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RATINGS: 713   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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?

86Moose's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
86Moose (62) - - JUL 10, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Goshgo (1) - - JUL 29, 2015 does not count
I am new in tasting beer, but I really like IAP and this is pretty good. It tastes like classic IAP. The label looks nice. Did not thought that the Americans could do such good beer.... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bosskie (587) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2015
Amber-copper coloured beer with a nice head. Smell is bitter, orange peels, leather, hint of honey. Taste is very bitter astringent with a dry sticky finish. Hint of honey sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coachd (318) - Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Taste and palate exceeds expectations. The hops have a mild, malty quality that keep them from being overwhelming. Good refreshing IPA. I could drink this all summer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KW92 (518) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUL 23, 2015
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
martjoobolut (1561) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 22, 2015
0,355L bottle (from beerExpress, Tallinn). Pours amber with huge beige head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is sweet, fruits, peach, citrus. Flavor is sweet and bitter, fruits, peach, citrus, pine needles, caramel, and earthy notes. Finish is dry-pine bitter. Overall: good, has somewhat British feeling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Madsen1635 (430) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle. Hazy dark orange pour with dense lasting offwhite head. Aroma has lots of roasted malty notes. Some fresh peach is hidden well behind this. Full taste with burnt caramel and quite a bitter kick. High carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
chriszfat (13) - Lake stevens, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Darker bodied ipa with weak head. Not much aroma. Like most anchor beers kind of one dimensional. Not very balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
That1Guy (2055) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2015
12 oz can. No date code to be found. Pours hazy amber with a white head that sticks around the whole time. Bummer because this is oxidized. Has some eartniness and some citrus notes, but it also has some cardboard and a very dry, harsh bitterness at the end. Would try it fresher if given the opportunity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (1365) - New York, TURKEY - JUL 16, 2015
Draught @ Albion. Slightly cloudy dark amber wigh small creamy off-white head, faint citrus aroma, bitter piney hoppy taste, low carbonation, long bitter finish. A bit too bitter, but fine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Erasmus_ro (1888) - Alabama, USA - JUL 16, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2015 Bottle, thanks bluus. Pours looking quite nice, light orange with a good, off-white head. Aroma is rather light with pine, lemon, quite a bit of caramel. Taste is lemon, some caramel, pine. Dry, wooden finish. A bit thin.

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