Anchor Go West! IPA

Posted: March 6, 2017 in American IPA, Anchor Brewing Company, Reviews

I usually walk past Anchor’s beers, despite the fact that they’re solid offerings. I also like how the cans look a bit retro. I picked up a six of this one and saved one for review purposes.


ABV: 6.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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. This brew pours bright, clear golden color with light tan head, has strong tropical and citrus fruit aromas balanced by the spiky freshness of pine needles. You get bitterness up front followed by subtly sweet maltiness, a light body and very smooth finish. You get hop bitterness, clean and fresh, and a hint of sweetness creates a complexity that leaves you wanting more.”

Random: I always liked the song “King Of Wishful Thinking” by Go West.

The beer poured with a full finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and orange with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was grassy with orange rind. I didn’t pick up much malt on it. The taste had notes of fresh-cut grass with grapefruit pith. There was lightly toasted biscuit malt at the end. It had a medium body with enough carbonation. The finish was long and citrusy. This was $1.62 a can, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. This was a pleasant, drinkable IPA that I would have again. It didn’t wow me, but I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


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