San Franpsycho | Anchor Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
San Franpsycho is a community-based apparel brand making waves in San Fancisco since 2001.

A San Francisco collaboration brew, San Franpsycho IPA is a juicy mash-up of peach, apricot and aromatic hops.

Added by Hop_God on 04-18-2018

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy maize color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of papaya, pineapple, citrus hops, piney hops, pale malt, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of papaya, pineapple, citrus hops, piney hops, pale malt, hint of alcohol, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, too much fruit, good body nevertheless, and good feel.

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Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Camelback on 6-14-18 for $2.49. Bottled on 4-5-18.

Beer poured hazy gold with a beautiful white head that has some nice hang time and is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has hints of peaches and apricots.

Taste is peach and apricot forward with a touch of sour orange. Very lightly bittered, finishes with a touch of sourness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Overall an interesting use of the hops, definitely off the beaten path but an interesting twist and change!

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Photo of desint
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jadpsu
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a clear pale straw yellow with a abundant white head that has good staying power.
AROMA: Yikes, boosts some harsh aromatic almost perfumed hops. Apricot noted. Perhaps resign pine notes.

TASTE: There is apricot, but for me it is some bruised apricot that comes off as sour or spoiled. Just not for me.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up when I was out west over the summer, having most of the bottles on the road. This was the last one, that I saved for home, and as much as I love Anchor and the label of this, I was hoping for a bit more out of this. The juice felt somewhat artificial and thin as this went down just a bit too easily. Even for Anchor, this left a bit to be desired...

Not a bad pour to this as the appearance as the best aspect to this. Hazy, golden, and soapy, this had plenty of head to top it off and left a good amount of lacing behind as this had quite a soapy appearance to it. The taste picked up from that as there was a ton of dishwashing detergent to go along with a tangy and tart peach and apricot feel that was mild in the nose and much more prevalent in the taste. Maybe it was artificial juice, or too much adjunct, but this never came across as being fully authentic to me. A bit of herbal grass, honey, and floral grass came through, which gave this a rustic feel, but this was a fruit-forward beer that felt less like an IPA than I would have liked...

The amount of alcohol here wasn't that strong and this nearly felt like a session beer, even after I finished it off. Coded "8AS" on the back, this felt fresh and somewhat lively even though there wasn't much carbonation to speak of. The label was quite nice and appropriate given the brewery's locale and fruits featured in this, but this came across as a novelty more than anything else. Sure, there's nothing like holding a tapered-neck bottle from these guys but next time, I'll reach for the flagship Steam beer instead...

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Photo of woodychandler
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The best 2.5 years of my life were when I was stationed aboard NAS Alameda while my uncle was still a professor at SFSU. I had my own apartment for the first time, I had a key to his place & I was hitting brewpubs, bars & nightclubs on both sides of the Bay almost every night of the week. I just read where using simple puns and wordplay to help connect random ideas is a hallmark of psychotic language. Uh oh!

From the Bottle: "San Franpsycho is a community-based apparel brand making waves in San Francisco since 2001. A San Francisco collaboration brew, San Franpsycho IPA is a juicy mash-up of peach, apricot and aromatic hops."

I was psychotically eager to Pop! the cap on this one & so I did. Unlike the previous entry, this beer cooperated and formed just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head on its own. It had decent retention that left a modicum of lacing in its wake. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) & I would have chalked it up to a chill haze due to my reefer's rather cold interior had it not been for others noting a light haze. Oh well. Nose made me smile, thanks to it being redolent with peach & apricot! I love peaches & I prefer dried apricots over fresh apricots. In fact, I could really go for some dried fruit! Maybe I'll swing by the Farmer's Market on Saturday … I loved the way that this smelled, even if it was not totally appropriate for an AIPA. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was kind of odd, more fruity than bitter, although there was a perceptible hoppiness in there. It had a candy-like quality, like SweeTarts or Jolly Ranchers, but even that is imprecise. I do not mean to make it sound sour since it was not, but it had a tangy twang from the fruit adjuncts and I'd be very interested to find out which hops were utilized in its production. All of that said, it lacked the bitterness which is a hallmark of the style. Unfortunately, I review to style & not to taste, except for the "Overall" score, which I see as my opportunity to weigh in. Finish was semi-dry, but I would have liked a bit more bitterness in/from an AIPA. Overall, I really liked it. It really used the fruit adjuncts well & were it identified as a "Fruit & Field Beer", I would have been MUCH more lenient in my scores. It is marked as a limited one-off release so I would make every attempt to try it before it disappears. YMMV.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monkist
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm fond of Anchor and their brews, especially the Steam and the Liberty series. Had a few strange fruity ones from them but this one is interesting enough as a peach and apricot IPA. Not too sweet nor dry, fruit is mostly present in the aroma and especially from halfway through in its taste. A somewhat dry/sour bitterness is also present to balance out the fruity sweetness that gets stronger as it warms. Then it reaches a pleasant mild equilibrium.
Altogether a quite nice, not your typical fruity, but truly peachy IPA.

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Photo of Peter_M_Morris
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitchster
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewed with "BLEND OF 2-ROW PALE, RED WHEAT & ACIDULATED" malts, apricot and peach purée.
"fermented with a mixed culture of yeast to create a unique and fruity estery nose, unlike any other IPA from Anchor."
6.3% abv.

Pours out to a very hazy golden peach, forming a tall creamy and meringue like bone white head with beautiful retention and excellently lace. Carbonation is moderately brisk about three carbs. The nose is very fruity with lots of apricot and peach, floral hops. Very nice nose. The Marshfield is smooth lately creamy, medium dense body. The taste opens with peach and apricot which is quickly supplanted by a firm herbal and spicy bitterness. Nice malt body. Odd metallic lightly acidic yeast esters.

This is interesting. Overall it's a good brew but the nose promises a beer that the flavor doesn't deliver. I'm not inclined to buy it again but worth a try if you like hazy IPAs

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Photo of tgdavis
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Skellbop
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of beerthulhu
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-spiegelau ipa glass. w/ peach & apricots.

A: Dense and very bright orange color glows in the vessel, but is still pretty well clean and filtered, not as hazy or juicy as the label suggests. Beefy light beige capping of 1/2 inch is moderately retaining while a slow and leisure rise of effervesce passes within with a loose density.

S: Touch of sour peach and apricots. Some sour cantaloupe and musky fresh greenery. Not a lot of hoppiness, more fruity with a musky green flavor.

T: Tart apricots and oranges, as well tart peaches bring a fruity sourness along with some tropical juice flavor. Flavor forward, musky greenery, with some breakfast fruit and tart tangerine peel bitterness that softly lingers on the finish. Grapefruit pulp.

M: Malty and thick mouthful, luscious and hearty with a good edge of carbonation gives this some texture and a chewy feel.

O: Sour fruitiness with a big malty body and juicy orange pulp texture finishes off with a tart tangerine peel bitterness. Interesting first impression, though only moderately entertaining to the finish. Good overall (85).

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Photo of khargro2
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schoolboy
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's been a while since I had anything interesting from the makers of steam beer. This sample may not be the best. Note to self, don't get singles from World Wines unless you can verify (fresh IPA's, etc).

It pours nice yellow with fine head. The smell is fruity and hoppy and fresh, but subdued. Nothing funky. The taste is a bit dry and not very hoppy or fruity. This could be the sample. It just kind of sits on your tongue and lingers, but not all that pleasantly.

Not recommended.

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Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Just-the-sip
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vikinggary28
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into glass mug from a 12 oz bottle. Amber colour with a soapy tan head and some nice lacing. Fruity/grassy smell hits you as soon as you take a whiff. The taste does come across with a definite peach and apricot undertaste lying beneath the hops. Decent mouthfeel. Not bad. Prost!

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 4. Not juicy, more like an anchor liberty ale, with its peculiar profile, with soft stone fruit notes added from apricot and peach. Good still

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Photo of Zanico
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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San Franpsycho from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 53 ratings