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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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2,938 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,938
Reviews: 1,480
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 69
Gots: 162 | 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 Hollenbeck2
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
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

Hollenbeck2, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

ThreeWiseMen, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of cbros
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

cbros, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of avaulteriam
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

avaulteriam, May 29, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
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!

Lexluthor33, May 24, 2008
Photo of rye726
3.23/5  rDev -17%
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.

rye726, May 19, 2008
Photo of QuentinCompson
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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

QuentinCompson, May 14, 2008
Photo of wanker
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

wanker, May 12, 2008
Photo of AmishT
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

AmishT, May 10, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

BamaBeerBuff, May 10, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

everetends, May 08, 2008
Photo of Pleepleus
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Pleepleus, May 05, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

CaptainIPA, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of AshevilleSippin
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

AshevilleSippin, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of akogrady
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

akogrady, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

avalon07, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

nasty15108, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

PhillyStyle, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of praufs01
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

praufs01, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of hellomcfly
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

hellomcfly, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

stephens101, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

erosier, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of trolinc
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
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

trolinc, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of baseballrock
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

baseballrock, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

beerthulhu, Apr 01, 2008
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,938 ratings.