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RATINGS: 739   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tognetta (398) - Campinas, BRAZIL - SEP 1, 2015
Ambar escura, espuma de boa formação e consistência. Aroma bem lupulado, mais cítrico que resinal, levemente amadeirado, abacaxi maduro. Paladar com leve dulçor caramelado, amagor resinal médio, bem balanceada. Aftertaste adstringente, leve pêssego , refrescante.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (2683) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - SEP 1, 2015
(2014-15 backlog) Several 12oz bottles via bierpost and Maruhn. - Oldschool in the sense of still UK-inspired IPA, dense with condensed fruit jam flavours of quince, lemon peel, sweet grape, sweet orange and a mango&peach peel pungency, before going into California pinewood territory and zipping the thing down with quite a subtle astringency. Hard to make an impression with balanced recipes like these nowadays, falling somewhat confusingly between sane&traditional and hopforward&bold - but this 30yrs-late hop-cocktailed update of their Liberty Ale Cascade classic is much appreciated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
IndianaRed (2960) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 1, 2015
Bottle pours a hazy orange amber witha full sticky tan head tha trecedes into sturdy drying sheets of lacing. Peppery and spicy hop aromas, Flavors are biter, fairly harsh and more of the woody piney variety. Some strange chemical notes as well. Strange. You can have the elephant

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (16434) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle. Deep golden amber color, medium tan head. Aroma of lightly peppery citrus. Taste is lightly fruity, balanced. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gueuze (642) - - AUG 31, 2015
Farbe braun. Sehr "grüner" Geruch mit Hopfenaromen. Im Geschmack leicht wässrig, trotzdem mundvoll. Wenig Rezenz. Im Abgang richtig bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
mateuszk (1045) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 28, 2015
Draught. Pours amber with small head. Aroma is malt and a hint of citrus. In taste malty, swet with medium bitterness. Medium body, high carbonation. In addition to above the beer was very oxidated. Weak brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ogivlado (6428) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 26, 2015
Bottled 355ml. -from Beer Geek Shop Zadar, Croatia. Amber coloured, medium sized off-white head, fruity alcoholic nose. Sweet malty, caramel, fruity, notes of citrusy hops and alcohol with rather dry bitter finish. Honestly boring IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopmaestro (662) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2015
Aroma is deep malty with hints of bread, dried fruits and sweet mandarins (the fruit, not the people). Taste is caramel with orange, pine and a nutty hint that delves underneath. A little earthy and tired aura over this one, but with a blueprint bitterness. I guess you could call this one "a perfect old school IPA", but it doesn’t take away the fact that I demand something more of my brews nowadays.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (4073) - Reval, ESTONIA - AUG 22, 2015
330ml bottle. Clear copper color. Medium size, thick yellow head, stays. Caramel, mild hops, quite malty, fruity aroma. Malty, tart, pine needles, fruity in taste. Caramel malts and tart pine in aftertaste. Medium carbonation. Medium bitterness. Refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zlotta (348) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2015
0.355 l bottle from local Albert Heijn (God save the Netherlands), best before 4/2017. Clear, golden amber with a medium large, fluffy, slowly diminshing, tan to white head. Resiny-malty aroma of pine, honey, cinnamon, strawberry jam, cane sugar and some orange. Not very IPA-like but pleasant. Sweetish, resiny-malty taste of pine, honey, cinnamon, cane sugar, molasses, strawberry jam and some orange, followed by a medium long, medium bitter and very resiny finish. Medium to full body, slightly oily mouthfeel, almost flat. Is this an IPA? Where are the hops actually? Apart from that, it is a somewhat interesting beer but not what I expected, it is quite malty and oily, like a light barley wine. Strange.

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