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RATINGS: 860   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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ANCHOR IPA™

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?


gururyan's rating

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gururyan (706) - 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


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LeoN_ (3) - Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 27, 2016 does not count
Einfach zu bitter, im Vergleich zum Liberty Ale fehlt die Einbettung des bitteren Geschmacks in einen soliden Körper.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (15588) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - APR 27, 2016
Hopfig getreidiger Antrunk. Milde, eher hintergründige Zitrusnoten, die auf konstantem Niveau gehalten werden. Bittere Noten sind vorhanden, fallen aber regelmäßig hinter dem Hopfen zurück. Rund. 10/9/8/9//9

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (1791) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2016
Bottle, Market Street Uptown. Pours hazy orange-amber with an inch of frothy beige head. Aroma of floral hops, funky malts, and quite a bit of sweetness. I’m guessing I’m not going to like this. Meh, I was somewhat right. This particular IPA style that’s a hit syrupy and lightly sweet is not my favorite. Taste is burnt malts covered by pine and floral, but with a bit of sugar and bread. This is not too sweet, but it still has something in it I just don’t love.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
knasputte78 (365) - SWEDEN - APR 19, 2016
Röd brun färg grumlig. Maltig och inte så fruktig. Bra matöl humle beska på slutet ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5687) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2016
Bottle. Pours a slight hazy orange body under a one inch frothy beige head. Looks pretty nice. The nose is showing a bit more sweetness than I tend to like in the style. There’s some decent citrusy hops here too, but I’m afraid that this is going to be sweet. The flavor is rather bitter and a bit harsh as far as the hops go. It’s certainly not too sweet, but there’s a light caramel note on the finish. Not sure this one really works for me. Medium bodied and slightly clingy on the back end. Not a big fan of this one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hartoloni (117) - - APR 11, 2016
Pours clody amber with heavy off white head. Aroma of nuts, coffe an hint of citrus.Taste hoppy with hont of toffee. Bitter aftertaste, 6.5% and tastes of every one. Enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaelic (121) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2016
Amber coloured IPA, medium white head. Good smell, pines, citrus, a bit of caramel, nice bitters, hoppy. A good beer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kespecial (186) - - APR 5, 2016
Solid IPA from Anchor, drier and hoppier than their classic Liberty, but still subdued on the bitterness compared to a West Coast style. Pretty dank, with bready notes to go along with the pine. Best part is the chewy mouthfeel. Good, but nothing special.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hoptimusPrimed (152) - SPAIN - APR 2, 2016
Pretty tasty IPA, good carbonation. Full bodied, nice hop balance and notes of fruit

2.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Popoff91 (43) - Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2016
12-ounce cans poured into a pint glass. Not a fan of IPAs, I nonetheless try them out to see if I indeed like some of them, and this one isn’t too bad. Still a bit on the bitter side, but not as bad as most. Floral aroma you tend to get from IPAs, overall a bit better than another IPA (Liberty Ale) from the same brewery. If you don’t like IPAs in general, you might still give this a try.


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