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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,784 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,784
Reviews: 1,463
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 65
Gots: 113 | 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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fx20736

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A rough pour yielded a sweet cream colored head akin to the color of butter pecan ice cream which left scant lacing but a nice cap that stubbornly refused to recede. Liberty Ale is a hazy apricot orange and looks just like apricot jam. Hard to determine carbonation.

Aroma: wow, really amazing! Grapefruit and some pine resin and a really appealing Juicy Fruit gum smell. As the beer warms a slight caramel/ vanilla odor emerges.

Mouthfeel: Prickly, zesty, nice.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine resin hops are instantly noticeable. Unlike many West Coast beers the Cascade style hops do not wallop one in the head, rather they are very well balanced. There is a nice malt backbone as it glides down and a fruity flavor creeps in which seems like green or white grapes and bananas to me. The aftertaste is faintly hoppy with a little bit of pine resin that is restrained.

Notes: A unique beer, no doubt. Belongs in the APA category I guess. It is a great Summer Beer, refreshing and invigorating to the taste buds. It is nice to see West Coast Hops used with balance and restraint. This is a great change of pace beer, with some nice flavor notes and a beer that stands out in it's style category rather than a generic clone.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 15:38:10 | More by fx20736
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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,784 ratings.