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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 (131) - - 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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oscbert (1011) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 27, 2014
~Carmel and toffee maltiness with piney and citrusy hops, light diacetyl. ~Pours a beautiful amber color with creamy long lasting off white head. ~Rich malty flavor of bread, caramel and biscuit with heavy dose of earthy and piney hop character. ~Full bodied with medium low CO2, lingering earthy bitterness. ~Different than the mainstream IPA’s ehich I’ve grown bored of. Enjoyable bitter brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2559) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
355ml brown bottle. Pours out amber, clear. Light beige foam, good lacing. Aromas of orange and grapefruit and caramel malt behind. Taste has some sweet malts/caramel, grapefruit and orangey hop notes. Aftertaste has caramel malt and citrus hops. Moderate bitterness. A good brew, a bit maltier than I was expecting, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlbeer (726) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle at brewfest. Golden pour with white head. Very good hop aroma. Tastes of sweet malts and hops. Good ipa

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hirigalzkar (2258) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2014
Draught @ Brewdog. Malty ipa with heavy reisonous notes. Also notes of apricots, red orange and toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Defreni (2507) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2014
Flaske: Ravfarvet let diset řl med et stort skumhoved. Urtet humlet duft. SLĺr over i smagen der ikke er helt i top. En del bitterhumle. Spřjs Ipa med masser af cannabis som jeg bestemt ikke er fan af.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (2314) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle, dark orange pour, thick off white head, nose is hoppy, taste is bitter, some citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suprchunk (2101) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Amber color. Big off white head. Lots of lacing. Nice pine and citrus aroma. Taste is the same with a bit of malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
fajry (393) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 26, 2014
Fľaša. Tmavo jantárová farba, biela pena. Vôňa sladová, citrusová, prezretý pomaranč a chmeľ. Chuť má sladový základ, ovocné tóny, citrusové tóny, grapefruit, mandarinky a horkosť, ktorá trvá dlho. Telo je však prázdnejšie, stredná nasýtenosť.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5563) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 26, 2014
35,5 cl bottle @ home, BBE 04/2016
Aroma has caramel, resiny tones, hops and some odd toffee-like notes. Flavour has toffee, resiny tones, wood and some fruity hops. Anchor house aroma is also present. Something between American and British IPA, just as I expected. I like the strong malty body here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pepinis (32) - SPAIN - JUL 26, 2014
Una India Pale Ale a medio camino de las clásicas IPA inglesas y las IPA cítricas americanas. De color ambar y buena formación de espuma, la cual tiene una persistencia media. En cuanto a su aroma nos encontramos con el protagonismo del lúpulo pero muy en equilibrio con la malta que aporta las notas acarameladas. Su sabor está en buena correspondencia con el aroma pero el amargor cobra mayor protagonismo en boca. El lúpulo a su vez aporta frescor y proporciona las notas cítricas y terrosas. Una IPA nada extrema, fácil de beber, de cuerpo leve y carbonatación media. (Botella, 355 ml)

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