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ANCHOR IPA™

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?


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3.1
   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
halfonit (1209) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2015
Pours a darker golden color with a white head. Aroma is of floral hops, caramel and malts. Flavor is of pungent citrusy hops, biscuity malts, sweet caramel and floral hops. Medium bodied. A very easy American IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2596) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2015
Leave it to Anchor to make an IPA I like. Rich copper color. bg fresh citrus nose, light resin, spices, vague fruitiness. Full sweet toffee like malts, cookie-ish, balanced with spicy citrus rind hop flavors. Balanced rounded finish. Throwback to the old Ballantine IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Florya (607) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 17, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: Clear copper, small white head. Aroma: fruits, citrus, caramel, floral. Palate: medium body, average carboantion.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geiserich (3562) - Linz, AUSTRIA - APR 16, 2015
Bottle: Aroma is malty, caramelic, light roasty, fruitiness (citrus), pine. Amber color, creamy head. Flavor is malty, light sweet, caramelic, sweet. Mainly hearbal hop notes, metal, bit harsh bitterness. Averange.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickel (496) - - APR 16, 2015
Look: Clear red copper beer with medium head Nose: Fruits, citrus. Aroma is not very intensive, rather mild and pleasant Toungue: Slightly sour from the start, hoppy with distinctive malt taste. Medium bitterness. Tender and drinkable. Dry finish

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (4745) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 15, 2015
355 ml. bottle @ home. Purchased @ Albert Heijn. BBF 11/2xxx (I cannot read the rest). Lightly hazy bright amber, creamy beige head, solid biggish head. Nose is fruity mango hops mixed with pine resin, sticky & light herbal malts / caramel, light bitter cough syrup. Both typical as well as slightly unique hop profile. Nice. Taste is a big sweet, bitter herbal caramel, light cough syrup, resin bitter, light bubblegum, thick malts, caramel,… Bitterness is clearly herbal. Touch light body. It is a bit too sweet for what it is & could have been more outspoken. Faint metallic, herbal,… Maybe if it were fresher,…. ? This has def. potential but it isn’t quite there. It almost feels like a weak & sad version of their glorious Old Foghorn Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruigo (1410) - PORTUGAL - APR 14, 2015
355ml bottle. Almost clear copper colour with a small off-white head not so persistent. Nice lacing. Fruity, malty aroma with notes of dates and floral. Average carbonation and medium body. Taste is bitter with a very long dry and bitter finish. Overall, a very good beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
luklaer (129) - BELGIUM - APR 13, 2015
04-13-2015 - One of the best, maybe the best beer I have ever tasted. Many different tastes to be discovered in this one!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjik83 (798) - - APR 12, 2015
35,5cl flesje via AH, Maastricht Alcoholpercentage van 6,5% Uitgeschonken in Kaapse Brouwers glas Uiterlijk: amberoranjekleurig met redelijke schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: hoppig, bloemig, fruitig als abrikoos, sterke bitterheid Conclusie: IPA die smakelijk is, mag wat sterker qua andere typische smaken buiten de bitterheid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bubeer (23) - - APR 10, 2015
Beautiful clean amber/golden colour. Generous head with a thick foam. Fruity aroma (pineapple, maybe). Very dry taste with a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Splendid carbonation. Medium body.


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