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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

3,095 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,095
Reviews: 1,501
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 75
Gots: 236 | 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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Ratings: 3,095 | Reviews: 1,501
Photo of kjyost
2.42/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bomber BB 3 / 2012. WTF? Who stores a pale ale for 2 years?

Looks very nice upon the pour with a clear amber body with a nice white head that descends at a slow pace, and laces well. I am initially taken aback by the aroma of the beer. It claims to be dry hopped and yet I get no real aroma. Nothing. No hops. No malt. I clear my nose and smell again. Nothing. Later I get a distinct sweet malt once the head has descended. The body of the beer has a bit of sweet malt without much character. The bitterness is only evident over time. There is no hop flavour that I can discern, save a slight earthiness in the brew. Strong carbonation prickling the mouth. Too bitter without hop flavours to be drinkable.

Sadly, I was looking really forward to the 'original IPA', but man did it disappoint me.

Reviewed 01-16-2010
Poured a hazy orange with a strong head that left moderate to light lacing. The nose was quite light with a balance of hops and grain letting you know the beer's light flavour profile. This is not to say the beer was watery nor simple as it had a light malty body with a fruity hop finish. The carbonation balanced the body of the beer and the beer seemed to me to be quite sessionable, if not for its premium expense here in Manitoba.
A: 3.5, S: 3.0, T: 3.5, M:3.5, D:4.0

Photo of ultralarry2006
2.45/5  rDev -37%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
2.46/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a five-fingered white head that fades slowly leaving a ton of lace. Clear, light amber color. Hoppy nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts as a mix of sweetness and hops but then the hops really assert and finish is hoppy with lingering bitterness. A very good pale but not for my tastes. $2.25 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

Photo of dangriff
2.48/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Maybe this is not my cup of tea but it is just a bitter beer. Not enough hops to be an IPA. Not enough malt and character to be a good brown.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
2.49/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz stubby poured into on of those half pint tasting glass things.

A: Pours out a slightly haze golden orange with a just the slightest red tint, but maybe that's just the artwork on the bottle that's making me think that. Head is reduced to a thin but sturdy cap after starting off at a billowy one and a half inch mountain.

S: Rather faint hoppiness on this, more of a woody, English kind of hoppiness rather than a big pungent American hop punch and this been an American pale ale I am sort of wondering what's the deal with that. Maybe the hops have faded out of this after too much time in the storeroom cooler?

T/MF: Sort of a vinous or medicinal kind of hop flavor that I'm getting out of this rather than a fruity taste, can sort of feel it coat the lining of your stomach as soon as you swallow. I really am making this beer sound worse than it actually is. Not really getting too much in the way of balance here, just a sort of washed out mix of vague hops and malts. I cannot for the life of me tell you (dear reader) what this beer tastes like. I can describe the sensation of bittness and swettness but it tastes unique, and not in a good way. Halfhearted melon, maybe a dusting of sweet toastiness but other than that it just tastes like something that only slightly resembles a pale ale.

D: I really think that this is not the best this beer can be. I've had this beer before and remember it popping a bit more in the flavor department, and for a beer that describes itself as "dry-hopped" but doesn't bring it in the aroma department makes me think this beer is a bit past its due date. Disappointing overall.

Photo of bulldogg915
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of jminch
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of poopsmitherson
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of Kyojin42
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of ramo
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of animosityk
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of cardinals22
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of durlta
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of lostinfla
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of Wsherry1
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of JustinMatthew
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of HopHeadAndy
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of zbooks
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of kushlash23
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of Druss157
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of eulerthegrape
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of JDV
2.51/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Draft at the Brewery in SF. Bright fresh hops aroma and a touch of honey like sweetness as it warms. Near perfect smell. Medium gold colored pour with a little head. Very Drinkable for an American Pale Ale, bitterness-wise, to me at least. Noticeable bitter bite, but not over the top, with a clean finish. Very nice for the style and a good all around beer as well.

Rerate in bottle back in Tx, left me with a much diminished impression of the beer. Below average with a strange eggy flavor ala the Anchor Summer beer. Didn't care for it 2nd time around...

Photo of Oxymoron
2.63/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

An eagle with blue wings? Pours a semi-clear light amber color. Some golden hues throughout. A soft white head that hides to the side of the glass. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is limited but some grainy notes come out. Some generic malt aromas, some minor bready and sweet caramel notes as well. There is a light hop note with some citrus and earthy aromas. The yeast is very noticeable with a light drainage/butyric aroma. Some minor oxidation notes as well.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out more verses the nose. Some grainy and husky notes with a light nutty finish. The bitterness is really strong and is not balanced well with the finishing hops or the malt. A light toffee and caramel as well. The yeast notes also come out more as does the butyric. Some light esters with an almost rose like finish.

The body is a bit light but this is enhanced by the stronger bitterness notes. Some astringency from the hops. Overall some off notes and unbalanced beer makes it not really that great of a beer.

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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