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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blade86 (579) - Wrocław, POLAND - SEP 23, 2014
amber, clear, big off-white foam; caramel, citrus, maybe herbal or piny aroma; medium(+) bitterness, medium sweetness; rather full bodied, thick and little oily feel, average carbo, long bitter finish; Overall: very good IPA, balanced, well-made

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sad24 (100) - GREAT YARMOUTH, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2014
At the trembling madness in York, dark for an ipa with a cream coloured head. Nicely hopped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (1073) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle pour copper with dark gold hue. Nose lots of dank hop, some sweet malt, hint of resin. Taste similar to the nose, with primarily dank hop. Some sweet fruit later. Mid palate light sweet malt followed by nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (7421) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2014
Had this in bottle, purchased online from Beer of Europe. Consumed at home, Saturday 20th September 2014 Pours warm orangey gold in fact edging more towards Amber or even copper. This really is quite a deep autumnal colour seems very appropriate for the time of year, with a white to off-white head atop. Really pleasant thrusty bitterness, there is also a good sweetness but unlike a good many American IPA’s this seems to avoid the cloying overly malty sweetness, getting the balance spot on. A touch floral and also citrussy on the nose and with lots of wonderful marmaladey flavours in the mouth. A great IPA and a very decent price as well. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 3.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tripplebeer (42) - - SEP 20, 2014
Pours amber color with a nice head, quite dark though for an IPA - anyways....the malt is no to dominate, rich, creamy, super balanced...ant this is what it is about...the right balance...excellent IPA, very refreshing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rarbring (1383) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2014
Overall: Toffee, banana, creme brulee, orange peel.
Note: On-tap at a De Klomp tasting. Reviewed 2014-09-20.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Buongiorgio00 (779) - - SEP 19, 2014
Anchor non si smentisce con questa ipa moltop in stile ma con un carattere personale e iperluppolato, con note di frutta e agrumi, adagiate su una solida e intensa base maltata dai profumi di caramello. Buona!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. Pours a clear amber color with a thin frothy off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of floral hops, a bit of citrus, caramel malt. The taste is floral and citrus hops, honey, mild caramel malt. Medium bodied, decent balance. Solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (1696) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2014
12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a huge tan head. Dank hops with notes of pine and some of the less citrusy fruits, maybe peach.Sweeter than most of the other IPAs out there but not in a bad way. Somewhat oily mouthfeel with a thick chewy palate which gives this one a nice substantial feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dambor (38) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 18, 2014
Pours amber with a beautiful head. Aroma: herbs, followed by malt, caramel elements and some citrus notes. Taste: very pleasant bitterness, followed by a slight touch of sourness and a balanced finish. Different from many IPAs I have drunk recently due to the fact that white fruit and citrus is not dominating (which is very original and I like it). Again a solid beer from Anchor Bstarewing and a good representative of the style. Anchor beers manage both: presenting a revolutionary stance on beer brewing, but still sticking to the beer style protoplasts (English Pale Ale in this case). Great job.

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