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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,776 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,776
Reviews: 1,463
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 64
Gots: 109 | FT: 0
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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SamN

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden color with a dirty white- soapy head. Sticky foam, I can expect lacing eventually. Nice deep color, mouthwatering APA looks. Smell is hoppy and sweet; honey malts, sweet fruit and pine noes from the magnificent dry hopping method. Big time juicy fruit aromas, delicious aroma. Taste is upfront with huge pear and apple notes, the sweetness lasting through the moderately hoppy and somewhat grassy finish. Remarkably sweet yet mature tasting. The bitterness factor is measured to a perfect pitch, never getting too overpowering. The hops is dominant but not overpowering, it really shows brewer prowess to maintain such a sweet fruity taste is light of aggressive dry hopping. Mouthfeel is exceptional, smooth and subtle. It's almost like you forget it's there's because it's so smooth, but if you focus on it, you realize it's firm and supportive of the big time flavor profile.

Overall, really quite an astounding APA. I've found Anchor to be somewhat lackluster in it's other styles, but this is a winner. Delicious, fruity, sweet and perfectly hopped. Great job.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 22:25:31 | More by SamN
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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,776 ratings.