ACME California IPA | North Coast Brewing Co.

1,257 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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2000

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Photo of evansrdbrew
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on 3/13/10
12 oz. In pint

A- tiny bubbled 1/8" head dissapaited quickly to leave a halo of lace and a tiny coat of bubbles. Pale golden yellow hazy ale with many bubble streams.

S- whifs of pale malts and piney hops with grapefruit notes.

T- good citrus/herbal hop flavors mingled with light malt notes.

MF- light tingling mouth coating [email protected] dry finish and nice hoppy oily feeling. Good lingering bitterness.

D- quite drinkable.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-orange with a one-finger white head that laces really well.

Smell:minty, citrus hops. I agree with the person that said butterscotch. Lemon is present.

Taste: Roasted caramel malt with citrus piney hops. Bit of bitterness and mint.

Mouthfeel: Smooth yet a bit dry. Feels a bit buttery and sticky. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very easy drinking IPA.

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

Acme California IPA has a thick, creamy, off-white head and a cloudy, golden-orange appearance. The aroma is of hops, citrus, barley- a wonderful blend. Taste is a fantastic balance of barley, bursting and bitter hops, bread, earthiness, and citrus. Mouth-feel is medium, and the ale finishes quite satisfying and refreshing. I loved this beer and would absolutely have it again and recommend it to others!


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Photo of BierFan
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: 2 fingers of off-white head on a mostly clear light amber body.

Smell: Mostly minty hops. A little butterscotch.

Taste: Butterscotch from the malt. Minty and grassy hops.

Not what I was expecting from a California IPA but I like it.

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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 kramerboy
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am really of a fan of most of the 'west coast' IPAs, but I felt that this one fell a little short.

The appearance was OK. Poured a great light orange color with a small amount of white head. Smelled pretty good with a lot of that west coast citrus hops.

The taste is where it really went down in score. The great smell did not translate to the taste. Perhaps I had an older bottle and didn't realize it. The hops did not really come through as I expected. A little thin in the mouth feel.

Good to try it, but I don't think I'd seek this one out again as there are just too many great beers out there to enjoy.

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Photo of claybeer
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Acme IPA has a nice golden color with an orange tint. The head is small but it laces the glass immediately. I was surprised at how soft the nose was. Other than the obvious hops there was much to gather for the nose. Small amounts of citrus comes out in the first sip but it's mainly floral like an English IPA. This is one of the most drinkable IPA's I have ever had. The citrusy finish is joined with some pine and some bitterness. Top notch stuff in this bottle.

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Photo of Casey10
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I wanted to like this who know I might have a old bottle no well to tell too bad.

To me this was not your typical west coast IPA. While not bad it was non discript not much going on for either taste or style.

I had noticed this one for awhile but because not much had been said about it I always passed and now I can see why.

Again this is not good or bad but does not have much going for it at all.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden copper colour that clears after a couple of minutes. White head is decent. It keeps a 2mm skim on top and an inch or so of lacing follows it down to the bottom.

I was expecting more from the smell and taste on my recent IPA kick. It's not very fragrant. I get a bit of orange and malt / caramel. So, it's more refreshing than an average beer, but not by a lot.

The taste is less than I expected, too. It tastes like a bit of orange, and a little of something like peach/mango/papaya, added to an amber or red ale. Not as refreshing and light as I thought, but pretty good. Aftertaste has a bit of apricot.

Feel is good. It's not as bitter as its fresher counterparts, but it's not as refreshing either. It has a bit of a dry, sticky finish. It feels and pours a little viscous.

Drinkability is good, but not as enjoyable as I thought.

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Photo of detlefchef
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange with brilliant white head that lingers well and laces nicely
Really strong mango and orange aromas, actually, stone fruits as well.
Somewhat aggressive hop profile on the palate with quite a bite. Light malt and supple texture. Finished clean and left me wanting more.

This did for me what an IPA should do.

Pairing: Spicy prawn and calamari fritters with mango and salted cucumber

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

A hazy light orange brew, an off-white head leaving some lacing.

The smell is mostly honey sweet, some faint grape-fruit and some hay.

Upfront caramel and toffee sweetness, bitter oranges and rather much bitterness.

Medium carbonation, and rather soft.

A bit unbalanced at too sweet for me. Sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp.

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Photo of malloyca
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Gold to light amber in color, and clear with a 1" head that persisted until the end of the beer. Aromas of malt, grains and faint hops, but not the overpowering pine and citrus that is associated with a lot of American IPAs. Mild citrus-hop flavors blend with malts and grains. This is a medium bodied IPA that almost drinks like a Czech pilsner in terms of the body and background flavors, but it still has ample hop flavors. This would be good IPA to drink when having more than one.

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Photo of Long813
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Clear orange body with one finger of white head. Retention is poor and leaves minimal lacing.

S: Mild notes of malts and hops - some citrus. Very week in aroma.

T: Very bland flavour. Mixture of malts, hops and citrus.

M: Light bodied and medium-light carbonation. Texture is water like and leaves a matly aftertaste.

D: Another let down by NCB. It's a pretty week and unappealing IPA.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger of head, light warm honey coloring that has a bit of a haze to it, active bubbling, very cool label design.

s- hard to describe, well actually it ian't - soapy. fruity, some hops, but overly not very aromatic.

t- decent bitterness, grapefruity, some herbal notes, nothing really stands out here as delicious per say, it's good though.

m- medium, coating, slick.

d- nice, not outstanding though, i wouldn't get this again. damn my drinking of 'out of this world ipas' it's a runined me for average, still tasty ones.

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Photo of association330
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours amber with a two-finger pillow of off-white head. Drops to a decent cap with good retention and lace.

S - West coast hops, grapefruit rind, caramel malt. Everything seems quite muted for a west coast IPA though.

T - Superbly balanced caramel malt and dry, citrusy hops. Lingering, pleasant hop bitterness into the aftertaste.

M - Medium-bodied, with refreshing carbonation.

D - Pretty nice little IPA here, and not the usual Cali hop bomb.

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Photo of dcajero
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy and orange toned with a 1/2 inch head that lingers well.

S - Citrus and maybe a little grassy (just cleaned 3 stables so the nose maybe a bit off)

T - Leads with sweet malt and caramel and finishes nice and bitter. Hops are there but a little mild although the finish picks up quite a bit.

M - Crisp and dry but not very carbonated.

D - Pretty easy drinking for early summer. Nice and refreshing.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow orange with just the slightest haze. Tall rocky head with chucks of lacing. Aroma of bread, citrus, and light malts. Taste is very refreshing with sharp citrus hops at front of every sip. But the beer is rather one-dimensional. I wanted just a little more malt. The piney hops dig into the back of your throat and make a home there like a mud dauber in a riverbank. Medium carbonation is very lively on the tongue. Light to medium texture. A quality brew and extremely drinkable.

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

Pours golden-copper with a massive white head that hangs around, and leaves globs of sticky lacing.

Aroma is floral, perfume hop and caramel malt.

Taste is balanced malt and hops, with a minerally character. Surprisingly amount of biscuit malt. Lemon grass, honey, pineapple, and resinous floral hop. Finishes crisp with a touch of diacetyl butteryness.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium body.

Overall a smooth, drinkable IPA. The flavor increases in depth as it warms. This is not the West Coast hop monster I had expected. Very balanced, fruity and enjoyable.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BBrianBoogie for sending me this one during CanBIF6.

Copper color beer, slightly veiled. Nice head looking creamy and cloudy. The aroma presents some caramel malts with some butter. Hard to find the hops, but they are there (grapefruits). On the taste, the hops are more presents and this make the beer well balanced. Dry finish with a good bitterness. The hops are present with some grapefruits notes. Medium body and an easy drinker. An excellent beer from North Coast Brewery.

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

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a tumbler glass. I don't see a freshness date on the bottle anywhere, but this is the last of a six pack I bought a couple weeks ago; all the other bottles tasted very fresh, so I believe this one will as well. the beer is very pretty, with a clear golden orange body. The head is just off-white, made up of large bubbles where it contacts the liquid and foam up on top. Initially, there was a lot of carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass, but they have disappeared; now there is just the occasional bubble that float up from the bottom. There is a patchy spiderwork of lace left behind. The aroma is rather appealing, with lots of grassy and citrus hops. The flavor is quite balanced, with a good malt base that is sightly sweet and and a hop finish of average bitterness. There is a bit of an effervescent feel in the finish. I can also pick up on a diactyl slipperiness, but barely any buttery flavors. There is a regular amount of coating and an average amount of carbonation. The beer goes down very well. A craft beer fan can easily have a few of these in an evening (I know I have) and not get bored. This isn't my favorite example of this style, but it is a solid and dependable west coast IPA nevertheless.

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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 haddon
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer came out a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing.

The aroma is decent. It has a nice citrusy hop scent surrounded by a pale malt base.

The taste is decent. It has a pale malt core with light hops on the palate. A little light for me.

The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation.

I thought it was a bit watery and light for an ipa. could have used a bit more hop kick.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: light golden amber looks with some near tangerine hints. A nice airy foam marshmallow formed on top. Lacing has some notable members as blobs, slabs, and streaks coat my glass

S: this is surprisingly less hoppy than I anticipated. A rather strong dose of grainy biscuit malts permeates. I can find a mild poof of various citrus fruit notes gathering force

T: well my lack of hop fears have disappeared with the taste of crusty citrus hops. The flavors are nice and full of blunt bitterness with a light zest. I find that the toasted biscuit malts are playing the leading role with some caramel for good measure. This is by and far a little on the timid side for an IPA

M: mild to medium body with just the same amount of carbonation

D: a winner of a beer. I would (and will) buy this one again from time to time. It just seems to me that you need something special when you're talking IPA's. I find this a step above the usual middle of the road IPA's

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Photo of mbudner
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Weirdly enough, this looks exactly like the Pranqster that I just poured, but with a more frothy head. Slight orange gue with a 2-finger white head.

S- Smells very bready and biscuity, a very faint hint of pine resin, smells a bit too sweet though.

T- Very bready, virtually no real hop presence apart from some very faint floral notes and an ever so slight bitterness in the finish.

MF- A bit under-carbonated, but, surprisingly a nice stickiness from the hop oils despite the lack of hop presence.

D- This was a bit disappointing, but not undrinkable.

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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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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,257 ratings.
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