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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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2,975 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,975
Reviews: 1,483
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 70
Gots: 172 | 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 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
Photo of terryeckmeier
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Randomly picked it up looking for a bottle of brew to have with dinner. Read about the brewery in a local beer magazine and thought I would try it.

The smell was really pleasant. Nice citrus notes, little bits of spice and nice floral aromas.

Taste was awesome, never have been a big ale guy but this is the one to turn me I think. Nice bitter hop notes, clean finish with a nice aftertaste.

Looks a nice golden yellow almost like a Weiss Bier. Nice head that quickly vanished. Poured into a pint glass.

Mouth feel was pretty typical of an ale nice lacing.

Suprised at the size of the bottle 650 ml pint and half almost.

Will pick up again.

terryeckmeier, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of caramel, lemons, floral, and mild soap. The soapiness was detracting. Tastes of caramel, floral, and a little fruity. Body on the thinner side.

Notes from 3/18/06

hopdog, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of ludachris
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold colour with a decent white head that doesn't last all that long. Has a really nice sweet fruity smell to it. Smell matches the taste, sweet with an astringent end. Very little lacing. This is definately a drinkable beer and would love to have another. For sure will recommend to my friends.

ludachris, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of Onenote81
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold with an enormous head that retains wonderfully. Perfect look. Smells of yeast, pineapple, and grassy hops.

I love this taste. This is the type of beer that I crave. Nice mellow hoppy bitterness, with no bad aftertaste. Nice and creamy smooth. Beautiful and tasty. Recommend.

Onenote81, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of nick76
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is herbal with malt, hop, and some yeast. Beautiful golden color with a golden head. Flavor is citrus like and peppery with all the elements from the aroma. The finish has a quick bite of the hops. Overall a nice beer but not a great beer. I would have another.

nick76, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with fluffy head but not a lot of retention. Hoppy nose. Clean hops first on the palate, then a cookie malt hit, finishing with esters and the alcohol coming through. Moderate mouthfeel that dries up and goes very astringent at the end.

Very pleasant ale, and would be sessionable if not for the ABV. Not really an IPA as some have suggested. More comparable to some of the hoppier English ales like Bitter & Twisted.

StJamesGate, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of caminiti
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got it in the bottle from a neighbor whose wife was giving me a bad haircut, made it a bit more palatable. I did not see it, as it was not poured, but the smell was faintly of hops and not much else, and the taste was kind of weak, too. I expect much better from Anchor Steam, and would not shell out $9 for a six pack of this.

caminiti, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of MerkinMan
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow color; head does not command attention.

S: Clean hoppy scent. Hops are not overwhelming. Seems balanced.

T: Very balanced. Neither the malt nor the hops take the lead (until the finish, which is nice and hoppy -- dries out the palate so one wants another sip). Hops are of the grape-fruity variety, and are not at all overdone. A great session ale.

MF: Effervescent, which allows the hops to show up. Nice body.

D: An all-around great session ale that is nice and balanced. Anchor has done a good job avoiding the temptation to make a beer that is silly or overwhelming on any front.

MerkinMan, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Huge Beautiful head made of big and medium-sized bubbles. Hazy pale ale amber/apricot color.

S- Smells of hard water and american hops. Some light malts and fruity yeast

T- Taste is great. slightly sweet fruitiness with a punch of citrus/pine hops. Some sweet grainy malts

M- Medium and well-carbonated

D- Well balanced and refreshing

EnojysAnyBeer, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of mgaddy
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was delicious. The appearance was a hazy amber with a nice head build up. Slight hoppy scent. The taste was awesome. fruity, hoppy, pale ale, with a hint of apples. The mouthfeel was crisp. drinkability, exceptional. I loved this beer.


mgaddy, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in an 8oz clear taper tasting glass

A: Robust-appearing rusty-tan with frothy peaking off-white head with rings of lace despite the on-tap pour

S: Leafy Cascade and Centennial hops aromas are met deliciously with medium-roasted caramel and pale malts

T: A one-of-a-kind English-style IPA with a strong oily earthy hops contribution paired with generous pale and lightly roasted caramel malt flavors

M: Superb coating, oily mouthfeel with low carbonation and bold bitter, leafy hops aftertaste

D: One of my favorite English IPAs - a go-to beer that thankfully has a wide distribution in bottles, but is a real treat on-tap at the brewery

argock, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 6/22/2006 (22oz bottle):

Pours a golden amber/red color, clear, big head, white, good lacing. Strong hoppy malty aroma balanced. Some nutty aroma, strong caustic aroma. Very balanced Nutty taste, reminiscent of Newcastle, but not skunky. Strong acidic first taste but then smoother, and only a nutty aftertaste. More hoppy than malty. Very fizzy.

jujubeast6000, Nov 04, 2008
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,975 ratings.