Anacortes IPA - Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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: 36 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by unHipHopHead:
Photo of unHipHopHead
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one came out of the tap a dull orange in color with a light white head that showed some strong retention.

Smell – The stiff pine and raw hops are huge at the nose. I’m sure there are some malts in there but I sure can’t find them.

Taste – The big hops are soaked with pine. I can pick up a lot of other hops, too. This hop profile is monster. The malts are light but noticeable.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied IPA is bone dry. It’s almost painful to drink it dries the mouth so much.

Drinkability – This super-dry offering by Anacortes Brewery is hardcore. If you like big, hop-heavy IPAs then this is your baby. If you like nice, easy, balanced IPAs then run like hell from this one.

Comments – Thanks to skyhand for introducing me to this wonderful brewery. I left here with a growler but those 64 ounces didn’t last long once I got home : )

Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale was served warm from the cask. This is predictably cloudy but with a limited lace on the glass. The color is amber.

Strong grapefruit aroma from the hops. This comes through in the taste as well. The body is solid and the carbonation is predictable. The aftertaste is completely bitter.

If you like sucking hop pellets, this will be a beer for you. This one lacks even typical balance of an IPA.

Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of LazyL
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of draheim
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of JTrona11
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of erikm25
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of rsvlbrwr
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Not typically an IPA fan but this cask conditioned IPA was excellent. Strong floral, grassy aroma. Thick, shaving cream-like head that lasted a long time. Creamy, full bodied feel to it. Tasted like velvet. Excellent hop character with definite bitterness but some malt character provided some balance in the finish. Really outstanding.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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!!!

Photo of beertunes
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of dnichols
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of RedDiamond
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Anacortes IPA from Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill
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