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RATINGS: 878   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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?

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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4837) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2016
Rated on 7-19-2016. The appearance of this canned beer is a large ivory head that mostly diminished, hazy dark amber body, fast rising carbonation, and spotty lacing. The aroma presents juicy hops, earthy, orange hops, and caramel malt. The flavor is moderately bitter, citrus hops, grapefruit, earthy, and caramel malt. The mouthfeel is smooth with moderate carbonation. This is a medium bodied IPA. A most quaffable beer with a good caramel malt taste. It is worth trying and a beer I would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Probabeer (150) - - JUL 15, 2016
IPA muy suavita. Buena. Tiene un aroma muy bueno, y luego la potencia del lúpulo queda muy encajada en el sabor general.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopverdju (537) - BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2016
Oranjekleurig bier met grote witte wandklevende schuimkraag. Geur: hoppig, fruitig, wat grassig. Smaak: bitter, pompelmoes, harsachtig. Goede koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: bitter, pompelmoes. Een rechttoe rechtaan IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sinte (499) - Udine, ITALY - JUN 26, 2016
Bottle 0.355L. Slightly hazy, amber body with a large, creamy, off-white head, fully lasting with some nice lacing; high density of small bubbles. Moderate-to-heavy hoppy (citrus/orange, herbal) and moderate malty (caramel) aroma with notes of pine. Moderate-to-heavy bitter and light-to-moderate sweet flavour with a long lasting bitter finish. Medium body with watery-to-oily texture; average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redders1974 (841) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2016
Golden dense head dank in a good way woody hops tropical fruits that have been stuffed in the end of a woodbine nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bp15092001 (173) - - JUN 19, 2016
Sku en helt ok IPA'er. Kraftig i smagen - dog lidt kortvarig. En rigtig god begynder IPA. Man kan ikke undgå at komme til at elske typen!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
plaugher (351) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2016
12oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a ruby amber, medium white peripheral head with retention, some lacing. Nose a bit of grapefruit, some apricot? Flavour is far sweeter than the sharp citrus bitterness I was anticipating; almost off-puttingly so. Bitterness comes much later, with a lasting grassy hop bitterness. A bit astringent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (1408) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2016
June 21st, 2014 - Branching out from the classic Steam Ale is Anchor’s IPA, a deep, dark, almost ruby red beer, and a head as thin as the last wisp of fog to sizzle away on a sunny San Francisco day. The aroma is a curious mix of bubblegum and a dash of canine, and the taste is sweeter and denser. Strawberry and cherry rush up front, while caramel occupies the middle, with a short aftertaste. Pretty sweet for an IPA, and a muted note of hops - clearly the opposite of what we brew here down in San Diego.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wolfbass (1085) - Firenze, ITALY - JUN 3, 2016
Questa è decisamente una IPA, molto classica, dove sia al naso che in bocca non ci sono grandi variazioni del tema, però scende molto bene...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobBestwick (803) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 30, 2016
Bottle. Crisp citrus aroma. Pours bronze in colour with a frothy off-white head. Citrus lemon flavour, pepper and nicely balanced with some toffee-apple malt notes. Medium to full body and a mild bitter finish. Good IPA.

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