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Anchor IPA - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

857 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 14
Gots: 210 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-05-2014

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Ratings: 857 | Reviews: 156
Reviews by damndirtyape:
Photo of damndirtyape
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Milkshake pilsner glass. Bottled on 2014 April 10 (4AJ).

Appearance: Hazy deep coppery amber. Persistent dense light tan head (1.8" thick) with thick sheets of lacing.

Smell: Fresh grapefruit and pine, more pine though.

Taste: Bitter and hoppy. Pine and hoppy up front, quick sweet malt middle (caramel / toasted), then more bitter hops. An English style bitterness as well. The finish is definitely metallic.

Mouthfeel: Slick, light carbonation, with some stickiness to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: I think this is more of a hoppy English IPA rather than an American IPA. The metallic notes and hop bitterness are definitely English in character, although there is some American style piney hops thrown in the flavor. Easily drinkable. Went well with chili. A good IPA, but there are better ones out there....and frankly, I like Liberty Ale better than this. Liberty ale in my mind has more character than this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

Photo of Beaver13
1.93/5  rDev -46.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of BenHesk12
2.88/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of April 2016. Purchased a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Time to see the elephant.....

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy reddish-amber hue with fine sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of sweet caramel malt with hints of toffee, fruitiness, toasted grain, yeast esters, grass/hay, subtle pine, earthiness and stewed hops. The character is distinctly Anchor - perhaps a result of the house yeast. Quite nice though not that hoppy.

T: Tastes of sweet, fruity malt with a hoppy quality and a bitter finish. Notes of caramel/toffee, dried fruit, toasted grain, barley sugar, yeast esters, mild pine, faint weed, grass/hay, earthiness and stewed hops. Somewhat sweet, followed by a rough, hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Quite astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sweet caramel malt, bitter stewed hops and lingering fruitiness.

O: A decent IPA, though not as hoppy as some. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are sweet and fruity with hints of piny, grassy hops. Nice body. A touch of harshness in the background. Goes down OK - worth sampling if you come across it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep caramel amber malt driven IPA English style at that from the west coast, the Elephant on the label has multiple meanings...one is the promise of the gold rush, the other is the symbolism of San Franciscans drinking imported English India Pale Ale from the same era. Big creamy khaki textured head, fine speckled lacing around the sides of my glass. Aroma citrus buried amongst the caramelized malt sugars, herbal earthy dankness of whole leaf hops. A great mix of English qualities probably brewed with mostly American ingredients. It smells like the Samuel Smith's quintessential English IPA. A hint of tropical fruit notes, caramelized malt sugars I'm really liking this style of IPA. Flavor is deep earthy, residual bitterness comes of piney, citric peel, and earthy dank qualities with a deep caramel semi bitter dark roast in the end nothing comes off too sweet. But believe me this is a serious beer here. Mouthfeel slick hop oils big natural carbonation slightly tart/bitter finish, nice qualities and feel on the palate. Masterfully executed beer from Anchor their brewing chops are still on top of the game, this beer proves that...I've heard great things about the California lager they produced last year around this time I hope to see it again so I can try that newer Anchor beer as well.

Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

from a 12oz bottle.
Deep amber with a durable head.

Overly earthy and herbal for my taste.

Very good, lively but not harsh feel.

O: decent, but my least favorite Anchor. {3.4}

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a globe glass)

A- This beer pours a rusty brown body with a thick tan head that fades to a film and is supported by a gentle carbonation.

S- The juicy fruit hops aroma is very nice with some nougat aromas that might be lightly toasted malt or British yeast, but remains a bit soft.

T- The spicy pungent hops note turns bitter and pungent by the finish of the first sip. There is a dandelion bitterness that lingers on after each sip and it doesn't let up. There are some nougat notes that taste a bit like some British yeast profiles or some Munich malt notes but they stay buried.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with some soft alcohol warmth as it opens.

O- This is a very nice smelling beer but that hop profile does not translate to the taste at all. It was really a bit tough to finish this beer just because of the overly bitter pungent aftertaste, which is to bad, as it had a nice spicy hop note in front.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12 oz bottle, poured into a Goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, almost completely opaque, dark amber/mahogany color with orange and reddish highlights and a full finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of citrusy, sweet, grassy, piney hops up front, followed by aromas of honey and honeysuckle, some faint notes of orange and lemon peel, black pepper, coriander, cumin and earthy tree bark. I don’t get much in the way of malt, however.

Taste: Like an IPA should: hops, hops and more hops. I get some fain notes of toasted malt and honey-like sweetness as well as some of the faint notes of orange and lemon peel, black pepper, coriander and cumin, but every flavor is just gobsmacked by citrusy, grassy, resiny, piney, bitter, hops. Too much hops for my taste and not enough malt to balance the hops out.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a nice balance between creamy and effervescence. With an ABV of 6.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: It’s an IPA, all right, and a hoppy one at that, at least to my taste. Too much hops in fact, as the beer’s flavor is just overwhelmed by hops, and without enough toasted malt or sweetness to balance everything out. I’m sure hop-heads would love this beer, however, I do not. I’d much rather have a Steam beer, a Summer Beer, an Old Foghorn, a Small Beer, a Porter, a Liberty Ale or a Breckles’ Brown over this IPA, thank you!

Photo of samtrillo
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into Lagunitas jar. Beautiful dark amber hue. Almost honey like. Darker and browner than I thought it was going to be. Weak head.

S- Smells like Sierra Nevada Torpedo with something extra. Nice and refreshing.

T- Hits you with that IPA hop at the start and recedes into citrusy and spicey notes. Tastes like it smells, definitely reminds me of Torpedo. Which is a good thing. A bit less intense on the hops and bitterness, however, but smoother on the way down.

M- Medium carbonation. Smooth for an IPA when poured with a bit of head. Pleasant overall.

Overall- A solid offering from Anchor Steam into the IPA market, but you'd expect nothing less from them. Worth picking up when in the mood for a smooth IPA.

Photo of biboergosum
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle. Huh, silly me, thinking that an elephant on the label of an IPA had something to do with the 'India' part of this beer style's name.

This beer pours a clear, glassy medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and rocky off-white head, which leaves some dense, gnarled tree branch lace around the glass as it gradually recedes.

It smells of musky, dank pine resin, earthy yeast, acrid, somewhat musty orchard fruit, bready caramel malt, and further leafy, weedy hops. The taste is gritty, lightly toasted caramel malt, brown bread, weirdly phenolic and floral yeast, an edgy pine needle and bitter leafy hoppiness, weak stale citrus fruit, a pithy generic nuttiness, and a wet stoney flintiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its tense, tightly-held frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and not really smooth, but hardly easy to explain why not, either. It finishes off-dry, I guess, the mixed flora and citrus bitterness not convincing me of anything, really, not with that strange yeasty malt abounding (steam beer house flavour should have absolutely zero influence on an IPA's bearing, IMHO).

Meh. Arguing about whether this is more English or American in orientation could surely fill up a whole lot of time, sure, but in the end, it's merely a weak-sauce blend of the both, pushed through Anchor's left-field filter, one whose West Coast credentials I have, and still duly question. Not a particularly enjoyable IPA, or beer, for that matter.

Photo of joeseppy
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a copper clarity with a dense beige cream foamy head. Appearance is appealing.

Malt sweetness. Hop and pine. Very balanced aromas rounding out a nice bouquet indeed.

Sharp hop up to greet me. Coming to mind next are nuances of grapefruit pith and pine tars sustaining enough bitterness. Malt thickens up with increase in temperature as do the caramel tones and some breadiness. Can taste that Pacific water, classic Anchor.

Mouthfeel is medium. Sprite enough carbonation. Lends itself to be creamy with a drier finish.

Get ready for Pacific Ocean water. Overall an attractive brew. Has more English malt characteristics to it. A very attractive ABV. With the Anchor Brewing name behind this- in my mind still means quality. I have not reviewed there other offerings yet but I've been drinking Anchor on and off before "craft" was a word used in the beer industry. If your expecting a west coast style then look elsewhere. Would I buy this again-why yes. Nice IPA to have with guests this summer on the patio. Six pack offering at a great price make this a click to pick!

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can. No freshness date.

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear copper red color with a rocky, off-white 2 finger head. Good retention, resulting in a thin, lightly broken layer of surface suds.

Smell - Floral notes with a fair amount of caramel.

Taste - Orange and floral hop character met by a solid caramel backbone. Has that signature sawdust aftertaste that comes with most Anchor beers, but it's not as prevalent as it is in their Steam beer, as a subtle orange pith bitterness makes up most of the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Smooth, then a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Do I love IPA's with a nice caramel backbone? Yes I do. I can overlook the sawdust flavor here, mostly because it's masked by the pith bitterness. Still, if I'm looking for a floral/caramel bomb, I think I'm grabbing the Deschutes Inversion before this.

Photo of secondtooth
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, clean ruby amber, with a huge head of off-white suds. Big, loopy lace.

Nose is floral and fruity hops. Very nice.

Taste is up front tropical fruit -- mango, peach, and kiwi somehow. Grapefruit citrus bitterness rounds up around the tongue, leading up to a caramel malt finish that remains bitter and nippy on the palate. Not a hop behemoth by any means, but this is a well-balanced and very enjoyable IPA. Would drink another of these, no problem.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

This is a nice more English style ipa. Its got great body with smooth carbonation. The beer poured a clear copper with thick rich slightly off white head that is leaving a nice lacing. The scent is fresh hop that leans toward bitter. Overall this is a solid offering by Anchor.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours two and half fingers of head on a hazy dark straw colored body.
The aroma has pine, grapefruit, mango and honey. An excellent blend.
The taste starts with a bold pine, slightly metallic, bitterness. It mellows out a little in the middle and finishes with a long grapefruit bitter note.
The texture is crisp but heavy.
It's a great looking and smelling beer, but the taste was a little too raw for me.

Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Glad I finally got to try this wish these guys would just use friggin numbers for date coding

Pours an effervescent copper/caramel with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Herbal & sulfuric notes, pears

T: Follows the nose, pear & dryness up front, slight leafy hops up front. Some caramel notes, herbal & sulphur & pears, plus biscuitty malt once warm. Finishes fruity, with slightly leafy hops, & mineral hop notes

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, alright balance

Drinks alright, seems more of an amped up English IPA, not what I was hoping for, I 'll take Liberty any day of the week

Photo of bisonfort
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had bottle at happy hour

Photo of HalfFull
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Classic bowling pin bottle poured into a globe glass. Pour is clear and medium copper in color and shows a half inch of pretty persistent off white foam. Perhaps a bit deeper in color than expected but looks good in the glass.

Aroma of a mix of hops with lots of floral citrus character and a steady spice component as well. Different and pleasant throughout, and with just a light caramel background giving it some radiative depth and cleanliness.

Taste follows with hop notes along with some light resinous qualities, and again just a light caramel sense, allowing this brew to drink brighter and drier than the color might suggest for the style. Feel is pleasant and matches the experience seamlessly with a balanced carbonation and a light coarseness that allows for a bit of spice and lemon breadiness on the finish.

Overall not a blockbuster by any means but well done and without any flaws.

Photo of hophugger
2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Unfortunately, after deciphering the bottle code, this IPA is 4 1/2 months old. Would hae liked my first one of these to be a little fresher, but here goes anyway. Pours a deep golden amber color with decent head and streaky lacing that clings quite well to the glass. Aroma is definitely malt forward with little to no hop aromas(probably the age). Taste is also malt forward and the bitterness is not very pleasant. Drinks closer to an English IPA but even that does not have the off putting bitterness that is present with this beer, borderline metallic...Mouthfeel is not good because of the bitterness and if I had to choose what the ingredient were in this beer were, I would pick three>>>Water, sugar and some type of old US currency...

Photo of Gmann
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark golden color, almost amber. The off white head is tight and creamy; settles into a solid cap.

The aroma is bready and citrusy. Solid grapefruit and lime notes from the hops. The malt provides a sweet multi-grain bread aroma. The aroma is solid but doesn't blow you away.

The taste is quite bready with toasted notes and a hint of caramel. Slight tea and tin like flavors. Pretty substantial for an IPA. The hops are mainly bitter with a fruity note. There is an odd lemony fruitiness, with bitter lemon peel. Perhaps some subtle pepper notes. Kind of a rough IPA. Very earthy.

The feel is moderate with soft-ish carbonation. There is a sweet twang on the palate followed by an unpleasant bitterness, chalky.

Really not a fan of this IPA. Lots of odd earthy flavors that I don't like in an IPA.

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Anchor IPA from Anchor Brewing Company
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