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.
DCLawyer (1952) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle->SA. Copper with small offwhite head. A: moderate floral hops, malt, citrus. T: same. Good balance, mild. Ok.
damzz (383) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep hazy orange brown with an off white head that leaves lacing. Nose is hops and slight malt. Body is medium with good mouth feel. Taste is malt with soon to follow hops. Aftertaste is hops. 12 oz bottle in a variety pack
FatPhil (11545) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 11, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
355ml bottle (Pothouse, Tallinn)
Hazy honey colour, large doughy head, plenty of sticky creamy lacing. Pleasant floral and citrussy hop aroma, some nettley spiciness. Full palate, smooth, a bit sweet and stick. Sweetish caramelly malts, and pungent bitter hops. A bit homebrewy and yeasty, dirty and earthy. Some alcohol too. Rough, and disappointing.
Yves (2561) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Alone at home. Clear light amber colored beer with large diminishing white rocky head and medium carbonation. Hopped fruited aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is hopped rather bitter spiced dry.
Scottishchris (476) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from bottledog Edinburgh. Deep copper, big fluffy whitish head. Grapefruit nose, light resin. Medium body, soft fizz, oily. Bready and citrus. Spicy black pepper. Long bitter finish. Good.
heemer77 (5198) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Deep red copper colored body with a medium khaki colored head. Nose of sharp grapefruit and light pine. There is more citrus than anything else with hints of almonds and flowers. Flavors of slightly sweet grapefruit and bread crust. The finish is bitter with some black tea and light black pepper spice. Overall, a solid effort. The body is slightly chewy with some almond and light sweetness in the end.
beermaris (175) - LATVIA - OCT 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber colour, a bit cloudy. Strong hoppy aroma. Tastes bitter with long bitter aftertaste + a bit sharp and sour with some fruty notes.
eduardovl (1125) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle served in a pint glass. A: Pours a clear dark orange to amber color forming a big and creamy light yellow head with medium retention and some few lingering and soapy lacings left in the glass. S: Very flowery and citrus nose. Notes of pale sweet malts, grapefruit, pineapple, resin and bubblegum. T: Slightly sweet upfront. Notes of sweet pale malts, grapefruit and bubblegum. Becomes quickly citrus and bitter. Strong notes of resin and flowery hops. Hints of pineapple and pine. Medium but very persistent hops bitterness. Good bittersweet balance. M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Caramel, grapefruit and grassy hops in the aftertaste. Persistent bitterness. Hints of resin and grapefruit. O: Great drinkability. Classic American IPA. Not an extreme IPA but still a very decent specimens with the Anchor quality.
ADfan (691) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours a golden amber color with a nice head. Aroma of pine and some mild citrus are noticeable. The taste has some pine up front with flowers and resin. Pretty good finish.
schlitzfaced (80) - Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
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