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RATINGS: 492   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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An adventurous new brew from America’s original craft brewery.

The California Gold Rush lured thousands west to "see the elephant," a 19th-century metaphor for the hopeful but risky pursuit of happiness, adventure, and fortune. As early as 1849, India Pale Ale - prepared by British brewers for export to India by adding dry hops to barrels of hoppy ale - was also heading west, from England around the Horn to San Francisco. Thirsty ‘49ers savored the best imported IPAs, but it wasn’t until 1975 that Anchor, Americas’ original craft brewery, pioneered the revival of dry-hopped handmade ales. Now, that tradition fast-forwards to an adventurous new brew: Anchor IPA™.

Anchor IPA™ is made with 2-row barley malt and fresh whole-cone hops, its bright amber color, distinctively complex aroma, spiky bitterness, malty depth, and clean finish unite to create a uniquely flavorful, memorable, and timeless craft IPA.

The elephant you see on Anchor IPA™ was hand-drawn by our label artist, James Stitt. To "see the elephant" was a popular 19th-century expression that originated with a tale that predates the California Gold Rush.

There once lived a farmer who had heard of elephants but had never seen one. He longed for the day when he might catch a glimpse of this rare, exotic creature. When the circus came to town, he loaded his wagon with fresh produce and headed to market. On the way, just as he’d hoped, he came across the circus parade, nobly led by an enormous elephant. The farmer was ecstatic, but his horses were terrified. They reared and bucked, overturning his wagon and scattering its precious contents in the road. "I don’t give a hoot," exclaimed the farmer. "I have seen the elephant!"

The elephant became the universal symbol of the Gold Rush, as evidenced by the journals, letters, and sketchbooks of the forty-niners. Whether or not they struck it rich in the diggings, those plucky pioneers would forever treasure their California adventure as the defining moment of their lives. Have you seen the elephant?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CloakedDagger (759) - - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle 35,5 cl. Pours an almost clear amber with an off-white head. Hoppy aroma alright but appears more to be British hops !! Medium body, fruity, caramellish, estery with a rather bitter finish. Certainly not a West coast IPA! 271214

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
screigh (477) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy copper color. This off-white head that lasts with some sticky lacing. Aroma is dusty and malty. A sour dusty mess of flavors. I hope this is a bad bottle because it is a drain pour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 25, 2014
12oz bottle. Clear amber body topped by medium beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, light pine, tangerine, faint cantaloupe. Taste is medium sweet, pine, grapefruit, light bread. Medium body, light acidity, resin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (6888) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2014
@Fakta Randers C. Amber coloured and clear. Has an off-white head, mostly lasting. Aroma is heavy hoppy, citrus, us-hops and faint rubber. Flavor starts light sweet, toasted bread, then fruity, hoppy. Heavy bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (4924) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2014
light fruit hoppy aroma,golden, clear, off white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (6306) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2014
33 cl. bottle. Clear amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, fruit, hops and with a bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maris (1025) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2014
From a 355ml bottle on 25/12/2014. Pours a slightly cloudy deep golden with a medium to big head. The nose is relatively slight with some curious biscuity malt and light fruit. In the mouth you get more biscuity malt, some sweet citrus fruit, and quite a big, lingering resiny hop bitterness. Has a quite a full body and average to lively carbonation. A quite enjoyable and somewhat unusual IPA, but not top flight. Could be more harmonious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quack-Duck (8159) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2014
bottle, thank you pivnizub! Deep golden colour, mid-sized white head. Citrusy hop aroma. Full-bodied and malty, ideally supporting the citrusy and slightly resiny hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11280) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2014
Hazy amber with a small white head. Malty aroma with a fruity note, and a hint of citrus. Sweetish malty and fruity flavour with a caramel note and plenty of hoppy bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rouhlas (339) - GREECE - DEC 23, 2014
From tap at the Beer Abbey Diner, Athens. Almost clear dark amber color with off white head. Aroma is malty caramel, bready, light hoppy piney. Taste is sweet and heavy bitter, like the aroma with the addition of some floral notes. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

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