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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

2,776 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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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - light orange, slight haze, lots of carbonation bubbles dancing, tight dense white head. Leaves gobs of sticky lace down the glass.

S - citrus, lemons, grapefruit, floral, and a bit of grass. I wouldn't call it your typical "american" aroma, sort of a cross between a hoppy pils aroma and cascades.

T - delicate malt sweetness, balanced by some spicy, herbal hop flavour. A little bit of sweet citrus flavour as well. Aftertaste is snappy bitterness and lingering flavour. Not the boldest of taste, but overall profile is best described rustic and classy.

M - Very smooth beer. Lots of carbonation, but gentle, and gives the beer the right amount of snap to keep it crisp and balance the sweetness.

D - to me, this is the definition of a session beer; interesting profile, relatively low alcohol, and incredibly easy to drink.

I admit to arriving late to the game on Anchor beers. Never tasted one until a couple months back, a single bottle of Steam. Grabbed a 6-pack of Liberty this week. What I love about both beers is the rustic quality; they taste "old." Old in the sense that they have been making a quality product for years, and feel no need to change things, much like the traditional German brewers, yet it is still very American. I can only imagine how bold this beer would have been when it debuted in 1975; it seems rather tame by today's standards, but it is still an exceptional beer. Highly recommended, and shame on me for taking so long to discover this fine product.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 01:13:09 | More by markaberrant
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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,776 ratings.