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?
86Moose (62) - - JUL 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Once again, Anchor Brewing does not disappoint. Always a quality beer. The Anchor IPA is another strong entry in their lineup. A good IPA. Medium hops. Slight bitter taste with a semi-sweet finish.
likeatrainwreck (10) - - JAN 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a lovely golden copper with a thick, lingering head. Little aroma, but flavours of caramel malt and hops. Medium sweet and bitter. Reminiscent of English IPAs.
Not as hoppy as many modern craft IPAs, but this makes for a very drinkable, refreshing drink. Really pleasant beer.
Zwiebel88 (258) - GERMANY - JAN 25, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Zitrusnoten, hopfig. Leichte Süße im Aroma. Eindimensional herb am Gaumen, zu wässrig.
angelkostvo (721) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
honey colour, white head. Aroma of soap, pine, red berries. Taste is light sweet, light to medium bitter. Medium body, oily to slick texture, average carbonation. Not very hoppy or bitter, but nice.
Sevenlee (1432) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy golden colour with a beige head. Aroma is malt, fruit, earth and hops. Taste is light to medium sweet leading to a moderate hop finish. Kind of British in a way.
ACHops (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Anchor. Pours bright golden copper with thick white head. Aroma is medium caramel malt and crisp hops on the back. Taste is similar - nice sweet caramel malt and dry earthy grassy hops. Clean, pleasant beer though a bit lacking by current west coast IPA standards.
Matt_Foran (67) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice IPA from Anchor. Not much aroma, nice appearance though, solid copper color with an off white colored head. The taste you can pickup hops and some malts. Lingers for a bit in the palate.
daniele (5882) - ITALY - JAN 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle ambrata buona schiuma piuttosto persistente discreta nota agrumata fruttata lieve floreale buona smaro buona secchhezza lieve caramello
Markth (27) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mooi wit schuim, vrij donkere gouden licht troebele kleur. Redelijk veel granen en lekker veel hop. Bittertje blijft lekker lang hangen @home
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lachneger (347) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber kleurig bier met een wit luchtige schuimkraag. Smaak licht zoetig grapefruit met een scherpe nasmaak.
gunnar (5761) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours clear dark golden with a huge frothy weak beige head.Aroma of pine cones, resiny hop and soft marmelade malty. Taste is mild sweet piney, low viscosity, herbal and liquorice towards the lingering finish, very good one.
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