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ACME California IPA | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2000

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden body with a dense white head, copious lacing. Aromas of biscuit, malt, a hint of pine. Balance of malt / hops with moderate bitterness. Mediocre.

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Photo of Night
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy orange gold. Fairly large golden-white head; overall rather bubbly but with a wide crown of foamy cream. Skinny and patchy arcs of lacing ring the glass. Aroma is warm and malty with sweet citrus hops: light pineapple and peach commingle with a buttery and fruity yeast quality. Mouthfeel is sharply carbonated with a light to medium body. Flavor is dominated by mildly bitter hops (mostly grapefruit) accented by sourdough and lightly buttery malts. A touch of sweetness: honey and caramel. Finish is flat and a bit woody. Aftertaste is lightly bitter and warm.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor, North Strathfield and poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Copper orange colour, relatively see-through appearance for the colour. Large head of white foam that turned rocky as it settled, bit of glass lacing happening.

Surprisingly malty smell, combined with a bit of hop action. Slight tropical fruit aroma of melon with some bit of citrus too.

Taste strikes a good balance between malt and hops, but not what you expect from a Cali brew in this style.

Little bit of bitterness late, relatively speaking. Medium to lightish bodied for the style, sessionable.

Drinkable, sessionable, but overall it is nothing special.

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Photo of cocojoe
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz Bottle poured into snifter

A: Clear copper color, with about a fingers worth of off white head.

S: Mango, white grapes, light caramel notes, sweet, light zestiness. Clean and crisp.

T: Dark caramel flavors, fruity, floral and sweet, bready. Subtle lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body

O: Caramel malt flavors are very prevalent, with subtle fruity and grainy/bready qualities. Definitely a more malt forward IPA.

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was poured from a 12 oz. bottle that boasts a 6.5% ABV. No fresheness date, but I am pretty confident it's within good range. The look of this brew was incredible: nice orangeish hue, plus a remarkable thick and creamy head on top. But the smell was lacking! I was certain I had had one of these brews before at a local bar, and that it had quite the hop kick. This one, as well as the rest of the 6 pack, were clearly short on hoppiness. There wasn't the floral or even citrusy aroma that I was hoping for. And it was the same with the taste. It was more like a moderate Mild Ale than an IPA. I had to let it warm a little bit before I could even really taste the hops with any strength. Definitely not the West Coast style IPA I was expecting.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer was lightly hoppy and pleasant, but I was hoping for more robustness in the hop/bitterness of this beer. Still, it was not bad.

Appearance was a hazy yellow with lots of head. Aroma was a subdued blend of maltiness and hop sweetness. Flavor also felt subdued...there was a somewhat rich hop bouquet, but it was weak in intensty. Mouthfeel was light, but a bit thin.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.11/5  rDev -15%
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 beertunes
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
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 HalfFull
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a light golden color with a half inch of head that quickly recedes yet holds a nice cap on the top of the glass.

Very pale ale on the nose. Some hints of light grassy hops but no earth, no citrus, no oil; a rather atypical California IPA. Taste is slightly sweet and offers a hint of a chewy malt backbone. Feel is decent and again reminds me of a good Pale, yet the finish steps up and offers a maltier close which cloaks the ABV quite well. As the beer warms a bit the hops do open up somewhat, yet still a rather lightly hopped and easy drinking IPA.

Note: Beer marked as 6.5% on the bottle not 7.1%.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy golden pour with thin, clingy white head - looks great. Nose is floral and earthy, not to my liking. Flavor is some malt and not much bitterness for an IPA with same earthyness. Best part is the appearance, no need to drink.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
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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Photo of syrupjoe
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

In looking at other reviews, it looks like I had a significantly different experience than most. Perhaps mine had been sitting on the shelf for a long time. No dating, so I can't verify this.

Nose - I get a lot of bready, graham cracker notes, somewhat grainy, with a very very subtle hop presence (no standout floral or piney notes).

Flavor is quite similar to the nose. Very malty, with nothing but bittering hop flavors. Somewhat zingy (the yeast?), and carbonation is medium to low.

Overall, I was not impressed. My understanding of this style suggests that this beer is not to style. It was a very drinkable beer, but is not what I would call a West Coast/California IPA.

Maybe I just got a bad bottle and someone needs to send me another one.

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Photo of granger10
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear bronze color with a very small light head. Lack of carbonation seems apparent as does oxidation. Smell is of tarty lemon and pine cones. The piney flavor comes out in the taste and maybe there's some floral hops in there as well. Eventually it just settles into this grassy flavor. Finish is dry but there are definite signs of oxidation. Lack of malt really hurt this beer, it just wasn't that flavorful to me. I still am really surprised that it is 7.1% abv because I was thinking like 4%, so I guess that's a compliment but otherwise, pass.

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Photo of sideshowrob
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acme - Good name for a generic, unoffensive IPA.

Beer poured cleanly into a standard DFH pint glass. Brew was almost the exact color of coors, not an encouraging sign. Brew appeared to have been filtered within an inch of its life - absolutely clean and sickly yellow.

Hops aroma was present, and it imparted a slight citrusy note when sniffed. Very subdubed. Taste was more of the same - An IPA by the books only. Nothing at all to make it easy or hard to drink from the mouthfeel or drinkability side of the house, nothing really to encourage you to do so either.

I had higher expectations from this beer, I assumed that North Coast bought Acme to serve as a niche brewery for speciality beers, guess I got it backward, NC is the beer-geek brewery, Acme is the mass-market brand.

Still though, Very nice bottle design! My IPA has a bikini-clad lass on it!

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Photo of dsa7783
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Short, fat, stout 12 oz bottle copped singly from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.99...
Pours a clear, lucid, amber, light copper color with a foamy head that soon receded, leaving a fair amount of lacing...
Smell wasn't above and beyond for an American IPA, with only a slight suggestion of hops, caramel, and vanilla...
Taste was similar to the aroma due to the fact that it was more nondescript and non-assertive than anyting, without a full burst of IPA and hoppy flavors that was desired...
Average, slightly watery mouthfeel with a fair level of drinkability... a good point was the fact that the relatively hefty 7.1% ABV is hard to detect behind sugar-laden and sweet flavors...
For the price, it was certainly worth a try, although North Coast has definitely turned out much better brews, and could have done significantly better with this one...

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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 demcorhip
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was the best part of this beer. With no best by or brewed on date the age of the bottle is unknown. Bought and consumed yesterday, and i suspect that it was not particularly fresh...

Amber brew with a big whipped head, great retention driven in part by a medium level of very finely bubbled carbonation. Nice sticky clumps of lace.

Aroma disappoints. Mild bready malts and some honeylike sweeter notes. Some mineral qualities and essence of lemon.

Biscuit appears, as well as more herbal notes in the tasting. Fairly substantial bitterness but lacking hop flavour, hop taste is mainly some lemon with a touch of pine.

Big clean bitterness in this light bodied brew. Fairly astringent.

Not much to say about the drinkability on this one. Many better examples of the style exist compared to what i had out of this bottle. Hopefully this was an older sample that had already lost significant hop flavour versus something put together with stale or inferior quality hops, which may be a concern thanks to a certain shortage...

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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 tone77
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle intl a weizen glass. Has a beautiful hazel color with 1 inch head. Strong aroma of hops and fruitiness. Taste was o.k. but a little to hoppy for my liking, with a bitter beer face aftertaste. Full bodied in mouth but bitter. Drinkability is o.k. I guess ipa's are not really my thing.

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Photo of rallison
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Light amber color. Clear - no cloudiness. 1 inch white semi-fluffy head. Dies down to about a 1/3 inch head.

S: Smells of citrus and bread. Doesn't really have a distinct hop smell. Closest it comes to hoppy smelling is the citrus. Just doesn't smell like an IPA.

T: Also doesn't really taste like an IPA. It's not bad though. More like an amber ale. Think Firestone double barrel - something along those lines. There is a bit of hop flavor back there though (but seriously - this is supposed to be an American IPA!), but the slightly bready malt is what you'll more distinctly taste in here. Finishes with some bitterness. I guess the citrus shows up a bit too. Also a bit of astringency - familiar to some of the not so great ambers I've had. Relatively clean taste.

M: A bit thin, somewhat sharp too. Head helps it a bit.

D: Easy enough to drink, although I might get bored with it. If I were to not get bored, it's very sessionable.

Overall, not too bad. Just not really much of an IPA unfortunately. More like a cross between a pale ale and an amber.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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 beerguy101
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color, medium head. A medium bodied IPA. Crisp and hoppy and slightly bitter. Typical of an IPA. Nice malt flavor. Malt sweetness is overbalanced by hop bitterness. Yet, the hoppyness is very fairly mild, not too bitter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is bitter. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of drakkath
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (purchased at Whole Foods in a mix and match 6 pack) into my 32 oz mug

a: Hazy golden with a small off white head that ran off pretty quickly with little lacing.

s: There is not much here... of course, I can smell the hops, but even they are muted.

t: First the malty sweetness, then a small hop bite with some residual piney, hoppy bitterness. Not a bad flavor at all.

m: Light to medium body, seems well carbonated.

o: A very standard IPA here. Nothing to make it stand out from the rest of the pack, although not a bad IPA. I could do a session of these, but only if there were no better IPA options available.

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Photo of dgilks
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber colour with a small off-white head. Poor to fair head retention.

Mild to moderate citrus hop aroma. A bit muddled. Nothing special but fair enough for an IPA.

I don't like it that much. The bitterness is there but it isn't backed up with hop flavour or malt. This needs one of those two to balance it out a little bit. There's a touch of citrussy hop flavour but I get a dominant hop bitterness which is quite harsh. It slowly builds a little more hop flavour but the overall picture isn't pretty.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

On the whole this IPA fails to live up to expectations. It lacks vibrancy and the bitterness while acceptable for an IPA lacks the balance of either malt or hop flavour.

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Photo of boralyl
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - From the bottle it pours 2 fingers off white head with great retention. As it fizzles down it leaves loads of lacing. It is a pale golden orange in color and is slightly cloudy.

S - Sharp floral hops on the nose, but not much else.

M - Light-medium bodied with a smooth creamy feel and lower carbonation.

T - Some toasted malts in the front followed by some earthly hops leaving a slight bitterness. Not as hoppy as the aroma would lead you to believe. Not a whole lot going on in the flavor department though.

Not a bad IPA, and easily drinkable. I'd put it just above mid-range, as there many other better ones out there. I'd still drink this one again, however.

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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,250 ratings.
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