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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

2,952 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,952
Reviews: 1,481
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 69
Gots: 165 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

macrosmatic, Apr 10, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 bottle into a Kentucky bourbon barrel ale glass for no apparent reason. The bottle is pretty neat with a nice story about the beer. I definitely love Anchor's bottling.

A - Hazy orange color with an offwhite head. Lacing is minimal but present. The Pour yields a pretty impressive long lasting head.

S - Smells of clean Barley and hops.

T - sweet up front, with a long lasting dry bitterness from the hops. Taste is clean and the hops at a subtle but nice citrus.

M - Now, for my only gripe. This beer is incredibly overcarbonated. Light bodied. It almost burns as it goes down.

O - I hate to have a beer brought down by a single category, but this one is a shame. I'm not sure if its a bad batch or what, but I didn't really enjoy drinking it. The taste smell and look are all great though.

Dave128, Apr 07, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Caramel tinge. This is a burnt golden color, classic of the style. Something about the hue suggests this is a beer fuller-bodied and more flavorful than your BMC swill, while remaing refreshing and lean.

A - Some gentle Cascade hops rolls thru the senses, followed by a mild malt note.

T - Nothing exceptional, but no mistakes either. Pale Ales, by nature, are unfavorably compared to IPAs. They're like the flacid, neotonized, deflated, under-construction, half-assed attempt. Still, this beer shoves back, trying to be something more... or at least assert that there's dignity in balance.

I like the soft caramel of the malt palatter, and how the cascade hops persist throughout the beer without becoming a chore.

M - Full-bodied with a dry finish, given the 6% abv

O - Not a beer I'll be running back to anytime soon, but one of my favorites of the genre. I can think of more famous American Pale Ales, but I can also recall their short-comings.

Anchor does not offer an IPA, and the strength of the Pale Ale is probably why. Compared to the average macro-Lager or English Bitters, this beer packs a tremendous punch: both in ABV & flavor.

On the other hand, this beer pales (hehehehe) compared to their Barleywine and Porter. Of course, those are exceptional beers which really punch above their weight!

MONKandTUCK, Apr 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

olafphysics, Apr 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

dpmacd, Apr 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

avisong, Apr 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

terence, Apr 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

smi, Apr 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

aztraz, Apr 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

TheBigBoy, Apr 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Celtics76
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up and Anchor Porter from Yankee Spirits in Swansea, MA to try for the first time..believe it or not.

Poured into a Red Hook Limited glass, a nice foamy head that reduces fairly quickly with plenty of lacing. Nice clear copper appearance, I'm getting a good caramel/toffee scent here.

Taste - Has a good hop bitterness, but not overpowering. Goes down real smooth. I could see pairing this a number of dishes - pizza, burgers, seafood, etc.

Overall, doesn't stick out amongst other top pale ales I've tried, but I definitely could see myself buying a 6 pack for a cookout this summer.

Celtics76, Apr 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

teenwolfmansbro, Apr 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

bill_rue, Apr 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

DaveONan, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

buffalobeerfan, Apr 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

beerhorn12, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

muskiesman, Mar 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

bh123, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Zaphog, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

conradh, Mar 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

gleemonger, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

outsider, Mar 28, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got layed over for a while at SFO, in my boredom I was literally riding escalators like a child and came across Anchor Brewing in the airport. Money. Huge ass Liberty Ale in a frosty glass (shakes fist in anger). Warmed it up with my hands. Do this to a bud light or some other piece of shit, never frost a glass for real beer.

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with a good looking creamy white head. As the beer drinks, there is a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S- Extremely floral hop profile, you can smell a good amount of malt in there as well. Lots of bread and grains there. A good swirl gives way to citrus fruits and a small amount of pine.

T- Front end is surprisingly bitter for a single ipa. A good amount of those floral hops are on the front palate. Mid palate is a little bit sweet, lots of grains shining through, and back end is a lingering but clean bitterness.

M- Thin, slick, great mouthfeel here. Good carbonation and no abv present at all.

O- This was a very good ipa. Its kind of nice to have a no-gimmicks india pale ale once in a while. Bravo Anchor.

kmatlack, Mar 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Nate, Mar 27, 2012
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,952 ratings.