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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Photo of beerdrifter
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper pour with nice head and lacing. Caramel malt nose with just a hint of fruitiness. Really nice balance between the sweet malts and chewy bitterness of the hops. The caramel maltiness complements the tangy bitterness of the hops perfectly to make this very drinkable with a nice dry finish.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

a- pours a yellow/gold color with decent head,
s- hoppy, what you would expect from an ipa,
t-good, had the bitter hop finish that I tend to look for in a decent IPA, perhaps that pine taste,
m- not bad,
d- drinkable, this one is not bad at all and a few of these would be good,

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Photo of markhobbs1
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall a solid IPA. I would prefer to try it on tap as well. Definitely not as complex as some of the other, more famed IPA's out there but it certainly holds its own. It is subtle, hoppy and very drinkable but definitely mild in hops comparatively. But I must say it is a good solid beer nonetheless and very drinkable.

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Photo of plinythethirsty
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beware. This is a dangerous brew. Its golden color, manageable, lacing head, mild malt scent, balanced taste and exceptional drinkability made me doubt its 6.5 abv. But, less than two beers in, I could feel the alcohol that North Coast Brewing has so adroitly managed to hide. This is not a bold-tasting, hoppy brew, despite a label promising otherwise. There's some bitterness near the finish, but missing is the grapefruity taste that you experience with other California IPA's. It's very smooth. Very, very drinkable. This could be a gateway beer for richer tasting IPA's, or the enticing session beer that you regret having a session with the next morning.

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Photo of claminat420
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- slightly transparent golden color. two finger white head. thick lacing.

S- a little sweet malt scent with a spicy hop backup.

T- it tastes exactly how it smells but with a slight weird raison dark fruit taste.

M- light to medium bodied. nice carbonation.

D- could prolly drink 3 or 4 out of a 6 pack. not to shabby but nothing crazy.

Overall- this is one funky beer. as a ipa i was hoping for more of a hop attack but with this i got more of a malt with a slight raison taste or something. it kinda reminded me of dogfish head's raison d'etre.

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

A - One and a half fingers of white head on top of a reddish-copper colored body with good clarity. The foam sticks around for a while before leaving thick rings of lace on the glass.

S - Toasty caramel malt with some mild pine hops and an odd note of licorice.

T - Dry toasted malt with just a bit of caramel thickness, followed by musty pine and cedar hops. Moderate, soapy bitterness kicks in towards the finish with more bready, toasted malt notes and a little fruity yeast. Some lingering notes of caramel and spicy, licorice hop notes.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Pretty good, this could be sessonable if you are into it. The hop character is a bit musty and English in flavor for my taste and the bitterness is a bit harsh, but it is still a good, drinkable IPA.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

ACME California IPA
North Coast Brewing Co.
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.50 %
bottle>pint glass @ E Street week of 9/23/09

"A nice fragrantly hopped IPA, a bit thin on the malts, but respectable offering from NCNC"

Appearance is a lighter copper thanmost with good head and retention.
Smell/aroma is super hoppy with nice bold floral/citrus presence.
Taste is a bit thinner on the malts than I would prefer, but nicely floral/citrus hop forward profile.
MF/body is a bit thin and highly carbonated.
"Sessionable drinkability", not overly filling for an IPA, nice bold hoppy-ness without being overly malty and flling. Not the best offering by NCBC, but a nice respectable hop forward citrus/floral IPA.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle into standard pint. No date on bottle/label.

A- Pours a standard though attractive gold/mild copper with an eggshell-white head that has good staying power and density. Par for the course, while nice, couldn't pick it up out of a lineup.

S- Fruity. Hmm, a mild medicinal quality. Not what I was expecting, although not off-putting, certainly something interesting. Not the usual Cali IPA hop blast.

T- Hmm, not what I was expecting, kind of follows the nose.. sweet, mildly bitter, in a tylenol-in-your-mouth kind of way. This tastes nothing like the IPAs I've come to know and love from Cali. While not bad, it seems more like a stronger pale ale than an IPA. I am not impressed. Malt is not strong but there are almost NO hops in this beer, so the little malt that there stands out. Strange.

M- Went down smooth, crisp and refreshing. Prob. this beer's strongest asset, highly drinkable.

D- Highly drinkable. Perhaps I'm used to in-your-face cali IPAs, but I can name a dozen readily that I'd rather down than this. Perhaps this bottle has been sitting for a while? Thanks, North Coast, for no freshness/bottled on dates. I would not reccomend this beer. While not bad by any means, it is a lackluster effort by one of my favorite breweries. I'll stick to the Old Stock, Pranqster, and Rasputin.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Updated review done on 2011-03-19 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy, amber-orange with a 1.5-finger head into a nonic glass with good lacing.

S - Tropical fruit, hop floral, mild grass and grain.

T - The taste is grainy and floral with some grapefruit peel and a mineral/metallic taste, which lingers with the bitterness. Not a taste to write home about.

M - Medium body and carbonation give a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a mild, good tasting beer than can be a session beer. Very nice on a hot day.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

North Coast brewery is highly respected in my book.

The appearance is a clear yellow-gold color. Nice frothy one finger head, no lacing.

The smell is of bitter hops, alcohol, dry earth or dirt smell as well.

The taste is good, but better when colder. Dry bitterness in the hop characteristic, warm alcohol in the finish. I do not know if this is my imagination but I feel like I can taste an adjunct in this, like a corn or vegetable.

The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, nothing spectacular.


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Photo of donniecuffs
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 4oz sampling glass at a North Coast promo.

A: Copper color, with a thin head that laced o.k.

S: Too sweet on the smell, with a very subtle hint of hop bitterness.

T: Flavor started malty sweet/vanilla/woody, then dissolved to hop bitterness, and ended with dry bitter aftertaste. Fairly impressive.

M: Thinner than expected body for an IPA, but with the slight carbonation, was very pleasant.

D: Very good session beer, given the lightness on the palate and complexity of flavor.

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

a - pours a one finger thick off-white head that leaves a thin ring into a snifter. the body is a slightly hazy orange.
s - citrusy with a slight malty presence.
t - citrusy, grainy.
m - thin to medium.
d - nice session but doesn't have a lot of pop to it and there and many more ipa's i'll go to over this.

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into oversized snifter

A: Hazy amber golden orange color with large 2 finger head that stays for a while

N: Light amber malt nose with touch of spice and very light hop, some earthy malts that is reminiscent of a dark amber or red ale

T: Starts with a nice malt malts flavor, earthy malts and lots of light malts, again reminds me of a dark amber or red ale, some nice spicey hops come though and it gets pretty bitter, some juicy and fruity hops starts to shine through as well, some nice noble hops perhaps Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade

M: Semi thick with malty and frothy feel with lots of carbonation

F: Finishes pretty bitter and dry, more juicy and spicey hops that stick around for a while and make your mouth water and leaves a slight fruity hop flavor as well as some pine and citrus anticipating the next sip

Final thoughts: I actually thought this was a great IPA. It starts with a nice amber and red ale malt flavor, and lots of juicy, fruity and spicey hops that tend to hit pretty late but pack a nice punch, I'm surprised it gets such a low rating, but probably because its a California IPA thats not a super hop bomb and has too much malt for the Cali style.

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Photo of ludachris
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light orange with a thin, filmy white head; minimum retention, small amount of lacing. Strong carbonation visible.

Quite a strange smell for an AIPA; floral, grassy hops, a touch of grapefruit and some sweet biscuity malt. Reminds me somewhat of an ESB.

Light biscuity malt followed by grassy hops and just a touch of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is not as creamy as I'd expect for an AIPA, but none the less smooth and crisp. The highlight of this beer was its drinkability; very refreshing.

Overall, it seemed like a very tamed AIPA. It's like the gateway to more flavourful, more pronounced and more hoppy IPA's. I'd only recommend this to someone new to the style and wanted to work their way up.

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Photo of jbone78
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hello there,
Never had it, so I picked some up.

A- Poured this stubby into an American Pint glass and it looks good. Nice thick two finger head and as it leaves some great lacing on the glass. I like.
S- I am not the biggest smeller. I get more smell when I drink than just sticking my nose in there. But I think I get some European hoppy smells, a little like a european lager? Maybe?
T- Confirmed! To me, I smell and taste some saaz or something European in there. I am going to look this up! I looked at the website, nothing. The taste is not terrible, just not my cup of tea. I am more into hop flavors than over hop bitterness. That's me! This one has a bitter taste that carries a long way to the end. More at the end and then you get the citrus. More of a lemon citrus though.
M- Nice carbonation, texture, and feel.
D- Not a bad deal, I would buy again.

Thanks for reading,

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Photo of Mandrake
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with a distinctly golden tinge, but lighter than I'd have expected, but with plenty of substance and a tight creamy head in light tan. Lacing minimal. Smell is very sharp floral hops with a herbal tone, light on the citrus side but with a note of pine. Promising, but the taste didn't quite deliver on the promise. Buscuity and dry, but the malt come through more than I'd have expected, muting the hop punch. Still noticeably bitter and with a nice note of caramel as well. Mouthfeel was fine, good body if slightly undercarbonated, and drinkability was very good. Perfect for a hot day, and a good beer, though not one quite out of the top drawer.

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Photo of Overlord
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden orange. Big off-white frothy head.

Smell is mostly malty and ... I don't know. Bitter. I can't really say it's grapefruit, nor pine, just bitter-ish. Actually, it reminds me more of an ESB. Not to IPA-style at all.

Taste, is again, more ESB than anything else. Some roasty, almost charred malts, and again, that same plain bitterness. No citrus, no real pine to it ... hmm.

Good lively mouthfeel to it.

Not a bad beer, but too expensive for what it is.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber, with some rather sticky hop-laden lacing along the rims of the glass.
Aroma is sharp sticky hops, slight spicy and sweet. Grassy and floral hops in here. Not that juicy or anything, just good hop balance.

One of the more balanced ipas ive had, especially from NorCal. It's a good mix of sweetness, citrus, and malt. A generic name kind of hurts this beer, but markerting aside this is just a really nice ipa.

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Photo of jbhuxley
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden orange with over 1" of strange, lumpy cream colored head. It settles to look like craters on top. The head slowly settles to a nice, even 1/4" coating.

Smells of caramel and brown sugar, with a bit of citrus. Not abundantly fragrant.

Surprisingly complex flavor. Not overly bitter, but floral and earthy hops are present. There is a presence of brown sugar, toffee, and orange peal. Finishes with a butterscotch and alcohol taste.

Nice body, low carbonation. Not a hop head's delight but enjoyable none the less.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, 6.5%. I had seen this in the past and not realized that it was a North Coast offering. Poured a brilliant golden-orange color with a sizable frothy white head that held good retention and left a sticky lacing down the side of the glass. Herbal and floral hops fill the nose with some faint citric and toasted grain aromas. Tastes are very earthy and herbal - bitter hops from the start all the way to the finish providing an oily and medium bodied mouth-feel. Slight malty sweetness holds off some of the bitterness, but it still finishes dry and bitter leaving a tingle on the tongue on the way down. Not much complexity, and I am not a fan of the more herbal noted IPA's, but this one was decent.

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Photo of tommy78
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A sizable amount of foam formed the top of the beer as it came out of the bottle. The colour was a nice golden color.

S - Hoppy aroma immediately detected when I popped the cap.

T - My favorite part was the taste. I enjoyed the hopiness of the beer, along with the sweet, citrusy flavors.

M - Good body. Considering the amount of hops in this beer, I was pleasantly surprised that the body was not compromised.

D - I would have this beer again!

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Photo of maddogruss
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a hazy, golden body with a small, white head with nice retention and lacing.

S: A nice, bitter and earthy hop smell with some sweet, grapefruit malt undertones.

T: A nice, bitter, hop taste with a slight grapefruit aftertaste. Fairly balanced beer between the hops and malts, which was pretty nice.

M: A fairly smooth, medium-bodied beer. As it warmed it, it felt a little thinner.

D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combination makes this beer pretty drinkable. Overall, it could have used a bit thicker body to make the beer more enjoyable, but, overall, a pretty solid brew.

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Photo of lweaver18240
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this beer from memory, so details are limited.

A- I recall drinking this one from the sub bottle (12 oz). ABV listed as 6.5%

S- Hops, citrus, and a definite metallic smell. Maybe it was just this batch?

T- Much like the smell, very mild sweetness from the malt and an average hop flavor that trailed into an aftertaste. Some citrus notes, and still a slight metallic taste noted.

M- Nothing impressive here, medium carbonation, finish not quite as dry as I like it.

D- Could session this beer, but it wouldn't be my first choice. Will be awhile til I try it again.

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

I poured this one from a stubby 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a clear yellow-gold color with a 1" foamy white head. The head dropped to a skim in just a few minutes, leaving some decent lace behind on my glass.

S= Big citrusy hops in the nose, with a solid pale malt base sweetness and some fruity esters wafting out of there too.

T= Not exactly an agressive hop presence, but certainly one that gets your attention...more from a grapefruit character than pine taste or crazy base bitterness. The malt plays off the hops well and provides enough sweetness to keep this from being overly bitter. Finished dry and with a hoppy "green" aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied with a middle of the road carbonation level that worked well with the style and flavors.

D= Not a great IPA, but a solidly good one that makes a great refresher in warm weather. Easily sessionable.

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

A - Poured a light amber with a 1 finger head. Light lacing.

S - Hopsy, but not too overpowering. Clean & more pine than citrus.

T - The start is a nice hoppiness which immediately gives up to a sweet caramel malt. This is not a complex ale. It is simple, mellow, and very enjoyable.

M - Nice and creamy. A very nice amount of carbonation. Hops holds onto the tongue after the malt melts away. Not a lot of heat, but it does not have a high ABV.

D - After the first, had to have a second.

This is a nice, simple, mellow IPA which I will buy again.

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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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