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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,038 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,038
Reviews: 1,492
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 73
Gots: 211 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-18-2000

The champagne-like bubbles, distinctive hop bouquet, and balanced character of Liberty Ale® revives centuries-old ale brewing traditions that are now more relevant than ever. First introduced in 1975, Liberty Ale® is brewed strictly according to traditional craft brewing methods, and uses only natural ingredients — pale malted barley, fresh whole-cone Cascade hops and a special top-fermenting yeast, and water.

The yeast used during fermentation produces many of Liberty Ale's subtle flavors and characteristics. A natural process called "bunging" creates gentle carbonation, and the practice of dry hopping (adding fresh hops to the brew during aging), revived by Anchor, creates its unique aroma.

Liberty Ale® was first brewed to celebrate the bicentennial of Paul Revere’s historic ride. As the first modern American IPA brewed after prohibition and the first modern American single-hop ale and dry-hopped ale, Anchor’s Liberty Ale® is the original craft brewed ale and the historic beer that started a revolution.
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Photo of nelsonracite
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Burnerdale
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hyperionecta
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LilTobyRuby
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful dark golden ale with a thick creamy head and good retention. Mild hop aroma and bitterness with a small carbonation bite.

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TerdulousFerguson17
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JPowell712
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dacrza1
4.56/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: January 16, 2015... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern pint ... OCCASION: a good week done... APPEARANCE: a storm of effervescent bubbles whirl violently below an absolute dreamy cloud of thick white head; hazy orange amber in color; lacing is ribbed and substantial... AROMA: sharp orange peel; some sugarlike cookie, vanilla, grapefruit and spring flowers... PALATE: creamy at the lips; slight pings of sourness at the teeth; effervescent but swift to the throat; light and mega-sessionable ...TASTE: citric flavors of grapefruit and lilac, orange and vanilla make this already a winner; the malt settles nicely, providing balance...OVERALL: why so long to revisit this most perfect example of the genre--as refreshing and flavorful as a pale ale can be...

Photo of BobMessina
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Extreme lack of flavor. No finish

Photo of DrBier
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dinobambam
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of abkayak
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dangriff
2.48/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Maybe this is not my cup of tea but it is just a bitter beer. Not enough hops to be an IPA. Not enough malt and character to be a good brown.

Photo of aratcliffe
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tlema1
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maedhros09
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't know why this exquisite ale isn't better loved around here. To me it is perfection, and there are very few beers I can say that about (including the Anchor Porter). It has a wonderful balance among the malt, hops, and yeast flavors, the last of which imparts a very distinctive floral character.

By the way I have never considered this beer an IPA - more of a pale ale IMO.

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BillV
4.81/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome. The BA score says 87 and the BROS say 89 and 'very good'. I concur but with an extra 'awesome' tied off at the end. This is really a fine beer and should be experienced to appreciate its rarity. Anchor has done us all a solid with this outstanding example of an American IPA. I can't say enough about the taste and overall points of this beverage. It is what you would expect a true craft beer to be about.

Imagine, if you have wandered in here and having only experienced drinking the usual American mass produced beers , you have no real knowledge of what a decent to awesome beer tastes and feels like. Well, I would steer you away from this one, then, at first. Go work your way around some of the other craft beers and get a good feel for what they are like. Then come back around and give it a try. I say this because I really believe that if you could develop your palate for these kinds beers, you will appreciate one like Anchor Liberty Ale all the more. And, in appreciating it more, have a better understanding going into it for what you should be looking for when you find it.

Slanj!

Photo of Stevedore
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter 1/3/2015.

A- Darker yellow-copper body, mildly hazy but more or less transparent in character. Poured hard and comes up with a two finger white head with nice retention time, moderate longevity and not much lacing.

S- Clean caramel aromas, wet grains much like spent grains from the wort, and a nice pine aroma. I have to think this is Cascade-hopped in some capacity; there is a fair amount of pine here just like in SNPA. Clean, nothing intense but easy to pick out all of the components here.

F- Caramel, toffee, grainy sweetness mixed in with a bit of lemon zest and plenty of pine throughout; it's not more piney on the finish as it is in the middle; it's all there and unapologetic. I like this one quite a bit even if there isn't a lot of complexity. In its simplicity, this is a well-put-together beer.

M- Medium bodied, resinous and substantial. Nice carbonation. Not fizzy, but plenty of carbonation with a nice resinous pine feel on the tongue on the backend. Very drinkable

O- Solid IPA that has a nice malt sweetness to it that complements the Cascade (presumably) hops very well. It's not too dry, has plenty of resin and is very drinkable.

Final score: 3.73

Photo of sgregory
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of garuda
3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jakethal
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kappakoosh
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,038 ratings.