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RATINGS: 900   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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ANCHOR IPA

An adventurous new brew from Americas 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 wasnt 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 hed 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 dont 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 (376) - - 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lrkmilani (125) - BRAZIL - FEB 14, 2017
Had it from a bottle. What a beer. Great coloring. Good personality and the bitterness is in the right amount. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ForlornHope (455) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Bottle at home. Amber in colour with a thin head and good lacing. Excellent IPA aroma of nutty, sweet malt and leafy, earthy hop. Not much sweetness is followed by a massive, rasping bitterness. Grainy malt yet buttery smooth, earthy, peppery hop and a huge bitter, dry finish that borders on astringency. Uncompromising yet compellingly drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pleispleis (42) - Maccagno, ITALY - JAN 30, 2017
bottiglia 355 ml, schiuma fine beige molto persistente, colore ambrato, al naso agrumi malto e sentori di frutta tropicale, carbonatazione media, in bocca frutta tropicale pesca e leggero caramello, corpo medio, buona luppolatura e deciso amaro lungo nel finale. Unottima IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Johnstledger8 (1038) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear amber with a lasting foamy off white head. Notes of citrus, pine, caramel, lemongrass, hint of grapefruit, toffee. Oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (3269) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 26, 2016
From the 650 ml. stubby bottle stamped 5AQ on the label. The pour is a handsome looking medium amber with good clarity leading up to a boisterous off-white, foamy head that lingers and laces. We may have been spoiled lately by those pineapple and grapefruit esters of todays IPAs but this one is a traditional one and I am getting a decent malt character, tobacco, and herbal spice. The body is medium and smooth. Same caramel malt presence in the taste followed abruptly by the tobacco and herbal spice characters I mentioned before.Mildly bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (6832) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 9, 2016
(Keg at Viisi Penni, 20161209) The beer poured deep amber and hazy. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had grass, herbalness and sweetness. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were grass, herbalness, fruitiness, malts and bitterness. Aftertaste was hoppy and bitter. A good bit English style hoppy pale ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AntonyWilson (248) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 3, 2016
355ml Bottle: Pours a hazy deep copper with creamy off-white head. Lacing. Aroma of caramel, stone fruit and pine. Flavours of caramel, some spiciness and pine from the hops. a slight alcohol warmth as an aftertaste, but not off-putting. Resinous bitterness from the hops but balanced by the malt. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall some big flavours but the beer is very well balanced. Good bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Renobob (1917) - Besanon, FRANCE - NOV 18, 2016
Bue en bouteille. Encore une excellente bire de chez Anchor Brewing. Superbe IPA, en tous points. Ananas, mangue, agrumes. Belle amertume longue en bouche.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Korcz (2239) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 12, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pims (6) - - NOV 10, 2016 does not count
Bottle, on the couch Appearance : a good-lookig amber body, not much foam (white) Nose : caramel, honey Taste : bitter, grass and citrus, nothing oustanding. -> a rather good beer, nothing to write home about but very refreshing


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