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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?

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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeersweden (305) - SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2015
Hazy, dark amber colored beer with one finger high beige head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Nose: Dried fruit, mandarin, caramel malt, bread and toffee.
Taste: Caramel, orange, bread, grain, nuts, herbs, pine, grapefruit and vegetables.
Body: Medium body. Crisp carbonation. Soft bitterness at the end. A thick, chewy mouthfeel. Little oily. Great taste!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (1179) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2015
Bottle @ home. Clear copper pour with a dirt white head. Lots of peaches, some mangoes, very light resin and some caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Doofgoblin (415) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Very middle of the road. It’s easy drinking, though. Aroma is not particularly aromatic with floral, citrus hops, but it does have some of your typical citrus character. Taste is similar. It’s not over the top and more subtle than the aggressive ipas of today. Finish is pleasantly bitter with a lingering malt sweetness. Overall, a very steady, easy as she goes type of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BenOver (161) - SLOVENIA - MAY 26, 2015
Pours amber with medium head, that is quite resilient. Aroma is slightly yeasty-sour, not quite what i’d expect, some hoppy notes kick in, some grapefruit alsoijust when you take that last breath. Taste is slightly sour, with medium carbonation, that works up your taste buds and leaves an excellent dry finish, which you would not expect from the aroma. A very nicely balanced beer, with a little dry surprise at the end =)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Goodgrief (1844) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Growler fill from Kreston, Middletown Memorial Day 2015. Orange pour with good head and lacing. Sticky sweet aroma or caramel malt and wet fruit. Lots of English biscuity flavorrs and caramel. A bit too sweet. A decent amount of floral/pine hops to balance. I probably won’t buy this again, but I hadng had an Anchor beer in years and I wanted to try this. It wasn’t terrific, but my 32 oz growler pour made for a satisfying afternoon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kryon (1787) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
Pours hazy amber with medium copper white head Aromas of tropical fruits, caramel, biscuits, malty profile, herbs Taste has nice hopoy tones of tropical fruits, herbs, grass, caramel

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ysok02 (267) - MOns, BELGIUM - MAY 21, 2015
Robe ambrée, mousse peu persistante. Nez assez fruitée, caramelisé et malté. Bouche assez nette, peu de bulle, une amertume marquée et une finale un peu trop abrupte à mon goût.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GraffitiVandal (127) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 20, 2015
ENG: 355ml bottle from Liquor Mart in Winnipeg, poured into the Teku glass. Opalescent, copper color with small, white head. Aromas of malts, caramel, pine. Tastes malty and caramelly with some bitterness but hops is barely noticeable. Medium carbonation, medium body. Overall it’s a fully malty character IPA.

PL: Butelka 355ml kupiona w Liquor Mart w Winnipeg, przelana do Teku. Barwa opalizująca, miedziana, piana jasna, niewielka. Aromaty słodowe, karmelowe, nieco żywiczne. W smaku słody, karmel, chmiel praktycznie niewyczuwalny. Spora goryczka. Średnie nasycenie, średnie odczucie w ustach. Podsumowując IPA o zdecydowanie słodowym charakterze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevnic2008 (9307) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - MAY 20, 2015
Hazy amber with small white head. Aroma of hops, citrs, grapefruit, Taste of hops, bittery, with some acidic notes in the back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike67 (893) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, caramel malt and oranges. Body is full and crisp. Citrusy, herbal hops, caramel malt, brown sugar and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry, herbal, grapefruity. Too much residual sugar in the taste for me.

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