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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

2,853 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,853
Reviews: 1,469
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 67
Gots: 143 | FT: 1
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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brbrocc

New York

3.52/5  rDev -9.7%

09-01-2014 19:40:15 | More by brbrocc
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malfunxion

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

09-01-2014 06:27:26 | More by malfunxion
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whojim

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-31-2014 17:30:52 | More by whojim
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Hohnbaum

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-30-2014 16:22:06 | More by Hohnbaum
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Tivlavrie

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

08-30-2014 03:13:25 | More by Tivlavrie
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bundy462

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-30-2014 01:23:32 | More by bundy462
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Pens1967

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-30-2014 00:36:43 | More by Pens1967
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SwooshDaddy

California

3.28/5  rDev -15.9%

08-28-2014 03:58:31 | More by SwooshDaddy
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ordybill

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +9%

08-27-2014 00:35:10 | More by ordybill
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jordanimal

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.1%

08-26-2014 21:43:10 | More by jordanimal
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the_encinitan

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-26-2014 21:05:24 | More by the_encinitan
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kevinlater

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%

355ml bottle into nonic pint. best before june 2016, enjoyed on august 26, 2014 after a boring day at work

a: a clear golden apricot-peach hue with just under two fingers of off-white head

s: mild grapefruit and orange, apricot, pear, floral, and lager-like grassy, malty notes. hints of peach/nectarine. what an excellent aroma

t: follows the nose. somewhat bright citrus fruit presence (grapefruit, orange, lemon), apricot, peach/nectarine, and pear up front. mid-palate is malt, grass, and some kind of floral presence. a moderate but very appropriate bitterness closes out the tasting. some spice on the back end too. great stuff

m: medium and creamy with moderate carbonation

o: liberty ale is nothing like the ultra citrusy/tropical fruit explosion modern IPAs, but this is still a very lovable ale. cascade hops are quite delicious

08-26-2014 20:40:45 | More by kevinlater
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KevinV_85


3.52/5  rDev -9.7%

08-26-2014 00:30:09 | More by KevinV_85
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randeezy74

Texas

3.66/5  rDev -6.2%

08-25-2014 04:56:44 | More by randeezy74
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samtrillo

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

It's interesting to me that Liberty has such a higher rating than Anchor IPA. I don't think a lot of people realize Liberty is listed as an American IPA. However, based on the ratings I guess people understand the difference between these two. Liberty being a recipe from the 70s the light hop profile is understandable. This is an IPA when you're looking for something more subtle. Anchor IPA is much more akin to what modern western IPAs have evolved into. It tastes a lot like Torpedo. I guess I get the love for Liberty, it's like Steam was hopped a bit. But I still don't understand the non love for Anchor IPA, sure the market is saturated but it's good. Whatever.

08-25-2014 03:36:45 | More by samtrillo
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Johnct

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

08-25-2014 02:45:57 | More by Johnct
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Gavilan

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

08-24-2014 22:26:43 | More by Gavilan
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mudboneINla

California

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

08-24-2014 20:56:47 | More by mudboneINla
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Knobs303

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-24-2014 04:48:27 | More by Knobs303
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bebbcorp

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

Pours a soft yellow with a twinge of orange, Small flecks of sediment are now swirling in my Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip. Poured from a bottle aromas of leather, cedar, and lemony citrus waft up to my nose. Nice and natural head float on the beer and cling to the side of the beer. Tastes of lemon zest, and light caramel are followed by a creamy yeasty flavor with a carbonation that is neither to much nor to little, but just right. I guess this time it was just the beer I was looking for,

08-24-2014 03:57:22 | More by bebbcorp
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Psberrier

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-23-2014 20:28:38 | More by Psberrier
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Phigg1102

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-23-2014 16:56:34 | More by Phigg1102
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -13.8%

08-23-2014 06:45:32 | More by heliocopter
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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,853 ratings.