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RATINGS: 756   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%

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?

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gururyan (665) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Poured from bottle into snifter, beautiful deep orange, lasting head, pleasant aroma. A touch medicinal, only a touch...but otherwise a good, solid IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
schlitzfaced (80) - Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Poured from can into glass. Pours a hazy deep amber with a thick head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. aroma is light hops with maybe a pepper smell. maybe the best thing about this IPA is the design on the can. not one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
varanid99 (730) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2015
Slightly cloudy orange pour, nice beige head. Orange, pine, malty aromas. Taste is similar but some nice bitterness in there, jammy orange and a little dry at the end too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eRock_2013 (342) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2015
A very pleasant classic west coast IPA. From the bottle, pours a standard copper orange appearance with a touch of haziness. Aroma is exceptionally rich with resiny notes of orange and grapefruit hops and some toasty maltiness. Tropical and piney hops in the taste with some moderate maltiness, all at a moderate flavor intensity. Medium bodied, and relatively less bitter in the finish for the style. Very drinkable and refreshing, not as hardcore when it comes to the hoppiness. Well done overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pityu (80) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 27, 2015
Bottle - Deep golden, copper colour with a nice off-white lacing head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine and some herbal hops. Nice malty sweetness, but quite dry hoppy finish in the end. Medium body, average carbonation. Fine old-school american ipa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirstyrabbit (1483) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2015
Bottle. Nice shape and label. I like their old timey design. Orange body, medium head. Aroma has old oranges and some fresh grapefruit. Malty body and thick mouthfeel. Finish has more orange peel and some marmalade. I like the malty body but I’m not excited about the slightly stale orange/marmalade type of hoppiness in here. I have no idea how fresh this is but the BB date "1-2017" is clearly too optimistic for any kind of IPA. But even if it was fresh out of the gates, it would probably not be anything overly exciting. More like a safely played old style IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rubin77 (236) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 23, 2015
F: huge off white long lasting. C: hazy amber/orange, a little transparent. A: mostly tropical fruit, grassy hoppy, hint of citrusy and malt. T: very dry bitter on the palate, grassy, earthy, pine, caramel, honey, lemon, grapefruit, malty at the end, medium to full body, lower carbonation, oily mouthfeel, I think it is the IPA as it should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5831) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2015
355 ml bottle, from Prima Beer, Hobro. ABV is 6.5%. Amber colour, moderate off-white head. Pleasant aroma of tropical fruits (fruity hops), hints of perfume and exotic woodwork, also spicy notes. Hoppy and moderately sweet flavour, notes of grapefruit as expected, but also earthy, spicy and herbal notes, with hints of blackcurrant leaves. Bitter aftertaste. Is this a blend of English and American hops?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bornyensis (95) - BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2015
Typisch IPA van Amerika, zoals ik ze gewend ben. Typische door dringerige hopperige smaak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4000) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Sampled November 2011
A steady pour into my globe glass produces a three-finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head; the head is dense and has an incredible structural integrity and staying power to it, and leaves lots of thick layered foam on the sides of my glass. The beer is a red-tinged, amber color that shows a clear, bright amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tangelo zest, marmalade, guava, peach concentrate, and has a touch of spicy, herbal, woody hop notes to back things up. The hop character is definitely dominant, but there is a supporting, caramelized malt sweetness, a bit of earthy, spicy toasted crystal malt character, and even some whole grain cracker like character that is noticeable.

Softly bitter up front, the beer gets a touch firmer in its bitterness towards the finish where the bitterness really helps to clean the palate after each sip. The finish has a spicy, clean peppery, menthol leaning, and herbal-woody note (sort of rosemary like, but not so distinct, and much cleaner) to it in the finish. The fruit character from the hops is the more dominant note in the flavor, though it is not overly dominant; notes of tangelo zest, peach, a bit of kumquat, and some guava notes add a nice rounded character to this beer.

This is quite tasty, it is not overly hoppy given today’s American IPA, but it is actually hoppier than I was expecting after reading the bottle description. I like the complexity that the hop character achieves in the flavor, this is likely due to the fact that this is not so aggressively hopped.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caribou43 (95) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 19, 2015
It is a typical I.P.A and the hop tastes grapefruit. The colour is normal and copper. The carbonation is weak but average for an I.P.A and the taste is pleasant staying in the mouth.

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