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Anchor IPA

Rating: 3.8

This one is another new Anchor beer for 2014 and follows on from their Saison that I reviewed here not too long ago. I had been keeping an eye out for this one ever since I first spotted it on Instagram and was surprised to see it arrive in the UK not too long after it’s initial US release, I guess that’s down to the since of the Anchor brewery now though. The label features a drawing of an elephant by label artist James Stitt and comes from the fact that the phrase “see the elephant” was a popular term used during the California gold rush.This one will be my tenth beer from the California brewery and I still have another of theirs to review in the coming days.

Anchor IPA

Appearance (4/5): A slightly darker than expected caramel amber with a thumb sized, bubbly white head on top that holds quite well initially, leaving some minor lacing on the sides of the glass as it does so.
Aroma (7/10): Bitter hops upfront with a mainly pine and citrus nose initially before some strong caramel notes make themselves known. There is a sweetness to the beer throughout with some toffee and floral notes coming through alongside some caramel. The beer started quite well but started to lose its strength towards the end, stopping just short of turning weak. The caramel and hops worked well together and were a particular highlight from the nose.
Taste (7/10): Mirroring the nose well, the taste also starts with a good combination of pine and citrus flavours coupled with some caramel and added sweetness. There was a touch of spice early on and what I took to be very faint alcohol but the sweet malts and hints of sugar help distract from this before some strong bitterness from the pine hops began to close things out.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a medium body and touches of spice coming through with plenty of bitterness and the odd bit of sweetness too. The beer proved to be an easy on to drink although some alcohol did make itself known and the finish was a dry, intensely bitter one that I enjoyed for some time after as it lingered on the tongue.

Overall (16/20): Not a bad beer at all from Anchor and a fairly decent American IPA on the whole without it being a true stand out or classic. This one had quite a good taste with the additional caramel going down well and although it won’t rank alongside some of the more acclaimed American IPA’s it was still a very good offering and one I’d be likely to pick up again, mainly down to the fact that Anchor beers seem to be more reasonably priced than a lot of other American craft beers these days.

Brewed In: San Francisco, California, United States of America
Brewery: Anchor Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.80

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  1. October 7, 2014 at 09:23

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