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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

2,774 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,774
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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pmcadamis

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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Happy 4th of July! What an appropriate beer to drink on our great nation's birthday! I picked this up a while ago in Champaign, and have been saving it for this holiday. The bottle's label looks like an old school sailor's tattoo from WWII, and says that it was "first brewed in 1975 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere's historic ride."

A - A massive four finger head rises above a slightly hazy rust-hued brew, and takes it's time settling to a solid finger. As the head dies down, it forms large craters in the foam, and leaves an astounding amount of lace on the glass. An excellent looking brew indeed.

S - Nicely malted with some pine and sweet/sour hop notes. Buttery diacetyl and butterscotch candy (the kind in the bright gold wrapper) on top of a canned mandarin orange hop profile. The nose is a good balance between sweet malty caramel and the hops which is perfect for the style. Could be a bit more assertive.

T - Mild diacetyl butterscotch reminds me of Worther's Original butterscotch candy, while the hops match the nose exactly (mandarin orange). Not quite as complex as the nose suggests, but it's really tasty!

M - Soft and silky carbonation caresses my mouth, and it's medium bodied with a slick oily feel after swallowing. The finish is neutral and slightly acidic with a lingering hop tang in the aftertaste. Good stuff.

D - Slightly sweet and buttery with a nice dose of dry hopped citrus for us hop-heads...this is the very definition of drinkability!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 17:05:48 | More by pmcadamis
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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,774 ratings.