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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

2,846 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,846
Reviews: 1,469
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 66
Gots: 137 | 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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1/5  rDev -74.4%

01-05-2012 23:13:24 | More by SirPlunkett
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1/5  rDev -74.4%

08-21-2012 03:02:47 | More by tmars13
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1.25/5  rDev -67.9%

06-03-2013 02:44:57 | More by maxwelldeux
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1.36/5  rDev -65.1%

08-17-2014 00:40:23 | More by Edgarallenpoor
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1.5/5  rDev -61.5%

02-04-2013 00:51:54 | More by beerhawk41
Photo of Brad007


1.6/5  rDev -59%

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.

05-05-2007 03:05:05 | More by Brad007
Photo of ChrisKoop312

2/5  rDev -48.7%

07-12-2014 14:24:39 | More by ChrisKoop312
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

02-11-2012 20:39:52 | More by sansho
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

07-06-2013 02:51:03 | More by bernardo06
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

01-16-2012 02:36:44 | More by sweisel80
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

10-30-2012 03:27:51 | More by skyisland
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

02-27-2012 23:15:20 | More by Marty91
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

03-31-2013 02:09:09 | More by jjarreau
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

03-25-2014 14:17:10 | More by Kyrojack
Photo of harrymel


2.21/5  rDev -43.3%

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.

01-27-2013 04:18:25 | More by harrymel
Photo of Dalia


2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

10-13-2012 03:55:03 | More by Dalia
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2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

11-18-2013 01:36:27 | More by Julian4077
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2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

09-23-2012 18:11:57 | More by Hellpop65
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2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

11-26-2013 05:55:50 | More by NeverSettle
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2.28/5  rDev -41.5%

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.

12-17-2005 03:24:31 | More by GuinnessHero
Photo of Overlord


2.28/5  rDev -41.5%

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.

04-21-2009 08:10:28 | More by Overlord
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2.33/5  rDev -40.3%

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.

03-26-2009 07:18:20 | More by Brewsmith
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2.33/5  rDev -40.3%

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.

01-23-2008 04:42:24 | More by MisterClean
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Ontario (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -39.7%

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.

03-10-2003 12:28:14 | More by SaunaKing
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2.38/5  rDev -39%

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.

03-28-2006 21:25:11 | More by ultralarry2006
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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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