Wednesday, August 29, 2012

North Coast Acme

type: IPA
origin: Fort Bragg, CA
price: ?
ABV: 6.9%
NSP: ?

Holy flipping hell!  This is one bitter bastard of an IPA.  It treats you like you're in an abusive relationship, so take a sip and say to yourself that's too tongue bucklin' - no way I'm enjoying this..., but then you go back for more.  Some people enjoy dependency I guess.

I think maybe North Coast should develop this into a new style of beer: imperial ESB.  Why?  Even though it's not one, this IPA beats the living crap out of any ESB I've ever had, even my beloved 100 Barrel.

Even though the bitterness is the featured player here, it still reminds of a solid California IPA (with some fruitiness from the hops, and a nice medium body malt), so it seems they could even step up the ABV and create a heavyweight DIPA.

I'm a really big fan of this, but unfortunately I think it's only going to be called on for certain occasions; like when I feel like having my taste-buds forcefully removed from my mouth, and I don't feel like eating a big batch of Sour Patch Kids.

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