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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (4690) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2014
24/VIII/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from a trade @ home - BB: IV/2016 (2014-944) Thanks to mike_77 for the trade!

Clear amber to red beer, big creamy yellowish head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet ripe peaches, bit floral, soapy touch, dry and spicy impression. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bitter start, citrus, fruity, peaches, bit spicy. Aftertaste: bitter, grassy, citrus, bit medicinal, more citrus, pretty fruity. I’ve seen the elephant, drank his piss and loved it! Go Anchor!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
60minuteman (751) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Golden brown appearance, sticky white lace. Clean and snappy aroma of hops, toast, barley, spice, peach, pine possibly. Other fruity or sweet notes I cannot detect. Flavor is toasted hop, barley, pine, sugar and mild spice. Bitterness is medium. Clean and balanced IPA. Surprised by this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dresden (845) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
Amber mostly clear, nice foamy head that laces well. Aroma is piney, floral hops. Taste is citrus, pine, herbal hops, medium body. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kapusil (599) - HUNGARY - SEP 12, 2014
0.35l bottle. Clear deep orange body, white head. Fruity aroma with notes of bread and caramel. Taste of citruses, bread and caramel. Not so intense as an IPA, but it’s OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (1989) - SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
Pours hazy orange amber with one finger of off-white head. Aroma of pine and resin, grapefruit, passion fruit. Taste is light fruit sweet initially followed by fairly heavy bitter. Body is light and somewhat oily with soft to average carbonatiin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ColovianTrader (279) - - SEP 11, 2014
Dry hops, caramel, pine and resin. Nice, light fruit sweetness in the middle. Notes of bread and hints of apricot. Mild for the style, but all a nice, dry IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grundsow (81) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle. Weak aroma. Weak up front, but the bitter hoppy aftertaste delivers in spades. Good citrusy flavor with a fantastically bitter finish that lingers and lingers leaving you wanting more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (2006) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 9, 2014
bottle @ Edgewood Wine-Spirits / Edgewood KY --- Clear dark amber color, 1/2" tan head that sticks around, low waves of lace. Taste is malt, but it is more about pine hops. Really thirst-quenching and palate cleansing brew, but a little strong for general drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (4682) - Utah, USA - SEP 8, 2014
12oz bottle at LAX
Clear dark amber with a medium sized off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is malty, caramel and pine. Taste is caramel and pine resin
Ok, bitter and malty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skmikeg (900) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Pours a copper-amber with a one finger off white head with decent lacing. Aroma is of citrus, pine, caramel, sweet malts, herbal hops, grassy hops, musty wood, and some light tropical fruits. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a slighty dry, semi-moderately bitter, medium finish. Overall, a pretty nice, well balanced ipa that is borderline East Coast style.

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