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Anacortes IPA - Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill

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Anacortes IPA
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2003)
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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by unHipHopHead:
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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler filled from a fresh keg at Bottleworks. Poured from a growler into a caracole snifter glass.

A: pours a cloudy medium orange with some soapy-sparkly white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: floral and grapefruit hops with a slight malt base. Great combination of aromas here! wow.

T: taste is complex, great hop flavors, not just bitter hops. The front end of this is very well balanced. The bitter hops linger on this one, they creep up at the end.

M: mouthfeel on this is great, some decent carbonation and an almost buttery feel. The hops linger on in the mouth for quite a while afterwards.

D: so hoppy but so smooth, could certainly drink this one for a session.

This IPA has quickly moved into my top 10.

Serving type: growler

04-29-2010 06:07:11 | More by unHipHopHead
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

06-25-2014 01:53:14 | More by IpeeA
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

05-16-2014 04:10:00 | More by bumchilly25
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

02-26-2014 01:57:52 | More by PEIhop
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-02-2014 02:03:46 | More by cherche
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-07-2013 07:04:00 | More by KStark
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-07-2013 21:21:36 | More by NEO68710
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4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into an American pint glass @ the Wedgwood Alehouse, Seattle. Pours a clear copper color, some lacing as I drain the pint.

Aroma is hoppy and floral; clean, balanced.

Taste is neutral pale malt balanced by floral and citrusy hops. Flavorful and balanced, but not especially bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, smooth, drinkable.

Overall a pretty typical NW style IPA. Perfect with a bowl of French onion soup, Buffalo wings, and a cheeseburger.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 03:15:05 | More by draheim
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-13-2013 00:16:29 | More by Lazaro
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3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've had this beer quite a lot over the years, can't believe I've never reviewed it. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, very lightly hazy yellow amber color, with about 1/2 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma had lots of piney hops upfront, with some grainy malt underneath and a bit of citrus at the back. The flavor profile was fairly similar, lots of hops, a bit of malt for counterpoint and a nice, dry citrus finish.

The body was nicely full without being sticky or heavy. Drinkability was very good, this is an IPA you can have several of these without killing your tastebuds, or getting them bored. Overall, a very nice, although average for us, example of the style. This beer (and this brewery in general) highlights the strength of the PNW beer scene. No hype, just quality. A must try if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2013 02:09:50 | More by beertunes
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

01-26-2013 05:09:34 | More by twelveinches
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

10-29-2012 15:31:19 | More by dunix
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-14-2012 05:33:29 | More by Shawkabukoo
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

08-13-2012 17:02:12 | More by tziggy
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-29-2012 02:13:19 | More by JimManybears
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-18-2011 18:59:20 | More by I2uss
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-cask at the pub in Anacortes

casked with Simcoe hops

appearance: served in a shaker pint, bright golden orange body, big fluffy white head with strong retention

smell: lovely hop bouquet - grapefruit, tangerine, pine and tropical fruit

taste: great cask version of this solid IPA - simcoe hops provide a nice touch of pineapple and grapefruit, light bitterness, a touch of pine. Really nice IPA - bright and full of citrus

mouthfeel: medium body, oily

overall: great stuff

Serving type: cask

11-06-2011 19:34:58 | More by dirtylou
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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Collins Pub, Anacortes IPA is hazy gold with a white head leaving nice lace. A nice glow to it on this sunny fall day.

Smell is robustly hopped, a nice lemon zest vibe, tangerine, and woods as well.

Taste is very hoppy. Some tropicl fruit notes, cantaloupe, but mostly blistering resin, and earthy, with a firm bitterness. No holds barred here, aggressively styled for the local taste. Not getting much from the malt, which suits me just fine, it's just a bit phenolic, which adds some complexity.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is good, a classic, aggressive PNW IPA I'd personally like it a little less bitter, more citrus and sweet hop flavors, but it's still a fine IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 23:23:28 | More by ccrida
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SAerved in a pint glass, a very dark orange with pink tones and a minimal whisp of a white head. There is nice citrus notes and some pine on the nose. The taste is wow! Lots of hops here. Great tangerine and pine combination. There is a big bitterness level that makes your mouth water. The mouthfeel is creamy with a nice lingering citrus hop bite. This is a big IPA, surprise, it's a winner! Not for the meek or uninitiated.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 03:45:13 | More by LazyL
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice gold color with a small white head. Nose is a strong floral with nice hops. Smelled very good and fresh. Taste is sweet hoppy and damn good. Floral notes, nice malt. Mouthfeel is quite nice, just the right amount of hop bite. Just a very tasty and smooth IPA. These guys have it down. This IPA was very good!!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2010 02:23:17 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this IPA on tap at the brewery and at various places around the North Sound area.

The appearance is above average, an orangey-gold color with a bright white head.

The smell is a hop party in your nose. Plenty of hops and lots of them.

The taste is among the best IPAs I've ever had. Bitter, fruity and flowery.

The mouthfeel is good, it's like giving a hop bubblebath to your tongue.

The drinkability is excellent, mostly because this IPA is a little lower than than most.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2009 00:25:54 | More by JTrona11
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anacortes releases a cask-conditioned ale every Friday at 3pm. I showed up a little early and probably got the first pint of the day. The pint was pumped hard resulting in a blizzard of aerated turbulence that required some time to settle. I watched as the infinitesimally small bubbles were driven downwards like a nitro pour on account of the force they exerted.

A brilliant hop aroma leaps outwards with an explosion of flowery hop goodness courtesy of Simcoe, Columbus, and Cascade dry-hopping. The aroma soon settles into a resinous pine. The beer is orange-amber with a turbulent translucence and a generous abundance of lace. At first sip a determined grapefruit flavor stepped forward making this one of the most grapefruited IPAs I've seen. This however, soon faded to a simpler hop oil character.

Delicious on cask. But the professed 118 IBU can't be taken seriously.

Serving type: cask

11-23-2009 03:27:52 | More by RedDiamond
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Picked this up at Collins Pub in Seattle on 01/02/09. Served in a pint glass. Nice darkened orange coloring with a minimal off white head. Retention and lacing seemed decent. Overall this sat in the glass glowingly and crisply.

S: Floral and grapefruit hops. Nice sweet quality. I recall telling my girlfriend that these are the aromas I expect from an IPA.

T: First rate IPA taste. Blistering, bittering, and pine needle bite. Citrusy with no nods towards either alcohol or malts. Overall, this was leaning a lot stronger on the hops taste than what I was expecting. I wasn't aware of the alcohol content. I had guessed it at about 6.5% but apparently am wrong. Regardless, this brings the hops.

M: Crisp, dry, and solid.

D: Like a previous review this was recommended to me by the server and I am very glad they gave me a heads up on this beer. Kudos to Collins. This is my first offering from this brewery and I was very impressed. Grab a pint or three of this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2009 02:39:12 | More by erikm25
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Collins pub today. Recommended by the bartender; was a good recommendation.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with fair head retention, but very good lacing. On the nose this is all West Coast IPA, with the expected aroma of enticing citrus, apple, melon and nice graininess. On the palate this is a very nice IPA. There is excellent underlying bitterness, but it's balanced nicely with just enough malt. The malt imparts a pleasant sweet fruitiness, which thankfully is still dominated by the hop profile. Not surprisingly, the finish on this fine IPA is pretty dry. All things considered, this IPA is flat out delicious. It reminds me somewhat of the excellent Southern Tier IPA, but is hoppier and is just a superior IPA (IMHO). Mouthfeel is pretty light and drinkability is excellent, though I'm still having a hard time buying the listed 4.8% abv. I'd guess it has to be at least 6%. In any event, abv. is not the least bit obtrusive.

If it were availalbe, this would be my IPA of choice most of the time on the East Coast, though of course in the NW, I understand it's just another good IPA. In any event, well done.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2008 20:42:49 | More by John_M
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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was served a pint from the tap at the brewery pub. I was doubly fortunate that the pint was purchased for me by a nice couple who are regulars of the pub.

A: It poured a hazy dull orange body with a one finger sticky head. The head had good retention and supported a dense and evenly layered lacing.

S: It had a distinct aroma of pine and citrus with an underlying malt base.

T: There was a nice creamy malt base that complemented well with the piny and citrusy hops. The flavors were well balanced with, as was appropriate, the hops dominating. There was a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste but it was not so aggressive that it deterred the next sip. It went really well with a spicy pizza.

M: It was medium bodied with a sharp hop profile and bitter aftertaste.

D: It was a well balanced brew that fit the style well without being a "hop bomb" that would scare away a non-hop head. I could see having a moderate session with this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2008 13:16:29 | More by dnichols
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Anacortes IPA from Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill
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