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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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3,037 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,037
Reviews: 1,492
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 73
Gots: 209 | 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 deltamike
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dull, darkened golden-orange. Nice head, about 2 fingers. Frothy.

Smell - Pleasant. Anticipating and a bit hoppy, just the way I like it.

Taste - Great. Very well balanced, crisp at the end. Subtle bitter aftertaste. A fine American Ale.

Mouthfeel - Once again, pleasant. Tingles the tongue. Slightly carbonated. Medium bodied feel.

Drinkability - I thought the pricing was a bit steep. Now that I've had one, I can easily see myself revisiting it. Makes me wanna enjoy it on the back porch, which I think I'm going to do right now.

Photo of aval89
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a very cloudy orange color with a thin head into an oversized wine glass...

smelled very fruity, apricot stands out.. followed by a soft yet very present hop finish... sweet malt caramel is also present.. very very nice smelling american pale ale :D

taste is fruity/malt upfront.. caramel/apricot comes to mind.. followed by a floural hop presence with a bit of an alcohol/hop finish... so much going on with this brew.. citrus, malts, and hop and all present.. i keep getting an apricot taste, but i love it!!

mouthfeel is very decent, just right carbonation...

drinkability is good, could easily throw a few of these back.. very nice taste :D


Photo of Genghis22
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 24, 2010

A - Pours a bright clear golden yellow. Huge fluffy white head. Lots of good lacing.

S - Malty, crisp and slightly resiny. Hops are present, but not overbearing. Almost smells like hops that have been just removed from a boil.

T - Crisp, malty and dry. Biscuity. The hops follow up the initial tastes and provide some very nice balance. Aftertaste is more bitter and hoppy, but subtle.

M - Stellar. Nice tight carbonation with a medium body to full body. The carbonation is very prickly on the tongue. Very refreshing.

D - I've had this beer so many times, I can't believe I'm just getting around to reviewing it. This beer is very well made, and satifies my craving for a good beer in a low key environment. This beer is not extreme, it is not something people rave about, but when it comes down to it, it is very good, just subtle. The taste is great, and the mouthfeel is awesome. I will be drinking this again.

Photo of mintjellie
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden orange in hue with a huge meringue head. The retentive white froth leaves behind a patchy lace on the walls of my glass. Bready malt aroma also shows big fruit and floral notes. It's a very simple and mild aroma, but very clean and inviting. Nice toasted bread flavour, and just a little bit nutty. Hops provide flavours of peach, pineapple, citrus, and pine. Medium bitterness and tangy citrus linger and fade away slow in the aftertaste. Medium body and fine carbonation give a soft, smooth mouthfeel. Its well defined malt character is enough to match it's juicy hop flavour. A well crafted and dangerously drinkable pale ale.

Photo of scottfrie
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into SN hop pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden with a couple fingers of dense white head that reduced very slowly into a thick frothy head. Beautiful rings/sheets of lacing left with every sip.
S: Light hops and sweet malt. Very fresh and clean smelling and inviting. Slight exotic fruit notes and light caramel.
T: A full taste of malt with some subtle bitter hops. Very subtle and refreshingly clean flavors. Bitterness hits first but is comfortable and balanced by sweet malt. Very earthy tasting. Aftertaste is full of light fruits and some doughy biscuits.
M: Smooth carbonation and well balanced flavors.
D: This is a true classic. This to me looks and tastes like a beer. I love all kinds of styles, this type isn't even my favorite, but when someone says "beer" this is what I think of. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear pale straw color with a 2 inch head that fades to a small cap. Good lacing.

S - Has a metallic and citrus like hop smell. Whiffs of biscuit too.

T - Citrus like hop taste to start with a malty back and slightly bitter finish.

M - Good carbonation you can clearly see in the glass with a crisp and smooth taste.

D - Excellent drinkability overall. A great pale ale up there with Sierra Nevada.

Photo of burnerfinger
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my New Belgium goblet.

A: super generous head..this brew pours honey coloured and not clear at all, with a just barely off-white head.leaves generous lacing....nice healthy hoppy bite to the foam.

S: piney hops. no alcohol to the nose, and just barely able to percive any maltiness.

T: Nice hoppy bittterness here. strong bite that lasts. this seems almost an IPA to me.

M: nice again, fair amount of carbonation, not lite but not too heavy.

D: more of a sipper than a session beer due to the hi hoppiness. LIKE THIS>

Photo of juju7
2.81/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An apparently well liked beer in the States but I don't see it. Looks fine though. The aromas were a little too strong in the disinfectant kind of hop way. I'm not talking about pine-like hop resin, I mean it smells like I'm drinking it in a hospital toilet. On the palate it didn't get much better; some nice malt nuttiness, angry bitterness and astringently dry. Somewhat unbalanced too. Lacking body and direction. I didn't hate it but I did drain pour it-only because I had too many other good beers to get through to drink any more of it.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I have to remark that I love the bottle shape, it makes the pour so much nicer.
APPEARANCE: Pours a nice, hazy gold with a big, thick head, almost an inch. Beautiful lacing that stays at the top.
SMELL: Very light, mostly sweet malt with a touch of citrus.
TASTE: Very well crafted, it starts a little sweet and is followed by some citrus and pine.
MOUTHFEEL: Moderate carbonation and goes down smooth. It has a pleasant, hoppy aftertaste.
DRINKABILITY: My go-to APA, and not just because it is a San Francisco brewed beer. Just a great beer for all seasons.

Photo of MNJR
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious brew. More of a malt smell than hops, but a dry hops flavors shines in the taste. This is a complex tasting beer, with flavors ranging from dry hops overtones, to malty, minty undertones, with subtle peach or citrus fruit esters and mineral water sharpness mixed in to boot. A very good beer, and one I would highly recommend. This is an all-purpose pleaser: good for serious flavor, and equally good for a refreshing thirst quencher, or a monster blowout session. A true classic. No other beer tastes quite like any in the Anchor line. The Anchor brewery deserves tremendous respect for being one of the first great microbreweries and still one of the best in existence.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

@ The Old Spot, Salem MA. Felt sneaky drinking a quintessential American pale in an English pub.

Clear straw color with a thick and creamy white head. Peppery skim retention puts up the most impressive display of lacing that I have ever seen on a pale.

At first whiff I smelled freshly vacuumed carpet. Has a metallic tones clinging to the malt which I find in a lot of Cal ale yeast beers when really cold--mellowed out to a pleasant biscuit when warmed up. Cascade-ish grassy, spicey hop. Crisp and refreshing with fruity malt balanced by a grassy spicy hop. Dry, fizzy, champagne-ish carbonation.

Photo of climax
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a huge head right off the bat and I had to ease up a bit. After getting all the beer in my pint glass, it had 3 fingers of rocky tan head. As it slowly receded it crusted my glass with thick lace. The color was a murky honey.

The aroma was quite strong with a definite floral bouquet of hops. Soapiness, euro lager skunkiness (in a good way), juicy yellow grapefruit, held the reigns over pale malts.

The flavor had a stronger balancing act from the malt, with a toasty semi-sweet character. Grapefruit was all over, with more subtle notes of grass, and pine.

The body was pretty full, yet the feel was smooth and light. Carbonation had a phantom crispness through the dryish finish.
It's smooth and easy to drink, and covers all the bases well, good beer.

Photo of kwjd
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow-orange colour with thick white had. Little bit of lacing. Smells of citrusy hops and bread. This has a nice bitterness from the hops, with some malty sweetness to go with it. Nice level of carbonation. Classic beer that I can drink anytime.

Photo of Evocatus
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice golden orange-yellow with a healthy, thick, foamy, white head. Aroma is filled with sweet malt/grain with hints of citrus. Taste was pretty strong. There was sweet malts, citrus, and the hops going down; each pretty distinct. Good body and carbonation. I popped this one after coming back from a 10 mile ride. wonderfully refreshing, definitely an anytime beer.

Photo of GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just like the 12oz. bottle only bigger. A bomber in the signature shape of an Anchor steam. Pretty cool.

Served cold into a globe, Liberty has a golden orange color with great clarity and huge head. It lasts forever with sticky spotty lacing left all over the glass.

Aroma is surprisingly hoppy with great westcoast citrus smell. Nice fresh lemon here.

Flavor is fresh and hoppy with similar citrus zest and lemon. A nice sweetness up front has the balance to even out the hops and ever-so-slight sour flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and appropriate carbonation.

Overall a pleasant surprise. Anchor beers are so easily overlooked with all the choices in the stores but they are usually very solid. This is certainly one of them.

Photo of kegger22
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor Liberty Ale was a hazy amber with a generous, two inch beige head displaying good retention.

The aroma was citrus hops up front, followed by a shot of malt.

The taste is dominated by the citrus hops with carbonation working over the tip of the tongue. There was some malt, but it was definitely in a secondary role. Slightly bitter after taste.

The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and well carbonated.

Drinkability was good, I' d have another, just wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Not a bad beer, but standing in line behind a good number of better ones.

Photo of jahilgen
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial Pint Glass

Color is a complex hue of orange amber and hints of dark flavors, the beer develops nicely as it is poured and settles release a sweet and hop-filled bouquet.

Taste is rich and complex but not overwhelming can quickly recognize the hops and slight fruit tone but is not as overwhelming as traditional IPA. The mouthfeel continues the development of rich flavors of the beer, and after each drink the flavor stay with the palate and continues to develop after each drink.

What makes this beer a personal favorite is how versatile the beer is for me. It can be refreshing on summer afternoons or comforting for cold winter evenings and is a constant stable in my fridge. It is a great beer for people that love pale ales and has been enjoyed by company that do not enjoy pale ales. I have yet to find a American Pale Ale I like better.

Photo of jbone78
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this a ton of times, might be my favorite if the Anchors. Pours a hazy pale color with nice frothy head that leaves great lacing on the glass. Tastes slightly sweet up front and lingers into a tad bit of bitterness. No real aftertaste, but does have a nice malt finish.

Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours copper/yellow. One-finger DENSE off-white head that makes me smile. Lotsa lacing left.

S- Spicey, piney, citrus.

T- Crisp, more citrus. Delicious.

M- So refreshing!. the hops sting your tongue and leave you wanting more.

D/O- Drinking about 3 or 4 of these would leave me one happy camper. Good example of when session beer meets something that actually tastes like something worth drinking.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very nice light yellow with a really big fluffy slightly off white head. Nose is hoppy, sharp and bitter. Real nice.

Taste is quite hoppy and crisp, it's got some really earthy and vegital taste that's really nice. Mouthfeel is a bit too light for me, but it's still a really nice drink.

I'd say snpa isslightly better but it's close.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy amber-gold, with a finger's worth of creamy white fowm. The head settled down to a respectable cap, with lots of sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.
The aroma is so fresh and pleasing, a sweet honey-bun, citrus notes, fruity esters, biscuit malts. SO delicious smelling...
The taste has grainy notes, a good light sweetness, grassy hops, and a nice, brisk medium bitterness. The beer finishes fairly dry with a nice bitter aftertaste. The feel is almost creamy, good carbonation, and drink easy.
This is an excellent, well crafted ale from Anchor, a classic American craft brewery. This beer will always be welcome in my fridge.

Photo of ericj551
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor Liberty Ale pours a slightly hazy light copper. The aroma is bright, fresh hops, a bit citrusy, herbal and grassy. Sweet malt breaks up a bit of the grassy hop flavor and leads nicely into the bitterness. The flavor is almost creamy. I would say this leans towards the IPA range of pale ales. It's a delicious beer and a classic for sure.

Photo of niklas0770
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a hazy orange/amber color with a one finger foam lid wich looks very inviting and a bit mysterious...

Lots of hops hits the nose wich develops to a more spicy tone after a while. Maybe a touch of butter in the end.

The taste is quite hopy with some distant sweetness up front. The aftertaste is still hopy and dry but with some spiciness. A very nice combo I must say.

The mouthfeel is dry and refreshing and quite low-carbonated. Very nice, not extreme in any way.

I could definetly buy a six-pack, hit the sofa and watch a bad movie. The beer would make the movie much better!

Photo of jdense
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle Whole Foods Hollywood PDX poured into shaker pint.

Billlowing 2 finger+ head, medium slow dissipation, significant lacing. Clear golden body, a wee bit of visible carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Light nose, lemony, yeasty, flowery hops. Taste is interesting and balanced, citrusy, light bready malts perhaps a bit of crystal re ripe melons, finish is faintly bitter,k dry. Creamy mouthfeel with sweetish finish, not cloying. I could see this as a really effective summer quencher, good with BBQ. I thought the general lack of caramel malts was interesting for the style. An extremely well crafted beer, just what you'd expect from this quintessential American brewery. Outstanding.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange-yellow with a white head. The aroma is grassy and resiny hops, but is a little faint. The flavor is citrus and grassy hops. There is medium bitterness with a nice orange flavored aftertaste. There is also some light pine flavors in the beer. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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