable sweet for an American IPA. Apricots and orange in the front, with a decent bitter and biscuit finish. The beer does have some balance, but could use a little more bitterness to counter the sweetness.

M - Smooth with a thin finish. Slightly dry, makes me feel like I am drinking a light pilsner style beer.

D - At 6.5% it has a decent kick to it. For an IPA the sweet notes are what would turn me off to drinking a decent amount. Still, it is a decent drinking IPA.

For me, this was a little unusual for a 'California' IPA. I am just not sure what the intent of this beer was. Being an east coaster I am used to some sweet malty-ness in an IPA, so the sweetness was not an instant turn-off, but this just seemed to be a slightly sweet under-hopped attempt at an IPA. I would not be looking to try again.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle as pictured

A: Golden amber color with a creamy off-white head that leaves a fluffy film of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Grainy, malty, and only some mild hop aroma. Quite disappointing.

T&M: Taste is much better than the smell, but nothing spectacular. Sweet citrus and malt graininess. Some dryness on the fade with some hop bitterness. Medium bodied.

Good drinkability but nothing really spectacular in the way of originality or taste.

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Photo of shand
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Great great great looking IPA. The perfect looking hazy copper with three fingers of head that retains for quite a long time. Lacing is full and sticky. Smell is primarily pine and citrus-hoppy with just a touch of caramel malts and what I can best describe as wet dog. Not unappealing though, it's a pretty good smelling beer. The taste is hoppy without being bitter, somehow. The hefty dose of caramel malts probably has something to do with this, however, they don't really come out in the taste. It's just smooth and hoppy, without really standing out too much. The aftertaste is just a touch of bitterness. A solid IPA.

The mouthfeel is on the thinner side for an IPA, I found the mouthfeel to actually be fairly creamy. The drinkability is really where this excels, this is a quite drinkable IPA. It's not the best, but the smooth and creamy mouthfeel is something different for an IPA. Recommended for fans of the style.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with thick creamy off-white head.

Nose is full of pine-resin-y herbal hops and some faint amber caramel.

Palate is chewy with hops. Lots of texture for how clear the beer is. The palate is really bright and crisp with some flavors that remind me of Czech pilsners. Leafy, herbal hops and a gripping bitterness. It's not aggressive, but pretty damn tasty.

Notes: Pretty damn good.

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Photo of SnowGoon99
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass.

Pours a very turbid amber color, more than likely from the high hopping rate. The turbidity is to be expected with most American IPAs. Aromas are awesome including grapefruit and other citrus with some earthiness and hints of pine. It's really killer.

Flavors are a little different. You get a lot of caramel with the hops an it's a little off-putting. Don't get me wrong, the hop flavor is there in force. There's just too much caramel i would think for an American IPA. The citrus is there along with the earthiness but that caramel just throws it off balance. It makes for a good body on the beer but that is somewhat helped by the higher alcohol content. The caramel definitely detracts from the drinkability though.

Overall a really nice beer. I'm a big fan of IPAs from the west coast and this is no exception really. It's certainly not a bad beer and i might be being overly critical. But i have had better IPAs so i had to ding it a few. Still a good beer and could certainly have another.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip.

Chill hazed glowing orange gold beer with an initially good off-white head. The retention isn't good.

Orange marmalade on toast is one thing I'm smelling that I quite like. Hops don't dominate the nose, however. Strong biscuit, a large dose of yeast, floral hops, and alcohol is what this one has.

This one has an exceptionally high bitterness. Orange, citric, floral hops, biscuit, yeast, bit of diacetyl, and alcohol blend for something that is really trying hard, but not achieving the West Coast ideal.

It's hard for me to talk about mouthfeel often times, and today is no different. This beer is right in the middle. It isn't sweet or too full bodied for an IPA, and neither is it exceedingly dry, harsh, and palate destroying.

It works, but why not Torpedo?

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, pale copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label, into a pint glass. No freshness date on the label.
Nice two finger head that dissipates to a nice persistent film with very nice lacing along the inside of the glass.
Aroma is a nice, mild blend of floral hops, some citrus interlacing with hints of pine.
Taste is malty upfront with the hops taking over towards the finish. This is a very taste IPA, the blend of hops with malt is just perfect.
Rich, smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Coats the palate beautifully, tickles every taste bud to the hilt.
Easy to drink, the alcohol began to warm me up towards the finish. All in all, this is a very good IPA, a solid brew from North Coast. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of beertunes
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
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 BigMike
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale tangerine orange color. Very hazy with a thin off white head of a half finger. Great lacing.

S: Lots of bitter citrus aroma. Orange peel and tangerine. Some light caramel sweetness.

T: Hops are pretty mellow. Some light orange and orange zest bitterness. Caramel and toffee sweetness.

M: Just above light bodied. Very smooth with great carbonation. Really easy to drink. No alcohol presence.

Overall: A nice introductory ipa. Easy to drink, good mouthfeel and overall a decent ipa.

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Photo of patpbr
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The package got my attention.

Nice head with a copper body.

not noticing any distinct smell

This IPA goes down smooth, can taste the hop and citrus. the finish is mild, Could be a bit more bitter.

mouthfeel is mild.

easy to drink, simple ipa not trying to experiment or give you to

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent American Pale Ale. Supremely hoppy, right across the palate. Aroma isn't overwhelming, but the finish lingers beautifully, with a decent level of bitterness. Also a nice level of carbonation and a decent mouth feel. This bottle doesn't have the residual sweetness that so often accompanies hoppy beers that aren't enjoyed immediately after bottling. Will definitely purchase again!

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
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 bishopdc0
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is golden amber with a beautiful white head

A nice mix of pale malts and citrus hops

Starts fresh and sweet and quickly moves to a fully hopped flavor. beautiful hops with a earthy citrus it finishes with a slight bitters but is complete very nice

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Photo of Macky20
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Small amount of thin head.. hazy but dark golden color. Aroma is nothing to rant about, as you really don't get a good preview of the taste. There is a faint hop aroma with a small amount of citrus and malt.

Taste is pretty good with a decent amount of hops and some piney notes. Citrus is still faint for a west coast style. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and this is also evident in the lacing which is minimal.

Decent WC IPA, would try again if my favorites weren't on the shelf.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber colour with a large frothy off white head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for quite a while before it started to dissipate.

Smell - a grassiness, breads/grains, pale malts, light hops, citrus zest

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a above average amount of carbonation and the beer feels very light and fluffy on the tongue. The most noticeable flavours are citrus zest and a honey dew melon sweetness. There is a pale malt taste mixed with floral notes and very light hops. The beer finishes with a citrus zest aftertaste.

Drink - probably a good beer for someone looking for an introduction to hoppy IPA's. Not a whole lot of hop flavour punch, but a nice session beer for sure.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
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 bmwats
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Deep golden hue. Pours about 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly leaving a nice beer ring as it does. Never fully settles. Leaves nice thick beer ring lacing.

S: A little grainy goodness, a lot of piny goodness.

T: A little grainy, with a nice subtly sweet but really hoppy flavor. Very piny.

M: Robust malt start and a really hoppy finish with just a hint of sweet throughout.

D: Full, fresh, but light enough.

Atmosphere is pretty nice. Really full, solid appearance, and a unique nose complimented with the sweet touch. Flavor is full and hoppy. Overall, this is a really nice quaff.

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Photo of Boitnott
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: Bottle into a wine glass. Working on getting a new beer glass.

A: Nice gold color. Becomes a bright orange if you put it up to the light. The head is white and about a finger deep; it also is light and not thick.

S: Slight citrus (orange and lemon) notes to it. You can smell the hops slightly. The citrus dominates which makes the overall potency rather minimal. A more defined hop smell would make it better.

T: The nose is pleasantly tart. The citrus flavor really comes out in the beginning and burns the tongue a little bit. If you keep it your mouth then the citrus becomes more defined. There is almost no hop taste in the nose, however the finish is a different story. The hops really become apparent once your swallow the beer. The good thing is that the citrus notes still remain in the finish, as opposed to other IPAs in which the hops overpower the finish. Drinking the beer cold vs cool does not seem to make a difference.

M: The carbonation is just enough to add a kick and it does not diminish the flavor. The foam does not get in the way of the taste because of its lightness (it goes away pretty fast).

D: For an IPA it is pretty light. This would be a good transition into IPAs if you are a newcomer to the style. Its balance of citrus and hops is much more modest than some of the stronger IPAs. The ABV is only 6.5% so you could drink lots of these and at $6.50 a six pack you are really getting your money's worth. Great taste for a great price.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Nonic

A - Slightly hazy orange/yellow color with a 2-finger head that held decently. Moderate C02 can be seen and it left lots of splotches on my glass.

S - A bit of tree sap with rind, grapefruit and orange fruit notes. Sweet smelling with soft cracker and bready malt notes. More of a toasted malt notes is there when it warms.

T - I get a nice balance of malts and hops. Nice pine and lemony flavors upfront, some rind and bitterness follow. Big toasted malts and cracker are towards the finish with orange fruit, mild pineapple, rind and a nice bitterness that lingers well.

M - A bit smooth with moderate-high C02 crispness and a firm medium body.

D - This is a pretty good IPA to me. I really enjoyed the toasted malt characteristics in this one, it really helped balance out the pine, sap and rind flavors. I could definitely quaff down 4-5 or more of these IPA's, so to me it's pretty damn drinkable. I would would buy this again for sure and I recommend you give it a try. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: nonic

Dark orange color, nice pillowy 2-finger head.

Musky and slightly citric hops. There's some mango and maybe some pineapple. Malt backbone smells like caramel and fresh dough.

Taste is better than the smell. The mouthfeel is very smooth, mot too carbonated to slow you down. There is that sort of fruit basket flavor initially but it transitions mid-drink to a pretty solid dough and caramel malt flavor and continues to the finish. A consistent floral overtone is present as well. Just slightly dry.

Of all the IPAs available today, it's hard to stand out. To be completely honest, this beer falls under the mediocre range but that is by no means a negative. It's a solid drinkable beer with nice flavor and texture. Great for sessioning.

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Photo of Adamthome1
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pale golden IPA color, nice head and decent retention

Smells very hoppy, typical floral smell

Taste follows suit, floral and citrusy. A well balanced IPA. It is not too strong but does pack a good kick of hoppy goodness. Conceals the 6.5% alcohol, would have guessed a more standard 5% or so.

No alcohol taste in the aftertaste, it is dominated by the hoppy flavor.

Nothing I'd change about this beer, it is a high quality run of the mill American IPA that is easy drinking

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

12oz bottle for $2.19. No Freshness Date. Pours a clear orange with a thin ring of head. Medium amount of lacing. Aroma is kind of sweet. I'm getting aromas of honey, slight piney hops, and malts. Taste is more sweetness with no typical IPA bitterness. Picking up some caramel flavor with a small amount of hops. This beer did not have the flavors I was expecting but all in all was pretty good and certainly a drinkable IPA.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this 12oz single at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT for $2.15. No dating. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Cloudy honey-colored brew gives a creamy half inch of head that leaves a good thick layer on the glass. Smell is light malt and an odd spicy hoppiness, more like ginger. Taste agrees completely, light watery caramel malt sweetness and ginger, like spicy ginger ale, quite odd. Also fairly earthy. Feel is quite thin, watery, with soft abundant carbonation.

I'm not a fan, it's way off base.

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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 1,259 ratings
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