Thursday, March 3, 2011

North Coast Brewing Co. - ACME California IPA

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass

After my minor disappointment with the Acme California Pale Ale from North Coast, it is time for redemption by the California IPA. The beer pours a medium hazy straw with a minor orange tint. The head is large and frothy with huge carbonation bubbles. There's tons of lacing to be found here and the slowly fading head makes for great retention. The hops are earthy and make me think Chinook with hints of pineapple, but I could be way off without seeing the hop bill. The mild malt sweetness is understated on the nose.

The mouthfeel is great with a determined crispness. There's also a bit of texture that seems like flavorful mineral water. The malts are grainy and coarse exuding a bready character. The hops provide a delicious bitterness, but remain in check. They're consistently prominent, but never overpowering. The finish is clean and refreshing with a flavorful aftertaste.

Final Verdict: A-

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