Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
3.54/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
I see this beer on the shelf all the time, but had no idea the history behind it. I just figured it was another beer in their portfolio. But to hear this was originally brewed as a Christmas beer was news to me. Also, a lot of breweries change the recipe every year. Fun to learn that this one was so good they decided to keep it! There are a few beers from Anchor on our list, and I have generally liked everything I have had from them. Their porter is amazing, and their Anchor Steam Beer is their most popular. Excited to see what Liberty Ale has to offer.
In the Glass: The beer is quite cloudy in the glass. It looks more like a pale than an IPA, as I feel an IPA should be more copper in color. The beer also produced a weak head, and it offers a meager lace. But I could smell this as I was pouring it into the glass. Knowing what I know about this brewing company, chance are I will enjoy this beer.
Nose: Whoa. That is a powerful aroma. At first, your nostrils are hit with some earthiness in the hops but you finish with a nice mellow citrus aroma. If you breathe deep, you can almost taste the Cascade hops as you swallow. I hope this tastes as good as it smells!
Flavor: Yep. It does! Very rarely do you find a beer that has a similar aroma and flavor profile. This flavor starts soft, but as you swallow your palate is hit with all the hoppy goodness from the dry hopping method they use here. Also, the carbonation is nice. This carbonation is naturally occurring, and provides a very thin line of bubbles as you drink the beer. Not enough to put down, but enough for me to keep drinking. This beer also gets better as you take a second and third drink.
Mouthfeel: At first, it's boring. Then, as the beer slides across the palate, you are hit with the bubbles and you swallow to a nice flavorful finish. The flavor that remains is the best part of this beer.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is incredible. I wouldn't say this is an IPA by traditional American IPA standards. (The burp is nice and mellow, with some dryness creeping in.) The aftertaste here reminds me of pine needles, but then as it sits, it becomes dry and while not overwhelming, keeps me begging for more. I took three drinks by the time I got to this part of the review.
Anchor Brewing has impressed me yet again. Plus, the price is right on. I am impressed with Liberty Ale. It makes sense that this beer became so popular. I am a hop head, and while this isn't overwhelming with hops, I do like the profile that the Cascade hop provides. Well done, Anchor.
Liberty Ale - The bottle says: "San Francisco's famous Liberty Ale was first brewed on the 18th of April, 1975 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere's historic ride. It is virtually handmade by the brewers of Anchor Steam Beer in one of the smalls and most traditional breweries in the world. Liberty Ale is made with the finest barley, fresh, whole hops, top fermenting yeast, pure water, and the simple natural meths which reflect our exceptional respect for the ancient art of brewing. It is "dry hopped", a classic ale tradition and slowly completes its fermentation in sealed vats in our cellars. This unique process creates Liberty Ale's distinctive bouquet and uncommonly delicate, entirely natural carbonation."
Serving type: bottle
01-28-2013 20:17:50 | More by rickyleepotts
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3.48/5 rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: dark golden colour with white and persistent head;
Smell: citrusy and grassy with some malt on the background;
Taste: well balanced between the hops and malt. Not so heavy on the hops side, as you usually expect in this style;
Mouthfeel: medium to light body with high carbonation and a little bitterness at the end;
Overall: a nice beer, well balanced, refreshing. Drinkability is very strong with this beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 01:38:52 | More by oCervejalista
3.56/5 rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
O = I like this ale, and although it's not as malty as I like my ales, it's got a tolerable level of hops that makes it very drinkable and delicious. I would pair this with a variety of hearty meals, and definitely would drink again.
A = a lovely burnt amber, not cloudy, with a nice amount of lacing left after the short-lived head dissipates.
S = slightly hoppy, fresh, with a tinge of grapefruit.
T = some malt, but my palate finished with an almost smokey hop quality.
M = Medium bodied and refreshing. Would not say silky, though. The alcohol level is quite balanced.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 23:20:35 | More by ThisLadyLovesBeer
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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