Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 355 ml bottle into a pint glass. An American IPA from well before the era when American IPAs became cool, this beer is a light flaxen amber color, just shy of bronze, with a decent quantity of off-white head. Releases a bright, fizzy hops-forward aroma of yellow grapefruit and lemon citrus rind, currant leaf, and clean grainy malts. Palate is quite bitter, perhaps more than expected on the basis of the preconceived notion that a brew predating the current era of hop bombs must be quite mellow, with plenty of bright green grass and lemon hop flavors. Indeed, this may be one of the most lemony brews I've had in terms of this particular flavor standing out ... There's some grapefruit and tangerine as well, white pepper, and ample Cascade hop character. The malts put in an appearance as well, some toasted caramel and even a little sultana fruit in what is otherwise a pretty dry and bitter (but not coarse) finish. Carbonation is assertive but this works well with the overall intent, which is to showcase green hop flavors without a lot of background sweetness. Obviously a classic brew and any IPA hardcore should try this at least once, if for no other reason than the historical context it provides. My view is that this beer is worth a taste on the basis of its own merits, though. Fits somewhere between pale ales and modern West Coast IPAs.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2013 19:28:37 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,777 ratings.