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Anchor IPA - Anchor Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Anchor IPAAnchor IPA

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179 Reviews
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Reviews: 179
Hads: 1,032
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 18
Gots: 287 | 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:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-05-2014

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Reviews by TeddyBrew:
Photo of TeddyBrew
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

I like Anchor a lot...everything from packaging, commitment to quality, the pioneering role in the microbrew revolution, and their fine flagship Steam Ale and the excellent Porter.

This one falls short. I like all kinds of IPAs, including ones that have subtle hopping. I think that's what they were going for here, a very subtle IPA. But it just doesn't taste that great. I hope they get back to the blackboard and get this one right!

Nice bottle though!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

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Photo of TheOakKing
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I don't know why I need to write a review on this. I have no agenda, but as one that only reviews craft beers and the rating system is from zero to five, why do I need to start higher than a 3 which is more than this deserves?

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Photo of woemad
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.49. No freshness date anywhere on the can, nor any other info about the beer besides it’s abv. This is my first Anchor beer in years besides a pint of Steam Beer consumed at a bar last spring.

Poured into a nonic Iron Goat pint glass, this was a mostly clear, copper amber color. The head was big, creamy, fluffy and long lasting, with lots of lace as it settled unevenly in the glass, like a darkly shaded Vernors float. Lace was of the “tree ring” variety.

Piney hop scent, with a fairly big, bready, sweet maltiness in the nose. With this much malt scent right off the bat, I get the impression this isn’t going to be a terribly hoppy IPA.

Bitter, piney hops lead the charge in the flavor department, but as expected, there’s a big malty backbone to this. There are also some herbal, almost medicinal notes in the background. The finish is dry, but not in a terribly big way.

The mouthfeel is as much creamy as oily or resiny.

A decent IPA, but a little too malty for my taste, and I’m not wild about the herbal, medicinal notes. For the right price I’d drink this again, but I don’t think it’s something I’d want to seek out ever again.

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Photo of mojohawk21
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of cam477
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of legalag11
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Turbo
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of woodchipper
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of gingerbread
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, poured into a pint glass. The beer was an amber color with a small white head.

Citrus and pine aroma. Some sweet malt.

Grapefruit and orange taste. A little caramel.

Hoppy, easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of Chlsyhawkins
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Todd
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Beaver13
1.93/5  rDev -47.3%
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.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Doomcifer
2.24/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of Nitranim
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Anchor IPA from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.