Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
4.7/5 rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Appearance- Big fluffy two fingers of eggshell head with little cake in the middle. I love that. Beer is hazy orange color. Head leaves slowly, reducing to a thin layer, leaves fractured lace.
Aroma- bready english malt, lively ale fruit, bright yeastiness, maybe shortbread or poundcake, forceful hop spice and alcohol punches through it all.
Taste- For starters, this brew is ludicrously balanced. It makes it very difficult to review becaus the flavors all hit the palate at the same time and meld togther beautifuly. I get a wonderful crisp red apple character, softed by very subtle diacetyl, full bodied, bready malt supports it all and gives the esters a nice home, hops creep in mid-sip and while never forgrounded, leave the final impression with a nice spicy/ juicy, bitterness that lasts into a slightly soapy aftertaste. Lemony taste emerges with warmth. Very interesting and artful interpretation of the style.
MF- Mid-wieght, full and fuzzy. Nice natural carbonation.
Drinakability- Had trouble keeping it in the glass long enough to review it.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2007 06:11:43 | More by JudgeRoughneck
More User Reviews:
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Anchor Brewing Company can trace its history all the way back to the California gold rush of 1849, when German brewer Gottlieb Brekle arrived in San Francisco with his family. Brekle later bought an old beer and billiards saloon on Pacific Street near Russian Hill for $3,500, transforming it into the brewery that, in 1871, would be renamed Anchor.Today, Anchor is located at 1705 Mariposa Street in San Francisco, California.
On this occasion, Bucky sample Anchor's Liberty Ale, first introduced in 1975 and brewed according to traditional brewing methods using only natural ingredients - pale malted barley, whole-cone Cascade hops, a special top-fermenting yeast, and water. Liberty Ale was first brewed to celebrate the bicentennial of Paul Revere's historic ride, an episode during that war in which our misguided American cousins broke away from the loving embrace of the Empire. Bucky found Liberty Ale ("Liberty") on the shelves of his local LCBO in a brown, 355 ml bottle with a best before date of July 2014 printed on the rear label. Liberty was 5.9% alcohol by volume.
Liberty poured a slightly hazy yellow/gold colour, with plenty of fine, fast rising bubbles visible despite the haze. Pouring produced about 1/2" of white head which lasted for about 2 minutes, leaving some modest spotting and lacing down the glass. The beer's aroma was primarily of grapefruit, with some other unidentified tropical fruits present...a bit subdued but nice all the same. Its taste was again dominated by the grapefruit, but with an increasingly noticeable orange flavour as the beer warmed...much more enjoyable through the second half of the bottle with a better balance between the bitterness of the grapefruit and sweetness of the orange. Liberty had a dry, bitter finish and the bitter grapefruit lingered for several seconds as an aftertaste. The carbonation was perhaps a bit prickly in the back of the throat to begin with, but mellowed as the beer warmed. I would describe Liberty as light bodied, and at $2.00 per 355 ml is quite reasonably priced. A refreshing beer that I would go to again, but next time I'll let is sit for 10-15 minutes after I take it out of the fridge.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 23:04:33 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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