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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

2,744 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,744
Reviews: 1,463
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 63
Gots: 96 | 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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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before March 2014. Glad to see my local liquor store bringing in more American craft beer, as up until a few months ago the only way to get any was to cross over the border.

A vigorous pour reveals a vaguely foggy golden-amber brew, generating nearly three fingers of fluffy, smooth white head. It has decent retention, hanging around more than a few minutes - long enough to exchange a few pleasantries, and leaving me with some lovely webs of sticky lacing all over the glass as a parting gift. Enjoyable aroma, with lots of floral hops and a few notes of grassy citrus and sweet honey.

Hoppy flavours, perhaps unsurprisingly, are the more dominant facet of this brew's profile, with lots of the same floral notes from the aroma, as well as some lemongrass and orange citrus being rather prominent. The biscuity, cracker-like malts provide a light honey sweetness that helps balance the bitterness of the hops, but the aftertaste still leans on the dry side. On the light side of medium-bodied, with a slightly slick/oily mouthfeel. Relatively low carbonation makes for a smooth, if not particularly crisp brew.

Final Grade: 3.58, a respectable B grade. Anchor Liberty Ale is a solid IPA with a lot of laudable traits, but I would hesitate to describe it as outstanding. To be blunt - it is good, but not great. I can't pinpoint any features that would really distinguish this from the multitude of other good IPAs and hoppy APAs I have had in the past. It's definitely not a hop bomb - but if that's your bag, this might very well be the IPA for you.

This must have been a godsend in Ontario a few years ago, but local craft breweries have finally started producing serviceable IPAs. Given the fact that I can probably buy a sixer of one of those for a few dollars less than this, I probably won't get this again. But I don't regret trying it, and I doubt most other people would either. Definitely worth a try, but not a world beater.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 08:49:18 | More by thehyperduck
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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,744 ratings.