Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,009 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,009
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 71
Gots: 182 | 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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Photo of MacStinson
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger off white head on a crimson with golden hues body.

S: pine with light sweet citrus, typical of an all cascade hops beer.

T: The flavor is a little mild, doesn't engage the palate very well. Mostly earthy, floral and woody notes and some hints of pine. Musty hop flavor.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very drinkable but not very complex. Not a bad beer but nothing to make it stand out.

Photo of obrike
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great deal at Specs Round Rock over the weekend for 6.99 a sixer.

Sharp looking brew. Dark golden color with a huge head that disappated slowly after a hard pour. Left a creamy white ring for the duration and some decent lacing too.

Getting mostly grassy grains on first whiff...a little bit of citrus, mainly lemon. Certainly not a pungent APA by any means.

Crisp, biting grassy hops...almost tastes like a beefed up lager. A biting carbonation, and some of the lemon on the backend too. Not exactly blown away by this one, but I can see the appeal. A fairly dry, easy to drink APA that certainly won't offend.

Photo of Rozyravens
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Cluker
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of traumaqueen
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of macrosmatic
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Dave128
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 bottle into a Kentucky bourbon barrel ale glass for no apparent reason. The bottle is pretty neat with a nice story about the beer. I definitely love Anchor's bottling.

A - Hazy orange color with an offwhite head. Lacing is minimal but present. The Pour yields a pretty impressive long lasting head.

S - Smells of clean Barley and hops.

T - sweet up front, with a long lasting dry bitterness from the hops. Taste is clean and the hops at a subtle but nice citrus.

M - Now, for my only gripe. This beer is incredibly overcarbonated. Light bodied. It almost burns as it goes down.

O - I hate to have a beer brought down by a single category, but this one is a shame. I'm not sure if its a bad batch or what, but I didn't really enjoy drinking it. The taste smell and look are all great though.

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

A - Caramel tinge. This is a burnt golden color, classic of the style. Something about the hue suggests this is a beer fuller-bodied and more flavorful than your BMC swill, while remaing refreshing and lean.

A - Some gentle Cascade hops rolls thru the senses, followed by a mild malt note.

T - Nothing exceptional, but no mistakes either. Pale Ales, by nature, are unfavorably compared to IPAs. They're like the flacid, neotonized, deflated, under-construction, half-assed attempt. Still, this beer shoves back, trying to be something more... or at least assert that there's dignity in balance.

I like the soft caramel of the malt palatter, and how the cascade hops persist throughout the beer without becoming a chore.

M - Full-bodied with a dry finish, given the 6% abv

O - Not a beer I'll be running back to anytime soon, but one of my favorites of the genre. I can think of more famous American Pale Ales, but I can also recall their short-comings.

Anchor does not offer an IPA, and the strength of the Pale Ale is probably why. Compared to the average macro-Lager or English Bitters, this beer packs a tremendous punch: both in ABV & flavor.

On the other hand, this beer pales (hehehehe) compared to their Barleywine and Porter. Of course, those are exceptional beers which really punch above their weight!

Photo of olafphysics
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of dpmacd
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of terence
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of smi
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Celtics76
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up and Anchor Porter from Yankee Spirits in Swansea, MA to try for the first time..believe it or not.

Poured into a Red Hook Limited glass, a nice foamy head that reduces fairly quickly with plenty of lacing. Nice clear copper appearance, I'm getting a good caramel/toffee scent here.

Taste - Has a good hop bitterness, but not overpowering. Goes down real smooth. I could see pairing this a number of dishes - pizza, burgers, seafood, etc.

Overall, doesn't stick out amongst other top pale ales I've tried, but I definitely could see myself buying a 6 pack for a cookout this summer.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,009 ratings.