This beer came to me by way of a friend visiting for the weekend. We ended up needing to go on a beer run and this is what he grabbed.
Brewery: Anchor Brewing Company (San Francisco, CA)
Style: American Pale Ale
Description: A “bright and fruity” pale ale brewed to meet the discerning tastes of Anchor’s brewing team. You can find the full specs and back story here on the brewery website.
Appearance: Cloudy yellow copper semi see thru body with thin white head
Smell: Sweet, sugary malts beneath a layer of fresh pine and citrus hops.
Taste: Started out with sweet light malts upfront that gave the beer an almost candy or caramel-like body. Fresh piney hops came in about midway through and stuck around as the brew came to a juicy finish featuring melon, citrus blend, and grapefruit. Very clean and fresh tasting throughout.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Right on point for the style.
Hype: None. Anchor is a respected, long running brewery, but they don’t really get the hype that the smaller and newer guys do.
Overall: This was crazy good. Clean, fresh, and light it was the perfect choice for a warm day. I’m even going so far as to add this to my list of top five pale ales. Check it out!