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 ericlawton007
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark gold color, with about one cm of pillowy white head which diminishes with the first sip. I notice pine as the dominant smell from my pint glass. The hoppy pine carries into the taste along with a little lemon and a delicious malt to balance it all out. Kind of watery mouthfeel, with only a little carbonation.

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Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a clear gold color with a rocky two-finger head. The head recedes slowly into a patchy layer on top leaving sticky lacing on the edge of the glass.

Smells of citrus and pine hops up front, but the pine aroma soon fades and the citrus aroma attenuates, leaving light grapefruit, pale malt, and bitter aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, if a bit less intense. Husky pale malt flavors are joined by mild hints of grapefruit before ending with a solid amount of bitterness. It's not very complex or flavorful, but I'm a fan of it's simplicity.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, with less than stellar carbonation, though I did get a bit overzealous with the pour.

Drinkability is good. As I said before, it's not spectacular, but it's a simple beer that's well done. The alcohol is not noticeable and I could have a few of these.

Overall this is a solid contribution to the world of IPA's from North Coast, although it's lacking a few things to make it really good. Still, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of BWH3
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy copper with fluff of yeast cake. The head is almost white and sticks to the glass to leave a nice lacing.

S/T: The aroma is a bit superior to the taste. Citrus zest and a underlying musk. The hops aroma does not reach the depth or the heights of the big names in Cali IPA. The malt backing is fine but not very rich or caramel tinged. bitterness ends firmly without excess.

M: Light medium bodied ale with a slightly creamy head. Relatively still.

D: Above average american IPA although not for California. I thought this beer was a big improvement over the APA by ACME.

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Photo of naterock
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip with two finger head medium copper with a slight reddish hue.

smell is a nice blend of simcoe and possibly centennial hops a malt presence in the back.

taste is thick hops, bittering hops. but still quite balanced. citrus and pine nuances not overly complex but good.

mouth is slightly overcarbonated oily and thick. Drinks easy and is quite sessionable at only 6.5% ABV. Good beer all together.

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Photo of confer
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a dark gold and slightly hazy. A very nice off white, finger and a half head lasts for a good amount of time and leaves behind some lacing.
There is a faint peppery aroma.
This is a very smooth feeling and tasting beer. There is a fruit taste at the beginning which end with a medium hoppy taste.
Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light, cloudy, golden color. Looks more like a witbier than an IPA, but still very nice. Not as much head as I expected, but retained nicely and left lacing.

S - Lots of fruity hops smell. Maybe some coriander in there?

T - Similar to what I expected from the look and smell. Almost like a witbier, but with the hop level of an IPA. Lots of fruit taste and a nice hop bite. Good flavor.

M - Great mouthfeel. Full but not heavy.

D - Decent drinkability. Not something I want a whole lot of, but one or two of these are pretty good.

Good beer. Not what I expected from an IPA. Not a strong malt taste to it, more fruit flavors.

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

Not quite sure why they dubbed this Acme. North Coast IPA probably would have sufficed.

Anyhow, the appearance is about what you would expect. But, who cares? On to the good stuff.

Smell and taste: much more malty maltness manhandles my mouth muscle than most IPA's. Whoa, holy alliteration Batman.
Quite nicely balanced as a matter of fact. Very piney with a good hop bite to fend off the malt.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. What else would you expect from North Coast?

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Photo of magictrokini
2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Maybe I missed something or got a bad batch, but this beer really did not do it for me. It pours a very light orange with a big white head. Aroma lacks the hops I would expect from an IPA. The taste is the same; missing the citrus hop bite, but leaving you with the pilsner-like taste. A good beer, but a bad IPA.

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Photo of cbros
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type- Bottle poured into a pint glass. No activity present after pour.

A- Pours a nice murky yellow/orange. Small white lace present from start to finish.

S- No distinct smell present, but there are hints of hops, floral and alcohol.

T- Medium body that has a strong presence of hops throughout. Nice flaovr that blends nicely with the alcohol aftertaste. Nothing in there that overwhelms but you definately know that this is an IPA.

Overall a strong IPA this is my first offering from North Coast and I would certainly have this again. I am also eager to try other things they have at my local beer store.

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

A little limey. A good IPA; if I lived in California I would buy it regularly, but since it is just an average IPA, I feel like stuff out her on the east coast and in the midwest, my new homeland, can fill the bill. It has a nice color and has a good hoppy bite, just nothing extraordinary. I do like the label, but I'm not really sure how Acme works into the title. There is a grocery store out here in Philadelphia called Acme also, and I always thought that name was just assocaited with the road runner. Anyway, this beer is good, not great.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok, i've heard that this was far from great and therefore have been reluctant to try it, but, this was quite good nonetheless. pours a bright, clear golden orange with a nice creamy head and lacing that persists a bit more than most. requisite citrus, pine, and doughy malt in the aroma. taste is very much on the dry side, with just a hint of malt sweetness dominated by a smooth hop bitterness. nice frothy and effervescent moutheel. light to medium in body due to the lack of residual sugars. if you are looking for a light (in color), straightforward, crisp, clean, and dryish ipa then this will fit the bill quite nicely.

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Photo of Jablonski
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: amber color with a small head; head retention was good

Smell: smelled of hops and possibly a bit of pepper; different than expected, but still pleasant

Taste: Initially, it wasn't bad, but the bitter aftertaste was not pleasant; bitterness a bit too sharp

Drinkability: bad bitter aftertaste never went away, and I did not feel myself craving another one

I was disappointed as IPA's are generally my favorite style.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Acme IPA pours a thin amber orange hue. The foamy cap is quite impressive and stands tall for at least five minutes if not longer. The lacing is also quite nice,big thick sheets circle my snifter from top to bottom. The nose is mostly made up of a thin malt profile and mineral notes. A lack of anything close to hops is a little disappointing,lets hope it makes up for it with flavor. This is a really citrusy IPA,tastes of grapefruit and greenery. A good amount of malt helps balance,but of course the hops win in the end(as they should). Luscious and creamy,not bubbly and not an overly carbonated feel,very natural. A little taste bud tingling and crisp,bitter finish fits the style nearly perfectly. Acme California IPA is definitely good beer and worth a try.

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Photo of cnally
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

looks a pale amber-yellow with a fluffy, sticky head.

smells of yeast, hops, not much going on but seems clean.

flavor is heavily hop-dependent. very one-dimensional, with the hops hitting right away and never mellowing even throughout the aftertaste. feels wild to me.

dry, biting feel.

I don't know, I didn't love it. it is passable but there is not a lot of complexity to this one. the feel is very dry. also, I have had hop bomb beers and this can't even accomplish that, in spite of its one-dimensionality.

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Photo of hopdog
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one from 12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and hazy yellow color with an averaged sized head. This one had a nice hoppy/grassy aroma. Tastes of citrus and grassiness. Nice bitter bite. Alcohol content well hidden. Decent IPA.

Notes from 08/14/04.

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Photo of msante79
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours golden orange with white head. Aroma is floral hops, citrus and malt. Flavor is hops, citrus, and malt. Finishes bitter. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Has a tart bitterness at end which really throws flavor off. Could use more malt to bring better balance to the brew.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Poured a hazy amber color with average frothy white head that diminished quickly but produced good lacing. Heavy citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body. Same good hoppy bitter flavor with an average bitter finish of moderate duration.

Solid drinkable beer.

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Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Murky goldenrod with an ivory head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is one part herbal hops and one part pineapple/grapefruit hops. Flavor is hop-forward, with pine needles and citrus over homemade biscuity malt. There's an unpleasant tinge of minerals and sourness in the finish. High carbonation, in fact this is like drinking hoppy Perrier; even the mineral note fits. Thin bodied and short on the finish. Could stand a more flavorful malt profile and more bittering hops.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color. It has a pinky finger head that leaves a medium amount of lacing. A good dose of malt comes through in the nose - this is almost more APA compared to the rest of California's IPAs. The hops come through a bit more in the taste, but again more subtle than expected.

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Photo of nick76
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has a nice balance between malt and hops. The appearance is a hazy gold with a medium foamy head. The flavor is sweet and malty with a bitterness that seems to creep up on you. The palate is typical for the style. It's pretty good but rather forgettable.

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Photo of becktone
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes 10-18-08

Eye: Hazy tangerine in color. Head is thick and pillowy, creamy...kinda like a whipped topping...but not. All I can say about it is that it looks really appetizing, very sexy. Great head retention and formation, the head is thick, I mean has sustenance, not just a buch of bubbles collected together, more like a living breathing a symbiote living off of the beer. Reminds me of meringue but not as thick, less air tight. Nice lacing too.

Nose: Sweet malt aroma fills the room as it is poured. Citrus and grapefruit notes from the hops. Unlike all other Northcoast brews I've had, this one hides the "house yeast" aroma that I always get...prolly the hops hiding it. Also a woody aroma in here, cedar chiefly. Malt supports the hops, but really only comes through as that-support. Nice IPA. Finally got that Norhtcoast house aroma, along with some grainy notes.

Tongue: Grassy notes, citrus, and then a nice pleasant bitterness are all key players in this beer, and all make it a very nice IPA. Nice floral notes from the hops as well. I think that this one covers just about every flavor and sensation you can get from hops. I'm really quite surprised at this one, I think this is the first time I've noticed, or tasted, hop complexity and been able to treat it like malt complexity. There seems to be alot going on in here with the hops, mixes to create different flavors to come forth. Fruity notes from fermentation are also present. Grainy malt notes come through as well. Sweetness from malt is here as well...when it first hits the palate, right on the tip of the tongue. Then it is overcome by hop flavor that steals the attention. This is a really nice IPA.

Mouthfeel and Drinkabilty: Grassy semi-dry finish on this beer. Its not really all that dry, but the hops and the bitterness and grassy flavors they give at the end make it feel so. Body is medium-full here. Carbonation is just right, it doesn't interfere with the flavors that are going on here....just enought to tell you that this is a carbonated beverage and it helps to scrub the palate and bring forth all the other hop flavors that are in here. This is one that I'll be buying again. It is an easy drinker and is now on my list of great IPAs that I can get my hands on.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Enjoyed while watching the Georgia Tech/UNC game. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A cloudy, golden-bodied beer with one-finger of white head with average retention that leaves culture-like splotches of oily foam and a speckly ring of lacing around the edge of the glass after it fades. Lacing is nice, color is nice, head's nice ... good start, if not groundbreaking.

Aroma: Spicy floral and orange zest notes, some faint light sweetness. Not too pungent, not too complex, but completely inoffensive.

Taste: A good balance of bitterness and honey-like malts here - with the slightest roasted edge. There are hop flourishes in there - some bitter vegetalness, a few citrus notes, but nothing too robust. This one's mainly just a well-balanced, standard IPA.

Mouthfeel: Big body, creamy, fluffy, and even, perhaps a bit too big given the style and mouth notes. Carbonation is mild to high, which lends a bit of instability to the mouthfeel, but it's not over the top. Nice.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer at all. Just a solid, above-average drinkable IPA, with a nice balance of good notes. Abv% is reasonable and well-hidden, and it's just all around pleasant, without being heavy, novel, unique, or gimmicky (can you tell I've had a lot of gimmicky beers lately?). Not sure I'd make it a go-to, but I would never turn it down on a warm day.

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

A smooth but hoppy IPA. This golden beer has good clarity and a bubbly head that sticks around well. The aroma is mostly hops, citric and floral. The taste is similar. It's a nicely hopped IPA with good balancing malt. Compared to the Acme Pale Ale, I enjoy this beer more, but then I like hops. It's still a relatively smooth drink, not quite as smooth as the Pale Ale, but it's enjoyable and well-balanced. All that said, there are a lot of IPA's out there and I'm not sure if I would go out of my way to get this one.

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Photo of mtbbaboon
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack knowing nothing about this beer. Poured a bottle into a pint glass. Very cloudy beer with dark blonde color. Thick head that leaves moderate lacing. The smell is mild for an IPA...milder than what I am used to, anyway. Smells of yeast and citrus, with a mild hint of hops. Mouthfeel is decent. Medium body, no stickiness and a refreshing finish. Very smooth with light carbonation. The taste is citrusy and almost wheatish to me. I'd expect more hops with an IPA though. It's a decent IPA. It's easy to drink and the 6.5 ABV is hardly noticable.

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

Pours a cloudy orange with a big white head. Good head retention and thick patchy lacing. Smell is a bit weak for an IPA. Tastes pretty good. Sort of balanced but the hops win out in the end. The hops are bitter but without much in the way of citrus or pine. A little malt sweetness balances it out but this is still a good beer for hopheads.

Mouthfeel is rich enough even from the first sip. Drinkability is good for a beer of this octane. I like the citrusy or piney hop bombs better but I wouldn't turn another one of these down either.

A good IPA.

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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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