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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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, pale copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label, into a pint glass. No freshness date on the label.
Nice two finger head that dissipates to a nice persistent film with very nice lacing along the inside of the glass.
Aroma is a nice, mild blend of floral hops, some citrus interlacing with hints of pine.
Taste is malty upfront with the hops taking over towards the finish. This is a very taste IPA, the blend of hops with malt is just perfect.
Rich, smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Coats the palate beautifully, tickles every taste bud to the hilt.
Easy to drink, the alcohol began to warm me up towards the finish. All in all, this is a very good IPA, a solid brew from North Coast. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Zorro
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange colored ale with no real head formation. We should probably start calling this color "IPA Orange" by now.

Smell is all strong and aggressive American C type hops. Strong aromas of eucalyptus, orange, mint and pine. Malts contribution is sweet and honey like.

Taste is strongly of hops at the start, mostly bitter oranges and wood. Strong hops and is what the West Coast IPA is all about and this beer certainly delivers on that. Mostly the first flavors remain as you drink this but in the end the flavor of strong tea joins the rest of the flavors. Pleasant bitter after taste that carries the flavor of orange zest.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is completely subjective based on your tolerance for hops. Super hoppy beer that just isn't for a non-hophead.

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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 mmmbeer
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby with no freshness date. It pours a hazed topaz, with low carbonation, two inches of light tan head, and some good lacing. Earthy and bready in the nose, along with pine and citric hops. Pretty similar on the palate, with the addition of white grapefruit and a medium bitterness on top of a medium, smooth body that imparts some alcoholic heat. A good IPA that is tasty and not too complex.

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Photo of BrianC
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: a hazy deep golden color.
smell: moderate hop aroma.
taste: well balanced flavor. this is an IPA that's not too bitter, but has good fruity hop flavor.
drinkability: This hits a sweet spot for me. It's got enough hops to keep me very happy, but it's not so strong or bitter that I couldn't drink 4 or more.

I'll buy it again.

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Photo of putnam
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I guess I expected this to be light in color, but this is as pale as Summer Lightning, or Stella Artois. It's beginning to dawn on me what this Acme brand is all about : drier, more traditionally European in build, yet lashed with west coast herbs and spices.
Aromas of candy corn, sticky mint, rancid pine nuts and grapefruit peels. On the palate it is very supple and silky, with beautiful integration of aggressive ruby red grapefruit flesh flavors with dry impressions of honey. It is cascading, dry and very grapefruit-infused tonic (a quality I usually despise in beer). The finish is sunny and carefree. A beautiful sequence of spice, honey and grapefruit in a very dry, mouthmelting texture package.

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Photo of Guyute
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For me, this beer has the perfect consistency and carbonation, which means that the mouthfeel and drinkability of it rank high by me. The appearance is very nice also, a darkish orange color with a thick white head. The hops are not as big as other ipa's, which can be good at times. This is one of my new favorites.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with thick creamy off-white head.

Nose is full of pine-resin-y herbal hops and some faint amber caramel.

Palate is chewy with hops. Lots of texture for how clear the beer is. The palate is really bright and crisp with some flavors that remind me of Czech pilsners. Leafy, herbal hops and a gripping bitterness. It's not aggressive, but pretty damn tasty.

Notes: Pretty damn good.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A treat to try this one on tap at the Blind tiger NYC, poured, bronzed golden and cloudy, but a citrus nose. Crisp malt backbone, smooth and nicely rounded on the tongue. Hops appear quickly, with a nice grainyness and cirtus notes, nice long piney tastes on the palate. Finishes with a well balanced dance across the tongue. Nice IPA, wish we saw this on a regular basis in the NY area.

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Photo of edchicma
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a brew with a 7.1 ABV, this was very crisp and smooth. Nice hoppy aroma, with a nice tart taste. This taste hits the upper palate nicely and is dissipated in the swallow, leaving a nice crisp aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Small head with a bit of clinging lace. Bubbles are varied in size and color is a nice medium gold. Very easy to drink, especially for a brew with this high an alcohol content. Nice IPA. WIll try other ACME offerings to see if they measure up.

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Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color, full rich creamy off-white head. Big hop bubbles slowly poke through. Lots of flowery hop smells, noticable hoppiness at arm's length, eye watering when you place your nose near it. Taste is hops, hops, and more hops. Huge bitter bite in the middle, then a subtly malty ride to a crisp clean hop finish. Rich cascade taste throughout. Light to medium bodied, very drinkable. One of the better IPA's I have tried.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Quick review. This is one of the first IPAs that really spoke to me. It's an odd-duck for the style, focusing more on fruit (odd fruits like apple) than straight hop-chop. It's so quaffable with a light body & pretty damn good carb too.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: honey amber gold. Dark on top. Light on bottom. Light thin head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Fresh and potent ingredients. Pale and Caramel malts. Floral aromatic hops. Hints of spice and fruit.

Taste: Orange and melon rind. Hints of marmalade and toasted biscuit malts. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Oily resiny floral hops. Crisp in the mouth with a dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium. Slight chewy. Balanced. Clean and crisp.

Overall: This is a great refreshing and satisfying west coast IPA. I really can't find any flaws in this beer. It's well balanced with a medium ABV. I will return to this beer again.

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Photo of purplehops
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a nice cloudy straw yellow/orange with a nice bubbly head. The aroma is fresh hops with a hint of pale malt and spicy yeast. The taste is a clean crisp ale as one would expect from the West Coast with a strong hop presence. This ale is inviting and refreshing and a good example of a West Coast IPA.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright shiny gold body, topped by a massive, foamy, pearl-white head rising above the glass. Some visible carbonation floating to the top. Some lacing. Huge nose of a grapefruit orchard. Taste wise, there is a sweet base, more like a sub-sub-sub-basement than a ground floor, and there the hops, the hops, and the hops. Has North Coast hijacked a hop delivery for Stone or Sierra Nevada? The hop barrage calms down as the beer warms, but the initial burst was surprising. After the other two Acme beers, well crafted but not overpowering, I was expecting something like Harpoon or Brooklyn's IPAs. This is a step or two more in the Stone direction. Sufficiently creamy to balance the hop tingles. Easily drinkable when a little warm. Exceeded expectations and recommended.

A toast to Chuck Jones, super genius.

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Photo of Luigi
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They have changed the label. Now, it is a hot blonde girl in a yellow short skirt swinging from a rope holding a pint glass full of ale. The girl of my dreams! but anyways.. to the review.

Has a hazy orange color. The head starts off two fingers thick then settles down a bit. Sticky all around the class and great head retention. The aroma is sweet and citrusy. Has a good amount of pale malt sweetness to blend in with the citrusy hop. The taste is very blalanced. A blend of floral hops and sweet pale malts make me want to sip more and more. Has warming alcohol level too. Finishes off dry and hoppy. Hmmm I think I could drink pint after pint of this beer. This is one of the most balanced and tasty Cali IPA's I have ever had.

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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 T100Mark
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very cool 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Burnt orange color. Thick, lumpy, off-white head. Mondo stickage! Very good clarity. This is a very good looking beer.

Smell - Citrus hop hit followed by a wiff of mint. Spicy. Very nice.

Taste - Hoppy. Black liquorice. The malt is present. The beer has a slightly smokey flavor to it. Delicious.

Mouth- Aggresive. Oily. Again, very nice.

Overall - Pretty to look at, big nose, big mouth, and very tasty. This is one fine California Pale Ale. Acme's "California IPA" goes head-to-head with Sierra Nevada and Firestone (high praise indeed).

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Photo of Derek
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bronze with a white head, good retention and amazing lace.

S: Great hop aroma... citrus rind, pine and a little grassy.

T: Hop flavour echoes the aroma, with plenty of bitterness and some underlying grainy biscuit.

M: Moderate body has a hint of hop acidity a slightly drying finish.

D: A good drinker. This is a solid west coast IPA that's really well-crafted. Great to have it fresh at the brewpub.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours amber gold with a slight haze that gradually clears as it warms. A clingy 3” white foam collar perches on top
S: Grainy nose with traces of fresh grass and pine.
T: Apricot to peach supported by melon over light biscuit.
F: Medium body and carbonation, creamy.
O: Full flavored, easy to drink IPA.

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

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass
Aroma- Has a nice malt and fruit aroma
Appearance- Pours a murky golden amber with a nice off-white head
Taste- Hops come through nicely, with some malt as a backup. very flavorful
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer has a crisp finish.
Overall- A really enjoyable beer, I will drink this again.

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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 oberon
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter shade of copper with a thin white head,very well balanced aromas piney hop over top of sweet caramel malt makes this appetizing to the nose for sure.I have to say that this IPA is much more balanced than I expected sure the healthy dose of piney/citrusy,resiny hop is there but its held up niely to a lightly swwet caramel backbone that makes for a nice finish and aftertaste.This beer is alot more balanced than I had expected California IPA to be means tongue curling hop monster but this has the hops with the malt and I liked it,I would definently buy again.

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

Musty clouded peachy yellow color, steady bubbles within, a very appetizing appearance to it, with a fine off-white medium sized froth that sits a good while before settling to a solid skim. Lacing sticks in some ink blobby sheeting.

Aroma is of a nice hop medley of woody, citrus mint, sweetly resinous with a nice pale malt of stale crisp bread.

Flavors are good in both the hop profile and malt backing, hops are slightly popping with a good zip of citrus, but maintains a mild front, more eager as it rides through to the finish where it gets a nice complex woody hop and bitterness clinging onto a very crisp pale malting. It takes awhile for the finish to render its full potential, but if your patient it makes a very welcome bite and squeeze of hops. Nice left over citrus pith and sourness brings an almost ghostly finish very late. Nice, quite nice. If it weren't for a mediocre start this would get a better number in the taste dept, but where it lacks in the front well makes up for it in the finish.

Feel is just right for an IPA, frothy yet slick and calming with a creamy front, gains an excellent hopping in the finish of bittering bite and dryness all maintained in a well balanced nearly full body. Well balanced throughout with a slight sweet front, malt stays firm yet crispy adding a grainier build towards the finish where the hops get fun and helps add a nice bite late.

This was gone in no time. Super drinkable and an outstandingly handled IPA. The west coast, or in this case, North Coast, has a yummy little drinker here. Solid offering!

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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,255 ratings.
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