Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company
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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
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
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
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
Love the Steam Beer so decided to give this one a shot. Here goes:
A: Clear copper color that pours a massive head. Although the head's massiveness dissipates quickly, an inch of it lingers on for a long time. Leaves a ton of lacing, too. Amazing. 5/5
S: Not as robust as I would've liked. No grapefruit (which I like), but lots of soapy lemon and spicy yeast. However, I must mention again that these smells are rather muted. 3.5/5.0
T: I'm conflicted. The taste is not as robust as I would've liked, but I don't think this is what the brewers were going for. They weren't trying to make the beer a hop bomb with tons of intricate flavors, but a well-balanced, sessionable brew. And I think they succeeded marvelously. While I prefer the hop-bombs, this beer is still very elegant in its simplicity. Lemony hops with lighter spices imparted from the yeast. Grainy malt, but its simple texture is a perfect balance that compliments the simplicities of the hops and yeast. Overall, good. 4/5
M: Very clean, smooth, and crisp. 4.5/5.0
O: Not what I'm used to in a WC IPA, but I still appreciate what Anchor brewing has done with this beer. Good. 4.1/5
08-22-2014 21:56:29 | More by leantom
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some moderate golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized two finger thick cap in the center surrounded by a very thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of citrus/lemon zest and floral hops over the top of a pale + grainy malt body.
T: Upfront there is an initial sweetness from the grainy and pale malts along with a touch of biscuit malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/lemon zest and floral hops with just a hint of spicy hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness is present.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.
O: Easy to drink and pretty enjoyable though I wonder how much better this would be fresh on the west coast vs. on the east coast (there is a slight hint of fading hops in my opinion). Could put down a couple of these though with the 5.9% ABV it is probably a touch strong for a session beer. Alcohol is well hidden.
08-20-2014 22:54:08 | More by dbrauneis
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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