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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,935 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,935
Reviews: 1,479
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 68
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

cycoduck, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Whiskeydeez, Feb 28, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.6%

Marty91, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

LukeONeill, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Danobold, Feb 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

ardy007, Feb 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

sgttibbs, Feb 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Aclucari, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange golden color. Nice colar of head left on top of the beer with ncie lacing left hind.

S: Some citrus hops and nice caramel and bready malts.

T: Nice grapefruity hops up front and followed up by some nice malts and caramel with some good yeat flavors.

M: Medium bodies, dry and bottner finish.

O: Decent pale ale. worth a try, tasty apa.

OleJohnnieAle, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of Topher78
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a golden color, leaving a fingers worth of a white head and decent lacing. The aroma is has a slight citrus note to it with hints of malt and yeast esters. The taste has a slight bitterness to it on the front of the tongue and a malty sweetness at the back. Nice medium mouth feel

Topher78, Feb 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

bullywee, Feb 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Rocketman8911, Feb 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

rowingbrewer, Feb 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

mechanicalprints, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

TimoP, Feb 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

boudreaux, Feb 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Archimedes, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Kornoms, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

tdmccarthy, Feb 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

HoppedUp13, Feb 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

czar78, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
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
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,935 ratings.