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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 (174) - - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigrond (1496) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2014
I love that anchor has started to branch out and adding more horses to it’s stable. This one is a winner. Keep up the good work,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Tmrobotix (33) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2014
The aroma is wondeful as is the beautiful amber color. The taste is quite bitter, not unpleasant but some sourness or sweetness might be nice. The palate is like way too fuzzly, forced carbonation. Overall, good but the aroma promises me better things then I tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alusmamuts (374) - LATVIA - OCT 29, 2014
Amber with medium yellow bit creamy head. Strong bitterness with fruity sourness on the tongue middle and sweet fruity notes. Nice lasting afterbitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogniskowicz (124) - POLAND - OCT 27, 2014
Wygląd bajka - piana jasnobeżowa, trwała, drobnopęcherzykowa. Aromat cytrusów, sosnowego lasu. W smaku cytrusy (grejfrut, skórka pomarańczy), z lekko karmelową podbudową, bardzo przyjemna, goryczka, średnio wysoka, ze wspaniałym cytrusowym posmakiem na podniebieniu. Pyszne piwo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (1708) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 26, 2014
Coppery amber colour with a covering of cream coloured head with a greenish tinge to it, suggesting an overdose of hoppiness. To be fair, this is what I anticipated. The aroma doesn’t let me down either with pungent herbal and resinous hops with a generous nose of stonefruit maltiness. Gorgeous. The flavour is classic West Coast IPA as well with sherbety fizz and a quality amount of bittering. This is the standard troops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
monkeychugg55 (888) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Hazy dark copper with s large head. The aroma is a mix of Cascade hops, caramel malt, and mild fruit esters. The flavor is similar, and has a bit of a buyer finish. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1367) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle. Bottled on: 06/06/14. Nice label. A clear rusty amber pour with a thick and creamy antique white head. The nicely balanced aroma features some caramel, pine, grapefruits, and zesty citrus rinds. Goes down thin to medium-bodied. A good bit of caramel and toffee upfront taste-wise. Kinda grainy. Bitter grapefruits, tangy oranges, and zesty rinds finish things off. Resiny. Not bad, but not too memorable either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
__Rb81 (227) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a clear amber with a white head. Aroma of floral hops , some fruity citrus, resin, malts. Sweet malty taste with hoppy bitterness, resin, floral, caramel, with a harsh resin bitter hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13845) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle. A clear, dark golden beer with a small, dense, light beige head. The aroma has lightly cheesy hops, with pine cones, resins, lemon notes and a caramel maltyness. Toffee, a faint note of licorice, a fine bitterness, some pine cones and resin and a flowery touch in the flavor. Full body, with a pleasant carbonation, although a tad hard. Lasting bitter and malty finish. Sure a fine beer, but I’d like it to be more hop forward. 141025

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (7904) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle 355ml @ fonefan
Pours clear deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, orange, citrus and hint of pine. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long caramel and bitter fruitiness. Taste is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

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