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Anchor IPA - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor IPAAnchor IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

643 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 10
Gots: 99 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

Single 355 ml bottle from a six-pack poured into an English pub glass. A dark red-orange amber hue with a large but quick-breaking beige head and an aroma of grapefruit rind and flesh, a vinous character almost like white wine, a little lychee fruit and rose water, pine needles, and light toffee. Great look and nice bouquet on the nose. Expectations are running high based on the formidable hop bill. Certainly not bad, with a robust grapefruit flavor (with hints of lime and tangerine) and pleasing smooth bitterness. I am finding the tangy vinous character to be overly dominant, however, and the carbonation is a hair too low. Tons of underripe fruit and bitter leaves and the malts are on the nutty and toasted side. Alcohol is discernible. Finishes dry and bitter, with little of the citrus and gooseberry carrying over. The sweetness is there if one looks for it. With many, many IPAs available, some quite sublime, I don't see myself returning here too often. I will nevertheless enjoy the remaining three bottles and cheerfully welcome another Anchor brew to the Alberta market.

CalgaryFMC, Aug 18, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy off white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of toasted and caramel malts. Hints of pine resin hops are noticeable towards the finish, and these contribute a light amount of bitterness and mask any malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is perceptible.
O: This beer is quite malty, enough to the degree where I would classify this as being an English IPA. Nonetheless, it is rather drinkable considering the amount of maltiness.

metter98, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You can't talk about the origins of craft beer in America without talking about Anchor Brewing Company. Yet, the craft beer culture has grown increasingly reliant on the hop cone. Though Anchor prizes these cones as much as any brewer would, they have shed their traditional roots and hopped on board with a more modern taste, zest and appeal.

As a toffee-sweet flavor lays on the nose and early palate, it does so with bread crust, nutty flavor and a seared caramel effect. With a glimpse of hops looming, early cistrus flavors are candied and broad.

But as the savory-sweet malts seep into the middle, the acute taste of grapefruit, lemon and juniper give a hoppy rebuttal. Not quite bitter, the berry-like taste of hops take control of the taste, edging out the malts ever so slightly.

Yet to finish that baton is passed- giving the hops full command with the bitterness of grapefruit peels, pine resins, stemmy sassafras and tea-like herbs. Its drying body is crisp and clean, but a savory character remains and prevents the hops and alcohol from reaching the dry character that the style deserves.

Anchor's IPA does't really know what it wants to be. In one sip its an American pale, in the next its an amber ale. But bittered like IPA, a hoppy tone exists. But forget styles, this is a beautiful taste for all things American ale.

BEERchitect, May 26, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with some sweetness from flavors of caramel and citrus. Then some earthy hops bitterness comes in but the presence is rather subdued for the style. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you want a less harsh IPA.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Turbo
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Turbo, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of woodchipper
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

woodchipper, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of Chlsyhawkins
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%

Chlsyhawkins, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Todd
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Todd, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
1.9/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Pours golden copper with a huge creamy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is odd - leathery plasticky malts with some sweet caramel, green apple and some floral perfumey hops.

The flavor is sweet crystal malts with some odd apple fruit and a lot of floral hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I didn't care for this - green apple and floral perfumey hops.

Beaver13, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

TTripp725, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +11.7%

nstroup, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

SmellsofMahagony, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Doomcifer
2.24/5  rDev -37.4%

Doomcifer, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Nitranim
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%

Nitranim, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle

Old school brand, delivers with this tasty and quality IPA/pale

Shimmering auburn, lazy and looser lite khaki head, leaves respectable low lace on the glass.

On the nose I first get some caramel, then resiny hops.

Flavorful brew with mellow waves of caramel malts with dark bread. Hops in the middle and finish, grapefruit, more mellow resins. Light smoke, lime and some dark toast in the finish.

Enjoyable and quite easy drinking. IPA on the balanced side. Worth a try.

Billolick, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev +11.7%

henryclay_, Jun 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

alienlifeforcecube, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Marius, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -16.2%

innominat, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

dankjohn, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of BenHesk12
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Anchor IPA served from a bottle with no freshness date. Anchor claims to have revived the original IPA style and reproduced a microbrew IPA in 1975 as "americas original microbrewery". The brew pours a dark copper with very frothy large head. Very mild hop aroma. The beer has an initial bitter flavor with only faint hints of hops, more malt than expected, and finishes with the distinct taste of water. Overall just a very mild table beer that has no distinguishable enjoyable attributes besides being easy to drink. We all know anchor has the means and market to create another knockout beer without compromising drinkability. So my question is why don't they try? Why make a mediocre IPA in such a saturated west coast market? This beer is pedestrian and forgettable, do not waste your time.

BenHesk12, Apr 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

MicroBeerMan1980, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of virinow
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

virinow, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

KOP_Beer_OUtlet, May 02, 2014
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.7%

This beer really showcases big hop spiciness - drink it young. I am drinking a bottle that is less than a month old. Anchor's website translates the date code.
Nose: spicy hops especially mint and pine over malt.
Pours bright amber with an orange tint under a very finely bubbled 2" persistent foam cap. Lacy
Palate: Very malty, spicy and fruity (light fruits, citrus), some caramel to toffee with a touch of hop astringency on the finish.
Medium body, medium high carbonation, very drinkable.

pat61, Sep 14, 2014
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Anchor IPA from Anchor Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.