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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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1,524 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,524
Hads: 3,252
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 17.26%
Wants: 88
Gots: 340 | 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.
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Photo of Tballz420
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty big head sits atop this deep golden colored brew. What hits the tounge is a nice, pretty hoppy bitter flavor. A damn good american style pale ale. This beer has a good hand in getting me into the nicer beer selections. A pretty nice standard american PA

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Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle. Nice label!

Beer pours a dark golden color. Huge head & nice lacing.

Beer smells great. Hops dominate. I get some slight spice notes as well. I also get a little grapefruit thrown in for good measure.

Beer tastes very good. Slightly sweet but also bitter enough to let you know that the hops are in charge. As I drank more, I also got a slight sour taste, which seemed out of place. Some hints of pine, but the sourness stays as well. Carbonation seems perfect for style.

Drinkability is decent, but would be better if not quite so sour (did I get an off batch or bottle?). Mouthfeel is great.

This is a very good beer, could be better with out the slightly sour taste. Good beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of far333
2.72/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden color, bright white head that disappears too quickly. Very light aroma, so light that I can't really detect any discernable smells. It feels highly carbonated, which maybe contributes to the weak flavor across the tongue. There is a slight hop flavor, but no malt or other accents that come to mind. This one didn't really do it for me.

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Photo of Darkale
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice, fresh aroma, but faint, and a light, cloudy orange body. Head is khaki and small-bubbled, thick, creamy, smooth and resilient. Lacing is very good.

Clear, fresh, and creamy taste, with a slight hops rasp and a faintly sour aftertaste that somehow slowly ends up creamy and sweet again.

This is a wonderful, refreshing beer, and a great beer for summer. It will be a staple in my refrigerator.

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Photo of scottum
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sunset Cantina.

Nice orange amber with a big white head. I had to get this one topped off. Nice tastey hop flavors. Not a huge bitter, but enough to make a hophead smile. Smooth. A bit of a fruity flavor in there with the grainy flavors. Good balance. A good pale ale, almost an IPA.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A light reddish-orange with a moderate head. Smells very fresh, crisp, and a little spicy. Tastes very clean and refreshing. A little malty. Feels great in the mouth -- very complex, not too much of anything nor too little of anything. For me, the best thing about this beer is it drinkability. It is fantastic. I finish one and immediately want another.

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Photo of fattyre
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Crotor
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Scooter77
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

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Photo of pezoids
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of elmocoso
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of texascarl
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of jackndan
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of Running4beer
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of gjh
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Bruiser81
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of SaunaKing
2.34/5  rDev -40.6%
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.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of kindestcut
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of jward
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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.)

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,524 ratings.