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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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2,887 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,887
Reviews: 1,472
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 68
Gots: 147 | 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 patobandito
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the second beer I have tried offered by Anchor. I am yet to be disappointed.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color, looks delicious. Not much of a head, but there is a very small retention. Smells very much of citrus to me with a bit of spice thrown in. Tastes of some biscuit with a hint of some sort of hops. Very very drinkable.

Great beer!

patobandito, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
October 26, 2008

Pours orange with a small white head. Nose of spice. Tastes fair- dry, some hops but nearly as many as I expected. This isn't a great pale ale. This is the second Anchor beer I've had that's disappointed me, I doubt I'll be trying any more of their brews.

Vendetta, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of RunDWP
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is way before it's time, most likely a hop-bomb when it first came out, now it seems pretty tame with all the envelope pushing, international bitterness units blowing craft brews these days. Nice to know they're stay making it, because it's a real pleasure to drink.

It pours a dark amber orange with a fluffy light tan head and some decent lacing action on the glass. The nose picks up a pretty floral scent. The flavor is a great balance between the slightly biscuity, slightly sweet malt, and the great floral and slightly piney hops. I detect a little orange or citrus in there. Mouthfeel is OK, but this beer really gives me a warm fuzzy feeling whenever I drink it. Maybe it's some sort of psychological deal with Anchor Brewing that's causing it, but I can drink this all day.

RunDWP, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Grandwazoo
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Slightly soapy head with no lacing. head dissipates rather quickly. Pale amber color with mild haziness

Nose -- subtle tones of bark mulch and apple with a hint of pumpkin. Pleasant enough

Taste -- Very light up front...hints of cherry come through in the middle..end is very pleasantly bitter, but not too so

Feel -- Mildly fizzy...more 'refreshing' than lingering

Drinkability -- overall a very drinkable beer, though it starts to thin out and appear more watery as the bottle progresses

Grandwazoo, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of simonjohansson
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell: very hoppy aroma, fruity and flowery, citrus (orange, grape), resin and some sweet malt.

Taste: nice american hops, resin, citrus, some spices (herbs, some coriander, maybe?) and just enough sweet malt to balance the hops.

Overall: this one is probably my favorite american pale ale. It has more flavors than for example Sierra Nevada PA. Great beer.

simonjohansson, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of gregmurer
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

quite agreat beer, we're not used to drink good california beers in Europe, so it's my first good one, and how good it is... old golden color, almost copper... Toffee smells and mouthfeel, really refreshing drunk colder as ice in the summer, and very tastefull drunk hot in the winter.

An amazing beer in fact...

gregmurer, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liberty Ale is a hazy golden ale with small particles floating in it. It is topped by a small, frothy, yellowed head that fades quickly and leaves great lacing. The aroma is loud. As soon as I open the bottle, I look around to see who's throwing grapefruit at me. This is a beer that, years ago, taught me what cascade hops were. There is a bit of light gritty grain in the background. It is medium bodied, the carbonation is slight, and it has a smooth mouthfeel. It has a very clean taste-- cascades in all their glory. It is very evenly hopped and a bit top heavy-- just the way I like 'em. I used to drink this stuff by the hogshead but it's not readily available where I am now, unfortunately. I've always kind of considered this an IPA and always used it as a bitterness benchmark of 45 IBU. Love it.
(rated 7/17/2007)

yesyouam, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of lhaqq
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly clouded gold, with a white head with good retention.
S: Smells of floral hops and some sweet malts.
T: Tastes of sweet malts and a bit of a sour tang that I can't really place. Sort of lighter fruits, like sour white grapes. But the main flavor is the malts and hops.
M: Good carbonation level, great cold and not bad when warmed up.
D: Good session beer, not my favorite style but still good.

lhaqq, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of cvfish
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a golden copper color, that produces a fluffy white head that retained well and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aroma on this particular beer was great, nice grainy malts accompanied by citrus and floral hops

T - The taste was really good, a nice grainy malt start that was followed by grapefruit and bitter hops, but not overly bitter

M - The body on this beer was light to medium, with some moderate carbonation to accompany crisp feel

D - This was a great example of a Pale Ale, the mix of taste along with the body and aromas produced by this beer was great, and 6% it is a great sessionable beer

cvfish, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of JamesS
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mid-copper color with some very nice head and a nice bit of lacing, too. Good scent, very floral, with a slight jerky tang. Good taste, too, a nice clean, hoppy pale ale, floral with a bit of citrus and jerky, without being unbalanced. Goes down clean, just a slight hoppy aftertaste.

JamesS, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of colts9016
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is golden yellow with copper hues. There is a thin white head. The aromas is wheat yeast floral and hops. The Beer is heavily hoppy with bitterness has a nice malty backbone. You can taste the malt and yeast a very balanced beer. The finish smooths the beer out.

colts9016, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of mothman
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw yellow. It is actually pale which is nice to see in a pale ale. Light off white head. Medium amount of lace observed.

Smell is of floral hops and oranges. Taste is quite similiar. Very heavy on the floral flavor and many citrus notes.

Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth, but leaves a very dry taste in your mouth, similiar to an IPA.

Overall, this is a pretty solid pale ale. When I opened it, I could immediately smell the hops and thought it was an IPA. Give it shot, it's worth it.

mothman, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry, didn't really care for this one. Copper pour with a mild head. Floral aroma with some sweet hops. Astringent, metallic taste ruins the build-up of what I expected to be a good beer. The copper color may come from actual copper in the beer, either way it had an antiseptic bite that overpowered everything.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark golden-orange color ith a thin foam head that quockly dissolves leaving minimal lacing. Clean and crisp aroma with hints of citrus and floral hops. Very crisp and clean tasting with a nice maltiness that balances out the floral hops.

corby112, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of hoplover82
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a perfect golden hay color, with a white thick and oh so creamy head from the bottle conditioning.

Very hoppy nose. Citrusy and spicy.

The flavor is hoppy just like the nose, citrusy and spicy. There is a little pale malt too.

And it is very smooth. Exceptional mouthfeel.

I could drink these all the day long.

hoplover82, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
2.6/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

An eagle with blue wings? Pours a semi-clear light amber color. Some golden hues throughout. A soft white head that hides to the side of the glass. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is limited but some grainy notes come out. Some generic malt aromas, some minor bready and sweet caramel notes as well. There is a light hop note with some citrus and earthy aromas. The yeast is very noticeable with a light drainage/butyric aroma. Some minor oxidation notes as well.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out more verses the nose. Some grainy and husky notes with a light nutty finish. The bitterness is really strong and is not balanced well with the finishing hops or the malt. A light toffee and caramel as well. The yeast notes also come out more as does the butyric. Some light esters with an almost rose like finish.

The body is a bit light but this is enhanced by the stronger bitterness notes. Some astringency from the hops. Overall some off notes and unbalanced beer makes it not really that great of a beer.

Oxymoron, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of davexisxrabid
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a thick one finger head. Nice amber colored ale.

Aroma was of sweet bread and citrusy hops, like a floral bouquet.

Flavor was left of the sweet bready malts and much more of the straight forward hop flavor.

Lingering hop bitterness on the tounge, light bodied.

Very drinkable brew, good but not great, a good choice for a session brew.

davexisxrabid, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of BeerMark
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company pours a light amber color with a very large head from an aggressive pour. Smells of malts and hops. Tastes good with typical malty and hoppy APA characteristics. This beer is just a little too thin for me. I like well balanced beer but I find this one a little too sweet for my taste buds. Good but not great. Would be a good choice if you found yourself surrounded by macros.

BeerMark, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up at The Mellow Mushroom in downtown Augusta, GA.

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

Deep golden in color, with a slight bit of haze apparent. Spawns a huge rocky white head, which fades away rather slowly and leaves a thick puffy cap that lasts the duration of the drink and leaves thick rings of foam on the glass.

Smells absolutely wonderful, delivering a full floral and citrussy bouquet into the nose, begging the lips to pull forth the golden elixir from the vessel.

Body is rather more thin than expected, but is still full enough, possessing a soft, pleasing carbonation. Citrus and herbal hop flavors swirl across the palate, possessing a full underlying base of sweet bread and caramel malt flavors. Goes down with a very dry bitterness that calls immediately for another quaff; indeed, it's hard to put this one down without picking it right back up again for another swallow.

The finish calls for more after every drink, making this one a great easy-quaffer, but the 6% ABV makes that just a little bit dangerous, as it would be easy to go overboard. Still, a wonderful American Pale and yet another superb brew from an iconic American brewery.

superdedooperboy, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of Irie
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice golden brown color like it seems it should be with a foamy head and a bit of lacing

S - Light smell. Doesn't smell like there's a lot of body to it. I can't really tell what it is.

T - Very Pale-Ale-y. A nice hop bite with a solid finish. Nothing extravagant but solid. I like the balance of hops. Not too bitter or over powering but good flavor. I think once it warms a bit the bitter starts taking over and I enjoy it less, but it's fairly robust so I can't complain.

M - Light carbonation which is enjoyable. Very airy feel. Totally different flavor than when it goes down which I like.

D - Because Pale Ales aren't my favorite I'll try not be biased, but I think it's very solid. I could drink a few of these but not all night.

Irie, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of Squelch
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw colored, Not crystal with a little haze (Wheat?) highly effervescent with a tan head that lasts a while

Smell: Medium piney hop aromas with a good malt backbone. Very nice

Taste: Slightly tart, midly sweet, very nice balance. Interesting malt character, may have some wheat or rye in the grainbill. My guess would be wheat. Some esters similar to a wheat or witbier but subdued by the hops. Complex flavored beer. Very interesting and different.

Mouthfeel: lots of carbonation. Light bodied.

Drinkability: A nice beer and light enough to have a few. Well done

Squelch, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of thespaceman
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz stubby bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: A chunky white head tops a light orange color, the head leaves a sticky coat of lacing, excellent view of the bubbles with my tulip, you can tell this ones got some carbo!

Smell: A wonderful blend of passion fruit, citrus florals and a bit of a mint leave backround. Big and hoppy in the nose, a nice alcohol and ester bite.

Taste: Bitter with an excellent hop profile, a nice balance of hops to the fruity maltiness this one brings as well. An ale thats truly unlike alot of others out there.

Mouthfeel: Pretty decent carbonation, I love how this one stays together in the mouthfeel, bitter dry hops and a earthy backbone keep this Ale from getting too watery. A dry finish yet it's done perfectly.

Drinkabilty: I am not an ale guy whatsoever, but in the few I've tried and liked this one is a real treat. I had a Flying Dog Pale Ale on tap earlier at a bar in Watertown and this beer blew it away. A hoppy, yet regulated and sophisticated beer to keep your attention!

thespaceman, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle on 03/30/2005.

Poured a dark amber color with medium tan frothy head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Aroma was pleasing hoppy. Flavor was moderate balanced ale with a hoppy bitter sweet finish of moderate duration.

This beer met my expectations.

tmoneyba, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of droomyster
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear gold with a big white head. Smells of honey, citrus and floral hops. The hops make no bones about asserting themselves. Refreshes the palate no matter what you're eating. It also definitely delivers on the honey-like sweet malts. Good medium body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Too dry to have without food but amazing with a meal.

droomyster, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of midnite2sixman
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks orange in the glass with just the right mount of clarity.

Smell on this one is delightful. Big hop and fruitiness.

Taste is just the right amount of hoppy bitterness.

Smooth going down with a touch of hoppy bite.

This is one of the beers that turned me on to craft beers in general. So I gotta give it a huge thumbs up!

midnite2sixman, Nov 21, 2008
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,887 ratings.