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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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2,980 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,980
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 70
Gots: 173 | 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 Durge
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale is a slightly cloudy yellow amber color with minor white head and modest lacing. The aroma is lemony malt but somewhat weak. The taste is a nice light lemony wheat with very solid, fine carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing. Plenty of clean hop bitterness. Very nice but not much complexity from what I can tell.

Durge, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of TrevorGW
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

look- Beautiful copper color. A bit cloudy, which I appreciate.

feel - great because it is lightly carbonated but still gives the mouth that great sensation. Nice and wet, refreshing.

taste - great deep, soft hop flavor that doesn't kill the malt. The bitterness is balanced perfectly.

Great beer, which I slightly prefer to regular Anchor Steam. Thank god this beer is widely distributed!

TrevorGW, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden colour with a big fluffy head that dissipates quickly.

Not much going on in the aroma, fruity, citrusy.

Sweet citrusy taste upfront, finishes doughy, biscuity, sort of like dried fruit and nice and bitter.

A suprisingly heavy beer, I would not buy this again, although it was a nice treat.

GodOfBeer, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of joshwlt
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tan orange color with a billowy white head that stays stick all over my pint glass. Smells malty/grainy. Tastes like light barley and of course cascade hops. However this is a little watered down compared to sierra nevada pale ale. The hops provide pine oils and orange peel zest in the flavor. The dry hop comes through and you get that whole hop/tea leaf dryness. Sorta spritzy, watery mouthfeel. Very drinkable, goes down easy... I would suggest this as a summer brew.

joshwlt, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce teardrop stubby poured into a pint nonic glass yields a gorgeous clear amber body crowned with three fat fingers of rocky white foam that retains at a fluffy sheet and leaves plenty of lacing stuck all over the inside of the glass.

Smell is buzzy green citrus and toasty pale malt.

Taste is of toasty brown bread with caramel-- smooth, sweet, rich and malty-- then is cut with a sizzle of citrusy, evergreen hops that dry, freshen, and crispen the finish, making for two distinct sensations in the drinking. Both flavor profiles are so satisfying, and the drink so drinkable, I caught myself gulping this to try and get another nuance from this beer. Quaffable, and very, very good, the beer finishes nice and clean with a solid bitter finish.

I wish this brew was more widely available in this neck of the woods, as I'd keep it on hand for sure.

cvstrickland, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of ommegoose
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. No one else makes bombers that look quite like Anchor's.

Pours out an orangey gold with a slowly building head that gets to about a half inch and then drops to a thin cap after a few sips. Plenty of visible carbonation streams. The color is a bit hazier than some other pale ales. It's a bright yellow when held to the light. With my second pour I was quicker and induced a more lasting head. At the end there are some floaties from the bottle conditioning.

Floral hops are the first thing that hits the nose, followed by some slightly buttery malt, with more sweetness than expected. Some herbal and nutty notes come through. For a California brewer, it's somewhat surprising to find so little citrus or piney aromas here. It's fruity in a vague sense, I believe. And as others have suggested, there's a little mint leaf aroma in there too.

A buttery start to this gives way to a mouthful of flowery, herbal (slightly grassy) hops. I love the way that bitterness hardly comes into play at all until the finish. Balanced for sure, although less emphasis on hops, namely hop bitterness, than other APAs. Still, you get a herbal, bitter finish, featuring some mint, and hints of grapefruit from the Cascades. Might be too buttery overall for some, but I like it.

Full and creamy, yet light and easy to drink. The somewhat large carbonation bubbles in the glass suggest that it might be too fizzy, but this is far from it. Very impressive. I don't think I drank my bomber slowly by any means, so I was a little disappointed to find that this flattened out pretty fast.

I like this better than I thought I would. It really reminds me more of Bass (taken up a few notches) more than something like SNPA. No trouble drinking it, although I wish it maybe was lower in abv. I would love to session this, but 6% can catch up with me a little quick. I would get it again if I was in the mood for pale ales. I was a bit sad when I took the last sip.

ommegoose, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of citrus hops has a good smell to it

T - Has a good citrus hop taste thats a little more mild than the other APAs I been drinking lately

M - To me it felt a little light with lighter carbonation to it

D - I think that this would be a very good beer to get people to like hops with a gateway beer to IPAs it has a good taste thats sessionable worth trying

armock, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of johanvond
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liberty Ale is a classic american pale ale orange amber in color with a good amount of hops. you can really taste the citric favors from the cascade hops. There a good solid body with a bit of hoppy resin. Liberty Ale bitterness is supported by a good amount of carbonation that cut through the body and livening the mouthfeel. Leaving you with a bitter yet pleasant aftertaste for grapefruit and lemon peel. Over all it's a good beer.

johanvond, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of demcorhip
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice looking brew. A clear, deep golden straw coloured ale, a nice two finger white head formed on the pour. Great retention, the almost whipped head wants to stick around, and is supported by a medium amount of carbonation. Some lace is already sticking to the glass as the head slowly recedes.

Citrusy, floral, and grainy aromas greet the nose. Multigrain bread with a touch of grain husk for the malts, and some floral and grapefruity hops. Simple yet inviting, and some pear like esters also present.

Taste is much like the aroma, a simple, straightforward and tasty brew.

Not quite medium bodied. Somewhat creamy, the pale malts are nicely balanced with the hops, and their almost piney bitterness. Also somewhat astringent, which helps to clean the palate, although the bitterness lingers.

Very drinkable, and sessionable ale. A well crafted, somewhat user friendly offering from Anchor. Would make a good introduction to american pale ales to beer newbies. It just keeps inviting the drinker back for more. Glad i picked up a big bottle at the local LCBO. May stop in for more before the summer ends.

demcorhip, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of Hornet2003
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Great pale yellow with a fizzy head.

Smell: Dry-hopping gives this beer an intense floral aroma. Very citrusy.

Taste: The hopping is more pronounced in the aroma. Very nice, mellow, and balanced APA. Lots of hop character but not to the point where the malt is overshadowed. A little grassy and grapefruity hops.

Mouthfeel: Great.

Drinkability: I'm not the biggest drinker and I was able to drink almost a 6-pack over the course of an afternoon and evening. It's really great stuff. The hoppy aroma never gets old and the easy-drinking taste demands more drinking. This will be one of my favourites for the summer here in hop-starved BC, Canada.

Hornet2003, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours with a mildly substantial head that leaves fairly quickly but leaves good lacing. Beer is rather hazy with lots of floating particles.

Smell- Nose of mild hops, some bitters, and floral notes.

Taste- A little on the bitter side, luscious hops, good barley taste, and some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Beer is full in the mouth and keeps the palate hoping with flavor long after the swallow.

Drinkability- A truly wonderfull pale ale, full bodied, flavorful, and lasting taste, one of the best.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear light amber with golden tints, small white head, medium lacing.

S = Light pine hops and slight notes of grapefruit rind, baked breakfast roll with sugar, well balanced.

T = Starts with a sweet malt followed immediately by the bitter kick from hops, at mid-palate get some of the grapefruit flavors of hops which meld into the biscuit malt tastes and both linger into a long dry finish.

M = Medium bodied, pleasant level of carbonation, good mouthcoating.

D = Good drinkability, well balanced, refreshing, a very good APA.

Traquairlover, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of daythree16
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a very hazy golden orange with a 1.5 finger head that leaves a very solid lace.

The smell is a sweet malt and herbal hops. The taste is sweet up front with notes of citrus, some herbal hoppiness, and a good bitterness to finish it all off.

The Liberty Ale is a very well balanced APA that probably doesn't get the props it deserves. It's crisp, refreshing, sweet, and slightly bitter. I could drink these for quite a while.

daythree16, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely golden haze color with two inches worth of foam and nice lacing down the glass. Smell is sweet and floral with hints of piney hops. Taste is very sweet, hints of honey, slightly floral in flavor, nice use of malts and and generous amount of hops that don't ever become too bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated. A very nice representation of an English Pale Ale from a very well-respected American microbrewery. My favorite of Anchor's offerings.

KeefD, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of usmittymc
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Pours a clear amber color with a generous 2- finger off-white head. Head recedes very slowly to a decent lacing.

S: Piney hop notes and a faint malt aroma is present. Nice spicey yeast on the nose, as well. Very appealing nose.

T: Citrusy, piney hop flavors. A faint minty flavor towards the middle. Nice malt back on this beer completes an excellent balance. Yeast lingers on the palate delightfully.

M: Moderate, slighty oily. Not unpleasant by any means. This is a great beer.

D: Right up there with Fat Tire for me. An incredibly drinkable Ale. One of my standbys and readily available, even in Mississippi. A good call. No matter what time of day.

usmittymc, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of beerfan82
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Beer with great overall taste. When you first drink it tastes like beer heaven. The hop flavor does not overwhelm you. It coasts into the beer like a steam ship. No pun intended. The aftertaste is really good feels like you continue to drink the beer even after your done with it. The beer has a nice clean taste almost has a sweet hoppiness to it. The hops add wonderful character and taste to this beer.

beerfan82, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of atigerlife
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden/orange with a 2-finger white head. Good lasting power.

Aroma of wild honey, berries, floral and malts.

Taste is got sweetness with hops, flowery and malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently cleansing.

Overall, quite drinkable and sessionable. I feel the need to go get another one.

atigerlife, Jun 06, 2008
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
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,980 ratings.