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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?

DutchMark's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchMark (230) - - JUN 20, 2014
Nice drinkable ipa. Not very original but also without flaws. Good floral fruity mildly bitter hop flavor. Not watery and not sweet. Pleasant carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HuskerTan (702) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle. A- Citrus, piney, subtle floral, hoppy. A- Amber color, hazy liquid, white head. T- Bitter, pine, floral, citrus, malty, caramel. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, slightly bitter finish. O- Pretty balanced although the longer you drink it the more bitter the finish gets. Standard IPA by most means.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6513) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2015
12 oz. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a giant frothy white head. Lots of bubbly lace. Big sweet herbal grassy nose. Light caramel. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Mild caramel and herbal notes on the mid palate. Incredibly mild but super clean and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sawbuck (405) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Nice aroma of citrusy hops, and some pine. Beautiful almost copper color with a light tan head. Caramel rich malt up front. Muted sweetness. Rich caramel flavors. Bitterness fades in next. Piney with floral notes and some citrus. Finish is a ripe bitterness that balances nicely with the sweet caramel flavor. Not the typical punch of an IPA but very nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrGD (45) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2015 Bottle. A very pleasant beer! Beautiful appearance, copper colour with white fluffy head, flowery bubblegum aromas, hoppy banana taste, solid balance between the bitterness of the hops and the caramel of the malts, really good!!

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosco (217) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2015
Pours a nice clean amber with a decent foam and lacing. I expect nothing less than great from Anchor and they do deliver here, however, I must say that I was a bit put off by a heavy metallic taste that lingered and even transferred to my fingers whilst snacking. This could be the result of a rough cap removal and look forward to a new review. Beyond that, nice hearty, malty, bitter, beer that says it’s a real IPA $9.99/multi sixer at Wegmans Leesburg VA

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooterbub (910) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - APR 30, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Pours a nice copper with a one inch beige head that lasts. Taste is of malt, caramel, hops, pine, citrus and resin. Similar aroma. Has a nice body with a citrus and herbal finish. Well rounded and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (4001) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2015
Bottle from Wine Emporium 290415. Surprisingly dark with a head of loosely packed foam. Full bodied with a strong aroma and flavour. Caramel malt flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerdedDave (728) - - APR 27, 2015
amber color; piney hop aroma; bitter, piney hop flavor on a medium bodied malt base with mild caramel noyes; dry, piney resin finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (1638) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2015
12oz can pours a clear copper/orange with a large off-white head. Aroma of caramel and toffee malt with soapy fruity hops. Upfront sharp bitter citrus hops, mildly grassy, and finishing with dry caramel malt. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (2082) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2015
Bottle, Londis, Penny Lane, Liverpool. Dark amber looks with a mid range off white head. Some fragrant hop in the nose in tandem with notes of grass and caramel. Sweetish flavour with some bready notes alongside some piney hop, fruits and caramel. Rather earthy bitterness. Better than anticipated for some reason and not without some charm.

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