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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?

budfox's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
budfox (10) - Kansas, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Pours an amber color, on the nose I smell citrus and a mixed fruit scent, taste is bitter hops at the mouth, then caramel at the throat. An OK IPA too much caramel flavor and not bitter enough for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lobs_ols (239) - LATVIA - MAR 1, 2015
Clear amber, strong white head. Wonderful fruity American hop blast on the nose. Medium bodied, balanced bitter sweet with roasty notes. Finishes bitter, some sour notes, caramely and overall great. This one is a keeper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PauloAG (70) - BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2015
355cc bottle. Amber transparent with quickly fading white-off head. Very hoppy. Citrus and grapefruit. Very bitter at first but after a few sips a very pleasant maltyness comes forward. Very nice ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bonkiedeaap (350) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle from de Albert Heijn in Holland. The beer is amber colored a pours a sticky broken white colored foam, with livingly CO2. The aroma is as the label says complex, with clear hop notes, litlle tropical fruits, like mango. Also bitterness of spices and malts. The taste is slightly sweet with moderate spiciness and is a little watery in the end. The finish is very refreshing and a not as bitter as should expect from an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tlind2 (1202) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle. Amber color, off-white head. Hoppy, woody aroma. Balanced, hoppy flavor with pine and caramel. Bitter, lingering flavor. Full body, medium carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omanson (35) - - FEB 28, 2015
Nez sur les agrumes, arômes fleuris et complets , bière complexe en arômes , un peu de pin , d’agrumes et d’amertume, écorce de pamplemousse, corps moyen, une bonne ipa en réalité

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
williamherbert (1341) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Apparently bottled August 1, 2014. Purchased from Wegmans 02/27/2015. So keep in mind, it’s more than 6 months old. Light orange color. Big head with a good deal of slow carbonation. Aroma is major chlorine yeast. Hard to figure out if this is "off" or if this is how it’s supposed to be. The aroma is flowery pollen. The yeast is very overpowering. The flavor is more bready yeast. There is a hop presence, but the yeast is so strong it’s quasi-ringwood. It might be unfair to judge this beer on what is clearly an old, inferior version, but it is what it is. When I have a better version of this, I will re-rate it. But bear in mind that at 6-months old, it’s not that good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
domienS (167) - Oostakker, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2015
Pours a clear blone beer with a medium, white head. Smells hoppy, floral, some pine, some citrus. Tastes bitter. After taste is a nice lingering bitter. Mouttaste is full, a little alcoholic. Good ipa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Onslow (1225) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Pour form a 12oz bottle. Copper tan brew with off white head. Aroma of piney resin. Taste is sweet malt and caramel at they very start, modestly hops forward with a piney / spicy finish. More malty than most IPA"s I’ve had recently but I like the balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheFoamhead (150) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2015
A classic North American IPA! A nice and not overpronounced peppery hop character with the well known citric taste elements. Subtle caramel notes accompany the hops and form a well balanced total. Easy drinkable, refeshing but far away from the famous hop bombs - which is not negative though. A classic North American IPA without being a hop hurrican. Good stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fugitive (1492) - Athens, GREECE - FEB 26, 2015
Tap at Local Pub, Athens. Color clear amber with small head. Aroma, pine, grapefruit. Taste pine, grapefruit, dry, butter.

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