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RATINGS: 869   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobBestwick (788) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mudfly (54) - - MAY 30, 2016
Bottiglia 35 cl. Colore ambrato con schiuma bianca, aroma floreale e agrumi abbastanza delicato. Delicata anche in bocca, agrumi malto e gradevole luppolatura, bassa carbonazione.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Haavard (69) - NORWAY - MAY 24, 2016
Aroma: malt, grapefruit, peach Taste: citrus, malt, bitter Crisp light ipa, great to have at the pool ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kalervo (948) - FINLAND - MAY 24, 2016
Kivääritehtaankadulla 4/2016. Enjoyable, balanced, solid India pale ale. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bozo_skeleton (911) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAY 11, 2016
Orangee, faible carbo mais collet genereux et persistant. Aromes oranges, resineux, caramel Un corps mince mais avec une finale qui tapisse bien le palais d’une amertume seche et resineuse

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Towey1989 (1519) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2016
Bottle from The Roebuck, Leek (Titanic) Pours a clear amber colour with a fizzy white head. Aroma of toasted malts, some grapefruit, slight peach, a little orange and subtle grassy hops. Taste of grapefruit, orange, pine, some peach, slight toasted malts and subtle grassy hops. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. A lingering, citrus and grassy hop bitterness in the finish. A perfectly well balanced IPA, lacks the hoppy punch of other American beers of this style but still very pleasant and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ttheilen (528) - USA - MAY 2, 2016
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (2692) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Hazy, rusty amber with a 3-finger a buff-colored head and very good lacing. Aroma of biscuits, lemon-lime citrus, caramel and unripe tropical fruit. Taste of biscuit, not quite ripe tropical fruit, lime, other citrus and caramel. Medium body and a fine, medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdrinker79 (1968) - Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2016
12 oz bottle, reading this goofy code Anchor uses, looks like a PDT of 11/10/15, not as fresh as i’d like of course, but still in date- Pours a hazy dark orange with a nice off white head that holds. Aroma is peach and mango, a bit of candy sweetness, some resin. The taste is fruity, grainy, lemon and mango, pine, solid bitterness that lingers long after the swallow. Good beer, would love to get a fresh one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LeoN_ (3) - Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 27, 2016 does not count
Einfach zu bitter, im Vergleich zum Liberty Ale fehlt die Einbettung des bitteren Geschmacks in einen soliden Körper.

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