brian60625 (723) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. I got it as part of a mix six for $1.50, which is a decent deal. I like the label art with the I*PA, Indian* elephant. Very little discernible aroma. I picked up on some caramel and malt scents, but little to no sign of hops. It's labeled as an IPA but it's categorized as an APA, so I guess that helps explain the big malt presence. The copper appearance and the low foam levels, paired with the malty scent and flavors give it an amber beer character. There's a medicinal tweeker taste in there that jumps out at the end like an untuned piano key. That brings my impression down a bit. Medium bodied, long lasting amber taste. Overall not bad for the price and definitely worth a try in a mix six rotation. (After writing this review and reading others' impressions, it's interesting to speculate whether Anchor was actually going for an old guard style ipa from the 18th century, perhaps closer to the original style than today's wildly hopped up West Coast IPA's...that would also explain the vintage Indian label art.)
HonkeyBra (3075) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark ruby color with a thin, quickly dissipating off white head. Aroma of very floral and herbal hops, some brown sugar and caramel notes. Flavor is oddly muddled by the malt profile. Brown sugar, caramel. The hop bitterness creeps and then sweeps in towards the finish. This is certainly a throw back IPA and nothing like the current ipas being produced today.
Frank (2309) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am not sure how Anchor stays in business. I respect them as a historically important craft brewery but I just canít imagine anyone buying their beers now that more and more people have local options that are frankly much better. For what itís worth, Anchor IPA is a decent example of the style. It is rather more conservative than what people have grown used to but it does pretty well. Itís a nice clear orange color w/ a long-lasting ring of head and patchy rings of lacing. The nose is all hops and of decidedly different character than what you usually see in the style. They are quite floral, mildly herbal w/ a certain strangeness which is, if nothing else, uniquely Anchorís as I taste it in a lot of their beer. This overall quite dry but the fine carbonation gives it some creaminess across the tongue. It is very drinkable despite a faint metallic off-note in the finish, which also has a particular character that is unique to Anchor. Perhaps if I grew up on the West Coast or even if I started drinking while craft beer was in its infancy, I might drink this w/ the same sort of nostalgia w/ which I drink the cheap beer from my college days but, as it is, I just donít see myself ever buying this again when thereís all kinds of better options available pretty much everywhere.
Bule (532) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours a pale brown color with a bit of head. Sharp hop flavors and lots of yeast aroma and flavor.
DYCSoccer17 (3215) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from a 6 pack purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma has some old school C hop character, with hints of pine, earth, and herbs. Also has a little toffee and caramel malt sweetness, before this gives way to the typical metallic Anchor house character that is standard. Pours a beautiful transparent dark copper color with a large, strong, off-yellow head that leaves great lacing. Starts with a little bit of a blueberry-like flavor...think Sierra Nevada Hop 291. It bequeaths a mild herbal and floral hop bitterness. There is a nice, chewy caramel malty backbone to this beer. Finishes with a little metallic house character, before a floral, juicy hop bitterness rounds this out. This is a maltier rendition of an IPA, but I believe it is really well-balanced. In a day and age, where IPA is all about what can be the most bitter, unbalanced IPA with highest IBU, itís really nice to see an old-school brewer make a kickass old school IPA.
CraftBeerLvr41 (44) - Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: Really clear and amber (reminds me more of a Red Ale not as much as an IPA). Nice foamy head that lingers nicely.
S: Has that rich malty Anchor smell. Subtly hop aroma, slight grapefruit/pine but not really that much besides the malty backbone.
T: Firm bitterness in the beginning. Caramel and bready backbone upfront with some fruitiness but nothing too defining, maybe some orange peel and grapefruit. Again has that Anchor taste to it.
M: A tad sweet, but over feels pretty nice on the tongue.
O: It doesnít really remind me too much of an American IPA, but more of an English style. A decent IPA, but not one I would always seek after.
cladinshadows (37) - USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Lazy Acres in Long Beach. Brilliantly clear copper with substantial off-white head that lasts. Aroma is piney grapefruit and rich caramel. Taste is very smooth and robust with piney/herbal hop flavors and toasty, caramelly malts. Hard to tell if fruity flavors are caramel malts or hops but whatever it is, itís tasty. Mouthfeel is pretty big but cleans up perfectly with the drying bitterness. Itís got that whole-hop mouthfeel and flavor. A great counterpoint to Liberty. Overall a definite new favorite for me.
crossovert (6144) - Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sharp and zippy ipa, def in the old-school style, lemon and lime zest, pine, medium to low bitterness.
brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Beachwood BBQ. Copper colored pour has me worried. White head on top. Smells quite nice, though. Grapefruit and floral hops dominate. Slight peach and pineapple, but definitely some caramel and brown sugar. A bit sticky on the palate. Caramel and sugar sweetness with a decent amount of fruity hop notes. Some bitter pine and grapefruit and a strong floral character.
bhensonb (10216) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours bright copper with a creamy beige head. Floral hop aroma. Med body or better. Flavor is very floral and fruity. Not getting much, if any, citrus at first. Maybe thereís some as the bitter builds up. Thereís lots of hop, and thereís enough caramel to support it. Itís finishing pretty dry and nicely, tho not harshly, bitter. There is a hop burn with time. Itís just an excellent and tasty ale.