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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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2,935 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,935
Reviews: 1,479
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 68
Gots: 162 | 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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Photo of pvsob
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Very light copper color with a one-finger head. Average to below average retention with very little to no lacing.

S- Floral hop aroma, butter, sweet orange, and some malt.

T- Sweet malt flavor up front that allows a hint of citrus (orange) hop flavor to rear its head before being swallowed by a sticky sweet finish.

M- Medium feel that becomes sticky as you progress through the pint. Low to medium level of carbonation.

D/O- Sweetness in the aroma/taste categories as well as the sticky mouthfeel, really cut down on the level of enjoyment I get while drinking this beer. I don't plan on purchasing or drinking this beer anytime in the foreseeable future. There's just too many other fish in the "APA" sea. Cheers.

pvsob, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of far333
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden color, bright white head that disappears too quickly. Very light aroma, so light that I can't really detect any discernable smells. It feels highly carbonated, which maybe contributes to the weak flavor across the tongue. There is a slight hop flavor, but no malt or other accents that come to mind. This one didn't really do it for me.

far333, Apr 25, 2003
Photo of Hagbard
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Anchor's Liberty Ale is obviously an extremely well-crafted ale, unfortunately it isn't to my taste exactly. It is a pale gold color with a thick white head that leaves a nice lacing. The hops dominate the aroma. They seem a bit harsh and have a rotten fruit component to them. The taste is a actually a bit harsh, dominated by a hop character that doesn't appeal to me. Very bitter and full of a rotten fruitiness that dominates a malt base that is looking to come forward, but is never really able to. The abrasiveness lingers through the finish. This beer doesn't work for me as an APA because there isn't enough blance between the hops and malt and it doesn't work as an IPA because the hops just don't taste good enough. The mouthfeel is good with an appropriate amount of carbonation. The drinkability isn't very good because I just don't really care for the taste of it.

Hagbard, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of JoeyThompson10
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

JoeyThompson10, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of gentlebubbles
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A strong fragrance leaps out on the pour, high-pitched with a sour note. The pillowy white head swiftly subsides to a film over a watery, pale, brassy yellow. All down the glass, I continue to smell sourness. It gets a half-point for persistence, but I don't care for it.

Amid the sharp and fizzy carbonation, I find it hard to taste much of anything. Between the bit of cooked corn, the slight mustiness, and the sour finish, I find it generally unpleasant.

It's better when I stop paying attention, and let the offtastes fade away, so I can enjoy the quiet toasty malt.

gentlebubbles, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of JJFordick
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

JJFordick, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Thehopluver
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Thehopluver, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of BlueRidgeBeerHound
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

BlueRidgeBeerHound, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of jeff1973
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

jeff1973, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Robyn
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Robyn, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Zachtheporter
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Zachtheporter, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

davidwhatshisnam, May 03, 2014
Photo of ohyayitstrey
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

ohyayitstrey, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of braican
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

braican, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of AbeerhamLincoln
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

AbeerhamLincoln, May 01, 2013
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Herky21
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Herky21, May 15, 2014
Photo of chadwicktorres
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

chadwicktorres, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of GarthT
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

GarthT, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of rheimbro
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

rheimbro, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Philousa
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear tawny yellow with two finger head and spotty lacing. Very grassy hops attack the nose. Light and easily evident that it was dry hopped. honey sweet malt, mostly pale, light characteristics. Light biscuit flavor hits the tongue first, followed quickly by honey and orange sweet malt. Turns slightly bitter for a while, then grassy strong hop bitterness lingers. Tart and acidic aftertaste is a bit unsettling midway through a 12 oz. bottle. Medium mouthfeel, well balanced.

I had this on tap in SD over the new year and loved it, but out of a bottle it really isn't the same. Or I was just feeling generous that first night, I don't know. I like the dry hopping, but the sweetness of the malt just gets to me after a while. The bitterness needs to be stepped up a bit for me to thoroughly enjoy this beer.

Philousa, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry, didn't really care for this one. Copper pour with a mild head. Floral aroma with some sweet hops. Astringent, metallic taste ruins the build-up of what I expected to be a good beer. The copper color may come from actual copper in the beer, either way it had an antiseptic bite that overpowered everything.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of donniecuffs
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured clear yellow, with a surprisingly decent head.

S: Very, very subtle citrus, but with some unpleasant bitterness as well.

T: Was very disappointed. Didn't pick up much of the citrus that I did in the nose.

M/D: Mouthfeel was decently medium-bodied, but the flavor didn't have me running to go grab another one.

donniecuffs, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of KenC411
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: An orange beer with numerous small bubbles of carbonation, which formed a modest head. While drinking the beer, the head formed less of a lace and more of a curtain of bubbles on the side of the glass. A beautiful beer to pour and drink.

Smell: After popping the top, a fruity aroma enveloped the area, and continued while I poured. During the pour, a light hop smell was also noted. Pear notes could be found with deep breaths, though very small.

Taste: Beer was surprisingly carbonated, masking the flavor that the smells had alluded to. After a sip, only a bitter aftertaste remained. On warming a crisp honey-fruit flavor was enjoyed, though the aftertaste still clinged to the mouth.

Mouthfeel: The beer was moderate in thickness, not gritty nor watery.

Drinkability: The flavor was very subtle and the aftertaste off putting. The carbonation left a foamy feeling in the mouth. For me, the beer was not as enjoyable as expected.

KenC411, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of PatronWizard
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

**Please tolerate my 'Short Review Series' which come from sparsley populated notes.

Pours a clear golden orange with a huge mushmellow head. Rather nice looking. Smell is a lightly malted hint of orange (it's my nose and I say it smells how it smells damn it). Weak. Taste is of a grossly unbalanced bitter bite. Bunk. It is smooth however, with a dry tail and low carbonation.

Apparently I'm in the minority as I didn't really enjoy this brew all too much.

PatronWizard, Apr 23, 2009
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,935 ratings.