Beer of the Week: Anchor IPA

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Anchor IPA (6.5% ABV): This India Pale Ale from Anchor Brewing Company based in San Francisco pours a dark orange-red amber with a half-inch off-white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is earthy hops at first with notes of sweet fruit and orange/grapefruit citrus. I also picked up on a notable malt character that I was not expecting from this IPA; there is an earthy, musky, bready component to the aroma not usually found in IPAs. At first sip, I taste sweetness from the caramel and then citrus followed by some bitterness from the hops for a clean finish. This is a solid IPA if you’re not in to the bold flavors that traditional IPAs offer. Anchor IPA is drinkable and not too filling. This is a good beer to drink as you transition from summer to fall beers.

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