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Anchor IPA - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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159 Reviews
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Reviews: 159
Hads: 967
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 18
Gots: 250 | 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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Reviews: 159 | Hads: 967
Reviews by joeseppy:
Photo of joeseppy
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
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! (1,080 characters)

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. (877 characters)

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. (1,340 characters)

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. (762 characters)

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? (228 characters)

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

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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

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

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4.4/5  rDev +20.2%

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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. (443 characters)

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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2.24/5  rDev -38.8%

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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. (491 characters)

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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Anchor IPA from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.