Anchor IPA
Anchor Brewing Company

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American IPA
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3.64 | pDev: 11.81%
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
Anchor IPAAnchor IPA
Notes: 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.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Unknown vintage; drank 10/6/15 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dark orange rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE eggshell head (careful pouring!); a frothy curtain of lace.

Burnt corn, caramel & faint orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Burnt corn & caramel flavors up front; grapefruit bite on the finish. Pickle notes emerged as this warmed.

Drinkable, but just barely. Really old I hope?

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Photo of Harrison8
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy copper-orange with a finger of off-white foamy head that retains rather well. Aroma is old school, classic IPA, hitting notes of resin, pine, herbal, and dank hops. It has a slight bitterness at the edge. Flavor profile is a syrupy display of hops - herbal, resin, pine, dank, and light floral to be more precise. While hops are the name of the game here, biscuit and bread malts form a firm, but light, foundation for the hops. Mouth feel carries this beer well, delivering a velvety texture that nears on crisp, either way - it's refreshing. It has a medium consistency. Overall, old school, legacy hops are abundant in this flavorful, focused IPA.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +16.8%
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 rodbeermunch
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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 +6.6%
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 +4.4%
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 Nugganooch
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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 -3.6%
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 mothmanscott
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
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 stcules
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish amber, bright and clean, off-white foam, average.
Nose: clean maltinells, some tea notes, herbal with white flowers.
More caramel in the taste, but not heavy, tea notes, fresh. More an englisg IPA than a American one.
Some light earthly note, and biscuit, in the aftertaste.
Well done.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Can
Hazy amber color, thick, creamy, lacy foam cap. Slow dissipation. Lots of life.
Green zesty hops in the nose, slightly wet earthiness, spicey, herbal and big. Notreally fruity or citrus, just good 'ol hetbal green hop aroma. Slightly sweet, bready malt down deep.
Flavor has an earthy, gritty, bitter hop punch, slight sweet fruits with a grainy finish. Very dry flavor and feel, very fresh hop, wicked bitter bite that turns herbal and citric. The hop flavor is pretty deep and really unlike anyother IPA I can think of. Of course, Anchors unique house yeast always makes for an interesting interpretation of most styles. Most Anchor brews are unlike anything else on the market. Its not easy making a unique tasting IPA these days, concidering how saturated the market is with this style. Anchor always manages to make a style all their own, I think this is due in part, to the brewing methods and unique yeast.
This has a full, lush, heavy but crisp feel that ends up gritty and dry on the palate.
The malt is pretty complex and high in the mix, giving it a slightly English IPA effect but with bigger hops.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I CANnot adequately express just how happy I am that Anchor has seen fit to put their IPA in a CAN along with many of their other beers. The CANQuest (tm) may have been founded on AALs, but it subsists on AIPAs & DIPAs.

From the CAN: "From America's first craft brewery."

The Crack! released a scent of pine hops into my kitchen that set my mouth to watering. Two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny/light-tan head puffed up during the Glug and held in until the heat and humidity became too much to bear. Falling, it made sure to leave plenty of sticky lacing in its wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of pine needles and rising dough. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The bitterness was interesting in that in addition to the pine that I had noted on the nose, it also had a strong anise-like presence. The malt was more bready than biscuity, but it was also discernible. Finish was dry, but not as bitter as many AIPAs. This reminded me of an EIPA, but as though it were the result of a collaboration between an English and an AmeriCAN brewer.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep orange with a white head that leavesa decent amount of off lacing. Very subdued aroma but what is detectable is pine, a little citrus and some sweetness. Taste is good but like the nose it lacks a punch. There is a decent sweetness and some orange with a nice bitter pine finish. This is a decent IPA.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark amber color, one finger head, nice carbonation.

S: Very nice aroma. Not very complex but always pleasant.

T: Medium hoppy, quite bitter aftertaste. Based on the aroma, I was quite disappointed by the lack of better taste on this one.

F: It's refreshing on a hot day. Leaves a bit of creamy malt on the backend.

O: An average IPA. It's not bad but it's not good either. I wouldn't but it again but would happily drink it if offered.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear amber color with more than one-finger off-white head, excellent retention, the head finally settled to a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles that lasted throughout, significant lacing, medium carbonation.

SMELL: molasses, bread and very flowery, grapefruit citrus.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet and bready then a bitter, grapefruit citrus hop blast that really lingered in a good way.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very good west coast IPA, I enjoyed this and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber body, almost perfectly still, with a deep fluffy white velvet head and a sheet of lace to follow. Nose is butter, mixed with citric hops and caramel malt. The flavor is also strangely strong with butterscotch off-flavor, caramel malts and grapefruit/orange rind hops as an afterthought. Semi dry, moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is more like a typical American IPA, the carbonation has come out of nowhere and combined with the bitterness to be bracing in its intensity. Full bodied, nearly creamy.
Definitely an American IPA prototype; hop character is pretty subdued and one-dimensional, instead favoring buttery caramel malt flavor and simply a bitter finish. The hops aren't the main focus, but back in the day I imagine they are given a much larger berth than most other beers. Not a thirst-quencher hop-gusher, but rather a balanced and tasty piece of history.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(purchased cold, bottle# 5GS, poured into a shaker)

L: it pours with a 2+ finger width head - not sure that's right... the foam is dense and spongy with a tremendous degree of staying power... the liquid is a deep amber, mostly clear, though I had what looked like yeast sediment suspended in my glass the other day... holds a rocky pad down to the bottom

S: somewhat familiar West Coast IPA aromas - pine, orange flesh/peel, citrus flower - along with a touch of toasted grain... maybe even some perfumy, almost lipstick highlights... incredibly vibrant overall hop scent, quite inviting

T: its greatness lies in the fact that a bold, tea-like bitterness stands out immediately upon first sip, and this lingers loud for awhile, throughout the whole glass... while the hop flavor is punchy, the hop contributions as a whole seem to be balanced between flavor and bitterness, while enough of a lightly caramel-kissed bready malt holds at the bottom... can't say enough how enjoyable the bitterness is - the way it should be... the finish and aftertaste has arguably strong floral and herbal character, reminiscent of an English-style, however, there's enough American nuances keeping it from being an homage

F: a good bit foamy in its flow... moderate+ dry finish, but hardly snappy, as there's plenty of hop dust left over on the palate... doesn't make a lot of noise... moreish

O: with each bottle I've had from this sixer, I like this beer more and more... it certainly stands out compared to their other hop-forward brands... the store I bought this from probably never sold any of it, so it's a fair bet it's been sitting in their fridge for months, nicely preserved... yes, I would buy it again

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a dark amber with a thick head.

smells like caramel malt, a very sweet aroma. some mild hoppiness to it.

taste is full bodied and bitter. finishes dry and bitter. some sweetness on the tongue as well. caramel malt is present. goes down smooth, easy to drink but maybe a little too full bodied for me (for an IPA at least).

overall this is pretty good. my (so-far) favorite Anchor beer. easy to drink and low(ish) ABV. would love to try this fresh on draft, preferably at their brewery!!

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought from Don Quiojte. Dark amber color, medium mouthfeel, very noticeable alcohol taste that I don't normally get in a beer which is why I didn't rate this very high. No date on the bottle to tell me if it's due to age, but I would not buy it again.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: Aug 2015

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a nice small creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, nice little malt note, nice citrus note. The taste is very nice, hoppy, slightly malty, with a very nice touch of citrus. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice brew.

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Photo of hophead723
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Deep copper hue, chill haze, off white head that clings beautifully. It has sunset orange hues deep within its amazing body.

Smell: Tons of orchard fruit, sweet apple, honey, biscuit dough, and minty hops.

Taste: Lots of peppery tropical hops, unfiltered honey, toasted grain, minty hops that are herbal and floral. Apple blossom honey, lemon peel, and lemon meringue pie.

Feel: Full and smooth, oily hops, moist and slick.

Overall: Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of mickwin
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

mellow golden clear ale with full frothy head, aroma is malty, chocolatey, flavour is very powerful hops, pineapple, with malty aftertaste, a very enjoyable ale, one to savour.

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Photo of janubio
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber colour, big creamy head that holds all the while, great lace. Smell of hops, pine, tropical fruits (though less than usual in IPAs), caramel. Crispy palate, medium to full body and great carbonation. Taste of hops, citrus, pine,some caramel Bitter finish.

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Photo of woemad
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.49. No freshness date anywhere on the can, nor any other info about the beer besides it’s abv. This is my first Anchor beer in years besides a pint of Steam Beer consumed at a bar last spring.

Poured into a nonic Iron Goat pint glass, this was a mostly clear, copper amber color. The head was big, creamy, fluffy and long lasting, with lots of lace as it settled unevenly in the glass, like a darkly shaded Vernors float. Lace was of the “tree ring” variety.

Piney hop scent, with a fairly big, bready, sweet maltiness in the nose. With this much malt scent right off the bat, I get the impression this isn’t going to be a terribly hoppy IPA.

Bitter, piney hops lead the charge in the flavor department, but as expected, there’s a big malty backbone to this. There are also some herbal, almost medicinal notes in the background. The finish is dry, but not in a terribly big way.

The mouthfeel is as much creamy as oily or resiny.

A decent IPA, but a little too malty for my taste, and I’m not wild about the herbal, medicinal notes. For the right price I’d drink this again, but I don’t think it’s something I’d want to seek out ever again.

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Anchor IPA from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 1159 ratings