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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,774 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,774
Reviews: 1,463
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 64
Gots: 109 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty, drinkable satisfying beverage. Not objectionable qualities of sight and smell. Easy mouthfeel, medium bodied. Just a well-made citrusy beer. Good C hops, and understated as U have found in Pales. Clean and crisp brought in fresh from LCBO.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 01:50:18 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

08-23-2012 15:04:20 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear pale straw color with a 2 inch head that fades to a small cap. Good lacing.

S - Has a metallic and citrus like hop smell. Whiffs of biscuit too.

T - Citrus like hop taste to start with a malty back and slightly bitter finish.

M - Good carbonation you can clearly see in the glass with a crisp and smooth taste.

D - Excellent drinkability overall. A great pale ale up there with Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 05:37:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-30-2011 20:32:15 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

G: Poured into a pint glass.

A: Goldish-amber in color with a good white head with plenty of lacing.

S: Smell of malts and hops. Some caramel notes go along with a slightly citrusy and floral hop nose.

T: Somewhat of a letdown after the initial smell. Much of the smell is there in the flavor department, but I'm not getting as much from the hops as I'd like.

M: Medium-boded and a good amount of carbonation.

D: Good feel and smell, but the taste comes up a little bit short. A solid brew, and one that I'll definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 22:41:28 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy goldenrod. The head is large after an aggressive pour, is cream in color and looks soft and pillowy. It leaves an average amount of lace in partial rings as it settles to an uneven film on top of the beer.

One sniff of the hoppy aroma is all it takes to tell me that Anchor Liberty Ale will be good beer. Citrusy and floral elements dominate. The hops don't make as much of a splash on the palate as they do in the nose, but this is still damn tasty beer. The malt provides the needed support as the bitterness weaves in and out.

Liberty tastes slightly sweeter than most pale ales and is a little more fruity as well. Some graininess peeks through, but it's easily ignored. The finish is medium in length and is both softly bitter and lingeringly sweet. The mouthfeel is on the substantial side for the style, which is a definite plus.

Anchor Liberty Ale doesn't appear to have any weak spots. There's no question that it's one of the better pale ales that I've had yet. Best of all, since it's readily available at my local grocery, I'll be coming back to it fairly often.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 00:15:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that slowly died down.
S: There are aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of citrus stand out in the taste, although they aren't that strong because they are balanced for the most part by the underlying malts. There is a bit of sweetness in the initial taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is also very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 01:21:28 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a frothy head that persists nicely and leaves lacing all around the pint glass

Smell: Subtle wafts of lemon and pine

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity flavor that is quickly subsumed by some lemony bitterness that persists through the finish, which has a bit of sulphur and pine in it

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a healthy jolt of carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshingly pleasant, almost Germanic in some respects

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 23:51:17 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice and clean amber color with a good sized head of about two inches that falls down quickly but leaves a ton of lacing down the sides of the glass. aroma is light grains, hints of a small citric hop profile, touches of bready grains and a smooth biscuit like touch. Clean and very crisp taste, starts with a light touch of hops and follows through with nice bready malt character that comes through cleanly on the palate and offers a decent amount of balance. Nice and light, well carbonated body makes it a breeze to drink and seriously one of the most well rounded pales in terms of solid drinkability.

Overall a very nice representation of the style. Light, clean and easy to drink. Would have no issues with going after this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 17:26:45 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-14-2011 04:13:41 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pourred a hazy light brown brew witn a nice foamy head with good retention. Nice aroma a strong hoppy taste (could it barley?). Complex mix of spice. Definitely one of the best american pale ale and looking forward to other Anchor products.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 15:49:46 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer. Much better than I had given it credit for. Very easy to drink due to a medium malt flavor, pronounced (but not overbearing) hop flavor and aroma, and a light - medium body. Carbonation and hop drying causes a refreshing and palate clensing drink. Enough play on hop and malt character to add a much needed complexity. Hop spiciness with sweet malt profile makes, in every sip, something different to find. Mildly rusty and thin in the finish. A good beer, but not enough umph to score over a 4.0.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 16:35:31 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a hazy, pale golden color with a fluffy white head and amazing lazing.

S: The smell is very citrusy, mostly orange and lemon, along with a fair amount of spicy hops. The malt smell is present, but definitely not the main attraction.

T: The taste is fairly light, but enjoyable. There are the same citrus and spicy hop flavors that were present in the nose, and a nice bready malt.

M: The body is a bit thin and light, and the carbonation is quite abundant.

D: This is a great session pale ale. I haven't had one of these in quite awhile, but I remember why I used to enjoy it so much.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 19:52:13 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-12-2012 01:27:14 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-02-2011 22:27:59 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$1.99 single at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

You're all out? Out having a good time?

Hey, that's awesome.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper body with a tall, creamy white head.

Smell: Flowery aroma of biscuits and cracked pepper.

Taste: Mild, sweet biscuit and peach flavors with another dose of cracked pepper. There's a little touch of grapefruit in otherwise spicy hop character. Finishes dry with a mild tea-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Yessiree, I think it's one of the great things in life, to go out on a holiday such as today and have a killer time with your fr-- with your friends.

Good times, huh!! That's what it's all about.

Hell yeah.

Okay.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 23:25:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-29-2012 02:28:40 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-20-2013 13:40:12 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-05-2013 01:42:16 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-09-2013 23:32:06 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger off white head on a crimson with golden hues body.

S: pine with light sweet citrus, typical of an all cascade hops beer.

T: The flavor is a little mild, doesn't engage the palate very well. Mostly earthy, floral and woody notes and some hints of pine. Musty hop flavor.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very drinkable but not very complex. Not a bad beer but nothing to make it stand out.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 23:30:08 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden/amber color with a nice fruffy head,the aroma is somewhat dry and hoppy with some slight sweetness in the background.The flavor is zesty and citruis-like with a malty sweet lingering backbone but the hop profile is the main taste I got from this brew.A pretty darn good ale even better if your a hophead.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 23:02:20 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-06-2014 15:00:47 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours out as a light copper color with a generous amount of head on it that fades after a little while. The aroma of the beer is mostly hoppy with a little bit of malt in the far back end of it. The flavor is pretty hoppy too, with the malts bringing up the aftertaste and drying things out it makes you go right back for the next mouthful. The mouthfeel is pretty good too, It's drinkable and not overly heavy ot light.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 04:47:32 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 oz. draft at the Anchor Brewing Bar in SFO, review from written notes.

Hazy brassy golden orange, with a thin layer of white foam that has a creamy surface texture. Spotty lace sticks to one side, as it is sipped there's a collared edge to the edge ring and a thin unbroken skim across the surface. Good retention on display.

Aromas of softly sweet shortbread, citrus rind, pale malt.

Flavors are similar, pale malt, mild citrus, lightly floral. Shortbread sweetness at first, with an easygoing bitterness in the finish. A little bit of herbal hop spice and fruity apple from the yeast. Overall easy drinking, simple and flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 02:31:03 | More by emerge077
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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,774 ratings.