Anchor IPA | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor IPAAnchor IPA

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

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.

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Reviews: 194 | Ratings: 1,119
Reviews by vitALEity:
Photo of vitALEity
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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'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.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of TheOakKing
2.65/5  rDev -28%
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?

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Photo of woemad
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of mojohawk21
2.71/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of cam477
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of legalag11
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Turbo
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of woodchipper
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of gingerbread
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, poured into a pint glass. The beer was an amber color with a small white head.

Citrus and pine aroma. Some sweet malt.

Grapefruit and orange taste. A little caramel.

Hoppy, easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of Chlsyhawkins
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Todd
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Beaver13
1.93/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Pours golden copper with a huge creamy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is odd - leathery plasticky malts with some sweet caramel, green apple and some floral perfumey hops.

The flavor is sweet crystal malts with some odd apple fruit and a lot of floral hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I didn't care for this - green apple and floral perfumey hops.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Doomcifer
2.24/5  rDev -39.1%

Photo of Nitranim
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle

Old school brand, delivers with this tasty and quality IPA/pale

Shimmering auburn, lazy and looser lite khaki head, leaves respectable low lace on the glass.

On the nose I first get some caramel, then resiny hops.

Flavorful brew with mellow waves of caramel malts with dark bread. Hops in the middle and finish, grapefruit, more mellow resins. Light smoke, lime and some dark toast in the finish.

Enjoyable and quite easy drinking. IPA on the balanced side. Worth a try.

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Anchor IPA from Anchor Brewing Company
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