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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,938 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,938
Reviews: 1,480
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 69
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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Ratings: 2,938 | Reviews: 1,480 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Sammy, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

t0rin0, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.8%

djrn2, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

acurtis, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

metter98, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Texasfan549, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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

brentk56, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

BEERchitect, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10%

GRG1313, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

mikesgroove, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -22.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

womencantsail, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

kylehay2004, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Knapp85, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,938 ratings.