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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (3753) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - NOV 27, 2014
I love Anchor bottles. Red body and sturdy head. Unique aroma of sweet hops and biscuit malts. Almost English IPA like yet quite clean and fresher, with more hops. Herbal and autumn notes. Yes, an autumn ipa! (Bottle from Saveur Bière)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (4023) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 26, 2014
355ml bottle. Slightly cloudy, copper-ish amber colour with late awakening, thick, frothy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, off-white head. Citrusy, slightly floral and minimally herbal hoppy aroma, caramel malty basis. Taste is moderately sweet caramel malty, fruity, citrusy hoppy overtones, some orange and mandarine, hints of peach; minimally unpleasant, chalky bitter and yeasty finish. Obviously experienced craft behind.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3056) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
Sample, draught, 4 ounces, during the Bacon and Beer Fest in New York with Luc Bourbonnière, savoured on July 26 2014; eye: coppery, no head, no lacing; nose: English hops, malt, slight fruity; mouth: English hops, malt, slight fruity, finale in English hops with presence of malt, medium body, mildly bitter, grainy texture; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Échantillon, en fût, 4 onces, durant le Bacon and Beer Fest à New York avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 26 juillet 2014; œil : cuivrée, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : houblon anglais, malt, très léger fruité; bouche : houblon anglais, malt, très léger fruité, finale en houblon anglais avec présence de malt, corps moyen, moyennement amère, texture granuleuse; en résumé : correct

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ERB92 (373) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2014
Melon, mango, pineapple, citrus, pine and a hint of caramel in the aroma. Amber with a off white head. Medium sweet and medium + bitter. Medium to full body with a average carbonation. Overall a really nice fruity and rich IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4064) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle. Orange and clear. Hoppy with a medium body. Quite sharp and slightly bitter making it not so easy to drink as I expected. Nice but a bit disappointing at the same time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mschaefer (4) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014 does not count
Flesje 355ml, gewoon bij de lokale Albert Heijn. Mooi amber helder bier met consistent schuim. Ruikt naar hop, beetje brood, weinig fruittonen. Smaak is mooi in balans met de geur, mooie volle mondsmaak. Blijft stevig hangen en voelt zwaarder dan de 6.5%. Smaak is meer Belgisch dan Amerikaans. Erg lekker!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Itzjerm (1367) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Aroma is hop and bottle cap. Slight copper aroma and taste. Nice head that last. Nice sweet carmel thickness and flavor on the tongue. Overall this is a solid average carmel Ipa. Not much of a westcoast. Hop bitter more than citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4172) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep red-hued amber body with a large, persistent creamy off-white head, looking absolutely gorgeous. Aroma is red berries, mango, pine, melon, mild grassy notes and hints of caramel, almonds and nettles. Taste is red fruits, resin, pine, raspberries, melon and hints of herbs, grass and almonds. Medium body, medium to high carbonation. Quite a lovely IPA actually, and although I suspect it’s been shipped around the globe for a while before it reached my glass I really can’t complaint - both complexity and drinkability are in complete order here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Puzon (3) - - NOV 20, 2014 does not count
It’s clear and amber with a nice head. Aromas of hops and citrus. Good, bitter aftertaste. Very balanced. I enjoyed it very much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mutz (622) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2014
Amber/koperkleurig met een stevige plakkraag. Ruikt lekker citrushoppig maar ook wat romig en naar bedorven water.Smaak is ook van de citrushop, lekker bitter, ook in de nasmaak.

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