Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

1,518 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,518
Hads: 3,225
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 86
Gots: 319 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-18-2000

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.
View: Beers (26) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Anchor Liberty Ale Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,518 | Hads: 3,225
Photo of fattyre
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy yellow-orange with a moderate white rocky head. The mouthfeel is rounded and moderate. The smell is cereal and grain with an underlying citrus. The taste is citrusy hops balanced by an underlying maltiness. This is a smooth pleasing pale ale with a lingering bitter finish. (296 characters)

Photo of Crotor
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'd been pleased with every Anchor offering thus far, and they delivered again.

It poured with a substantial head, but the retention was rather low. The dark gold color made for a nice appearance. The hopping and maltiness were apparent in the aroma, though both rather low... As for the taste, there was a definite maltiness- more maltiness than I'm used to in a pale ale/bitter, but it was balanced perfectly by the hops. However, I would've prefered a more agressive hop taste and aroma. It offered a medium body and good drinkability, making for a well rounded beer. I'll definately purcase it again, though it lacks the complexity necessary to make it one of my favorites. (680 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy, copper color, with a thick tan head that leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is spicy, and really fruity, with malt aromas in the back. The flavor is malty, with a spicy, fruity hop flavor. It is a well balance beer. It is medium bodied with a semi-dry finish. It is an easy drinking, well-balanced brew. Very tasty; I would definitely drink this one again. (373 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a solid golden yellow like honey, recieved a foamy white head about two fingers high with some divets and settled slowly. Smell of this is crazy floral hops, cascade variety with a mix of woodish others, citrus peels of lemon and/or grapefruit, you can tell right away this is gonna be a bitter one. Taste is like someone just peeled a fresh grapefruit, super piney and fresh as hell. Crisp. Tightly bitter, short, leveled, and citrusy stuffed. Slightly sour grapefruit, strong hop bite, pale, and nearly dry as dirt. Feel seems crisp and lighly medium with a clean bite and the malts take a far back, second seat with a slight toasted realm. Drinks down just fine and could easily be quaffed enough until it becomes almost normal to the buds. (752 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is yet another exceptional beer from the Anchor brewery. Pours a clear amber/copper color with a medium sized rocky head that retains itself for the duration, leaving a light lace on the glass. The aroma is full of cascade hops, citrus peel, and just a hint of raisins. Taste is extremely hoppy intermixed with some citrus flavor, possibly grapefruit. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. This is definitely a great session beer that can be enjoyed any day of the year. (478 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A classic! It's slightly hazy (bottle-conditioned) golden-amber body is topped by a frothy white head that holds really well and leaves some very nice lace throughout the glass. Dry-hopped Cascades saturate the nose - perfumey, floral, lemony, and pine-like over some lightly caramel-tinged grainy malt. The hops are 'softer' from the dry-hopping, however, and not as 'sharp' as if they'd been added to the kettle. It's luxurious! The body is medium; and it's lightly crisp and then smooth and creamy in the mouth due in part to a very fine, natural carbonation from bottle conditioning. Cascades carry over into the flavor in a big way; wrapped in sweet, caramelish malt and backed by a firm bitterness. It's very well-rounded and nicely balanced, without the aggressive edge that many beers like this have. Absolutely worth seeking out! (838 characters)

Photo of pezoids
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I have been wanting to try for years and never got around to it. It poured out a slightly hazy golden orange color with a quickly dissipating white head.
The aroma is an almost sweet citrus and sweet malt. Nice lingering bitterness. This beer is light and easy to drink. I like it. (302 characters)

Photo of elmocoso
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a great nose to this beer, a great floral-hoppy burst right off the pour.

As i look at the beverage in my tapered glass and held against the light, i see a range of colors. The botom is a perfect gold and i gradually gradiats into a nice peach color, at the top, in the thickest part of the beer, right below the faint blanket of froth.

There is also a maltyness in the nose that becomes more apparant as the beverate warms up. It is very appealing.

The taste is also admerable. There is a puckering tartness in the first few sips but the sweetness of the malt does not go unnoticed. It is a great drinking beverage. I recomend it. (649 characters)

Photo of texascarl
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance = hazy orange, thick white head, serious lacing.

Nose = floral/fruity, hops

Taste = fruit (banana? peach?) sweet malt w/a nice taste of (different?) hops, I'd like to know what kind they used because I'd like to see others use them. Nice taste. Dry finish.

Good pale ale, I can see why it's considered a classic. Keep this one handy. (353 characters)

Photo of jackndan
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Liberty Ale: How it has taken me this long to try this absolutely terrific beer is beyond me. I’ve never been a big fan of Anchor products, but their Liberty Ale is the cat’s pajamas. It is a deep golden color, with an off-white head, with great staying power. The aroma is almost perfect, fruity, perfume, hops, flowers. The taste really shows off the cascade hops, with tremendous smoothness, leaving a very clean dry finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat hop/oils, very pleasant. Damn fine beer. (513 characters)

Photo of Running4beer
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange haze with a white thick head but quickly thins out. Strong floral hops aroma. Light carbonation with a good mouthfeel. Tastes of floral hops, malt and some citrus fruit specifically orange at least thats what I taste. This beer goes down nice and smooth which is nice to have on a hot summer day while relaxing next to a pool or at the beach. (358 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A classic American Pale Ale. This one pours out to a slightly hazy dark golden with orange highlights, forming a dense whipped off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is inviting with lots of fresh, floral, spicy hops...nutty and lightly toasted grains, and a mild amount of fruitiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and pillowy soft with a light body. Taste begins interestingly enough, with chewy, toasty malts. Caramunich graininess is noted, but not dominant. The hops come in, loud and aggressive, but never bitter, completely in balance with the malt. There is a corn taste towards the end, but it is rather pleasant, and I think secondary to the fermentation. Alcohol is completely unobtrusive. No off-flavors noted. Belches are pleasantly hoppy with some graininess. The finish is very soft and wet with pleasantly lingering floral hops and sweet malts. Very nice finish. As it warms, I notice some tannic astringency and caramel in the finish. This is a rich and filling beer, not as drinkable as my favorites, but it can stand on it's own as a good session brew. (1,105 characters)

Photo of gjh
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pleasant ale and easy to drink, but nothing out of the ordinary. Pours with a nice white foamy head, but it does not last long. For the wood workers out there, the color is close to orange shellac crystal. A crisp hop and citrus flavor with a mild bitter after taste which is to be expected with this type of ale and remains making you want to take another sip. Definitely worth a taste. (389 characters)

Photo of Bruiser81
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a hazy copper color. The head was white and fluffy and the lacing was decent. It had a good aroma with floral hops jumping out the most. There was also a fairly strong citrus aroma. Sweet malt was barely detectable but it mostly cosisted of hops. Same with the taste, very hoppy. The citrus flavor hit up front followed by a strong hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was a bit sharp at first although it went down fairly smooth. I wasn't expecting to much from this beer but I was pleasantly surprised. This would definitely be a good beer to drink during the hot summer. I will surely drink this one again. (619 characters)

Photo of SaunaKing
2.34/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This liberty ale came in a big bottle with a little blurb about the brewers history on the label.
Pours a nice orange colour and is hazy, not clear. Little head and a pungent acidic smell. Unimpressive taste, sorty of grainy but sweet. The strong aroma hinders the drinkability of this beer. (292 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
4.79/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ingredients: hops and malts.

Orange body, with smallish head and fine bubbles. Rich bouquet of flowers, tree sap and malt. Amazing long lasting bitterness. Creamy smooth body that has a complexity that leaves me floored (or maybe that was the 6 percent alcohol. I have just found my house ale. (297 characters)

Photo of kindestcut
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been anxious to try the one Anchor Liberty Ale I had in my fridge and when the ice storm hit Dallas, I finally had all the reason I needed to drink every beer in the house...as if you need a reason.

The Liberty poured a golden color like honey with a thick head that left a bit of lace on the side of the glass. I expected a little darker color but it did pour beautifully.

I didn't quite know what to think at first sniff. When I smelled again, one thing came to my mind- flowers. No, it wasn't like smelling a dozen roses, but there was a distinct flowery aroma. I would generally describe the aroma as clean and simple, like mountain air after a rain.

The Liberty has a very crisp flavor with little aftertaste. There is a noticable bitter, hoppy flavor. I was expecting a larger, more dramatic flavor but the Liberty is a refreshing beer that I can imagine having more of in the future. (905 characters)

Photo of BittRnessabounds
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bountiful head with good lace retention on this slightly cloudy orange brew. Mostly hops with some apricot and peach come through in the smell. The taste reflects the smell, but the fruit flavor is very subtle. The bitterness is very nicely balanced with a bit of sweetness and an adequate level of carbonation to make this a tasty brew. I found this very enjoyable and easy to drink. It tastes almost as if this is the older more sophisticated brother of Magic Hat #9, because it has a much more complex taste, without all the fruitiness. Overall, a very enjoyable American Pale Ale. (584 characters)

Photo of jward
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Liberty pours a pale orange color with a tight, white head. The nose is rather one-sided, presenting mainly (only?) a piney, hoppy aroma. Both the appearance and smell of this beer are fine, but not especially noteworthy. The taste, however, is quite noteworthy. The hoppiness is complex and strong, but never astringent. I detect elements of lemon zest and grapefruit, with backnotes of sour apple. A solid malt foundation balances out everything quite nicely. The mouthfeel is exceptional -- crisp, bubbly, and clean, setting the stage for a long, dry finish.

This is just a solid beer, a great Pale Ale. (And though it doesn't count toward the the official review marks, I'm also fond of the bottle, which explains that the name 'Liberty Ale' is in celebration of the ride of Paul Revere.) (802 characters)

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

What else to say....super smooth and creamy mouthfeel....perfectly balanced, hoppy, but not too hoppy. This is a wonderful beer. It's very highly drinkable. I like the large bottle it came in, and I definitely would drink another if I had one. The appearance is nicely and cloudy golden orange. I highly recommend this pale ale for sessions. (341 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

liberty ale pours out a very bright, albeit very cloudy orange-gold color. lots of "floaties"...an inch thick head reduces to a thin layer with ample lace. aroma of citrusy hops....man does this smell good! the taste surprised me....i was expecting an assault of hops, but what greeted my taste buds was a nicely balanced, full and creamy flavorful brew. a hint of belgian, with lots of toasted and biscuity malts....followed by an understated citrusy hop bitterness. this is the epitome of a restrained but flavorful hopped-up ale. dry hopped for sure, but not obnoxiously so. alcohol undetectable. this is a damn fine brew, lots of complexities without being hit over the head with massive hops. very tasty and highly drinkable. (730 characters)

Photo of Admiraldinty
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber with a thin head. Very fragrant hoppy, estery aroma. Medium bodied, and crisp, but smooth. Very bitter hoppy tasting with some peach-like hints. Also sweet malt and a touch of honey. This is some good stuff. Something I'll come back to time and time again. (269 characters)

Photo of kunzbrew
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazy straw color with a nice white head that last for a little while then reduces to a small head, also a nice lace is left behind. The smell of hops and light pale malts fill the nose. A really nice strong hop flavor with a citrus flavor added. The fruity esters are very elegant. There is a mild hop after taste that is also very nice and well accepted. This is a great beer. Thank you to jebrock for this offering.

Cheers (445 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A reddish-amber beer with a white head. The head was somewhat rocky and dissipated quickly, leaving a little lace on the glass.

Smell: A mixture of clean hoppiness and fruit. Definitely some banana in the aroma, like my fermenter sometimes smells when making ales. Also, a little bit of that biscuit/cracker smell.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and not as smooth as I would have liked it to be.

Taste: There was a dry, refreshing hoppiness to this beer, overlayed with the fruity, banana flavor that was present in the aroma. It finished with a citrus bite.

I have had this beer before, but it was at least five or six years ago. It isn't a bad beer at all, it's just the flavors are not what I would consider to be those of a typical pale ale. For a good pale, I would rather have a Sierra Nevada or a Boulevard. However, the drinkability is great; it is refreshing and I have polished off the whole bottle while typing this! Like I said, it's good, but don't expect a classic pale ale flavor. (1,013 characters)

Photo of LiquidBreadMan
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aside from the occasional holiday brews, this is the best beer in an all-star line from Anchor Steam. It pours an amber-copper color with an average head. The strong aroma is reminiscent of stone fruit (cherry and peach) and citrus (grapefruit). Liberty Ale provides a middle-of-the-road hops experience, with a nice fruit-caramel balance. Although every brew is technically unique, this one really stands out. Its closest availability is at a liquor store about 40 miles from my home. I don't consider that too far, for Liberty Ale. (533 characters)

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.