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RATINGS: 890   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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 (719) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (1268) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Bottle; pours slightly hazy dark amber with a white head; aroma is citrus, mostly orange, caramel, and malt; taste is bitter with citrus, grapefruit, and a touch of caramel sweetness; finish is bitter; nice beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoddamnNoise (64) - Pontevedra, SPAIN - OCT 23, 2016
355ml. bottle @ Home. Aroma: not very intense. Hints of tropical fruits, spices, fruits, grapefruit, honey. Appearance: very good. Deep amber beauty color with above average head thickness. Off-white super creamy head with medium lacing. Very hazy. Above average head retention. Taste: low-to-medium sweetness, medium bitterness, low sourness. Very well balanced with nice flavor of fruits, spices, and a citric touch. Biiter-sweet flavors. Palate: medium body, oily texture, above average carbonation, quite long dry bitter finish of fruits, spices, honey and some citrus, maybe grapefruit. Overall: good appearance, and very good and pleasant aromas and flavors but neither of them very intense. Maybe not a prototypical IPA, but a very good beer i wouldn’t mind to drink again. Very refreshing and thirst quenching.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ascelja (956) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 21, 2016
Bottle. A bit hazy amber to orange body, yellowish head. Atoma of flowers, honey, malts, pear, caramel. Taste is moderately bitter and sweet. Pines, honey, flowers, spices, grapefruit peels, lot of grapefruits in the finish. Fuller body, medium to high carbonation.
Really tasty one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rotin (961) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 20, 2016
Bottle 0.355l. Lightly cloudy, light amber colored. AROMA- honey, liquid caramel, fruit. FLAVOR- dry, quite bitter, caramel, touch of fruit. Medium to fuller bodied.
Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Palme (4181) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2016
0.33l bottle. This is a blurry one, deep golden almost a little amber in color and a nice big lasting just off-white head placed on the top. Fruity slightly sweetish caramel nose. It definitely doesn’t kick you in the face but it’s balanced with sweet red berries blended with a mild piney hoppy touch. Nice. Much the same in the taste also. In the mouth it has a light oily texture and it’s just above average on the carbonation. Caramellish and a little metallic also, unfortunately. Red berry sweet and it has a slightly artificial candy presence. Tastes a little like a lager imo. Hints of butterscotch in the finish and aftertaste. A little odd, but fair enough. 28.12.2014

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drjoeng (935) - SINGAPORE - OCT 3, 2016
6.5%ABV. IPA. Poured out deep Amber. 14ºSRM. Nose has sweet malt and pine. Mouthfeel is soapy. Palate is sweet malt with graham cracker and bread crumbs. Hops are aggressively bitter, spicy with cilantro, mint and hint of hyssop. Finish is medium and bitter. Overall a very solid IPA with all the necessary attributes for greatness but just not unique. Goes on the list for being a solid IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
freretoc (1723) - Besançon, FRANCE - SEP 27, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 33cl à Bodegraven au Pays Bas Couleur ambrée, belle mousse et belle effervescence Nez sur les agrumes et la résine Très résineuse en bouche et très sucrée...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Blueshawk (397) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - AUG 28, 2016
- bernsteinfarben mit leicht rötlicher Tönung - fruchtiges Aroma mit einer dezenten Malznote versehen - im Antrunk eine starke Hopfenbitternis und einer nicht genauer bestimmbaren seltsamen würzig/pfeffrigen Note - dies bleibt auch im Abgang weiterhin undefinierbar erhalten Fazit: Seltsam und undefinierbar

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PugUglyBrewer (191) - - AUG 27, 2016
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The color is light copper with an orange blush. The head is foamy white and sticks around for a while. The aroma is herbal, toasty and lemony. The flavor exudes a bitter toasted malt, a little grassy, with a bit of a harsh lemon bite in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heidbummer (266) - SCOTLAND - AUG 17, 2016
Bottle - not my first but finally reviewing it. Pours copper with thick foamy head. Smells malty and caramelly rather than typical IPA. Quite sweet, but good mix of hops, mango, pine, caramel. Suspect this tastes way better closer to home on draught. It’s a good, if sweet and slightly dense IPA in bottle. Goes well with cheese in fact. Decent but nothing groundbreaking.

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