Brew Review: Anchor Brewing IPA

by Kelli H. on February 12, 2014

Beer: Anchor Brewing Anchor IPA
Date: 2-9-14
Location: San Francisco, CA
Alcohol: 6.5%
Availability: Year-round

 Appearance: Amber/Copper, clear, good head retention

Aroma: Floral, hops, citrus

Body & Texture: Up front has a nice carbonated hoppy bite. Great carbonation, bitter, and very smooth

Aftertaste: Quite malty! Reminiscent of biscuits 

Overall Impression: 
One of the first beers I ever really enjoyed was Anchor Steam. MMM…I loved that amber ale so much. Then hops took over my life, and my beloved Anchor Steam fell by the wayside. I’m so happy that Anchor Brewing is releasing Anchor IPA. One of my favorite breweries releasing my favorite kind of beers?! Yes! I was so excited! Then, last week unexpectedly our friend Kyle brought one over for us to try — Thanks, Kyle! Of course David wanted to open it immediately, but I knew this special beer deserved a brew review.

I have no complaints about this IPA. It’s totally an Anchor Brewing beer. The aftertaste is such a flagship Anchor Brewing flavor. I loveddddd the initial taste upfront. It had this amazing kick upfront of hop flavor, great carbonation, and it was so incredibly smooth. What I was not expecting was the delayed aftertaste of biscuity malts. That’s that flagship Anchor Brewing taste to me. Would I buy this beer myself? YOU BET! In fact, I can’t wait till I see it in the stores because I’m definitely going to be buying it often. It’s not such a harsh IPA and I think it has great balance. I think even a new IPA drinker could enjoy this beer. Let me know what you think when you try it!

“Made with 2-row barley malt and fresh whole-cone hops, it’s bright amber color, distinctively complex aroma, spiky bitterness, malty depth, and clean finish united to create a uniquely flavorful, memorable, and timeless IPA”.

I completely agree with that description! 

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenna Griffin February 12, 2014 at 11:43 pm

I think my husband would love this beer!


helloandgo February 13, 2014 at 4:26 am

I can’t remember if I have tried this or not. Guess I will have to try it to see đŸ˜‰


Tara Condell February 14, 2014 at 5:05 am

Your dog is so adorable! Big shoutout to Anchor Steam! Have you done their brewery tour? I think you would love it.


Made in Sonoma February 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I haven’t though I’d really love to!


Tiff LoveSweatBeers February 18, 2014 at 12:43 am

So jealous!!! I can’t wait to try this one, and after reading your review, I’m sure it’s something I’ll like. Anchor isn’t my fav brewery, but it’s up on my list for sure. Whenever I want a “beer,” just what I expect a basic but awesome beer to taste like, I go for an Anchor Liberty Ale.


Made in Sonoma February 18, 2014 at 4:35 am

It sounds crazy, but I can’t recall if I’ve ever had their Liberty Ale. I think I need to try that ASAP!


was May 29, 2014 at 1:39 am

Found Anchor Liberty Ale to be far superior.


Made in Sonoma May 29, 2014 at 3:53 am

I’ll have to give that one another try. Is there any particular reason you found Liberty to be so much better?


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