North Coast – Acme IPA

Tasting: September 4, 2011
Style: IPA

I think I mentioned in an earlier entry that at one time I collected brewery memorabilia — mostly beer cans. My collection sits in my attic and totals about twelve hundred cans. I guess I still hold out hope of creating a man cave in my basement. Who knows, maybe when my kids have grown up I’ll fulfill that dream. One of my favorite cans in my collection is a simple black Acme can from the mid-sixties. It’s really a work of art. The label on this bottle is also a work of art. It looks very much like the pin-ups of Alberto Vargas — who did in fact do a lot of art for Acme’s ad campaigns. But according to North Coast’s website this particular label of a red-headed girl swinging from a rope with a beer in one hand was designed by Theresa Whitehill from the original art of Eric Gribch. Also from the cool looking label — 6.5% Alcohol by Volume (ABV). It also says one pound of hops per barrel — which doesn’t sound like much to me.

As much as you can tell about a beer from a label, you still need to drink it to see if its more than just a refrigerator decoration. This one pours a very clear amber color and it is very carbonated with a white head comprised of big bubbles. Not much of a nose to it — maybe some grain. For an IPA, this isn’t really all that hop forward. To my surprise, this one is dominated by bready grains and some moderate lemon zest hops tucked deep into the background. It finishes crisply, but its really just average at best. I’ll say 77 points.

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