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ANCHOR IPA™

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?


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchMark (192) - - 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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarcoDL (2376) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle. Fuzzy golden beer, foamy white head. Aroma is hoppy and grassy. Taste bitter, with some creamy malt and notes of biscuit and caramel. Some mild citrus. Decent IPA, bit too modest. Needs way more hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomekk1978 (564) - Ząbki, POLAND - DEC 15, 2014
Barwa i piana: pomarańczowa (dość głęboka), lekko zamglona. Piana lekko zabarwiona (ecru), przechodząca niemal wszystkie stadia - od zbitej, przez kremową do drobnych pęcherzyków, zdecydowanie obfita i bardzo trwała. Ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Aromat: początkowo wyraźnie chmielowy (cytrusy, lekki melon, nieco żywicy i jakby perfumy), po czym do głosu dochodzi słód (chleb, zboże, karmel, nawet lekkie melanoidyny). Wyczuwalna jest także niewielka słodycz oraz na umiarkowanym poziomie alkohol i oznaki utlenienia. Nuty chmielowe mogły by być bardziej wyraziste i trwalsze. Smak: wyraźnie słodowy i słodki z nutami opiekanymi oraz karmelowymi. Dość szybko zostaje on jednak skontrowany przez chmiel i zaznaczoną goryczkę (cytrusy, żywice, perfumy). Na koniec lekka nuta alkoholowa. Goryczka i odczucie w ustach: umiarkowana do wysokiej goryczka, szczypiąca, z długim, nieco zalegającym finiszem. Średnia pełnia, umiarkowane wysycenie i trochę ściągające odczucie w ustach. India Pale Ale z jednego z najbardziej zasłużonych dla piwnej rewolucji browarów amerykańskich. Barwa i piana są bez zarzutu, a ta druga pozostaje wręcz na ściankach długo po degustacji, niczym belgijska koronka. Aromat jest przyzwoity, choć można dostrzec oznaki utleniania oraz alkohol. Nuty chmielowe powinny być mocniejsze żeby je przykryć. Alkohol jest także wyczuwalny w smaku, choć nie razi. Goryczka wydaje się jednak zbyt drażniąca i ściągająca. Ogólnie jest to zatem całkiem dobre piwo, ale bez fajerwerków. Nie ma się za bardzo do czego przyczepić, ale trudno tu również mówić o specjalnych doznaniach w aromacie i smaku. Uważam, że choćby na krajowym podwórku potrafimy uwarzyć ciekawsze piwa w tym stylu.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1471) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Poured from great-looking sloped 12oz bottle into a Spieglau IPA glass. Medium orange amber, lots of chill haze, deep everlasting off-white sudsy foam, lots of lace spritzy carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit zest, honey, sweet grains, black currants, hot house flowers. Flavours of some Munich malt-like sweetness, maybe kettle caramelization, biscuity, resiny, dried apricots, strong bitterness but not harsh. Definitely hops-forward, but a balanced strong IPA as they go. Perfect strength for a stout but sessionable ale. Simultaneously subtle and intense. Very good stuff.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
graham_murphy (327) - - DEC 14, 2014
Arome of pine from the hops with a little citrus. Run of the mill American IPA. Not particularly sharp and or exciting but does the job.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrmartin (707) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Its like an Anchor Steam with more hops. Dark Clear Copper Pour with small off white head. Slight resiny nose Well balanced malt backbone Resiny bitter finish. decent but not mind blowing. good for bbq or house party.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Underdogs88 (133) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Woody hop aroma. Appearance is orange Amber with a white head with poor head retention for an ipa but good lacing. Hop and malt flavor are balanced. Hop flavor is woody with a caramel malt flavor. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, it tastes like an English ipa. It's decent. Nothing special ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

0.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
JerseyBrew (39) - Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Has to be one of the worst new ipas that have hit the market. Sorry anchor, but this is almost as bad as the 2014 xmas beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (2352) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2014
Clear copper with light brown lasting lacing foam head. Nice hoppy aroma, bitter taste with little smokey tones. Long lasting bitter aftertaste, good beer. (Velp 201412)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5255) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Hazy golden orange, with a huge sturdy white head. Smells like fresh bread and toast, pine trees, and some grassy hops. Very clean, crisp flavor. Nice bits of pine, and a long sticky finish. Tasty...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MonsterMagnet (324) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours copper red with a white head. Aroma: orange, pine, sweat. Taste: citrus, marmelade, resin. Light sweet, medium high bitter, lively carbonation. Nice bitter finish.


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