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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?

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gururyan (640) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4257) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2015
Pours rather dark amber. Ok white head. Smell is malty, bit bitter. Taste is bit metallic, bitter, mild maltyness. Rather simple...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
japi (121) - Neubrandenburg, GERMANY - MAR 30, 2015
Amber coloured beer, nice off-white head. Moderate notes of honey and grape. The taste is first mod. sweet with notes of caramel, but then comes the dry, hoppy bitternes/aftertaste. A good IPA in british style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yy0pp (727) - - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber color with tiny white head. Aroma - Hops, mango, wood. Taste - Fruits, caramel, pine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (760) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Clear orange amber color with a foamy off-white head. Lots of delicious green hop and sweet malt aroma. Green grass and juicy pineapple bitterness in the taste followed by a well balanced caramel sweetness. The bitterness comes back around and wipes out the sweetness with more grassy notes that latch onto the tongue. Lasting earthy bitterness and lingering honey. Really well constructed West Coast IPA. I didn’t even know Anchor made an IPA and this has now become one of my favorites!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (3553) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2015
bottle. Deep golden with one finger head. Medium malt body with some caramel. Pretty strong hop bitterness. Wish there was more hop flavor other than bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VincentKabel (258) - Haarlem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 25, 2015
It is a typical IPA with al the characteristics you can find in all those other IPA’s. This one is a really smooth and well balanced one though. Well Done.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Xstream (184) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2015
The typical IPA hop bitter with grapefruit bitterness. Jadieja, nothing new or exciting in this one. There is a part typical anchor brilliance in it, but it’s ruined by that strong hop bitter that all IPA have and I get annoyed with by now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (414) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2015
On tap at DiVinci’s in Roswell. Pours clear dark orange with offwhite head. Aroma is piney hops. Fairly balanced IPA. Medium body. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb (2372) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Pine heavy IPA, more of an old style IPA than one featuring the new fangled hops, at least that was my takeaway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (2880) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods in Richmond, brown pour with a fluffy head and a piney nose. Rich and malty, with hints of toffee and citrus, and a well balanced resinous hoppy bite.

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