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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?


DutchMark's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchMark (239) - - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sound67 (276) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JUN 2, 2015
Maker: Anchor Brewing, San Francisco, California Beer: Anchor IPA (bottled, 355ml) Style: India Pale Ale ALC.VOL.: 6.5% "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. " Colour: Dark amber, clear, impressive off-white head. Nose: Grapefruit, pinewood, caramel Texture: Full-mouthed, not watery, a tad oily, alcohol is noticeable Taste: Strong grapefruit, herbs and pinewood at the start, resinous and very bitter towards the middle, fruit notes now muted. Bitter and hoppy finish, with some nice caramel for balance. Aftertaste is moderately bitter, but lasting. Good IPA, closer to the American than the English variety.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
piscator34 (2093) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle. Pale amber in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas are of heavy pale malt, Wine Gums candies, and earth. Heavy and fruity in the mouth. I get a grape flavor which I’m assuming is from the yeast. The earthy/muddy component carries on through the palate as well, leading to a chunky bitter finish. Not a favorite for me.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
williamstome (1265) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Golden brown pour, off white head. Aroma of pine resin and floral hops, flavor is pot, fruit, with malt backbone. Okay.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeebon (269) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2015
Pours a light brown amber with nice white yielding head which lingers. Aroma is citrus, pine, caramel bready malt and tangerine. Taste is medium bitter and sharp but nicely balanced with the malt. Slick and slightly oily mouth feel. Very nice IPA indeed!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oldschool_Mike (160) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle into IPA glass. Pours a golden copper colour with off white head. Aroma is citrus with a touch of pine. Taste is about the same. Great IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3205) - Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Nice dark amber. Nice carbonation. This bottle may be a little old, but it has aged well. Caramel malts go nicely with the hop bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3095) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2015
Bottled. Pours clear amber with an average, off-white head. Aroma of citrus fruits, caramel and a hint of pine. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and pleasant bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and average carbonation. A very nice IPA. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Linnet (1231) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2015
Jammy, earthy, perfumy, like an english rather than an American IPA, lightly roasty? Amber colour, medium off-white head, lacing. Big bite, medium sweetness and actually a bit salty. This saltiness is a bit disturbing. Medium body, average carbonation, bitter and salty finish. I have the highest esteem for Anchor, but this IPA is a bit outdated..

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeersweden (309) - SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2015
Hazy, dark amber colored beer with one finger high beige head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Nose: Dried fruit, mandarin, caramel malt, bread and toffee.
Taste: Caramel, orange, bread, grain, nuts, herbs, pine, grapefruit and vegetables.
Body: Medium body. Crisp carbonation. Soft bitterness at the end. A thick, chewy mouthfeel. Little oily. Great taste!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (1179) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2015
Bottle @ home. Clear copper pour with a dirt white head. Lots of peaches, some mangoes, very light resin and some caramel.


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