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

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Photo of Magpie14
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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 -2.5%
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 +7.7%
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 DNICE555
2.56/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Eli's with Miss Lynn out on the beach. This one left a bit to be desired. Maybe it was because I had it after a NEBC sea hag ipa before it, but either way it let me down. I thought it was too far towards the malty side for an ipa. I got very little hops in the aroma or the taste. This is only my second offering from the North Coast. After the Old Rasputin I was expecting a lot more from their ipa. The mouthfeel was pretty bland. This pint was drinkable but I'm not the type to force something down to get a buzz. I drink beer because I like the taste of good beer. Since I paid about 5 dollars for the pint, I finished it... otherwise it may have been a drain pour.

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

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep golden color, bordering on brown. Very clear, very filtered. Lots of bubbling, leading to a bright white head formation. Well retained.

S - Earthy, grapefruit, and orange-like hops aroma. Somewhat grassy.

T - Starts off with a dry bite of a very balanced beer - decent sweetness but has a strong bitter backbone to it. Some toasted malts come through. Mid-stream brings in the hop flavors, grapefruit, grassy. Finishes bitter, very dry.

M - Very solid mouthfeel - full bodied. Carbonation accentuates it, but doesn't burn the palette. Finishes with some oily textures.

D - Very refreshing, easy drinking. For a California IPA, it doesn't abuse the senses with hops as hard. Not filling. ABV is manageable.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange gold that has a big foamy head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of a small amount of grassy and herbal hops.

Tastes of small hops with a decent malt backbone. Fairly bitter without much hop flavor. Herbal and earthy tones are present. Not much sweetness, but the caramel malt is certainly present.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acme IPA has a clear, dark, golden colored body that has quite a few carbonation bubbles moving around. The head is an off-white color and is quite thick and solid looking, which leads to great retention in the form of a thick creamy head that never goes away. The lacing is very thick and sticky, decorating the glass nicely.

The aroma features mostly hops, with citrus and grassy scents. Judging by the smell I would guess that Acme IPA is dry-hopped. Besides the hops there is also a pale malt aroma that adds some sweetness.

Acme IPA is definitely a hop-forward IPA. A Little bit of a grassy hop flavor gives way to grapefruit and citrus flavors that come with a burst of bitterness. In the finish the malt finally comes through, providing just a touch of cracker like sweetness. The aftertaste is the best part, it leaves a nice, fruity hop flavor in my mouth.

The body is a little bit light with moderate carbonation. It has a good oily feel to it.

Acme IPA is a good IPA that doesn't have a lot of balance; it leans on the hops for flavor and the malt comes in small doses. Even though it is hop-forward, it is just a little bit bland; it isn't bursting with flavor like the best IPAs out there.

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Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap ina 20oz clear pint glass at 12th Street Taphouse (Charlottescille, VA).

A: Copper with 1-finger off-white head and decent lacing.

S: Surprisingly caramelly for and IPA with nice floral and citrus hops punch as well

T: Very malty for the style, although by no means bad, with good orange and grapefruit citrus and floral hops showing in the face of a strong malty toasted to slightly burnt caramel flavor pervading

M: Medium-to-full bodied owing to the toasted quality combined with the low level of carbonation.

D: A nice treat on tap but the caramel toasted component needs toned down somewhat to allow the hops component to break through.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Golden orange with a white one and half finger head that consists of foam, and small bubbles looking like pillowed clouds. Very good retention and medium lacing. Liquid itself has a slight haze.

S = Smells are softer than I expected, not bad but understated with a solid balanced mix of honey, orange marmalade, buttered croissants, very light pine.

T = A very nicely balanced beer. As with the smell there is a certain understated elegance to it. The hops are there and add nice bitterness, but the beer is really about balance with the tastes of buttered croissants lightly sprinkled with honey followed by a small spoonful of orange marmalade and a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. The long finish though is much more herbal and bitter, leaving the mouth dry and waiting for more.

M = Medium-light body, decent mouthcoating, medium carbonation sting.

D = This is a perfect little IPA, not too overpowering and very balanced and flavorful. Drinks well and I look forward to more.

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

Pours cloudy, with a nice looking, thick 1.5 inch head. It's a dull orange color, kind of like a hefeweizen, but it's dark and rainy out.

A pretty weak aroma for the style, I'm a big fan of lots of dry hopping. It's got notes of fruit in the aroma, mostly apple or orange.

The fruity aroma exists in the flavor too. Not too much though, and well balanced with the bitter and flavor. The bitterness sneaks back a little after the other flavors have faded, but in a good way. The malt flavor is very crisp and quick, this is a beer that showcases the hops over malts (as an American IPA should).

Mouthfeel is spot on, I don't really know any other way to describe it. More bubbly than a stout, less than champagne, light body, crisp finish.

I could easily sit down to a six pack of this, if it had a stronger aroma I'd give this a close-to-perfect rating.

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Photo of BeerVikingSailor
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fresh bottle pour into GLBC pint....bought single bottle at my local " Acme" grocery store; sure they like the name tie-in with this brew....

Decent color, lightish golden, foamy citrusy head of tan bubbles, nice carbonation...

Lots of floral and citrus hops, typical CA IPA style, but fairly more light bodied than others I have had recently....

Mouthfeel is not bad, and tastes light and drinkable, a sessionable brew....overall a typical west coast IPA,, not stellar, but not bad; not sure I would plunk down $10 / 6'er for this, when I can get others (Like local GLBC Commodore Perry) that I like better for less $$

Not bad, though, glad I tried this one....

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my great divide standard pint glass.

Pours a darker yellow color that is definitely lighter than I would like to see in an ipa. Pour provides a one and a half finger off white head that has some decent retention and leaves some lacing down the glass.

Smell is mostly hop citrus. Can definitely notice a slight bit of pine, but is really hidden under the citrus aromas, mainly lemon and orange. Aroma is somewhat subdued, but not bad.

Taste is a step up from the aroma. Has a touch of caramel malts which quickly become covered by the hops in the brew. Again, the hops mostly present the citrus character. I like a bit more pine out of the hops than are present in this brew, but the flavor is still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is nice, with a medium body and nice level of carbonation. Beer maintains its carbonation level until it is finished.

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Photo of Florida9
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Yellow-gold in color with 2 fingers of rocky white head. Decent retention and lacing. Slightly cloudy.

S: Bread. Yeast. Lemon and citrus hops.

T: Light bready malts with lemon and citrus hops. Mild bitterness Refreshing.

M: On the lighter side of medium in terms of body with slighter higher carbonation level.

D: A decent beer and an easy drinker. For an IPA, I found it to be a little on the lighter side in terms of both malt and hops, but otherwise sessionable. However, not an overly memorable beer.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Light almost see-thru amber/gold body with the slightest haze. An initial 2-finger fluffy off-white head condenses into a denser 1-finger dimpled layer. Good retention and lacing.

Smells pleasant, but somewhat lacking in the hops department. Dominant aromas are crisp toasted malts and a general nuttiness, with hints of grassy hops. The flavors are similarly restrained, although the grassiness is a little more assertive, and lingers at the finish. Hints of earth and citrus, but those toasted malts really are the story here. Goes down easy for sure, but I prefer some more pine and/or citrus in my IPAs.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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 CaptainIPA
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 oz., stubby brown bottle with Vargas-style label illustration of horizontal redhead holding rope in left hand and pint in right, all while floating acrobatically in midair. Nice.

A: Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a moderately foamy head that sticks to the glass.

S: Fruity with mint hop aromas and hints of grain alcohol.

T: Mildly bitter hop character with big hits of mint, fruit and vegetal matter. Alcoholic esters pack some heat. Finishes uber dry and grainy.

M: Lively on the palate with active carbonation.

D: Meh. Above average at best.

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Photo of Durge
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this on tap at My Place in Newtown, CT. Poured cool into a pint glass, this shows a clear light amber color with a nice white top and solid lacing. The aroma is a mild citrus hop bread, clean and pleasant. The flavor brings a very nice tart citrus hop with a slight malt kiss. Simple and oh so satisfying. Medium bodied and a sumptuous cover for the tongue. Hugely drinkable. Just wonderful with spritely carbonation. This gets high praise.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a clear orange with an amber tint to it. Small, eggshell head.

S: Earthy malt with tea leaves prominent. Notes of skunk weed, melted provolone cheese with marinara sauce and salty yeast.

T: Bitter malt with a light, piney hop taste. Hints of salty foods and biscuity grains. An unsweet, dry and herbal middle with a finish that leaves an almost artifically fruity (think gummi bears) fade.

D: A strange IPA to say the least. However, I did enjoy this one. I could buy a sixer.

Value: Ten bucks a six pack = decent buy.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle in tulip pint glass
A: hazy golden, light thin head.
S: bready malts, no hop aroma what so ever
T: nice malts followed by the hops finishing dry and the hops are fruity but that of sweeter tart fruits raspberry and green apple, also that of flowers.
M: nicely carbonated but lacking that hop bite that i look for in this style of beer. that being said it is balanced and drinkable, this is a decent beer but lacks the sharpness of that I feel the style is supposed to have.

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Photo of Kitt
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass. Nice cloudy amber color. Ivory three-finger head holds firm. Extensive lacing.

A rank straw aroma with prominent hop and malt. Not entirely pleasant.

Taste much better than aroma. A wallop of bitter hops that doesn't linger as long as you would think after initial taste -- fades rather fast. Malt prominent. A weak hint of citrus but overall the bitter taste overwhelms all other undertones.

Mouthfeel is good with pleasant, moderate, body. A bit oily after-feel undoubtedly from the strong hop ingredient.

Drinkibility good; goes down smooth. Lack of bitter aftertaste leaves one rapidly grasping for more.

Overall impression: A good IPA but flavor not entirely eclectic -- rather un-original. Worth trying and I'd say worth trying again as well, but this is not among the top IPAs I've tasted.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites.

Pours a cheery clear golden with a big, jolly white head. The smell is sweet and citrusy. The flavor is flowery, with a little pine and lots of pale malt character, some breadiness, almost feels like there might be a small hit of wheat. The mouthfeel is thin but very sharply carbonated.

This isn't a complicated beer, but it is a happy beer.

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Photo of wangbruins
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light orangish-yellow, slightly opaque, with a one inch head that stayed, but only for a couple of minutes

S- Very hoppy and earthy, a slight bit of citrus, and some flower scents

T- Hops with a little lemon and a little flower taste but not much else

M- A little thin and oily, which was disappointing, but finished with a nice bite and aftertaste

D- My buddy brought a sixer of this to work and gave me one. It was pretty good and I'd get more

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Photo of quasimoto
2.74/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas of grassy, citrus hops and grainy base malts are the first impressions I get. The aromas transfer to the flavor. Fruits are prominent, like apricot and grapefruit are in there the smack around the malts. The body is medium light, with a sharp carbonation that is mistaken for bitterness. However this beer isn't all that bitter. Leaves a sweet fruity aftertaste that is rather pleasant. All around a simple version of a west coast IPA. I like it. Very quaff-able, good session beer.

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

This one poured lighter than expected, gold, good clarity with a moderate white head.

Nose was a bit mild. It was mainly citrus, a bit of soapiness, diacetyl, apple, and some metallic twang.

Flavor was good. The Initial hops were grapefruit which held a good presence throughout. Butter, spices, and a good toasty finish balanced nicely.

Real nice feel to it. It was soft and creamy, more of a full body than I'm used to in an IPA. It had a nice resiny slick and sticky feel to it and faded to a looong dry finish.

Acme IPA is pretty unique, it had the typical IPA profile but it through some interesting curve balls.

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Photo of northaustin
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a slightly hazy blonde with two fingers of white head. head dissappears quickly and leaves stringy lacing.

smells like a blonde. simple malts and maybe some hops.

tastes like a fairly simple blonde. alot of 2 row and a slight citrus hop taste. its refreshing.

mouthfeel: a bit carbony, followed by bitter hop.

drinkability: very sessionable. one of the most refreshing beers ive had in a while. although it tastes like a over hopped blonde i enjoyed it a bunch and would gladly drink several more.

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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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