Anchor Orange Splash Lager

Anchor Brewing - Orange Splash Lager

Brewed by: Anchor Brewing

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Lager
  • Variation: American
  • Limited: During baseball season in Northern California, Nevada, and Hawaii.
  • ABV: 5.2%
  • IBU: N/A

Notes: Canned for the first time in 2016.

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Orange Splash Lager is our first collaboration beer. This exquisitely balanced brew combines orange aromas with bright hoppy notes and medium maltiness. The finish is crisp and refreshing, complemented by lingering flavors of hops and orange zest.

Hops: Apollo and Bravo hops, dry-hopped with citrus-like experimental hop

Malts: Pale 2-Row, Caramel, and Patagonia Especial Malts

Additional: Mandarin orange juice in the brew kettle, orange peel at three different stages

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First Impressions

Artwork: Each can “wears” the button-up home whites of the Giants, complete with black and orange trim, and “Orange Splash” scripted across the front.

Color: Fairly transparent copper to burnt orange tone.

Aroma: Grains and bread, with a hint of caramel and lemon.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 12oz. Can

Served in: Specialty Pilsner Glass

Not like AleSmith San Diego Pale Ale 394 isn’t a favorite beer of Mike’s, but ever since it was released, he’s always been a little jealous that Sara’s Padres had such a cool baseball beer. Now thanks to Anchor Brewing, Mike has one for his San Francisco Giants.

The only problem was that we’re not inside its distribution map. Luckily a fellow craft beer blogger (and Giants fan) was able to notch the save, when we swapped some 394 and a few players to be named later for this new Anchor release. So thanks again to SparklingOnTheVine for making this review possible!

Orange Splash Lager poured a beautiful transparent copper to burnt orange tone, with a tall stack of cream colored foam. Its bubbly topper crackled loudly, then became wispy and vanished after a few sips. With the head out of the way, notes of bread and mild lemon filled our tube shaped glasses.

Since this beer was baseball themed, where fans tend to bake in the sun, we were expecting this lager to to be on the lighter side, and drier. Instead Orange Splash featured the medium body of a darker/heavier lager, yet still maintained an edgy crispness.

Orange Splash Lager started off with the malt and hops you would expect to find in a lager up front. But as soon as the beer “splashed” over our palates, the zestiness of the orange peel kicked in for a pleasing punch of citrus. As we swallowed each sip, there was a secondary wash of more intense citrus juice for a lingering bitterness.

Having not looked up the hop profile during our tasting, Orange Splash came across like Anchor brewed this lager with straight Cascade hops, and then topped it off with some orange zest to boost the citrus even more. Whether or not this lager was named as a nod to home run balls that land in McCovey Cove, it definitely made a big splash of orange.

Final Score: 3.5/5

3.5 Stars

Anchor knows lagers, so it’s really not surprising they turned out another solid one here. We’d imagine Orange Splash Lager tastes even better on tap tailgating at Anchor Brewing Beer Garden at The Yard, or inside AT&T Park for a game.

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