Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pasty of white lace, hazed unfiltered orange colour. Earthy yeast, citrusy-minty hop, fruity esters, raw honey-like and biscuity malt sweetness make up the aroma.
Well rounded bitterness is the first to be noticed, smooth malt sweetness lines the palate with tones of biscuits and raw honey. Hops are very flavourful ranging form coarse bitterness to citrus, mildly minty to raw herbal. Touch of yeast and fruity esters show its ale prowess.
Fresh and in your face, a real American ale to be had here and one that I will happily make space in my beer fridge for.
Serving type: bottle
10-11-2002 18:54:38 | More by Jason
3.63/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On-tap @ Redbones.
Golden light amber in colour with a thin lace. Aroma is slightly estery with some sense of bitterness. Peach-like fruitiness. Light biscuity sweetness. Bitter flash on the palate. Bitty, dry finish.
Not bad on-tap, but much more preferred in the bottle -- seems to be hoppier in the bottle and all the flavours pop out more.
Serving type: on-tap
07-07-2002 06:53:04 | More by Todd
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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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