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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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2,926 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,926
Reviews: 1,477
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 69
Gots: 159 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-18-2000)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i dont care what anyone says about anchor, they still make some wonderful beers, and liberty ale is at the head of that list, with its rich red malt base, glowing amber in the glass, and its huge hop palate, shocking to the masses no doubt when it was released, but not fitting rightly into the ipa category range. i like the fusion here, its got an english type ale yeast that imparts a lot of flavor, along with great dryness of feel, but its also hopped like a west coast ipa, a cool blend of traditions and entirely its own. i like the amber malt base, it isnt the least bit sweet, but its a different launching point than we usually see for the cascade hops, which are everything they usually are, bold and bitter, fresh and dramatic. the grain does balance that all the way through, and the english yeast is a great touch. carbonation is soft and not aggressive, but it is prominent and more than enough. the body is medium but filling as it warms, and the finish is long and bitter and distinct to this particular beer, ipa may have evolved beyond this in some ways, or at least the american beer geeks palate has, but this stands as a baseline for what good american hoppy beer should taste like, and it always makes me happy to go back to this one. a staple in the american craft scene for me, for some reason always better on draft.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue stemmed tulip.

a: Nearly clear dark gold with a finger thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s; Slight light fruit.

t; Lightly fruity over biscuit malt and light hop bite. Mostly dry finish. Hop bitterness actually increases somewhat later.

m: Light to medium with good carbonation tingle.

o: A good dinner beer or summer sipper with ok flavor but perhaps relatively unremarkable now given the nature and amount of competition. A little reminiscent of a mild Belgian golden ale because of the initial fruitiness.

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Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 05.09.14.

A: 1 finger head with an aggressive pour. Crystal clear orange.

S: Biscuity malt, citrus.

T: Caramel is first, then sweet citrus. Bitterness on the back end, then lingering sweetness again.

M: Crisp.

O: This one is a classic. It's not at all hop heavy in comparison to the IPAs of today. It's simply subtle and refreshing. The malt seemed more dominant than the hops, which is weird now, but it comes from a different time. It was a great gateway into IPAs for me.

Rating: A-

WAbeerfiend, Sep 30, 2014
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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,926 ratings.