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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kryon (1781) - 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 (254) - 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 (125) - 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 (9277) - 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 (892) - , 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiddleBrau (1006) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Looking forward to this new (to me) offering from Anchor. Light amber with flotsam head. Mostly malt nose with some citrus hop aroma. Hint of malt followed by well balanced hop bitterness and flavor. This is a well made beer from one of the greatest American breweries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rentonj7 (88) - Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Aroma is pear and light pine. Interesting blend of fruits in the flavor. Pear, cut apples that have been left out, peach. As flavor begins to fade there is a touch of caramel malt before the bitter sweet finish. Thick mouth feel cuts down on the refreshment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TedE (397) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2015
355ml bottle into schooner glass. Unusual nose, malt/vinegar but not malt vinegar (if you get my drift). Cloudy copper beer with soapy smallish head. Some carbonation. Intensely bitter taste. Finish is wild! Tannins, earth, pine needles, aspirin and buckets of hops. It lingers long too. It’s 6.5% is hidden under this astonishing bitter barrage. As it warms, it becomes slightly sweeter and fruitier. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (2717) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle from Walmart. Clear dark copper/ruby in color. Earthy hop aroma. Some spiciness as well. Very English smelling. Earthy up front with some creamy qualities. Good maltiness as well. Enjoyable IPA. Different than most I’ve had lately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teddybeer (2584) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 11, 2015
Coppery color with a frothy off-white head with good duration and nice lacework. Aroma has resins and pine notes with some peach hints. Flavor is bittery, dry, resins and notes of orange peel. Bittery final with slightly caramelish hints and dry mouthfel.

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