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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

3,097 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,097
Reviews: 1,501
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 75
Gots: 238 | 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 Moondog
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light amber, golden, lively, thick foamy head, lacing

S: Hoppy pine and citrus

T: Nicely balanced, light malt, bitter (not over the top), and a tinge floral, lingers and then finishes clean.

M: Lively beer, good carbonation.

O: Good introduction into American Pale Ale's. Solid beer for the buck.

Photo of rangerred
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a thick one finger head. Awesome head retention.

The aroma is full of piny hops with a little bit of citrus thrown in. Also a little bit of earthyness and wood.

The flavor is more pine along with a touch of citrus almost reminding me of lime. The hops definitely lean towards the earthy/pine realm. A little bit of caramel malt along with some wood. Mouthfeel is quite nice with lively carbonation.

Really a pretty good beer that to me is a little bit different than many other IPA's out there. This one seems to lean a little more British than American but it is definitely a beer everyone should try.

Photo of goldendenizen
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: nice full light amber hue. Pretty!

S: Fresh SF beer, as Anchor is in Potrero Hill. Definitely has an odor that's emblematic of the taste. Strong hoppiness.

T: Love the natural carbonation (yes I count it as taste). Straw hoppy, less malt sugar taste which I prefer. Cross between an IPA and pale ale.

M: Great! Again, the natural carbonation is where it's at.

O: Support your local brewery. Fresh tasty ale which is a boon for hopheads without being a IPA or DIPA. Great session beer with great carbonation!

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a good head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Clean aroma of citrus and pine with some malt sweetness.

T: Taste starts with a bit of tart, malt sweetness and a bit of honey in the background. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, crisp and smooth. Nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer. Another solid offering from the brewery.

Photo of stlunatic15
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is dark golden in color, slightly thick - almost looks like an unfiltered beer. Standard white foam head.

Smell - small hints of orange & tangerine. Light scents of pine and trees.

Taste - Starts off hoppy with a bitter finish. No other tastes to be honest; tastes like a standard pale ale.

Mouthfeel - definitely lingering. I can feel the bubbles and carbonation around the outsides of my tongue. Not too thin but not too thick either.

Overall - Nothing special to me, personally. Easy drinking with still a lot of flavor, but not amazing to the point where I'd recommend it to others.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before March 2014. Glad to see my local liquor store bringing in more American craft beer, as up until a few months ago the only way to get any was to cross over the border.

A vigorous pour reveals a vaguely foggy golden-amber brew, generating nearly three fingers of fluffy, smooth white head. It has decent retention, hanging around more than a few minutes - long enough to exchange a few pleasantries, and leaving me with some lovely webs of sticky lacing all over the glass as a parting gift. Enjoyable aroma, with lots of floral hops and a few notes of grassy citrus and sweet honey.

Hoppy flavours, perhaps unsurprisingly, are the more dominant facet of this brew's profile, with lots of the same floral notes from the aroma, as well as some lemongrass and orange citrus being rather prominent. The biscuity, cracker-like malts provide a light honey sweetness that helps balance the bitterness of the hops, but the aftertaste still leans on the dry side. On the light side of medium-bodied, with a slightly slick/oily mouthfeel. Relatively low carbonation makes for a smooth, if not particularly crisp brew.

Final Grade: 3.58, a respectable B grade. Anchor Liberty Ale is a solid IPA with a lot of laudable traits, but I would hesitate to describe it as outstanding. To be blunt - it is good, but not great. I can't pinpoint any features that would really distinguish this from the multitude of other good IPAs and hoppy APAs I have had in the past. It's definitely not a hop bomb - but if that's your bag, this might very well be the IPA for you.

This must have been a godsend in Ontario a few years ago, but local craft breweries have finally started producing serviceable IPAs. Given the fact that I can probably buy a sixer of one of those for a few dollars less than this, I probably won't get this again. But I don't regret trying it, and I doubt most other people would either. Definitely worth a try, but not a world beater.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very pretty, clear, smooth looking brew
S - Smells like a crisp, hoppy, refreshing pale ale
T - Can tell it's a higher ABV than some other pales. Because or this, and because of the lack of what I would consider to be a completely delicious finish i.e. Sierra Nevada I would give it only a 4/5... but still a very good tasting brew
M - Light, crisp, smooth
O - Solid brew. Probably not in my top 15-20 APAs though. Above average, solid, and fine quality, but not a fav

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3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 1-DEC-11. Sad panda.

A - Hazy deep gold, not much head. Carbonation difficult to assess by viewing. No lacing evident.

S - Honey malt with resiny piney hop notes. Not as much as anticipated.

T - Honey-like malt sweetness with subtle toasted notes. Hops are juicy, resiny in the mid with a very dry finish.

M - Medium body, medium to high carbonation.

O - Very good, but could use a fresher sample.

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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