Anchor IPA

Anchor IPA

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This beer has a nice, hoppy, floral smell. It's quite strong and has a bitter flavor. In fact, it's more bitter than the bitter part of a grapefruit. Reading the label, I would definitely agree with the description "spiky bitterness." With that being said, it also has a clean finish; it doesn't leave behind a bitter taste. While I would not have it again, an IPA lover may enjoy it. 4:06PM PT

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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?

Brew Facts
First Brew: 2014
First Bottling: 2014
Alc. by Volume: 6.5%
Availability: Year-round
Malt: Blend of Two-Row Pale, Munich & Caramel Barley Malt
Hops: Cascade, Bravo, Apollo
Dry Hops: Cascade, Apollo, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Haas Experimental No. 431

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