1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,887 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,887
Reviews: 1,472
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 68
Gots: 146 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Anchor Liberty Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,887 | Reviews: 1,472 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of vkv822
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thick, foamy white head.

Very balanced toasty malts and citric hops.

The taste follows the nose, a pretty basic and very balanced profile of toasty, slightly sweet bread malts and citric hops.

A medium body with a fair amount of fizzy carbonation.

An enjoyable pale ale, the malts are much more prevalent and balanced than is customary in most American pale ales.

vkv822, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Etan
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Libbey regular pint. Anchor bottle design is one of my favorites.

A: Hazy dark orange with a dense, pillowy cream-colored head. Slight lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Bright yet smooth citrus and floral hops melds with buttery, doughy malt. Perfumy, smooth, and mellow.

T: Starts with a quick buildup to a very short burst of puckering, bitter hops. Quickly becomes buttery malt with some dry floral notes from the hops. A subtle and very pleasant apricot sourness from the hops pervades the rest of the sip, which finishes on another bitter note, held aloft by the strong buttery malts.

M: Medium-bodied.

O: Hop profile isn't as assertive as I would have liked, but it's pretty well-rendered, with the floral notes complimenting the malt very well.

Etan, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of PeteRiz
3.5/5  rDev -10%

PeteRiz, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of sansho
2/5  rDev -48.6%

sansho, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of peensteen
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden-copper colour, one finger of white head, slight lace spots. Smell is lightly sweet malt, bitter hop, pine, citrus, lemon rind and buttered bread, dry earthy notes as well. Taste has soft sweet malts, dry hops, citrus and grapefruit, light butter flavours, nice bitterness throughout, citrus hoppy aftertaste. Medium carbonation, medium body, medium-full weight, nice dry feel as well. Solid pale ale that I will revisit however there are some around that I like more but I will come back to this form time to time.

peensteen, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +2.8%

schopenhauerale, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -10%

shelby415, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -10%

jeffthepony, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of beermaned
4/5  rDev +2.8%

beermaned, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev +2.8%

bmur112, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of smarkham24
3.5/5  rDev -10%

smarkham24, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of MitchellMank92
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

MitchellMank92, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of jharkins07
3.5/5  rDev -10%

jharkins07, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of HopHeadAndy
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

HopHeadAndy, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of CamuMahubah
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amber with super little silky creamy bubbles...

Dandelions and honey and magnolia...

Succulent tangerine creamy...hint of bubblegum and maybe sea salt...

Possibly the best mouthfeel of any beer I have ever drank...

Boomshakalaka...this is definitely and Anchor offering...that tell tale something...maybe it's the same yeast...big fan of this brewery so I'm a bit jaded but I didn't really expect this beer to be this good...I was actually afraid to review after reading other reviews...have no fear...it's Anchor.

CamuMahubah, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of pirmannt1
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

pirmannt1, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +2.8%

RichH55, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of fakehat
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

fakehat, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6-pack from the LCBO, 330ml into a pint glass. Best before October 2013. Listed at 5.9%ABV.

Poured a golden orange with a great white head and above average retention. Sheets of lacing. Nose has some grassy hops and pale malts, crisp crackery notes and ligth grains. Taste is again lightly grassy, lightly caramelized malts, pale malts, grains a good hop flavour. Very mild citrus in the finish. Medium body with a good bitterness in the finish. Medium high carbonation with a touch of alcohol. Good drinkability, with some likeness to some Kellerbiers and EIPA's I've previously had.

liamt07, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of JimmyTango
3.5/5  rDev -10%

JimmyTango, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Vandelayindustri
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Vandelayindustri, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of omokoro
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a quite clear amber with a thick white head. Lots of carbonation. There was an aroma of crisp, clean hops, with a slight note of malt. There was a good amount of hop bitterness. Notes of lemon peel and grapefruit. Pine was also present. The mouth feel was quite pleasant, creamy, perhaps due to the high level of carbonation. Overall the was a very pleasant beer to drink, I could see myself having this again, as a change for the highly hopped beers I usually prefer.

omokoro, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of bcal16
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

bcal16, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Hiccups
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Hiccups, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of rprinz22
3/5  rDev -22.9%

rprinz22, Feb 05, 2012
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,887 ratings.