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RATINGS: 825   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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 (310) - - 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.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Quick3Beers (631) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Hmm, bit of a swing and a miss for Anchor. Lots of soapy hop aroma and flavor, kind of tastes like someone spilled some hand soap in the mash tun. Meh.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boxereddy (358) - BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2016
Wazig koperkleurig amberbier met romige witteschuimkraag. Aroma: fleurig met grazige hop en karamel mout. Smaakt in principe hetzelfde met mooie balans tussen zoet en bitter. Mondgevoel is gemiddeld met mooie koolzuur. Korte, droge afdronk met hoppig eind.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
MrOrla (1388) - Odense C, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma of stale hops, malty, grape, sugary, light pine, toffe. Taste is toffe, light hops, citrus, very sweet. Blah

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rekvium (326) - Odense C, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2016
From bottle. Pours hazy red amber with an off white head. Aroma of caramel and butterscotch, stale hops, sweet nose, herbs, resin. Taste is super sweet, butterscotch, caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6356) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Bottled, coppery orange color with white foam, aroma is clean herbal citrus, smooth citrus and bitter flavors, some herb or green notes, clean finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kauge (1037) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle at Sip. BB 08.2017. Pours barely translucent, dark, coppery amber. Head’s creamy white with fairly good retention and lacing. The aroma is dominated by floral and grassy hops and caramelly malts. Tastes basically the same, the sweet and bitter balance good. Crisp and satisfyingly full on the palate. A very well made old-school IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3684) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 28, 2016
Piwo bursztynowe z lekkim odcieniem czerwieni. Srednia piana i szybko opada. Piwo jest lekko mętne, dosłownie odrobina. Pachnie kwiatami jakimiś trochę owocami typowymi dla Polski. Jablka i gruszki. Smak natomiast zmieszanie landrynka gumy balonowej i cytrusa pomelo i grejfruta sweety. Ogolnie smaczne ale szalu nie ma

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HoppyScallywag (195) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Light citrus and brings up a bitterness that is light but hangs around. Nothing special with this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
k0mpsa (2106) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2016
Bottle. Copper color, white head. Aroma has mixed malts and hops, also sweet caramel notes. Balanced body, quite sweet, fruity hops and dry end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewGoblin (630) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JAN 25, 2016
Forgivingly gentle citrus and floral hopping snaps me right into English IPA mode. Perhaps this is akin to what early American IPAs were, before the advent of beserker barrage hopping techniques and unabashedly in-your-grill US hop varieties. Either way, this bittersweet orange-golden pour is a nice departure from fiendishly aggressive IPAs. No harshness here, just a classic and smooth heel-clicker.


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