Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco, CA
The California Gold Rush compelled thousands to Go West! “to see the elephant,” a metaphor for the doggedly optimistic risk-taking linked then and now with America’s intensified pursuit of happiness. 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 going west, from England around the Horn to San Francisco. In 1975, Anchor—America’s first craft brewery—led the modern revival of dry-hopped handmade ales. Fast-forward to Go West! IPA, made with 2-row pale barley malt and dry-hopped with a unique blend of 4 American hops. Its mouthwateringly complex aromas of citrus, pine, and the tropics; spiky bitterness; gleaming golden color; and clean finish unite to create this singular 24-karat IPA. Go West!, where the impossible is possible.
Clear amber/orange color with a malty and citrus nose. This beer is definitely on the bitter side of the IPA spectrum: without a doubt a West Coast IPA. There is a touch of fruit on the aftertaste, but almost entirely overwhelmed by bitterness. The bitterness is not astringent, though. Pretty different from other Anchor beers: if we had blind tasted this we would not have guessed it was from Anchor.
Would we have it again? Yup!
Would we have a 6-pack? Father Jack: yes, Large Marge: nope…