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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
87
very good

3,072 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,072
Reviews: 1,497
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 74
Gots: 228 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-18-2000

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.
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Photo of Wiffler27
3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a tulip pint glass from a bottle that was born on November 11, 2014. salty that i wanted this beer but my local store only had it from Nov2014. would like to get this within 60 days of brewing though.

Photo of Brewhemoth
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Geoffq
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trocketsauced
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Piske41
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreatHornedEwl
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Poupae
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of david_b
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nhoelzen
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JustinPStewart
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Trifecta1
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic AIPA in every sense of the word.

Photo of Etrusco
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kakehead
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobbyhands
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sourdog
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seththehuman
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mightymango
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hozersr
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FreshButterbeer
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LacquerHead
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good well balanced beer with hops and malts

Photo of interzen
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Pretty much what I've come to expect from American (or indeed any other) IPA - golden yellow pour with a fluffy, bubbly white head. Good retention, some lacing left behind.

Smell: Again, typical IPA - plenty of citrus and pine resin from our old friend humulus lupulus, specifically the Cascade variety. Quite deliciously resinous, in fact, particularly if you let it stand for a while.

Taste: Beautifully astringent - very little in the way of malt notes but chock-full of earthy, resinous Cascade goodness. One of the less aggressively hopped American IPAs in my recent experience, yet still a world away from a typical British IPA.

Feel: Eminently quaffable - the bitterness of the Cascade hops would cut through pretty much anything and you're left with a wonderfully dry, astringent and bitter finish.

Overall: According to the blurb, this was apparently introduced in 1975 which pretty much debunks the myth that craft beer in the US is a 'new' thing. This was the second Cascade-based beer I'd had in this session (Saltaire Cascade being the other) and the Anchor pretty much blew the Saltaire brew away in terms of both smell and flavour. There are undoubtedly better IPAs out there, but if you're looking for a toe in the door of the American IPA style then this is as good a place to start as any.

Photo of APBT91
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrawlinsGA
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,072 ratings.