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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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very good

2,883 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,883
Reviews: 1,472
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 68
Gots: 144 | 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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1/5  rDev -74.3%

SirPlunkett, Jan 05, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.3%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -67.9%

maxwelldeux, Jun 03, 2013
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1.36/5  rDev -65%

Edgarallenpoor, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of beerhawk41
1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

beerhawk41, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Brad007
1.6/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a paleish color. Aroma is spicy, malty and hoppy all at once. However, this gives way to a very sour taste that makes me wonder if the beer went bad or not. Completely ruins it for me. I'm not aware of pale ales ever being sour but this one sure was.

Brad007, May 05, 2007
Photo of ChrisKoop312
2/5  rDev -48.6%

ChrisKoop312, Jul 12, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.6%

sansho, Feb 11, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.6%

bernardo06, Jul 06, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.6%

sweisel80, Jan 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.6%

skyisland, Oct 30, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.6%

Marty91, Feb 27, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.6%

jjarreau, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Kyrojack
2/5  rDev -48.6%

Kyrojack, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of harrymel
2.21/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch 6NH (I think)

Diaphanous apricot with soapy white sheet. Smells herbal hops, green apple, oxidized malts, some metals, some grass. Taste biscuity with some bitterness, a little tea, some white grapefruit spritz and a little artificial pistachio flavor. Medium bodied with hi carb and an off dry finish. Meh, seems like a pretty good English IPA, but a poor American IPA.

harrymel, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Dalia
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

Dalia, Oct 13, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

Julian4077, Nov 18, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

Hellpop65, Sep 23, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

NeverSettle, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of GuinnessHero
2.28/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is probably the worst beer I've had from the fine people at Anchor.

Appearance - Not bad, a very dark, golden yellow with a great head on it.

Smell - Just too plain, not special at all, smelled way too much of corn.

Taste - Wow...just...ugg. I don't know what to say. This is way too bitter. It's almost got that nasty taste to it that St. Pauli Girl beer does. I am a huge fan of the Porter and Steam beers from Anchor so this was a true dissapointment.

Mouthfeel - Not a strong aftertaste, not a weak one...right inbetween.

Drinkability - The taste of this brough my rating down a lot. Also this would be hard to get through more than one a night. Very sad showing from Anchor.

GuinnessHero, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of Overlord
2.28/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a golden, orange-ish yellow. Gigantic white foam head. Nice foamy residue patterning on sides of glass.

Smell is a major let down. I had to double check what style this is. I'm sorry, but is that a slightly hopped, slightly floral-noted cornish adjunct aroma I often get from "macro" lagers? Say it ain't so!

Not too impressed with the flavor, either. Taste is definitely "pale-ale-ish," but with a pungent, astringently sour aftertaste I do not care for at all. Kind of like curdled hops. There's a bit of sweet balancing malt, but it's not pleasant ... an artificial sweetness.

Seriously disappointing. Nice bubbly mouthfeel, though.

Overlord, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of Brewsmith
2.33/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a 22 oz bottle purchased locally. Aroma is citrusy lemon/orange. Orange gold in color with a one-inch white head. Flavor is lemony and a little oxidized. Malt is a little one-dimentional amd a little cardboard in there. Flat body and lacks richness. This is a bad bottle. I've had this beer before and I know it's much better.

Brewsmith, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
2.33/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz from liquor store.

A - Golden-orange in color, nice off-white foam, protein clumps present in head, foam is very firm.

S - Light, earthy hops, tones of malt, and slight alcohol presence in the nose.

T - Crisp malts, lightly malty, and bitter. Batch may have been wet-hopped in excess.

M - Lightly spicy w/ a moist finish.

D - Nothing really sets this beer apart from other ales. Probably would not seek this one out in the future.

MisterClean, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of SaunaKing
2.35/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This liberty ale came in a big bottle with a little blurb about the brewers history on the label.
Pours a nice orange colour and is hazy, not clear. Little head and a pungent acidic smell. Unimpressive taste, sorty of grainy but sweet. The strong aroma hinders the drinkability of this beer.

SaunaKing, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of ultralarry2006
2.38/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

From a 12 0z. bottle this pours into a decent inch head then subsides into just surface skim leaving minimal lacing. Color- was a meduim orange amber. Aroma- slight hops, but mostly sweet malt. Taste- harshly sweet- diacetyl- yuck ! This was too sweet- the diacetyl would not quit. Mouthfeel was thin with moderate carbonation. Drinkability, I do not like this and will avoid it.

ultralarry2006, Mar 28, 2006
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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,883 ratings.