Anacortes IPA | Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill

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Brewed by:
Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2003

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by unHipHopHead:
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4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler filled from a fresh keg at Bottleworks. Poured from a growler into a caracole snifter glass.

A: pours a cloudy medium orange with some soapy-sparkly white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: floral and grapefruit hops with a slight malt base. Great combination of aromas here! wow.

T: taste is complex, great hop flavors, not just bitter hops. The front end of this is very well balanced. The bitter hops linger on this one, they creep up at the end.

M: mouthfeel on this is great, some decent carbonation and an almost buttery feel. The hops linger on in the mouth for quite a while afterwards.

D: so hoppy but so smooth, could certainly drink this one for a session.

This IPA has quickly moved into my top 10.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one came out of the tap a dull orange in color with a light white head that showed some strong retention.

Smell – The stiff pine and raw hops are huge at the nose. I’m sure there are some malts in there but I sure can’t find them.

Taste – The big hops are soaked with pine. I can pick up a lot of other hops, too. This hop profile is monster. The malts are light but noticeable.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied IPA is bone dry. It’s almost painful to drink it dries the mouth so much.

Drinkability – This super-dry offering by Anacortes Brewery is hardcore. If you like big, hop-heavy IPAs then this is your baby. If you like nice, easy, balanced IPAs then run like hell from this one.

Comments – Thanks to skyhand for introducing me to this wonderful brewery. I left here with a growler but those 64 ounces didn’t last long once I got home : )

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Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-cask at the pub in Anacortes

casked with Simcoe hops

appearance: served in a shaker pint, bright golden orange body, big fluffy white head with strong retention

smell: lovely hop bouquet - grapefruit, tangerine, pine and tropical fruit

taste: great cask version of this solid IPA - simcoe hops provide a nice touch of pineapple and grapefruit, light bitterness, a touch of pine. Really nice IPA - bright and full of citrus

mouthfeel: medium body, oily

overall: great stuff

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Photo of Shawkabukoo
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.52/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zestd
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale was served warm from the cask. This is predictably cloudy but with a limited lace on the glass. The color is amber.

Strong grapefruit aroma from the hops. This comes through in the taste as well. The body is solid and the carbonation is predictable. The aftertaste is completely bitter.

If you like sucking hop pellets, this will be a beer for you. This one lacks even typical balance of an IPA.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Collins pub today. Recommended by the bartender; was a good recommendation.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with fair head retention, but very good lacing. On the nose this is all West Coast IPA, with the expected aroma of enticing citrus, apple, melon and nice graininess. On the palate this is a very nice IPA. There is excellent underlying bitterness, but it's balanced nicely with just enough malt. The malt imparts a pleasant sweet fruitiness, which thankfully is still dominated by the hop profile. Not surprisingly, the finish on this fine IPA is pretty dry. All things considered, this IPA is flat out delicious. It reminds me somewhat of the excellent Southern Tier IPA, but is hoppier and is just a superior IPA (IMHO). Mouthfeel is pretty light and drinkability is excellent, though I'm still having a hard time buying the listed 4.8% abv. I'd guess it has to be at least 6%. In any event, abv. is not the least bit obtrusive.

If it were availalbe, this would be my IPA of choice most of the time on the East Coast, though of course in the NW, I understand it's just another good IPA. In any event, well done.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of LazyL
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SAerved in a pint glass, a very dark orange with pink tones and a minimal whisp of a white head. There is nice citrus notes and some pine on the nose. The taste is wow! Lots of hops here. Great tangerine and pine combination. There is a big bitterness level that makes your mouth water. The mouthfeel is creamy with a nice lingering citrus hop bite. This is a big IPA, surprise, it's a winner! Not for the meek or uninitiated.

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Photo of draheim
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into an American pint glass @ the Wedgwood Alehouse, Seattle. Pours a clear copper color, some lacing as I drain the pint.

Aroma is hoppy and floral; clean, balanced.

Taste is neutral pale malt balanced by floral and citrusy hops. Flavorful and balanced, but not especially bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, smooth, drinkable.

Overall a pretty typical NW style IPA. Perfect with a bowl of French onion soup, Buffalo wings, and a cheeseburger.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Moose90
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a deep and slightly hazy orange color into the glass. There is a creamy nearly khaki colored head on-top of the beer that leaves behind some inconsistent lacing.

S — Smells of sweet caramel malts and a bit of sweetness. As well as a piney and somewhat juicy hop profile, little bit of citrus as well.

T — Tastes of some lightly bitter and piney hops as well as some sweet malt undertones.

M — Medium bodied, seems a bit undercarbed and a touch flat.

O — OK overall, would have loved some more complexities.

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Photo of wingedeel
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JTrona11
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this IPA on tap at the brewery and at various places around the North Sound area.

The appearance is above average, an orangey-gold color with a bright white head.

The smell is a hop party in your nose. Plenty of hops and lots of them.

The taste is among the best IPAs I've ever had. Bitter, fruity and flowery.

The mouthfeel is good, it's like giving a hop bubblebath to your tongue.

The drinkability is excellent, mostly because this IPA is a little lower than than most.

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Anacortes IPA from Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 43 ratings