Anchor IPA
Anchor Brewing Company

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IPA - American
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Ranked #43,324
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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senselessinsanity from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Jun 20, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

May 26, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Jul 02, 2014
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Sometimes, it takes friends to bring some beers to your attention. in this case, VDubb happened to have an Anchor variety pack, so i finally got to try this stuff after seeing it on store shelves for years. It ours a clear midday amber topped by a over a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises bright pine, mild cereal grains, a touch of sharp grass, and a swath of fruitiness I can't quite pin down (I vacillate between apple, orange, and grapefruit). The taste brings in more of the same, the pine definitely leading the way here, though some of the more herbaceous hop elements make sure they are not ignored. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an IPA that doesn't shy away from its hoppy heritage. It's this aspect, though, that puts me off a bit, as the hops just react too sharply with my tongue, and, without much balance from the malt beneath, it becomes a bit much for me.

Sep 05, 2015
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woemad from Washington

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.

Nov 22, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.87/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

Aug 26, 2014
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TheOakKing from New York

2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
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?

Jun 18, 2015
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3/5  rDev -17.6%

Oct 23, 2014
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pabney from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 13, 2015
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ElJosharino from Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Nov 07, 2014
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CUbeerfan from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Dec 04, 2014
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Muny from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 14, 2015
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-06-11 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear amber with a 2.5-finger off-white head with lots of bubbles and good lace.

S - Caramel malt, brown bread, pine and peppermint, some hop floral. Not dank at all. Quite different from your typical IPA. Reasonable strength. Smells good to me.

T - Some nice contrasts to the smell. More hop forward resins and bitterness. Then a good jolt of sweet bread and caramel with ancillary flavors of aspirin, cherry skins, spice and a good shot of lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Fairly substantial with medium prickle and resins.

O - Pretty decent IPA with a combination of aromas and flavors I've not had before. Taste and feel reminded me somewhat of a Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere although not as sublime.

Jun 12, 2014
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EdTheEdge from California

3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sep 07, 2015
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DCHritz from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Jul 09, 2014
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RyanCrawford from Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Feb 10, 2015
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firkingroovin from Illinois

2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sep 03, 2015
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Jul 29, 2014
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MarkQ617 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Picked up a sixer of these, had this poured into a pint glass, my third review of an anchor offering. Both the color and strangely the head had an orange-copper hue to them. Lots of head, about 2 fingers and clear through. The taste was good, more hoppy than your average IPA which was nice, but not over the top. Above average and worth a try.

Oct 31, 2014
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CTague from Florida

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Oct 18, 2014
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Omniwar from Georgia

3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 28, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
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 whose West Coast credentials I have, and still duly question. Not a particularly enjoyable IPA, or beer, for that matter.

Jul 29, 2014
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DaveHack from Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Jan 03, 2015
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours amber with a two-finger off-white head. The head leaves tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of citrus and caramel malts.

T - The taste has lots of caramel malts and citrus upfront. The hops are only noticeable in the finish producing a light amount of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very soft mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a decent middle of the road IPA. A very malt forward IPA that could use a little more hop bite. Still worth drinking.

Apr 29, 2015
Anchor IPA from Anchor Brewing Company
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