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Anchor IPA | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor IPAAnchor IPA
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Anchor IPAAnchor IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Anchor IPA™ is made with 2-row barley malt and fresh whole-cone hops, its bright amber color, distinctively complex aroma, spiky bitterness, malty depth, and clean finish unite to create a uniquely flavorful, memorable, and timeless craft IPA.

Added by StoutSnob40 on 02-05-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,657
Reviews:
203
Ratings:
1,144
pDev:
11.88%
Bros Score:
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Photo of RickStalzer
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopdini
4.92/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The unique "steam" flagship meets west coast ipa. This beer is one of my all-time favorites!

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

Photo of DutchGermanguy
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a stiff burnt orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that dissipated effectively quick to leave some moderate lace running here and there in a messy sort of way.
The aroma had some earthy, floral to grassy hops playing with some bitter and semi-spicy levels and allowing a delicate clean biscuit malt bill to come in and delve into the balance fairly nice.
The flavor was built upon the blend of that stiff bitter to earthy hoppy edge to grab those malts and pull together fairly nice. Aftertaste was somewhat malty but having a weird sort of fulfilling earthy to floral hoppiness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice cherishing sort of sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good, somewhat low, but unyielding. ABV felt as projected. Nice earthy to floral and malty sort of finish.
Overall, almost seemed like a blend of an English IPA and an American IPA to me. I can see it and would be willing to have again.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From Decervecitas. In Teku glass. Playing 12 Labours of Hercules 4. Original profile with reminiscences to their liberty ale with much stronger old-world bitterness.Caramel, orange, musty, nutty. Some flowers

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Photo of h4ger
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.58/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrfrancis
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mandrilo
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anchor sure seems to be cranking out the tweaked recipes the last couple of years. It was like for 20 years, nothing new, they sell, and bam, here comes the fruit beers and other shit.

This one pours out a familiar copper and amber color with 1/2" white head on the top. Aroma is largely malt and some bittering hops. Not really the exotic proprietary aroma hops you're used to. "Keep it on the cheap, don't say nothin' ain't gonna be no talkin' while we fake dry hoppin' our thing. . . " (sung to Ludacris "Keep it on the hush").

Taste, really tastes like a two decade old excursion into the beers others were making while Anchor held firm. More crystal malt, more C hops, more bitterness. Its decent.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Murky amber orange, rather thin head, fading fast, fair lacing and sparse bubbles.

Rather sour nose. Citrus in malty abundance.

Following the nose. Extra creamy honey & herbs, tinged with faint fruit & pine.

The earthy, extra creamy orange & hops strike a rather distinctive cord, thus far in my brew quest, separating this from other potential IPA sessions. Satisfying!

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into chilled glass mug. Dark amber colour with a thick tan head and nice lacing. Has a very bready malt aroma for an IPA. The pine and citrus come through more in the taste but still with a biscuity malt undertaste. Great mouthfeel, slightly bitter. This is a better than average West Coast IPA with a slight malt twist. Prost!

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Photo of SebastianMandeville
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cliff1066
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nugganooch
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with my FW snifter glass
Notes taken from 08/21/15

The pour is a huge and airy khaki foam head over a dark amber body that would have you thinking Amber Ale for sure. Lots of chunky remnants spatter the glass walls. Well-conditioned in its fine clarity.
Smells of bready malts, toasted grains, herbal tea spices, and stale citrus peels.
Tastes malt forward as well and somewhat flat or stale compared to your typical West Coast IPA. Toasted grains and warm bread with English spices and some old dusty orange peel. Low to nonexistent bitterness. Watery in the finish with some semi drying efforts. Not sure why anyone is digging this as an Indian Pale. Drinks much more like an English Bitter which doesn’t do much to entice me.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml. stubby bottle stamped 5AQ on the label. Sampled on December 26, 2016.

It is an attractive looking medium amber colored pour under a long lasting cream colored, foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

I do not know the date of this bottle but as I check out the aroma I get more of a malt bomb along with an herbal and tobacco presence.

The body is medium and smooth.

A decent enough caramel malt presence in the flavor that has the same tobacco after finish and a mildly spicy bitterness.

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Photo of robebo44
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothmanscott
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium amber producing 3 fingers of tan, foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves rings & streaks of lacing. Aroma is bready caramel malt, earthy floral/herbal, grapefruit & pine hops in that order, an odd mustiness that may be a yeast character, fruity peach, green apple & something blueberry like. Taste is similar to the nose bready and herbal. Caramel malt, honey, orange, grapefruit, pine, green apple, peach, strawberry, earthy yeast. Almost no alcohol detectable. Finishes more hoppy than it starts but has a soapy hint. Aftertaste is hoppy resinous pine bitter, lightly astringent & fruity with the strawberry coming through strongly. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, crisp, clean & dry. Not as hoppy as most offerings of this style but delicious & distinctly different.

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Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Patlee3324
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of golf4collet
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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Anchor IPA from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 1,144 ratings
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