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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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2,845 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,845
Reviews: 1,469
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 66
Gots: 137 | 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.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-18-2000)
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Photo of ElGordo


4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a slightly cloudy golden color, topped by a thin, bright white head that doesn't stay for very long. Aroma is a nice blend of assertive floral hops and light malt, along with a bit of sweet adjunct ingredients. Palate is well-balanced up front, with an assertive bitterness come mid-palate. Finish is nice and dry, with a touch of sweetness. Mouthfeel is substantial enough to convey the flavor, but far from heavy - very pleasant. This is a quintessential American pale ale, and one that I should probably purchase more often. A very drinkable ale that really hits the spot.

09-15-2007 06:09:50 | More by ElGordo
Photo of morimech


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a rich golden color with a thick two-fingered head that disapates slowly. Leaves a slight lacing in the glass.

The smell is fruity and malty. Maybe a hint of pine. Not the greatest smelling APA but still very inviting.

Just the right amount of hop bitterness at first with a malty finish. Some fruit flavors present but I can't identify them.

A light ale as the malt is there it isn't the main attraction with this beer. Carbonation stays consistant with the release of many tiny bubbles. Leaves a bit of a piney, metallic aftertaste that isn't pleasant but not something that will stop me from drinking this fine example of an APA. Give it a try as it's readily available in most areas.

09-12-2007 22:57:28 | More by morimech
Photo of ThirstyBoy


3.55/5  rDev -9%

Poured from a small bottle into a 300ml mug @ about 10°C

Good two fingers of loosely formed head. Slightly hazy dark gold with a strong orange tint. Head faded down to a ring around the edge about 1/3rd through the beer. minimal lacing.

Strong citrusy hop nose with a resinous edge, a sweet slightly toffee maltiness to the smell. I got a good whiff of a metallic/sulfur aroma when it was first poured. It mostly dissipated, but halfway through the glass was still detectably there

Good and hoppy with a nice smooth malt background. Much bitterer than I am used to in an APA. Mind you, I have had very few APAs that actually come from America.... so it might be standard for you guys.

Still, its not so bitter that I cant enjoy it, and its well balanced with a fine grainy medium sweet maltiness.

I get a little of the metallic thing coming through in the taste as well.

Its got a fairly lively carbonation in the body and is fairly chewy in my experience of the style. Finishes nicely dry with a strong bitterness at the back of your tongue.

A nice beer, I enjoyed this one... but I didn't find it all the "drinkable" I would struggle to enjoy more than a couple of these before wanting to move on to something else

09-07-2007 15:19:36 | More by ThirstyBoy
Photo of Reanimator


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Strong fruity aroma upon opening which, sadly, dissipated quickly after being poured. Clear, golden orange in color with a head that left just as quickly as the aroma.

Medium mouthfeel with a strong hop opening followed by a really smooth and rich malt flavor. Some fruity flavors also, orange rind perhaps? The aftertaste is great and lingers in your mouth for quite a while after every drink. Very refreshing and enjoyable!

07/09/2008 - Nearly a year later this has become one of my absolute favorite beers!

09-06-2007 20:08:23 | More by Reanimator
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

I've had this many times this past year and like it a lot, I'll try to be objective. Poured a clear amber into a Guinness glass - no, make that golden - but with an unmistakable orange hue. Nicely carbonated, subtle but persistent. Fragrant hops on the nose, really quite strong especially when first poured. A healthy almost-white head turned wispy with some stick on the sides of the glass but not really a lot of lacing. Mouthfeel is firey and hoppy with a citrus fruit zest and a marmalade finish. Quite refreshing and satisfying. It seems bitterness, body and fire are nicely blalanced here ... beer like this is making me a huge hops fan, hmmm good!

09-06-2007 03:33:56 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

For the longest time I have been wanting to try this- just because it is so popular and widely respected as being a fine brew.

A- A deep orange color- no lacing- fingertip length's head.

S- Smell was of hops and crisp caramel

T- Taste was a clean smooth flavor- great balance of malts and hops- some sweet caramel and citrus flavors.

M- Mouthfeel was slick- carbonation was smooth but not overwhelming.

I loved this brew. I thought it was as clean and balanced as I have had. Great stuff. Simple and done right!

09-05-2007 23:26:51 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of Floydster


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

Pint from Richmond Bar and Grill in El Segundo

Went great with my burger at lunch

Very nice pale ale and darker than most others with a silky white head

Could drink a whole lot of these and had to pace myself when drinking this one

Worth checking out

09-05-2007 17:53:15 | More by Floydster
Photo of umustdrink


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

A - Hazy dark orange, almost brown, color. Head faded quickly to a thin film. Little to no lacing.

S - Earthy hop aroma, a little thin, with a brown sugar-like malty background. Also a bready and creamy note that I've noticed in other Anchor beers.

T/M - Starts out with a piny sharp hop flavor, then a rich caramely malt flavor, with dark fruit and all. Maybe like a light barleywine. Carbonation is elevated and consistency is a little thinner.

D - Overall an interesting beer, much like the other Anchor beers. Definitely worth a go if you like the other Anchors, and you should.

09-03-2007 01:17:56 | More by umustdrink
Photo of Absumaster


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

A slightly hazy, orange beer with a thin head.

Smell is grainy and has some light citrus notes of the Cascade hops. The malt smells a little dextinous and there is something like diacetyl in a very low amount.

Taste is more citrus than the smell, the hops are medium bitter and hops are a slightly resinous. The yeast gives some fruitiness. Malt is sweet and somewhat dextrinous and biscuity. This beer is nicely balanced, but all components seem kind of muted.

09-02-2007 10:39:55 | More by Absumaster
Photo of tronester


4.72/5  rDev +21%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, has a nice white head, lots of lacing. Smells good with a citrus character. The taste, however, was not to my liking. The bitterness from the hops was good and balanced, but instead of a malty character, the beer seemed to have an excessively strong vanilla taste. I will definitely have to try this beer from the tap to see if I like that better.

I very much like Anchor's Steam, so I don't know what it is with this beer.

This is what I originally reviewed the beer:
A 3.0
S 4.5
T 2.5
M 3.0
D 2.5

RE-REVIEW (11/05/2008):

After over a year, I bought a single bottle of Liberty Ale to see if I still didn't like it. Well, I must have got a bad 6 pack the first time around, as this time it was fantastic.

Pours a slightly hazy golden, with a big, rich white head. Smells purely of an orange peel. Taste is also VERY citrus dominated, with each sip reminding me of a bite from a tangerine. There is a touch of toasty malt present, but this beer seems to be focused on hop flavor (in a very good way). The finish is much like a grapefruit, with a nice, mild bitterness. A very sweet beer, I'm amazed they created these flavors with malted barley and hops. Mouthfeel is rich, nice, smooth carbonation. Very drinkable, this beer doesnt taste like your average pale ale, but is a unique experience that I plan to drink many more of in the future. I would probably say this is my favorite American Pale Ale.

HIGHLY RECCOMENDED! Just check the date codes and make sure your beer is fresh (The second reviewing I had was about 5 months old, who knows how old the first one was!)

09-02-2007 00:51:37 | More by tronester
Photo of jpkoch1962


3.05/5  rDev -21.8%

Pretty much a run of the mill Pale Ale. Poured a bright orange with plenty of chill haze and a head the was quick to disappear. This Ale featured a hop aroma and taste that was dominated by citrus-florally bitter hops. The thin body and medium carbonation put the emphasis on this rather lemony hop variety (Cascade? Chinook?). Some bready, yeasty components try to balance this out, but in the end I was left with a rather sour taste.

Not a particularly bad ale, but I go more for a malty, full bodied bitter ale.

08-27-2007 20:37:25 | More by jpkoch1962
Photo of Rainintheface


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

22oz bottle in Sam Adams glass.

A: orange/amber, hazy with slightly off-white head, disipates to thin lacing

S: smell of flowers, grapefruit citrus and honey

T: slightly bitter hops. somewhat sweet and dry with taste of vanilla

M:sticky mouthfeel, minimal carbonation and dry finish

D: a nice apa. I could enjoy a couple of these.

08-27-2007 18:34:29 | More by Rainintheface
Photo of SafeAtFirst


4.33/5  rDev +11%

A) poured from a 12oz bottle. Light copper in color, a little haze. About a finger of head that dissipates into solid lacing.

S) Nice Floral/Fruit nose (Apricots?).

T) Some nice sweetness from the malt followed by some fruity/apricote flavors, a nice herbal flavor in there as well. The bitterness is well balanced with the maltiness. Nice finish. Medium to light body overall.

D) This is a really good, well balanced brew. I could easily drink a bunch of them. Sampled this beer in a blind tasting with Hopalicious and SNPA, it lost to Hopalicious by a nose.

08-26-2007 03:42:09 | More by SafeAtFirst
Photo of jkrich


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12 oz bottle with freshness code 7UN which means bottled on 06/19/07. Why not just put a simple date on bottle? Poured into pint glass a clear golden color with a sustained white two inch head. Some lacing on glass.
Smells of mild citrus hops and vanilla.
Taste: A very unique taste of restrained piney hops with a malty followup. Again, the beer has a vanilla smell as well as a slight vanilla and grapefruit taste. I do not recall ever smelling an APA like this.
Immensely balanced and drinkable, this could be a regular session beer except for the prohibitive price - $9.00 a sixpack. I suppose it is a beer to savor when you have it. There should be an easy to read freshness date as I have seen this ale over a year old stocked on shelves in numerous liquor stores. Having said that I still highly recommend this brew.

08-18-2007 22:52:15 | More by jkrich
Photo of pojo41


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Beautiful amber color. Aroma of hops and undercurrent of malt.
Wonderful, fluffy, white head that leaves an impressive lacing on the glass. Tastes of biscuit and malt with just the right amount of bitterness from the hops. Slightest of citrus tastes to tease your taste buds.
I used to be a staunch lager man but, American pale ales like this, IPA's and weissbier changed my whole outlook on life.

08-14-2007 01:58:33 | More by pojo41
Photo of sirk0rebreg


4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

poured into a sam adams glass...

wonderful amber color with a great fluffy white head...wonderful slightly hoppy aroma...carbonation is wonderful as it seems to be just right, gives a great mouthfeel...this is definitely one beer that is always in my fridge, a great go to beer with great drinkability

08-13-2007 17:00:17 | More by sirk0rebreg
Photo of cichief


4.33/5  rDev +11%

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep amber, with a nice off-white head.

S- Smells very hoppy, flowery, citrusy and piney. A very inviting aroma.

T- So fresh and hoppy, a very flowery hopped beer, strong flavors of pine and citrus.

M- Well carbonated, many smallish bubbles, thin to medium in body.

D- A classic American Pale Ale, perhaps the embodiment of the style.

08-13-2007 01:20:11 | More by cichief
Photo of July2Nov


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

A: Great lace with a nice light amber color.
S: Sweet notes of a hops/barley and a nice honey smell.
T&M: Full-bodied with a strong flavor. The malt really comes through but it seems very rich and subdued. Nice sweet aftertaste that leaves the mouth with a bit of a sticky syrup feeling. Nice.
D: A very good ale that holds all the qualities of a mainstay within any refrigerator.

08-12-2007 00:19:31 | More by July2Nov
Photo of Romulus141


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%

Served in the official Samuel Adams lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a light amber, with an interesting gradient to the hue. It's light at the bottom, and darker at the top. The head is a standard, fluffy white that dissipates to leave a layer of foam on top of the brew. Lacing remains on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The smell of wheat and hops seems to dominate here. There is also a floral character to the scent. The overall aroma is somewhat strong, but quite pleasant.

Taste: The initial taste is bitter and intense. As it falls over my tongue, it gives way to a sweeter malt taste, that is mixed with a general grain/wheat flavor. The finish is crisp, and it leaves a hoppy aftertaste. This is a quality pale ale. It has a strong body and distinct flavor.

Mouthfeel: There is no oily texture to this ale. It is medium in its density, and it leaves your mouth as easily as it enters. It compliments well with the intense burst of flavor that this ale has.

Drinkability: Although flavorful, these are not filling. Reaching for another one would not be a problem at all.

Recommended. Another quality beer from the Anchor Brewing Company.

08-11-2007 21:08:22 | More by Romulus141
Photo of Halcyondays


4.47/5  rDev +14.6%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent, yellow-orange, with a thick, white head which lasts for the whole glass.

S: Fragrant, juicy American hops, definite Cascade with the pine, also some grapefruit and other citrus.

T: Beautiful mix of pale malt and hops, lots of citrus - orange and grapefruit, straightforward pale ale flavors, but very well done.

M: Quite dry, for an APA, smooth, crisp, and refreshing, while being full-bodied and creamy.

D: Great drinkability, probably the best APA that is easily available to me, this is a step up from the quality of SN Pale Ale, which is a great beer in its own right.

08-05-2007 20:35:41 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of horshack7


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Pours a orange copper color slightly hazy with a thin head that disipates quick.

Aromas: Very heavy dried fruits like apricots. Floral hop notes slight apple mash notes as well.

Taste: This is very crisp on the pallate yet dry a bit like a pilsner. The hops burst with flavor in very rapid sucsession. Light sweetness but more towards the bitter side. It has a little bite to it due to its dry hops but so very unique.

Notes: It has been about ten years since I last had this wonderful beer. It still tastes the same as the first time I had it. It's very drinkable and very unique for it's style. This american pale ale is a well ranking one in my book. Cheers

08-05-2007 01:29:50 | More by horshack7
Photo of biggmike


4/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a nice attractive copper color with good head that hung around a while. Aroma is citrusy with a bit of hops. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation level is good. Lacing around glass is good. Dominated by the hops, both in flavor and bitterness, but that is complemented by a subdued maltiness and faint vanilla sweetness. This is a fine beer.

08-04-2007 19:49:39 | More by biggmike
Photo of WillieMoe


3.9/5  rDev 0%

Comes out an orangy amber, with not much head, little lacing. It has a somewhat sweet smell to it. Has a smooth sort of bittersweet taste, It is definitely a good solid ale. I could see kicking back with a sixer of this anytime, it is quite refreshingand very drinkable.

08-03-2007 21:41:27 | More by WillieMoe
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

A-Pours a clear copper with a huge head that overflowed my 20oz glass. the massive head is supplied by a stream of tiny bubbles, and leaves a web of lace.

S-Citric hops and a toasted biscuit/bready malt.

T-A healthy dose of cirtic hops is followed up by a nice dose of toasted slightly buttery biscuits. Very well balanced with neither malt nor hops dominating. There is enough of a hop kick for me to truly enjoy this brew.

M-Medium body with tight carbonation that does the brew well.

D-An easy drinker yet one with enough character to demand notice. A very good APA.

08-01-2007 04:56:31 | More by sleazo
Photo of jackorain


3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

A_Golden, amber to copper with a slight haze. A little on the dull side. 1/2 inch fizzy head fell to thin coat with a tall collar, nice sheeting lace. Pour head appearance may have been the result of the glass and the pour. The bartenders at the philly airport Jetrock bar and grill are not known for their abilities.

S_Carmel malt, green hop and cirus hop. Clean and fresh but not strong.

T_Pungent herbal hop up front. Carmel and biscuit malt sweetness in the middle. Followed by a herbal and earthy hop bitterness. Interesting the citrus from the nose did not seem to be present in the taste profile.

M_Nice cramy medium body. A little fizzy on the carbonation.

D_East drinking, could be a session for me. But if there is a host of beers available, I would switch after one.

07-29-2007 18:41:03 | More by jackorain
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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