Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the
NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is Anchor Brewing Company IPA. I picked up this bottle at Plaza Bottle Shop
in San Leandro (here
Not only is this the closest bottle shop to where I live, but they’ll let you
buy a single 12 ounce bottle so for my review purposes it is excellent. They also carry (and get in) special beers
before many of the other local bottle shops. If you find yourself in San
Leandro, check this place out!
From the Anchor Brewing Company website
: “The California
Gold Rush lured thousands west to "see the elephant," a 19th-century
metaphor for the hopeful but risky pursuit of happiness, adventure, and
fortune. 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 heading
west, from England around the Horn to San Francisco. Thirsty ‘49ers savored the
best imported IPAs, but it wasn’t until 1975 that Anchor, Americas' original
craft brewery, pioneered the revival of dry-hopped handmade ales. Now, that
tradition fast-forwards to an adventurous new brew: Anchor IPA™.
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.
The elephant you see on Anchor IPA™ was hand-drawn by our
label artist, James Stitt. To "see the elephant" was a popular
19th-century expression that originated with a tale that predates the
California Gold Rush.
There once lived a farmer who had heard of elephants but had
never seen one. He longed for the day when he might catch a glimpse of this
rare, exotic creature. When the circus came to town, he loaded his wagon with
fresh produce and headed to market. On the way, just as he'd hoped, he came
across the circus parade, nobly led by an enormous elephant. The farmer was
ecstatic, but his horses were terrified. They reared and bucked, overturning
his wagon and scattering its precious contents in the road. "I don’t give
a hoot," exclaimed the farmer. "I have seen the elephant!"
The elephant became the universal symbol of the Gold Rush,
as evidenced by the journals, letters, and sketchbooks of the forty-niners.
Whether or not they struck it rich in the diggings, those plucky pioneers would
forever treasure their California adventure as the defining moment of their
lives. Have you seen the elephant?”
Let’s get started!
a clear and dark amber color with a huge khaki head and lots of lacing.
tropical and pine hop scents with caramel malts for balance.
up front, followed by caramel and toasted malts and finished with more
tropical, citrus and slight pine hop notes.
drinking and enjoyable, Anchor Brewing Company IPA drinks like a hoppy English
IPA as opposed to a standard West Coast IPA.
This 6.5% ABV offering is certainly worth a try.
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