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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 (61) - - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (1954) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2014
from a 12oz bottle. Deep amber with a durable head. Overly earthy and herbal for my taste. Very good lively but not harsh feel. O: decent, but my least favorite Anchor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maakun (682) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle. Clear Amber with full and long lasting off white head. Tropical fruits and tangerine, nice light sweet malts with a hint of roasted grains and a touch of milk chocolate. Medium bitter. Nice lively carbonation. Very decent ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cenzura (59) - Warsaw, POLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Aroma: Sweet hops, malty and fruity. Taste: Really sweet, malty, very refreshing. Yellow fruits. Average head, perfect lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jaysbeers (78) - - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle to glass. Deep amber color. A creamy head. Creamy mouth. Nice, balanced IPA. A little bitter lingers at the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (2755) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2014
12oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Upper Arlington. Amber pour, off-white head. Aroma of herbal, pine, floral. Taste of toffee, bready, spicey, floral, herbal, caramel, grass, apricot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (2361) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. Hazy amber coloured with a tart red fruit and burnt toffee flavour, peppery hop notes followed by a warming malty and currant finish. Very Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WojciechW (1) - POLAND - OCT 18, 2014 does not count
Bottle. Dark amber, great head, in flavor there are american hops, a little bit of an alcohol and flowers, Medium sweet beer with quite good bitterness but with an alcohol too despite off 6.4 % Alc

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Flanfl (104) - USA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber, small white head. Nice hops, citrus and caramel. Flavour has more caramel malt and othet flavours that I can't pick. Nice medium dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rikstar (802) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2014
0,355l fles bij de ap Nadjaa. Amberkleurig, mooi aroma met caramel en tropische vruchten. Smaak sluit hier vloeiend op aan met een volle bittere afdronk. Goede IPA, gewoon bij ah

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (7011) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 16, 2014
12 oz bottle. 4GA. (Shenandoah Hops) Staunton, VA. Clear red colour with a tiny off-white head. Floral, tropical fruity and candy hops, mild bitterness and some sweetness in the aroma. The flavour is candies, bitterness, sweetness, hops and some malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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