Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A - Caramel tinge. This is a burnt golden color, classic of the style. Something about the hue suggests this is a beer fuller-bodied and more flavorful than your BMC swill, while remaing refreshing and lean.
A - Some gentle Cascade hops rolls thru the senses, followed by a mild malt note.
T - Nothing exceptional, but no mistakes either. Pale Ales, by nature, are unfavorably compared to IPAs. They're like the flacid, neotonized, deflated, under-construction, half-assed attempt. Still, this beer shoves back, trying to be something more... or at least assert that there's dignity in balance.
I like the soft caramel of the malt palatter, and how the cascade hops persist throughout the beer without becoming a chore.
M - Full-bodied with a dry finish, given the 6% abv
O - Not a beer I'll be running back to anytime soon, but one of my favorites of the genre. I can think of more famous American Pale Ales, but I can also recall their short-comings.
Anchor does not offer an IPA, and the strength of the Pale Ale is probably why. Compared to the average macro-Lager or English Bitters, this beer packs a tremendous punch: both in ABV & flavor.
On the other hand, this beer pales (hehehehe) compared to their Barleywine and Porter. Of course, those are exceptional beers which really punch above their weight!
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2012 03:56:50 | More by MONKandTUCK
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