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?
DutchMark (156) - - JUN 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice drinkable ipa. Not very original but also without flaws. Good floral fruity mildly bitter hop flavor. Not watery and not sweet. Pleasant carbonation.
arminjewell (6221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, hazy orange-red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of floral, pine, and herbal hops, some sweet caramel, toffee, hints of bready notes as well. Taste is bitter pine, grass, bread, hints of caramel, finishing bitter, some sweetness as well. Eh.
Diablokev (151) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is of hops and flowers. The appearance is a nice amber with a cream head. The taste is nice and hoppy. Easy to drink, overall nice.
jandd1983 (2582) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It poured a clear amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was of citrus and light tropical fruits. The taste was of citrus, pine and floral notes. Nice.
hub66 (125) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Belle couleur ambrée avec mousse beige; arômes légèrement fruités; goût malté (trop ?) et houblonné; finale moyennement amère
OllieBBommel (1098) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: hazy orange golden with off-white head.
Aroma: noice citrus hops.
Taste: medium bitter.
Palate: dry, somewhat oily, lasting bitter finish, medium CO2.
Overall: very nice.
boxofrane (2127) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at landmark. Pours clear amber with a medium sized white head. The aroma is all pine and a tad floral. The taste has a bitter pop followed by a strange sweetness. Meh.
Theis (13440) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Hotel Iris. Clear amber/golden - white head. Ok bitterness. Light chocolate. Cocoa. Sweetness. Resin notes. Earthy. Citrus. Light tobacco notes.
leaparsons (8102) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden amber brown with an off white foam. Aromas are malty multigrain with toffee. Sudsy with light pine and grapefruit. Flavours are sweet brown sugar with toffee and herbal notes. Piney with grapefruit and lemon. Mellow oranges with a spicy finish. A malty IPA. Good.
anders37 (16789) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty citrus hoppy aroma. Fruity malty citrus hoppy earthy flavor with hints of caramel. Has a fruity malty bitter citrus hoppy earthy finish.
fkoolen (312) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange colour, creamy off-white head. Nice fruity hops in nose and taste, with citrus, grapefruit and tropical fruits, grassy, pine, good soft malty backbone. Medium carbonation, good body and creamy mouthfeel.
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