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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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2,744 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,744
Reviews: 1,463
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 63
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
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.

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Photo of Traquairlover


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear light amber with golden tints, small white head, medium lacing.

S = Light pine hops and slight notes of grapefruit rind, baked breakfast roll with sugar, well balanced.

T = Starts with a sweet malt followed immediately by the bitter kick from hops, at mid-palate get some of the grapefruit flavors of hops which meld into the biscuit malt tastes and both linger into a long dry finish.

M = Medium bodied, pleasant level of carbonation, good mouthcoating.

D = Good drinkability, well balanced, refreshing, a very good APA.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 23:35:41 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of daythree16


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a very hazy golden orange with a 1.5 finger head that leaves a very solid lace.

The smell is a sweet malt and herbal hops. The taste is sweet up front with notes of citrus, some herbal hoppiness, and a good bitterness to finish it all off.

The Liberty Ale is a very well balanced APA that probably doesn't get the props it deserves. It's crisp, refreshing, sweet, and slightly bitter. I could drink these for quite a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 04:44:11 | More by daythree16
Photo of KeefD


4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely golden haze color with two inches worth of foam and nice lacing down the glass. Smell is sweet and floral with hints of piney hops. Taste is very sweet, hints of honey, slightly floral in flavor, nice use of malts and and generous amount of hops that don't ever become too bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated. A very nice representation of an English Pale Ale from a very well-respected American microbrewery. My favorite of Anchor's offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 18:50:55 | More by KeefD
Photo of usmittymc


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pub glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a generous 2- finger off-white head. Head recedes very slowly to a decent lacing.

S: Piney hop notes and a faint malt aroma is present. Nice spicey yeast on the nose, as well. Very appealing nose.

T: Citrusy, piney hop flavors. A faint minty flavor towards the middle. Nice malt back on this beer completes an excellent balance. Yeast lingers on the palate delightfully.

M: Moderate, slighty oily. Not unpleasant by any means. This is a great beer.

D: Right up there with Fat Tire for me. An incredibly drinkable Ale. One of my standbys and readily available, even in Mississippi. A good call. No matter what time of day.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 03:23:02 | More by usmittymc
Photo of beerfan82


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Beer with great overall taste. When you first drink it tastes like beer heaven. The hop flavor does not overwhelm you. It coasts into the beer like a steam ship. No pun intended. The aftertaste is really good feels like you continue to drink the beer even after your done with it. The beer has a nice clean taste almost has a sweet hoppiness to it. The hops add wonderful character and taste to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 01:08:07 | More by beerfan82
Photo of atigerlife


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden/orange with a 2-finger white head. Good lasting power.

Aroma of wild honey, berries, floral and malts.

Taste is got sweetness with hops, flowery and malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently cleansing.

Overall, quite drinkable and sessionable. I feel the need to go get another one.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 23:38:22 | More by atigerlife
Photo of Hollenbeck2


3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the san francisco airport at the anchore steam brewing restaurant hoppier siblinmg to the standard anchor steam although lighter in color
Almost appears like a pilsner but much more bitter not fruity at all buit overall a good quality brew

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2008 19:33:38 | More by Hollenbeck2
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear(-ish), golden color with big, sticky, off-white head. Very nice head retention and lacing.

Smell: Citrus, pine, and hops. Some definite bread crust as well. Smells very sharp/crisp.

Taste: Bready malts accompanied by lemon, spice, and pine. Finishes pretty dry with some alcohol and herbal hops. Used to like this one a lot, but now it seems a little too tart/dry.

Mouthfeel: Not as carbonated as Anchor Porter or Anchor Steam (at least as I remember them). Still, beer has medium carbonation and good mouth coating. I love the dry aftertaste. This beer just feels... clean.

Drinkability: If it weren't for the price, I'd buy this a lot more. I'm a big fan of all of Anchor's beers. One of the most unique breweries I know.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 22:08:45 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of cbros

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a murky orange color with a white lace.

S- Smells of a fruit combination that has a bitter undertone.

T- A bitter dry finish that lasts throughout.

D- An interesting APA that I did not find all together that great. I know that this beer has gotten great reviews here, but I felt that it was lacking. I was especially hopeful because I am such a huge fan of the Steam Beer. Maybe my favorable thinking of that beer gave me the wrong impression of this one. Maybe I was expecting something else. This beer is something that I will have to come back to down the road because I know that it is better than that. Overall something that I would not purchase again but was still glad that I had the chance to give it a try. Just glad that I was able to purchase a loosey instead of being left with a whole 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 21:14:03 | More by cbros
Photo of avaulteriam


3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty IPA color of deep gold. SLightly clouded, how I like it. Very nice nose of fruits and flowers. The hop taste is distinctly cascade and it caught me a bit off guard. For a minute, I thought I might be tasting an I2PA. It has a high IBU count, I'm sure, but tasty nonetheless. A nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 22:47:58 | More by avaulteriam
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours golden with orange haze. Decent head small lace. The aroma is fruity,malts, and floral. The taste is hops,yeast,sweet,malts,grains and citrus notes.
The overall feel is a mild carbonation with mild bitterness and a dry hop finish.Yeasty and well balanced.

Notes: A very fine brew. A pleasure to have and a very unique Ale. I will go out of my way to find this as this Brewery has given me some good experiences. I would say this is an American classic,perfect for all occasions. Session-Hell yes!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 03:21:10 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of rye726


3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A hazy orange-brown colow with a nice tan head. The nose has a sweet malty base with some fruity citrus hops on top. The taste is similar. A nice blend of the pale candy malts and floral hops. A medium to light body with good carbonation. A nice example of a pale.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 04:09:53 | More by rye726
Photo of QuentinCompson


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass

A - Yummy looking two finger head, nice pour, malty, fusing into finger head, then nice film head; golden brew; lacing

S - Nice bouquet on the pour, grassy, hoppy, yeast

T-M - Smooth malty nose, bitter hops taking over, tangy finish; nice full flavor

D - Extremely drinkable; just flavorful enough but not overpowering; can swig comfortably; goes fast; could suck down a few of these in a session for sure

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 05:13:39 | More by QuentinCompson
Photo of wanker


3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I found this beer average in every way. There was nothing about it to really complain about, but certainly nothing to rave about either. It also had just a hint of a macro lager taste to it that I can't put my finger on.

Drinkable, but I wouldn't buy it again. For APA's, my future money will go to Great Divide Fresh Hop.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 21:18:56 | More by wanker
Photo of AmishT


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tumbler

A - A lucid golden/amber with an awesome white frothy head, with some nice foamy lacing all the way around the glass. I read on Anchor's site that they use "bunging" to get some champagne like carbonation going on; they don't lie, as I have a few stream of bubbles materializing from the side of glass. Great retention. Gorgeous.

S - Robust grassy hops, with a touch of fruity esters (apple?) and a touch of sweet malts. A bready aroma is very noticeable. I definitely love me some hops.

T - A mix of floral hops and rich malts start off, but the malts are absolutely blasted by an audacious earthy hop finish. Absolutely delicious.

M - The earthy, floral hops are damn tasty when combined with the high carbonation of this ale. Medium bodied, and the flavor is very durable when held on the tongue. The hops slightly coat the palate.

D - A very drinkable pale ale. The only things that take away from the drinkability is the medium body. It's a very robust, enjoyable flavor, so it's not a beer that I'd want to drink quickly, but rather savor it.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 04:33:43 | More by AmishT
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on February 24th, 2008--as per the dot-matrix code on the back label.

A: Dark golden and amber with a massive light caramel head that sticks around for a long time, leaving sticky rings of lace before settling to a solid quarter-inch all the way across.

S: Excellent aroma! Sweet fruity (peach & orange) and floral/grassy hops dominate, with some biscuit like malt aromas emerging as well.

T&M: The same citrus and light floral hops are prominent initially before giving way to some lighter sort of honey-ish sweet flavor and some malty backbone. It's got a moderately dry and grainy (biscuit-like) finish, but not too dry. It's of medium body, with generous amounts of carbonation that contribute nicely to the nascent hop flavors.

D: Very drinkable--its got a strong flavor profile, it doesn't sit heavy in the stomach, and it smells great. This would be a great non-winter session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 04:30:23 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of everetends


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Also got this in the mixed cases I got as discontinues from a local bar. Bottle poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured an orange color that was not totally clear. A bit hazy. Nice fluffy white head with a good deal of lacing.

S: Hops, grains and citrus fruits. Nothing too challenging here.

T: Bitter hops, citrus fruits (lemon and orange), and a little bit of light malt on the end.

M: A good amount of carbonation on this one. A bit dry on the finish but still refreshing.

D: Very drinkable. A good all around beer for a medium bodied beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 23:29:17 | More by everetends
Photo of Pleepleus

New York

3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass, honey orange color with a minimal head that reduced to bubbly foam islands. Hoppy barley aroma and the taste was similar with a hopspice and a bittersweet finish. Bitter citrus and hops make it crisp and dry with light carbonation. I am surprised I didn't like this more but I was not very impressed. Would drink again but not purchase.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 03:06:41 | More by Pleepleus
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P: Presented in a uniquely pear-shaped, 12 oz., brown bottle with iconic anchor-emblazoned oval label and neckband.

A: Pours a hazy, pale golden color with a thin head and active carbonation. Moderate lacing throughout.

S: Citrus fruits and spearmint.

T: Citrus upfront followed by a wave of bitterness. Supported by a minty, herbal foundation. Not much in the way of a strong malt presence. Finishes dry with tangs of lemon citrus.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and refreshing with sustained carbonation throughout.

D: Eminently drinkable. Tip back a few and let freedom ring.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 22:28:29 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of AshevilleSippin

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an orangish straw color that was cloudy and had a sudsy congealed 1" white head.

Overall it was light on the nose but had a nice lemoney hop tartness about it on the palate. Medium bodied with a slight dry grainy barley aftertaste.

Carbonation was strong and gave a slightly tingly sensation on the outside of the tongue. Low-to-no fruity ester or yeasty carry-over in the flavor. This is straight-up grainy/lemony. Balance is great.

There was a subtle wheat quality about it even though I don't think they actually brewed it with wheat. Probably a psychological carry-over from the Anchor Steam bear they are so known for and that I identify with the slightly bulbous pear-like Anchor bottles (which the Libery Ale also comes in).

Overall this is an excellent ale that I enjoyed very much. 4-6 in a sitting with no qualms. Drinkibility is high for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 00:58:47 | More by AshevilleSippin
Photo of akogrady


3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to try to be as fair in this as possible, as I generally dislike APAs.

A - Slightly opaque rich golden color. Short foamy head with good lacing.

S - Hoppy with distinct citrus undertones, and much less distinct floral tones.

T - Very hoppy, nice blend of the citrus, with a very dry finish.

M - Bitter hoppy tinge with medium carbonation, overall quite smooth.

D - Even as a non APA drinker, I might consider having this again, although I suspect I will need to grow into this area before that happens.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 19:45:54 | More by akogrady
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a light amber hue and a cloudy consistency. There was a big head and fair lacing.

S: Aroma was dominated by hops, but also some citrus and malt.

T: There was a bitter hops taste, along with some orange. Not a lot of malt, but enough to add some verisimilitude.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. This is a medium-bodied beer.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. It has a well-balanced flavor and a good smell. Taste is a somewhat overly bitter at first, but you get used to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 15:14:17 | More by avalon07
Photo of nasty15108

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a hazy orange color. White foamy head with decent lacing.

S - Hoppy and floral with hints of citrus.

T - Hints of citrus and perfume up front followed by a good amount of hoppy bitterness. Finishes dry.

MF&D - Crisp flavor and good carbonation. Highly recommended. Just a notch below Anchor beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 01:58:50 | More by nasty15108
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured into a mug, it gave off a clear golden orange hue with a decent white head that seemed to dissipate rapidly.

S: Fairly strong hoppy/floral aroma

T/F/D: The hop/floral aroma continued onto the palate and is quite pronounced. I thought that the beer was overly carbonated. The beer was mild with a bite, but finished dry and crisp. Overall, it has a good flavor and taste with good drinkability. I would consider picking this beer up every so often, but not something that I would put into heavy rotation.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 15:47:35 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of praufs01


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a frothy head.

Aroma - Light grapefruit and citrus hop aromas.

Palate - moderate amount of carbonation.

Flavor - Very light and smooth up front with a slight malty aftertaste

Final thoughts - Tastes like it smells. Light grapefruit taste that is very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 15:12:22 | More by praufs01
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,744 ratings.