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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 hellomcfly

South Carolina

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

A: golden orange color with a moderate head

S: Nice citrus hop smell

T: Nice hop bite followed by balancing malt, some grassy and fruity tones as well

M: Light-medium body with a fair amount of carbonation

D: All around good pale ale that would be suitable as a session beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 02:13:23 | More by hellomcfly
Photo of stephens101


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light orange brew with a rolling, fairly long lasting off-white head. Retention is excellent, and a thick lacing is left behind. Nose consists of an essence of orange, hops, and a bit of pine. The hops mix perfectly in with the citrus sweetness that covers a slight chalky yet biscuity undercurrent which actually balances the experience out. In the background lies some orange peel and lemon. Carbonation is active and mouth-feel is light to medium bodied. Smooth and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 22:27:22 | More by stephens101
Photo of erosier


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

Pours an orangey copper color with a thick tan head that sits atop the beer for some time before settling and then laces the glass very nicely all the way down. It has a very nice roasted malt smell with a big citrisy hoppy finish. The taste is good too. Nice sweet malty base underneath a nice amount of citrisy and piney hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is really clean, crisp, and refreshing. The drinkability is very good as this is a nice APA.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 18:14:59 | More by erosier
Photo of trolinc


4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: amber in color a lil bit dark nothing much head is a small and dissolves pretty quick but was about a half finger

S: spicy smell to this one dry hopped smell comes through hard

T: hops hit me in the tongue hard early then i get a bit of malt maybe a tiny taste of biscuit flavor...next comes floral flavor then hops once again to end the flavors

M: smooth solid clean tasting hits the taste buds quite hard just how i love it

D: a very solid beer that hits hard with its dry hops early and late very solid drinkability...flower aroma and taste set this one off

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 02:29:23 | More by trolinc
Photo of baseballrock


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

I really like this beer. the appearance is a golden color, but it also appears slightly orange. nice head with nice lace. smell - is a bit fruity but the hop auroma is killer. taste is great. real hoppy with some fruityness. it is light on the palate, and the 6% abv can be detected. This is one of my favorite APA's.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 01:27:30 | More by baseballrock
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light coppery-orange with a rocky white head.

S: citrusy with some pine.

T: some sour/dry oranges with some dry grapefruit. The hopping was bitter with a nice malty palate. There was some grains, toast and a lingering floral hop bitterness on the finish along with some dry oranges.

M: medium in fullness, dry, but very crisp.

D: Overall a decent malty ale, but wouldn't drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 01:16:47 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Pencible


4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't have paper to take notes on, so this review is based purely on memory. It poured a clear, dark amber with a little off-white head. It smelled like malt with a bit of copper hops. It had a generic but good flavor of copper hops balanced by malt. It was slightly thick with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a good, solid pale ale perfect to celebrate the 4th of July.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 20:48:24 | More by Pencible
Photo of Nipitato


4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium gold hue. Pours with a 1.2 inch thick, white head. Dissipates to about a 1/4 of an inch. Reasonable clarity. Sticky lace develops as beer is quaffed.

S: Oily hop aroma is somewhat fruity. Grassy and citrusy. Some grainy malt character.

T: Grainy malt character underscores. Definitely fruity. Hops flavor is not sharp or biting but rather soft and muted. Citrusy. Dry.

MF: Medium body. Moderately high carbonation.

D,notes: An excellent well balanced brew with a great hop flavor that is not overpowering. Highly sessionable. I don't have much respect for the American pale ale as a style; this beer reminds me why I should. This is by far the best APA I have had. It illustrates how many really sub-par APAs are out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 17:11:31 | More by Nipitato
Photo of johnnyirishman


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Apperance- Cloudy light copper color with a fair amount of sediment in the bottle. Off white head, with decent lacing and decent head retention.

Smell- Roasted grains and malt tones.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Good malt and grain taste, with a balanced hop bitterness finish.

Drinkability- Its a good beer very tasty and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 05:18:07 | More by johnnyirishman
Photo of VaTechHopHead

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have never met an Anchor Steam product I haven't fell in love with, and this one follows the trend. It has a nice golden color, creamy white head, and just enough lace on the glass. The smell is very aromatic with hints of fruit, hops, and spices. The taste is equally exceptional with flavors of a wonderful hop blend that makes its presence at the end and fruity at the initial taste. Definitely recommend this beer (and all A-S products) for all!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 00:06:14 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of dippy


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

Poured a nice copper orange with a finger of white, rocky head on top.

Nice citrusy hop smell up front and in your face. You can smell some sweetness in the background.

Nice piney citrus but not abrasive hops in the brew. They are mellowed by the brew. Great balance.

I could drink this brew all day and all night. It belongs in dive bars and five star restaurants alike.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 14:10:00 | More by dippy
Photo of jkdrummer


4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep yellow steady carb and a head that doesn't quit.

Citrusy and fruity aromas that really are noticeable.

Sweet with strong APA characteristics with the hops taking center stage. Dry aftertaste.

TO me, this is the one of the best APA beers out there. You've got to love the honesty and consistency of this product. Perfect any time. Highly recommended.


Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 00:19:48 | More by jkdrummer
Photo of billybob


4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice golden color with a slight haze and a two finger fluffy white head but small spotty patchs of lace.

fresh clean smell of honey, fruit, citrus, and pine.

taste is malt, biscuit, tea, honey, raw hop, with a slightly grainy finish.

light to medium mouthfeel and carbonation is good.

difinitely on the shopping list.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 22:44:22 | More by billybob
Photo of hyland24

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from a bottle into an american pint glass.

The beer poured a hazy orange/yellow with about an inch and a half thick white foam head. The lacing left a ring of white foam around the top of the glass after the first sip. The head shortened but remained until the last sip.

The smell was fruity, sweet and slightly hoppy.

The taste was good. Fruity and slightly sweet with a bready hoppieness coming over the top. Finishes slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel was good. Medium bodied with good carbonation that left a hoppy, bitter, slighly spicy film.

This is a good summertime beer. Could drink quite a few of these but falls just outside the session category due to the 6% ABV. I recommend this beer as a great example of the American Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 17:56:04 | More by hyland24
Photo of toolbrew


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice light yellow-brown with a thick white head. Lots of carbonation. Excellent head retention.

Citrusy aroma.

Sweet, honey/hoppy taste at first, then finishing into a stronger hop taste.

Great mouthfeel. Light body that desires to be consumed.

I could easily drink a few of these per sitting. Great APA.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 05:45:22 | More by toolbrew
Photo of wagenvolks


3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from The Bayou, Salt Lake City, UT

Pours a golden-orange body with a tall, rocky, off-white head that is excellently retained & leaves great lacing. Good carbonation, as expected. Sadly, the aroma is nothing doing, as all I detect is some metallic wheat notes & not much else. Some hop like characters come through if I really strain the senses.

The flavor has a lot of Hefeweizen-like characteristics: banana, wheat, pale malts. Some alcohol & hops pull through on the finish as big, yeasty fruit notes give this Pale Ale a nice complexity. The aftertase warms with the alcohol, and hops deliver a great bitterness reminiscent of an English IPA. Overall, however, I was a bit underwhelmed with this beer. It's a good beer and one of the originators in the world of craft brews, don't get me wrong, but it seems that the craft scene has passed it by with more complex, hoppy, & overall tastier Pale Ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 23:10:48 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of MOShepp


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

Medium golden color with medium off white head with some lacing.

Aromas of honey and floral scents, maybe some citrus.

Taste of honey, herbs, citrus and plenty of hops and bitter throughout with a nice after taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

Easy to drink, especially outside in the hammock.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 19:12:02 | More by MOShepp
Photo of Quej

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a bright orange with lots of fluffy head and some vigorous carbonation.
S - Smells nicely of hops some citrusy grapefruit notes.
T - Strongly hop flavoured which packs quite a bitter punch. There is a slight grapefruity taste of citrus and a bready malt gives it a warm center. More bitter than hoppy, but quite a bit of both.
M - Really quite drying, crisp and so very refreshing.
D - Could have a keg of it to myself.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 22:58:47 | More by Quej
Photo of charlzm


3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Consumed on 12/18/07.

Light yellow pour yields a frothy white head that lingers a good long time. Light aroma with hints of spice.

Very mild, undifferentiated malt flavor quickly gives way to somewhat spicy, piney hops with a moderate amount of astringency. Smooth, barely-bitter finish.

Good one, this: balanced and flavorful without socking you in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 18:52:29 | More by charlzm
Photo of Gehrig


4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been hitting the high-test beers lately, so I decided to scale it down a bit and go with Liberty Ale, an APA from Anchor. Still a good choice, and a refreshing, easy beer to knock back. Really delicious; not overwhelming in any one facet, but solid all around.

One and one-half fingers of off-white head top an orange-lemon body. Citrus malt and hops confront the nose. The taste is primarily sweet-and-sour fruit--lemon, orange and orange peel, and berry, with slight hop bitterness bringing up the rear. Good and smooth, this is well carbonated. After the many hop-heavy DIPAs and stouts I've had lately, this is one beer I've been tempted to drink in a couple minutes. It's also good enough to and snag a second double-quick.

Not an APA that one would want for high hop content, but rather one that's restrained yet delicious. Very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 00:55:34 | More by Gehrig
Photo of JEdmund


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

Nice, completely clear light orange with a good inch-thick frothy head. The color is lighter and more yellow than most pale ales I'm used to. It's much more in line color-wise with lagers I've had.

Great balance of malt and citrussy hops. There's a hint of biscuit breadiness mixed with lemon/orange zest. Nothing hitting you in the face here, but certainly an inviting aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel
It's immediately tasty and recognizable in its style. However, there must be a type of hop or malt I'm not familiar with as there's something new--and very enjoyable--coming through. The taste is not over the top, nor is it subtle in either hops or malts. Each profile comes through with good force and great balance. This lives up to the reviews and hype of being a quintessential example of an American pale ale. It's very enjoyable and certainly sessionable, if it weren't for the cost-prohibitive price. The mouth feel is spot on--not too thin or thick. The carbonation level feels just right as well. The finish is very clean, leaving a nice citrus aftertaste.

This truly is a great American pale ale and I would gladly drink it again and again. I likely won't revisit it any time soon though due to its high price. I really like the interesting malt and hops flavors that I'm not familiar with; they're very tasty in a firm and balanced, but subtle way.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 22:06:03 | More by JEdmund
Photo of BlackBearForge


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

Poured a cloudy golden copper from a twist off cap bottle. Forms a nice frothy one finger head which lingered and left some oily lacing.

The smell is pretty good, fresh hops and fruity citrus accents.

As it warms the flavor improves dramatically with a mellow biscuity malt, then citrus (orangepeel) which fades to a nicely bitter hop finish in the back of the mouth. I picked up a few sour notes which faded as it warmed.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, a little oily and the carbonation seems right.

Nicely drinkable, improves greatly as it warms. It may not be my favorite pale ale at the moment but I do need to try this particular beer some more before I make any hasty decisions. I will be buying some more!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 23:45:33 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of genog


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale golden yellow/orange color with a creamy and sudsy white head. Rests on top and dies down rather quickly. Smell is of grainy malt with some slightly dull floral aroma. Taste is very smooth and crisp with a nicely carbonated mouth feel. Nice sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 01:12:35 | More by genog
Photo of swizzlenuts


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

A: A light colour, almost orange looking. A bunch of carbonation, yet doesn't have much of a head retention

S: Smells like oranges and a mix of other fruits. A bit of hopiness is there too

T: A different taste of hops first hit your mouth, mainly because an orange flavour mixes instantly with the hoppiness. The hops fade away but the orange flavour sticks with you the entire time. It almost feels like I should be drinking this when I get ill because such a strong orange taste too it. I'm quite surprised there aren't as much hops in here as I expecated.

M: Very Carbonated; however, the carbonation stays on your tongue almost the entire time in your mouth. The brew is quite thin but not watery.

D: The flavour isn't really that complex even though it has some depth to it, so it makes this brew extremely drinkable. The taste does not get old, especially because you cannot taste the 6% abv in this beer.

This is a great American pale ale, and it is all around a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 22:07:19 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of peck95


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a cloudy yellow with some yeast particles floating around and a very small head but some lacing.
s:sweat malts and some a clean hop aroma
t: the taste of this beer really surprised me, this is the best pale ale that Ive tried. A very balanced hop/malt
m:a little over carbonated
d: this beer is very drinkable possibly to sweet, but the 6% abv is barely noticeable. This could possibly be a session beer if i could get it by the 6 pack

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 04:45:40 | More by peck95
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,744 ratings.