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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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05-30-2012 13:56:53 | More by Orbex
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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RJ32S

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

09-18-2013 22:35:45 | More by discodoni
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Amp

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-11-2014 02:51:14 | More by Amp
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-15-2013 02:33:30 | More by DaPan
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swgwilt

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-05-2014 03:39:38 | More by SkinniePost
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OUJayhawk1799

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-23-2013 19:39:46 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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katan

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Golden in color - high amounts of head retention, light white in color. Carbonation is obvious. No hazing - very clear.

S - Citrusy and sweet hops profile dominates the aroma. clearly an american hops dream. Some orange notes are present as well.

T - Starts off with a fairly balanced combination of simple malt sweetness and bitter backbone. Mid-stream develops some of the american hops - although not as overt as I would have expected. Some citrus edge. Finishes with a bitter aftertaste.

M - Moderate to light body. Carbonation bite is a more dominate attribute. Light amount of oily texture left in the aftertaste.

D - Moderately drinkable, abv is manageable. Hop profile is probably not intended to be a total session beer as it can wear down the palette. carbonation is surprisingly not filling.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 02:24:18 | More by katan
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bkk4life

Thailand

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-10-2012 20:17:56 | More by bkk4life
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-04-2012 04:14:11 | More by YamagamiTravis
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LaughingZebra

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-04-2014 22:02:48 | More by LaughingZebra
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Goobastic

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-03-2013 18:20:08 | More by Goobastic
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rmargeson

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-16-2013 23:40:17 | More by rmargeson
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a quite hazy orange-amber color with a two finger, thick and creamy white head. The head very slowly fades, leaving a nice level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is of a citrus nature overall with a good dose of sweet orange and some aromas of a more grapefruit like nature. Along with these aromas, were other smells of fruit, with apple, mango and pear all present. Some bready aromas and a bit of an earthy hop smell round out the aroma profile, producing a rather sweet and balanced IPA smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and grapefruit hop taste. There is a little bit of a caramel sweetness upfront, but this is rather light with it growing even lighter as the taste advances further. While the caramel fades, some fruit flavors of lighter fruits comes to the tongue. Along with the fruit flavors, so too comes more hop with more grapefruit as well as an earthy hop flavor coming to the tongue. At the end, a nice floral flavor come to the tongue, rounding out the flavors nicely and producing a drier and nicely moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are rather nice for the drier and moderately hopped flavors of the brew, making for a very easy drinking beer.

Overall – A very enjoyable and easy drinking, moderately hopped brew. Quite tasty overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 01:45:56 | More by Darkmagus82
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color. There's about two fingers worth of off-white colored head with a rocky texture and decent retention. It leaves behind a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Interesting. It's hoppy, but in a restrained, delicate fashion. I pick up mainly grapefruit and even some mango at first, before turning mostly into a floral expression. There is enough in the way of both malt and even yeast esters (think orange marmalade) to help balance the flowery hops, but not enough to ruin it.

T: Again, it's balanced properly - the malt is there yet not suffocating, and there's enough hoppiness without being generically bitter. The first things I taste are some orange marmalade, apricots, and just a touch of toffee, before the floral hops build up on the back end. This tastes less like a typical 'Merican IPA and more of what an ESB *should* taste like - really, why aren't more ESBs this tasty?

M: This is nicely clean and crisp. It's not ridiculously dry finishing, nor is it sweet...it's just right. Okay, maybe it's a touch sweet, but it's a pleasant linger. Carbonation is mildly prevalent.

O: This feels restrained in all the right places. It's a reminder that this was one of the first 'Merican-made IPAs, and still has a significant English influence to it. Even in this era of EXTREEEME and MOAR HOPZ, I'd take this over many other modern IPAs any day.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 18:34:02 | More by ThisWangsChung
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml squat bottle, a pleasant enough surprise find at a friend's moving day after-party.

This beer pours a lightly hazy, glassy medium orange-amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and kind of creamy off-white head, which leaves some broadly scattered swaths of fuzzy cloud lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of multi-toned citrus hops - orange, grapefruit, and lemon - some musty pine resin, and a decent offset of fruity, honeyed pale malt. The taste starts again with the orange and lemon citrus astringency, with a close-following grainy, biscuity pale malt caramel sweetness, and a hint of further leafy, spicy, and perfumed hops.

The carbonation is rather moderate, and hard to discern at times, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt well in balance with the now waning hop contingent.

A fairly well rendered, and tasty brew - maybe not the headiest of IPAs from their native turf, but quite drinkable all the same. I could see going with this as a party sixer for slow sippin' all night, with the aim of keeping my palate intact for other pursuits.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 06:22:10 | More by biboergosum
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appenzeller

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, moderate head dissipating quickly. Bubbles streaming through the glass.

Scent is mostly bitter hops (Cascade?)

Bitterness predominates in the taste, hops are strong, taste is almost acidic, underlying is a significant base of sweet malts, maple syrup comes to mind. Mouthfeel is very full, goes down full yet easily.

In summary, a very nice beer but comes off as an American IPA to me as much as a pale ale-- in any case, I can think of many that I would place above this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 07:33:47 | More by appenzeller
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light coppery-orange with a rocky white head.

S: citrusy with some pine.

T: some sour/dry oranges with some dry grapefruit. The hopping was bitter with a nice malty palate. There was some grains, toast and a lingering floral hop bitterness on the finish along with some dry oranges.

M: medium in fullness, dry, but very crisp.

D: Overall a decent malty ale, but wouldn't drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 01:16:47 | More by beerthulhu
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out with a murky gold appearance with a thin head. The aroma is full of hops with some malt smells. It had a good, but a bit mediocre citrus flavor. The drink had an average carbonation that did make it refreshing. This was, overall, a pretty balanced pale ale

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 18:46:37 | More by fitzy84
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pourred a hazy light brown brew witn a nice foamy head with good retention. Nice aroma a strong hoppy taste (could it barley?). Complex mix of spice. Definitely one of the best american pale ale and looking forward to other Anchor products.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 15:49:46 | More by Phyl21ca
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gthornton

California

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Overal: A great beed that is nice to have on hand for when you want something tasty and easy to drink. Also a good gateway beer for your friends that are still finding their beer-legs.

A: Pours a vibrant golden yellow with a thick head that reduces to about 2 cm, and lasts throughout the drink, leaving medium lacing. I drank this beer pretty quickly because it was refreshing, and its been a long day, so I suppose lasting throughout doesn't mean that much in this case, but nonetheless.

S: A rich buttery overtone, with some mild hop and caramel characteristics. Also some pretty strong whiffs of toffee and butterscotch. Overal, some relatively subtle aromas.

T: Dry biscuit malty forwardness, with some hops rounding out the back of the tongue. Has a little bit of citrus tartness on the tio of the tongue, but certainly not fruity.

M: Heavy carbonation adds to the over refreshing mouthfeel. Has a medium bodied feel on the tongue, between creamy, and watery.

D: I am enjoying this beer very much right now, and have any other time that I drink it, which is not very often, but I do plan on keeping this in my regular rotation, for it is a great beer for the end of this long week. I recommend this beer for anyone that wants to have a solid drink choice around. Would make a great choice for one of the beers that you stock your cooler with for your next BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 05:17:40 | More by gthornton
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StarshipPoopers

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The colour is fairly average, a hazy light orange with a foamy white head. After a few minutes the head settles down to a thin film that almost covers the entire surface, and there is a little bit of lacing initially but it doesn't really last long.

S - Hops are present but not overly strong. Citrus flavours, kind of an earthy-grassy hint.

T - My initials thoughts of this beer are rather subdued. The flavours are there, but none of them really present themselves to you. Smells of citrus, mainly orange. Hops are certainly present, though they have a fruity taste and blend well with the overall citrus taste. A grassy taste is definitely there too throughout. All together they do blend nicely, but again it's nothing mindblowing or terribly unique.

M - Mouthfeel is alright. It's a little light and lacks smoothness. The hops give it a little bit of a bite which is a welcome characteristic.

D - Drinkability is good. One saving grace for this beer is that it still packs the flavours that one would want from a craft-oriented brewery and yet is subdued enough to be had in generous quantities.

All around it's a nice subdued APA with all of the flavours but not much strength. Very drinkable, but still average given the competition.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 03:09:44 | More by StarshipPoopers
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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