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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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3,003 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,003
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 71
Gots: 179 | 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 WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a solid malty scent with hops sneaking in behind it. The taste is good. I has a creamy malt palate with mild flavor hops. It goes down easy and finishes smooth. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a real good drinker; a fine brew for any day.

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a very appealling somewhat cloudy yellow with a nice thick creamy head that lingered. It's smell was impressive. It had the floral, hoppy scent with hints of fruitness that's very pleasant. The taste was a bit weaker than the smell led me to believe. It was very refreshing and appetizing. I recommend it with a meal. I imagine it would go well with chicken, pork or fish. It was drinkable, but a bit too bitter for more than one or two at a time.

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange-yellow with a white head. The aroma is grassy and resiny hops, but is a little faint. The flavor is citrus and grassy hops. There is medium bitterness with a nice orange flavored aftertaste. There is also some light pine flavors in the beer. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of smcolw
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance--A light bronze amber with a touch of cloudiness. An underperforming head that dissipates quickly, although it creates beautiful, if short-lasting, lace.

Smell--predominately hop as expected. Nice balance for an American IPA.

Taste--Wonderfully complex with a light malt up front and a strong lingering bitter aftertaste from the hops.

Mouthfeel--Surprisingly chewy for this style; coats the palate

Drinkability--Delicious and refreshing, the heaviness would work well with spicier foods. I believe this would be an excellent choice with lamb.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ive liked everything I had from Liberty so far, so I tried their flagship beer. Pours a cloudy orange with a nice fluffy head and tons of lacing.. off to a good start. Smell is quite hoppy.... moreso than I was expecting for a pale ale. First gulp of this was outstanding.. nice creamy, mouthfeel to it that just bombards your mouth with sweet, delicious beer flavor. Taste is slightly dry and leaves you craving more. This is a great beer and when I'm looking for a nice six pack to have on the weekend I will be choosing Liberty Ale!

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice copper color., pours with a solid cream colored head. A definite citrusy aroma wafts from the glass to my nose. There is a good amount of body to this beer, and it goes along well with a nice American hop (Cascade) character, in both the aroma and flavor departments. This beer finishes with a nice pleasing bitterness that hits ones tongue. At its best this beer is overflowing with American hop character, a wonderful hop-citrus character. Backed by a solid amount of malt backbone that helps this pioneering beer stand tall. Unfortunately this beer does not travel well. Anywhere I have had this beer a significant distance from the brewery, it is merely a solid good above average beer. When it is fresh though it is world class. So all of you Liberty naysayers get thee to the brewery to really experience this beer.

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/29/04- Purchased at the local Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Very nice light amber color with a small head and better than average lacing.

Smell- Heavy citrus scent. At first I thought lemons, but now I am thinking of a more sweeter fruit.

Taste- More hops than I was expecting. Nice malt flavor. Tastes like sweet honey and a kick of hops to go with it. A bit of a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation works well with this beer, thus it goes down very smooth.

Drinkability- Happy I finally tried this one. Have been an Anchor Steam man for a while, but never got around to tying the Liberty. Guess I'll hit the porter sometime soon. My second straight Anchor style 4's across the board review.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent, yellow-orange, with a thick, white head which lasts for the whole glass.

S: Fragrant, juicy American hops, definite Cascade with the pine, also some grapefruit and other citrus.

T: Beautiful mix of pale malt and hops, lots of citrus - orange and grapefruit, straightforward pale ale flavors, but very well done.

M: Quite dry, for an APA, smooth, crisp, and refreshing, while being full-bodied and creamy.

D: Great drinkability, probably the best APA that is easily available to me, this is a step up from the quality of SN Pale Ale, which is a great beer in its own right.

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a thick head. Some lacing was produced. The aroma was of malt, hops, and citrus. Malt, caramel, slightly higher bitterness, and a mellow honey tone rounded out the flavor.

The mouthfeel was smooth. A slight dryness was detected after swallowing. The bitterness lingered on the tongue for a few seconds along with a mellow caramel flavor. This beer is extremely drinkable and makes a great session beer.

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some moderate golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized two finger thick cap in the center surrounded by a very thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/lemon zest and floral hops over the top of a pale + grainy malt body.

T: Upfront there is an initial sweetness from the grainy and pale malts along with a touch of biscuit malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/lemon zest and floral hops with just a hint of spicy hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness is present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and pretty enjoyable though I wonder how much better this would be fresh on the west coast vs. on the east coast (there is a slight hint of fading hops in my opinion). Could put down a couple of these though with the 5.9% ABV it is probably a touch strong for a session beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark golden-orange color ith a thin foam head that quockly dissolves leaving minimal lacing. Clean and crisp aroma with hints of citrus and floral hops. Very crisp and clean tasting with a nice maltiness that balances out the floral hops.

Photo of weeare138
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears a slightly hazed light gold with a fluffy white head that seems to stick around forever. Solid tubes of lacing ate left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, citrus, ripe fruit and orange candies.
Taste is of the aromas with a perfect balance of hops, fruity flavors, and citrus.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied from the yeast strain, creamy, and excellent in terms of being rounded.
A true classic beer... Can't believe I've never rated this before!

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely allmond brown, average head with some retention, clean and smooth malt profile, bready with hints of oatmeal and biscuits. Vibrant and citrusy hops. Grapefruit. Smooth & velvety on the tongue. Goes great with salads, nuts and cheese. All around great ale.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to drrink this long ago and realized I had not only not reviewed it, I hadn't even drank any in a long time, so I decided to get a six pack of it. Pours dark golden with a big white head that fades to a cap. The smell is all piney and citrusy hops. There is a light malt profile lurking in the background. The taste leans to the piney side, but with a grapefruit peel backbite. Mouthfeel is clean and a bit on the thin side like some of the other classic West Coast IPAs. Drinks well with its refreshingly bitter bite and huge pine aftertaste. It is essential to drink this beer fresh to really experience its glory- I'd forgotten just how good this stuff can be. I think I'm going to add itt back into my IPA rotation.

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mothman
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw yellow. It is actually pale which is nice to see in a pale ale. Light off white head. Medium amount of lace observed.

Smell is of floral hops and oranges. Taste is quite similiar. Very heavy on the floral flavor and many citrus notes.

Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth, but leaves a very dry taste in your mouth, similiar to an IPA.

Overall, this is a pretty solid pale ale. When I opened it, I could immediately smell the hops and thought it was an IPA. Give it shot, it's worth it.

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The main thing I'm getting out of this beer is crisp hops. There's a backbone of coppery caramel, but it's really dominated by the hops. The hops profile seems a mix of american and european to me. It's fairly grassy but there's also a citrus edge to it that keeps it from getting too earthy.

Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange with one finger fluffy white head, which dissipated quickly leaving a small layer of foam on top. Leaves some nice white lacing.

S: There is a little bit of lemon, a belgian yeast aroma, and some biscuit. There is a slightly overpowering funk aroma to it though, almost soapy too.

T: No funk here, a different take on the typical pale ales I have been drinking lately. Very floral, but not in a hoppy way. Has a belgian/spice/peppery undertone.

M: A little thin with good carbonation, has a slightly tingly feeling as it hits your tongue.

O: It has an interesting flavor, but I don't love it. The aroma really hurts it for me, having to smell it every single time I take a sip.

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,003 ratings.