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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2000

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted April 15th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Cloudy copper/orange, one finger white head, and some decent lacing

S - Earthy hops, pine and citrus as well. Nice bitter sweet malt. A nice yeast strain and some sort of pungent smell

T - Toasted grain, earthy, malt, strong pungent hops. Hops taste nice and fresh. Very acidic hops. Tastes of roots

M - Very carbonated, very acidic, long finish. The carbonation is almost bubbly feeling

D - Easy drinking for the description, but still a bigger IPA for being only 6.5 ABV

Final thought - Worth a try, but not worth a six pack. Love to try this on tap

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Poured a very clear amber with a decent sized frothy white head on top and a good two inches of lace. There was some nice streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Decent retention left behind some nice side glass lace.

S - Aroma was kinda light. Light floral hops dominating, but nothing really standing out or pungent about it. Seemed to be a bit weak here. Light grapefruit and pineapple with a bit of a grass like thrown in as well.

T - The flavor was decent, nothing really standig out here again. Lots of grapefruit like hop flavors, very sharp and crisp without the really sugary deep resin notes. Light grain and grass like finish to it.

M - Very light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. This was definitly one that was easy to drink and I had no issue really with the feel of it.

D - Very nice session ale, albeit somewhat bland and the profile was light enough that you could easily put down more then a few in a sitting.

Overall this was an ok IPA. Nothing really special here and I probably wouldnt pick one up again. Dont get me wrong there was nothing terrible about it, just to me seemed really to be about average. In a pinch not too bad but would not seek this one out for any real reason.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have only had a couple North Coast brews, and I enjoyed them quite a bit. Here is their take on the India Pale Ale:

A: Pours a clear golden color. Nice foamy head that shrinks to a film over the top of the brew. Very light lacing is left with each sip.

S: Not very hoppy at all. More malts than anything else. Somewhat fruity smell. Smells okay.

T: Again, not very hoppy. Tastes more like an American Pale Ale. Lots of bready malts, light citrus taste. A little metallic as well. I also get a touch of honey sweetness as well. Overall, a decent taste just very subdued in the hop department.

M: Medium to light bodied. Somewhat watery mouthfeel. Very clean finish. Little to no bitterness.

D: Its pretty easy drinking. Goes down pretty smoothly. Needed more dryness and bitterness like most IPAs have. Drinks like an APA instead.

Overall, I expected a little more from a West Coast IPA. Seemed a little too weak and watery for my personal taste. This would be a great gateway beer from the macro lagers to the more flavorful craft ales. Decent and worth a try.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass. Red Seal Ale quickly became a staple beer for me, so I came into this one with somewhat high expectations.

A - Nice cloudy golden orange hue which produced a massive head of froth. Excellent retention and some attractive sedimentary layers of lacing. Near perfect presentation.

S - Big citrus hop nose. A bit sweeter than I expected, but certainly not bad.

T - Very sweet tangy citrus profile. Pretty hoppy, yet well balanced. Finish is mildly bitter, but could have used a few more IBUs if you know what I mean. Tasty at any rate.

M - Creamy medium body. The carbonation was a little sharp but it left a nice oily coating behind and I like that in my IPA, so it averaged out here.

D - Not bad at all, definitely worth a try. Were my expectations not so high, I could've given this one a better rating, but oh well, it's still a very enjoyable brew.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Normal pour resulted in huge white, rocky head. Beer is hazy-orange amber. Great retention and lacing. Gorgeous!

Smell: Peach, tangerine (or a similar citrus fruit), and hops.

Taste: Peach for sure. Citrus fruit and hops are strong as well. Normally the imbalance wouldn't bother me, however this one could use a little more malt. EDIT: seems to be getting maltier as I approach the bottom of the glass.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Again, wish there were some more malts in this one to give it a thicker body.

Drinkability: This is a fairly easy IPA, but not too easy. Could definitely see myself drinking a lot of them, but overall ACME IPA is just ok. The appearance got my hopes up.

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ACME California IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 1,259 ratings
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