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Anchor IPA - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor IPAAnchor IPA

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471 Ratings

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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 89
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 jeffjeff1:
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3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

Appearance- dark amber color, thin head, nice lacing

Smell- malt, floral, piney hops

Taste- malt, piney, floral hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very good! I was very excited to try this one and it is very good. Definitely will drink it again!

03-27-2014 21:55:36 | More by jeffjeff1
More User Reviews:
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New York

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

07-02-2014 02:34:02 | More by metter98
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Rhode Island

3.87/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

08-26-2014 03:39:29 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-27-2014 15:51:58 | More by Turbo
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

06-02-2014 11:28:30 | More by woodchipper
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4.4/5  rDev +21.9%

08-22-2014 19:55:40 | More by Chlsyhawkins
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

06-27-2014 19:57:28 | More by Todd
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1.9/5  rDev -47.4%

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.

07-17-2014 03:41:51 | More by Beaver13
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

07-27-2014 15:52:45 | More by TTripp725
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

06-11-2014 10:57:37 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Rhode Island

2.24/5  rDev -38%

08-12-2014 00:11:15 | More by Doomcifer
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4.2/5  rDev +16.3%

08-19-2014 20:51:55 | More by Nitranim
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New York

3.81/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

06-17-2014 03:34:39 | More by Billolick
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.8%

06-02-2014 22:29:46 | More by henryclay_
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-06-2014 03:41:18 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

07-14-2014 20:31:39 | More by innominat
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

07-14-2014 18:37:35 | More by dankjohn
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2.86/5  rDev -20.8%

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.

04-12-2014 04:54:41 | More by BenHesk12
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

05-02-2014 16:43:42 | More by KOP_Beer_OUtlet
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-09-2014 03:34:57 | More by ryhn0
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-09-2014 17:00:05 | More by Dello
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

05-21-2014 23:47:06 | More by jminch
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

06-07-2014 21:56:18 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

03-13-2014 19:53:36 | More by JuniperJesus
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

05-26-2014 21:07:59 | More by DarrellK
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Anchor IPA from Anchor Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.