Sunday, November 2, 2014

Anchor IPA

This 6.5% ABV India Pale Ale is from the Anchor Brewing Company of San Francisco, California. They are one of America's original craft brewers in the modern era. The elephant all over the bottle is due to the Gold Rush days when a person would say that they were going to "see the elephant" when they went West to prospect. The label indicates the beer is based on this English IPA's that made the long voyage to quench the thirst of the miners.

The beer pours a deep, dark copper and amber in color, burnt orange, nearing almost ruby. There is a tall, thickly foamy head of off-white to very light beige. The aroma is orange, melon, passion fruit, and light pine over solid, caramelly malt. The taste follows the aromas, hitting all the same notes, it is extremely bright and tangy, ending in substantial bitterness. The finish is like drinking strong tonic water with a spritz of citrus juices, lime and grapefruit, and a touch of pine. The beer drinks smooth and easy, with a tingling carbonation. If you like a very bitter and citrusy English style IPA, then this is the one for you.

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