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Anchor IPA - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor IPAAnchor IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

402 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 8
Gots: 41 | 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 vitALEity:
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vitALEity

California

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As others have said, i was not expecting to like this at all. On tap in Santa Barbara...

A: light amber, full thick head and great lacing.

S: Unbelievabe. Just so dank and complex and fruity and fresh.

T: Anchor malts. Seriously that's how to explain it..it's liberty ale and steam with more complexity. Cascade, Bravo and Apollo hops balance really well. It's an amber ipa and it's delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2014 00:59:26 | More by vitALEity
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/21/2014. Pours nearly crystal clear deep reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of tangerine, peach, melon, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of tangerine, peach, melon, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, light toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, peach, melon, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. Good complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2014 03:20:04 | More by superspak
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DruC4

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

08-02-2014 03:02:22 | More by DruC4
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JLapadura

New York

3/5  rDev -17.1%

08-01-2014 18:47:17 | More by JLapadura
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-01-2014 15:38:15 | More by drewone
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datalager

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.5%

08-01-2014 15:04:18 | More by datalager
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottles picked up at the COOP and at Brewer's Haven... This one was enjoyed from my Cigar City Teku.. 1" off white head... fantastic lacing atop a clear amber brew.

Nose shows fruity hoppiness with a pretty bigger than expected maltiness that weighs heavier toward the toasty side of things... still a nice pithy grapefruity hoppy bitterness comes through on the finish.

The flavor is pretty standard but with absolutely no flaws.. great clean bitterness with equally clean malts.. hops are big floral and grassy.. the finish shows hints of pithy citrus.. something else in the finish reminds me of tannic black tea, weird but still appreciated... mineral notes? Beyond my feeble palate.

Great body and bubble... no complaints.

Even 10 years ago, this would have been in the upper echelon of hoppy beers. I appreciate Anchor's resilience.. I can't think of anybody else keeping things square.

3.75/3.75/3.5/3.75/3.75

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2014 06:34:10 | More by JohnGalt1
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BREWS4LA

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

08-01-2014 04:09:02 | More by BREWS4LA
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malfunxion

New York

2/5  rDev -44.8%

07-31-2014 05:36:29 | More by malfunxion
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blakkorchid

Hawaii

3/5  rDev -17.1%

07-30-2014 21:23:28 | More by blakkorchid
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marvelann

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%

07-30-2014 00:03:16 | More by marvelann
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-29-2014 20:44:45 | More by ryanpj
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Carnivores mixed and matched for $2.50. Found it quite interesting since their other beers are great especially their barleywine.

A - Pours a rather hazy amber brown very dark for the style. Head is excellent a solid inch that pulls back to great lacing.
S - Smell is musty like old cardboard sort of English IPA with tea leaves. Hops come off herbal and medicinal which I don't enjoy. Smells rather dank. I sip.
T - Well its definitely hoppy a long herbal bitterness that clings to the palate. Musty wet malts and some herbal tea flavors highlight. Not that great.
M - Medium bodied its really showing its ABV. Kind smooth but flavors are not wow worthy.

Overally I can tell its well crafted but I don't really love english IPA's. Thankfully it got easier to drink as it went on so it's not worth a drain pour!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2014 05:10:52 | More by DrDemento456
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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 who's West Coast credentials I have, and still duly question. Not a particularly enjoyable IPA, or beer, for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2014 02:41:32 | More by biboergosum
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Holland

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.1%

07-29-2014 01:59:41 | More by Holland
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DoubleJ

California

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

America's most symbolic craft brewer has come out with what is arguably the American craft beer drinkers favorite style; the IPA. Anchor also created a label which fits well for the beer while holding onto Anchor's design. 12 ounces, on to the beer:

Hardly pale, as this beer has a sharp reddish color with hues of orange. On top rests a half-inch of foam with solid retention while leaving some strokes of lace. The aroma is okay, light with the firepower, but solid with floral, esters, and vague citrus notes. It smells English to me. It tastes English to me as well. Nothing wrong with that, but don't expect a throwdown of hops. Neutral is the malt, which gives the beer a dry biscuit character. Vague fruitiness, a gentle kick of hops which leave themselves around in the aftertaste.

In 1975, this would have been revolutionary in the US. In 2014, this could be seen as a "throwback" before modern American IPA's become hard hitting beers. If you like a softer beer with a push of hops, Anchor IPA wouldn't be a bad choice.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2014 01:58:11 | More by DoubleJ
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy amber in color with a nice, stout head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, herbal hop note
Taste-Toasted malt, mint leaf, herbal, earthy hops. An "English" feel to this IPA in my opinion. Full of flavor and character, with hops providing balance and subtlety instead of being prominently showcased. A perfect "food beer" for spicy fare.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2014 16:22:43 | More by hosehead83
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pbhuss

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-28-2014 03:03:56 | More by pbhuss
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Virtuosabes


3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-28-2014 02:14:18 | More by Virtuosabes
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mangoforatango

Slovenia

1/5  rDev -72.4%

07-27-2014 20:05:02 | More by mangoforatango
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-27-2014 15:52:45 | More by TTripp725
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Turbo

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-27-2014 15:51:58 | More by Turbo
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mychalg9

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-26-2014 21:19:48 | More by mychalg9
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JackDempsy

California

4/5  rDev +10.5%

07-26-2014 20:06:52 | More by JackDempsy
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MisterE

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-25-2014 20:17:20 | More by MisterE
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Anchor IPA from Anchor Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.