Go West! IPA
Anchor Brewing Company

Go West! IPAGo West! IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #4,275
Ranked #22,498
3.83 | pDev: 8.88%
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Go West! IPAGo West! IPA
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a clear hotel room glass. It pours a pretty amber with a thick cap of frothy, ecru-colored head and spotty lacing. The smell is rather subdued; it is mostly malt with light floral hops and a slight whiff of citrus. The taste opens with a base of fairly sweet malt, along with lemon, grapefruit rind, and pine. The Apollo and Bravo hops are only mildly bitter for a West Coast IPA. All the expected tastes are present but none are particularly bold; it's a mellow brew. It has a fairly viscous mouth feel with a pleasant level of carbonation, and at 6.7% ABV I'm glad I had a second bottle. Overall, Go West is solid if rather nondescript. I enjoyed it with hors d'oeuvres and good conversation.

Feb 02, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty burnt orange pour with a finger or two of white foam. The smell left me wanting more hops given the supporting aromas were west coast focused and put in to showcase the hops, talking biscuit malt, earthiness and tropical fruit. There is some pine but I want more west coast hops. Taste is exactly the same, but there is lingering hops resin now which helps out. Feel is smooth, a tad slimy from the hops resin but finishes pretty crisp

Jan 26, 2019
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours orange yellow with a small white head. Smells of flowery and citrus hops, mellow and inviting. Tastes of piney and citrus hops, with a nice grain backbone. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, decent carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Sep 17, 2018
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold with thick white head and lacing.
N: Hops, grapefruit, malt, and citrus.
T: Follows the nose, hops and citrus up front with a sweet malt mixed in, dryness on the finish.
M: Medium
O: A nice IPA, good bite, dryness but evened out with some malt and citrus.

Jul 10, 2018
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stcules from Italy

3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber, opalescent. Beige foam, quite creamy.
IPA smell, fresh and pleasant hoppy notes, light citrus, piney, a point of grass.
Light blueberry notes, and flowery.
Balanced taste, intense hoppiness, spicy notes.
Some tropical (pineaplle) hints in the aftertaste.

May 15, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange color with a thick three finger head with great retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with notes of pine, grapefruit, berries, stone fruit and oranges.
Flavor with notes of pine, berries, stone fruit, mango, passion fruit, spices, American yeast, biscuit malt, plums, grapefruit and tea leaves. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.7% is absent.
Piney, citrusy and fruity American IPA with great complexity. Fruits in all available colors.

Apr 06, 2018
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scream from Wisconsin

3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Ringwood Brewery 1/2 pint mug it looks fine. The aroma is a bit thin imo. Taste is quite hoppy but different to me. The mouthfeel is pretty decent. Overall I would say just it's a bit above average.

Look 3.75, Smell 3.25, Taste 3.5, Feel 3.5, Overall 3.5

Rating 3.46 -9.4%

Dec 31, 2017
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a single bottle $1.79 Don Quijote
Floral hop smell
Hazy golden orange color
Medium-light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Bitter, sour taste
Overall nothing impressive about it. Tastes like Liberty IPA. Lots of better beers at a lower price. Would not buy again.

Nov 16, 2017
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matcris from Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

LOOKS: A slightly hazy, burnt orange, with a finger of off white head that recedes to a thin layer. Nice bit of lacing.
AROMA: Slight astringency, toasted sourdough, citrus, pineapple, and a very mild dank quality.
FLAVOR: Caramel malt and toast, lots of citrus with a good bitter bite that lasts. Slight CP from I'm gonna say....Simcoe. A bit of pineapple, and it also reminds me of weed, a bit.
FEEL: Well carbonated, quite dry, and medium body.
OVERALL: Classic tasting IPA; good brew.

Nov 07, 2017
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OzmanBey from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Normally I'm not a big IPA person, they tend to be too citrusy for my liking. I've a couple of Anchor beers and really enjoyed them so I got a mix pack and this is one of them in the pack. I have to say I enjoyed this IPA way better than any other I had be fore. When I first cracked the bottle open you get a nice hefty aroma of malt and hops that isn't off pungent the way most IPA's are. The liquid was dark yellowish amber color, the taste was a nice citrus with a hint of Banana, creamy on the tongue. Had a nice lingering pine aftertaste that was refreshing. THis is one IPA that I will continue to get on rotation.

Oct 28, 2017
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz can with a BB of Jan 2019. Purchased recently from ASDA. Label features a hairy elephant.

A: Poured into an IPA glass. Appears to be can conditioned. A deep, hazy amber colour with plentiful carbonation and fine suspended sediment. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of spicy, grassy hops with hints of herbs, grass/hay, leafiness, stewed hops, earthy yeast, mild caramel malt and a touch of solvent in the background. Pretty good, though the hop profile is unusual for a US-brewed IPA.

T: Tastes of grassy aromatic hops with notes of herbs, spice, grass/hay, leafiness, stewed hops, earthy yeast, esters, vague caramel malt and a resinous quality in the background. Quite dry, followed by a robust hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Hop oils tickle the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, grass/herbs, subtle resin, earthy yeast and faint malt.

O: A pretty good IPA, even if the hop character is unusual. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are grassy, spicy and herbal with yeasty undertones. Underpinned by subtle malt. Nice body. The hops come across as noble or old world varieties used in high quantity, which is surprising but interesting. Goes down readily enough - worth sampling.

Oct 15, 2017
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale amber with orange hues and an ample off-white head.

Citrus, floral and tropical fruit in the nose with bready malt in the background.

Bitter citrus and pine flowing to some mild stone fruit (not sweet) with hits of bread malt. Finishes dry.

Oct 02, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From Decervecitas. In Teku glass. Playing Verde Station. Typical west coast ipa, with noticeable piney flavors. Not too bad but Im getting a bit bored of this. Pretty smooth

Sep 04, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor Brewing Co. "Go West! IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "7YX"
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: I could swear I've reviewed this beer before. I've definitely tasted it several times, and I'm pretty sure I had it on draft as well. Anyway, what I recalled about it before even opening this bottle just now was how much it resembled the other Anchor beers in its yeast and malt. It smells like it's from Anchor, and it has the Anchor taste. It's very different from Anchor Steam but there's also a clear connection there. And to be honest, this goes for most of the Anchor beers, the yeast is very distinctive. Anyway, this pours a hazy amber body beneath a finger-thick head of fluffy white that holds quite well and leaves some impressive lacing about the glass. The aroma is mildly citrusy with some other fruits mixed in, gently piney, malty, and earthy. The flavor follows, adding some distinct orange and soft grapefruit to the mix, and a touch of spiciness - not sure if that's alcohol or hops. A firm bitterness backs it, and the sweetness of the grainy malt is balanced, leading to a dry finish. Medium bodied and gently crisp. Very nice! I wouldn't call it great example of the West Coast IPA style, but it's there with Anchor's mark up on it. Well worth trying.

Sep 01, 2017
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flagmantho from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Appearance: light golden hue with a bit of haze and a thin finger of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad, but I'd like more foam.

Smell: piney, herbal and even a bit floral/soapy. It definitely seems to hint at bitterness to come.

Taste: sweet up front with a slowly-building hop flavor. Hop character is herbal, earthy and perhaps a bit dank. It's definitely bitter, but not quite as much as the aroma suggested.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: not a bad IPA, but it doesn't really stick out from the crowd. A little sweet, a little earthy and bitter; it's pretty well balanced.

Aug 31, 2017
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ThePold from Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fresh bottle from a variety pack into a good glass. Very light yellow golden hazy look with a one finger head. Odor is citrus hops. This is a standard, but quality, West Coast IPA that Anchor should be proud of and that I will look for.

Aug 18, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a half pint glass: color is copper, head is off white to light tan with fine to medium bubbles and presents about 1/2 inch thick. head lingers well with solid top and some lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is somewhat subdued: hops are balanced and light, some light citrus and hints of herbs, malt is lightly caramel with a hint of toast, but all very subtle, even after warming.

Taste is seems more english ipa style to me with a presence that is dry and crisp and a presence that is minerally on the tongue; flavor is more pronounced than aroma with a herbal/citrus hop flavor and a toast/caramel malt flavor, subtle sweetness then balanced drying.

Mouthfeel as mentioned is a little more to an english ipa style with a mineral presence with crisp and light sweetness on the tongue, moderate carbonation.

Overall a good easy drinking IPA with noticeable but simple malt character and balanced hop presence.

Jul 27, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours golden with a persistent head. The aroma is piney and citrusy. The taste is very balanced but with a prolonged bitterness that carries over all the way to the end. Medium body. A very enjoyable IPA!

Jul 21, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am coming down/off (at least briefly) from/of a Sierra Nevada excursion & while they may have expanded eastward into NC, I will always think of them in my mother's relocated city of Chico, CA. SF is thought of as being northern California as well as Chico, so I am weighing Anchor for a little while before returning to Chico.

From the bottle: "The California Gold Rush compelled thousands to Go West! 'to see the elephant,' a metaphor for the doggedly optimistic risk-taking linked then and now with America's intensified pursuit of happiness. As early as 1849, India Pale Ale - prepared by British brewers for export to India by adding dry hops to barrels of hoppy ale - was also going west, from England around the Horn to San Francisco. In 1975, Anchor - America's first craft brewery - led the modern revival of dry-hopped handmade ales. Fast forward to Go West! IPA (tm), made with 2-row pale barley malt and dry-hopped with a unique blend of 4 American hops. Its mouthwateringly complex aromas of citrus, pine, and the tropics; spiky bitterness; gleaming golden color; and clean finish unite to create this singular 24-carat IPA. Go West!, where the impossible is possible."

I Pop!ped the magnificent cap with its gorgeous fouled anchor logo & began a gentle pour into the anxiously-awaiting glass. I could barely restrain myself from an aggro pour, but the anticipation was all the sweeter for it. Two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head rose up to greet me & then refused to go away. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose held a mélange of all of the things mentioned on the neck label - citrus, pine & tropical fruit & now my mouth was watering uncontrollably. Mouthfeel was medium with a good deal of carbonation to lend it a prickly feeling on my tongue. The taste had an interesting bittersweet quality with the citrusy grapefruit leading the way, but followed closely on its heels by a tropical fruitiness. My goodness, and not my Guinness, either. I have reviewed a LOT of AIPAs & this is singular in my exbeerience. The finish was dry with the bitterness of the pithy grapefruit overwhelming all else. My my. Oh, to be back in San Francisco, Baghdad-by-the-Bay ...

Jun 19, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into an English pint glass. The appearance was a slight glossy to transparent light orange color. Small carbonated bubbles run upwards to fill a quickly dissipating little white head. Messy lacing abounds around the glass. The smell starts off with some sweet grassy hops. Lemony sweetness slides in. Caramel/toffee malts underneath. Some earthy bitterness, ever so slightly. The taste balanced between the two - the grassy and lemony sweet hops to the sweet malts, bitterness extremely subdued. Sweet malty aftertaste. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a clean sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good for what it is, somewhat low, but nothing obscure. Overall, not a bad IPA, a bit sweeter than some I’ve had, still, I could see myself coming back to it if necessary.

Jun 12, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Jcwatts, thanks for the opportunity!
Hazy golden orange with a decent sized frothy white head. Bready caramel with citrus and orange on the nose. Earthy minty bread and caramel Not horribly hoppy, not sure how old the bottle is not bad.

Jun 12, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a deep rich hazy orange with a bubbly head.

The can poured super malty, but when I sniffed it out of the glass it definitely had changed into a more balanced orange/citrus hop biscuit malt beer.

Beer has a nice hop to it, it's actually the malt that brings it down. The hops are light and flowery like an orange blossom honey, but the malt is thin and water and much too cracker like.

May 24, 2017
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2017-05-22 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottled on 2017-01-03

A - Hazy golden-orange with a 3-finger white head a decent lace.

S - Light biscuit, citrus, slightly/dank and floral. Quite mild.

T - Pine, orange flesh and zest, biscuit, earthy spice and light, white pepper. The piney, bitter finish is just right.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Prickly and lightly resinous. Dries nicely.

O - West Coast all the way. I really enjoyed the flavor and feel. I'll bet if it had been fresher, there would have been more aroma. In any case, the West Coast flavors are right in my wheelhouse for an IPA. As much as I enjoy tropical flavors, this style is even more to my liking. Surprised and pleased with this one. Need to get more.

May 22, 2017
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dditto2 from Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I had the California Pack of cans. Unfortunately I wasn't a fan. My fav was the Lager and I don't drink lagers.
L: The can is cool, I didn't poor.
S: At first I picked up a bit of deet bitterness. Then I picked up some malts and hops. Mild pine and citrus.
T n F: This reminds me of something old school. It has the bitterness of the hops but no good flavors for me. It is what I think they meant by bitter beer face. Sorry.
Overall: I just didn't like it, too old school maybe.

May 14, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

golden in color, fairly clear, white head. aroma is a well rounded american hops. taste leans fairly bitter, this is an old school west coast IPA. medium bodied.

May 12, 2017
Go West! IPA from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 377 ratings