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Anchor IPA - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor IPAAnchor IPA

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468 Ratings

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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-05-2014)
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Reviews by Bone53:
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3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: A very clear amber color with a huge foamy light beige head

Smell: Bready, caramel malts, and citrus

Taste: Way to malty for me, with funky stale hops for good measure

Mouthfeel: Light body; Crisp with moderate bitterness

Overall: This one doesn't do it for me, especially as an IPA. I know Anchor does everything in English style, but even then it's average or even below. Too malty and whatever hop character is there tastes stale. It's better as it warms, but not by much. I most certainly enjoy most of their other beers compared to this. I do think they need to catch up with the times though, as we have come a long way since 1975. I will still grab a couple of their other beers on occasion when I'm on a budget, but wont be returning to this offering again.

06-13-2014 05:49:31 | More by Bone53
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The aroma is odd - leathery plasticky malts with some sweet caramel, green apple and some floral perfumey hops.

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Anchor IPA from Anchor Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.