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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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2,827 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,827
Reviews: 1,465
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 66
Gots: 133 | 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.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy, rich orange/amber appearance. High level of carbonation with lots of perfect tiny bubbles. Great full, white head.

S - Fruity & hoppy. Very pleasant.

T - Sweet and citrusy at the front, bitter and crisp on the way down. Really delicious but I do not care for the long and overly bitter aftertaste. Overall an interesting and above average offering.

M - Carbonation from start to end - bubbly and crisp. Full bodied and somewhat chewy.

D - Easy to reccomend and a pleasure to drink.

10-14-2006 17:02:46 | More by FuzzyGuy84
Photo of DrMaturin

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -24.9%

pours a hazy orange with two fingers of an almost white head comprised of medium sized bubbles which retreat rapidly leaving little in the way of lacing

white bread predominates on the nose with some grapefruit rind hoppiness also present; the aroma is not very strong

neither is the taste except for a bitterness that lingers; whats there is a lightly toasted malt which floats across the palette while a considerable bitterness sets up and stays around; the taste is rather lacking in complexity; the bottle claims a dry hopping step that just doesn't translate here

the medium bodied mouthfeel was just right for the syle and the drinkability improved porportionally with temperature as the malt asserted itself more against the bitterness

I have to say, from the reviews, I expected more from this beer; I will probably try again at some point in case this is just an out of date example

10-12-2006 01:54:08 | More by DrMaturin
Photo of rrg1gb


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Golden hue with a thick, well retained head, almost looks like a snowcone.

S - Full floral aroma, hint of pine needles due to Pacific Northwest hops.

T - Tangy yet bitter taste that reminds me of grapefruit.

M - Well-balanced, not too heavy nor too light. A little coarse, but it is definitely thirst-quenching enough to make one take another sip!

D- This is a good APA, but it tastes a little mainstream (I guess that's a good thing?) Still, I have to give Anchor credit for making a good product and being able to sell it on a large scale. That's a tough thing to do these days.

10-02-2006 18:18:38 | More by rrg1gb
Photo of alehopman


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

I rarely preface a review with comments but this is truly the gold standard of American ales. I have consumed this periodically in the 80's, 90's and have now returned. I can say this ale has not waivered and as in so seldom the case, is as good as I remember it being in the previous 2 decades. Poured into a nonic glass achieved a beautiful 2 finger head, fine beaded carbonation. Head was vigorous and sheeted down glass. The citric hop aroma (I get tangerine) is fantastic. On first taste you get that and a flowery hop note. The malt then kicks in, then a great bitter hop finish. A classic that is one of a kind.

09-29-2006 21:10:52 | More by alehopman
Photo of hunteraw


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearance: Pale amber in color, good head with some lacing.

Smell: Crisp smelling, good hint of hops.

Taste: Lighter on the hops than many APA's, but it works very nicely.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Crisp, with a light body. Good mouthfeel. Drinkability is high. Good session beer.

09-29-2006 02:21:30 | More by hunteraw
Photo of BeerSox


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

12 oz bottle into a mug. Batch 6YR (May 06).

Pours cloudy, with a goldenrod hue. Creates a thick fluffy billowing head that lasts forever. Eventually settles to a thick cap. Webby lacing throughout. I must say, I was very impresed by the retention.

Loaded with earthy floral hop aromas. Slight malty background. Light fruity scents combined with the floral aromas. Light sweet notes begin to emerge as the beer warms.

Strong hop notes dominate, with a citrus-like zest. Hints of an orange-lemon twang on the tongue. Dry hoppy finish with piney elements in the aftertaste.

Light bodied with strong carbonation. Brisk finish.

An overall good beer. Evidence of dry hopping, which should be to the delight of hop lovers. Bitter yet refreshing. This is one you shouldn't pass up.

09-24-2006 17:33:53 | More by BeerSox
Photo of MrHurmateeowish


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

A good finger of off-white head and orange-red murky body, good bit of lacing. Smells very hoppy, which I expected since it’s an APA from the west coast... Surprisingly light in flavor considering the aroma. Tastets hoppy, both bitter and citrus. Very crisp, easy-drinking beer. I like it better than the Sierra Nevada APA because it’s still tasty, but it doesn’t hit you over the head with anything. A nice little beer.

09-23-2006 23:58:04 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%

Poured with a nice white creamy head about a half an inch thick.A hazie reddish-orange color. Smells grassy a bit fruity,not much of a hoppy smell,like I remebered the last time I had this.A slight yeasty aroma also.Has an earthy taste.a crisp clean,dry,finish.A mouthwatering finish, a slightly sweet taste also at the end. a very refreshing and quite drinkable beer.

09-23-2006 02:20:19 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of nicefix


4/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured a hazy orange color with a 1 1/2 finger off white head. Great sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Nice floral hop aroma. The taste has a hint of apple cider. Floral hops all the way. A nice balance with the malt.

This is a great beer. I really enjoyed it.

09-22-2006 22:00:58 | More by nicefix
Photo of klewis


3.38/5  rDev -13.3%

Batch 6AF

A: Pours golden with a big foamy head with good sustain and lacing.

S: Slight aromas of western hops and a subtle maltiness.

T: A gentle but non-apologetic hop character with some buttery malt flavor. Tasted great at first, but after a few sips, a rusty, metallic flavor started to become noticable. Still decent, but not nearly as good as my first impression.

M: Medium-bodied and slick with moderate carbonation.

D: A good PA, but at $8.99-$9.99 per sixer, there are better to be had for cheaper.

09-22-2006 20:56:36 | More by klewis
Photo of jhollick


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

Appearance: Poured a orange-yellow color with a clingy white head. This is a really nice looking beer.

Smell: A flowery hop aroma hit my nose immediately, followed by a bit of grain and other citrus-ish smells. This is a really nice smelling beer. It has a medium body with a nice smoothness, and a tonge-numbing hop bite.

Taste: It tastes exactly like it smells. A floral hop bite hits you right away, with fruity esters and balancing malts following it. A nice grapefruit flavor hits you towards the end, providing your mouth with a good pucker. The aftertaste is dry with a lot of residual citrusy flavors.

Drinkability: Drunkedness is really the only limiting factor. The hop bite is strong, but not too strong.

Overall: This is a sturdy and very good American Pale. A worthy adversary to Sierra Nevada this is. However, being on the East Coast, this is a much more expensive option. Top notch beer.

09-19-2006 22:23:22 | More by jhollick
Photo of tattooedtolley


4/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance: Golden/amber in color. Clear. White head left good amounts of lacing.

Smell: Big floral hop aroma with a touch of grain in here too.

Taste: Nice hop bitterness and taste, backed with a decent malt backbone that is not overly sweet, a plus to me since many APAs seem a bit too sweet to me. Nice balance and nice crispness to it. It finishes dry which seems to bring out the hops a bit more.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium in body, nicely carbonated, smooth and clean.

Drinkability: Drink as many as you see fit.

09-18-2006 15:55:35 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of scluffman


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Hazy, orangey-gold in color with a slightly yellowish-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not an overpowering aroma, but with some citrus notes and a telltale hoppiness. Very well balanced with pleasing citrus flavors to go with some maltiness with good hop character. A touch of spice shows up at the mid-palate and carries through to the fairly long, lingering clean finish. Smooth with medium body. Lightly carbonated.

This is a highly drinkable beer that I find to be a nice change of pace from the usual EPA or IPA. A beer I find myself wanting more than one of.

09-17-2006 00:38:17 | More by scluffman
Photo of ohitsbrad


4/5  rDev +2.6%

8 June 2006, Best Before Jun 07

Slightly misty, copper orange colour with a medium sized white head and good lacing. Aroma is fruity (banana, citrus) and floral hop. Tastes of flowery hops with some vanilla and fruit flavours apparent. Some bitterness. Light/medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Overall a very decent APA.

09-02-2006 06:55:03 | More by ohitsbrad
Photo of mcarroll10177


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

poured from the bottle into a tradional beer mug at the moan and dove

A- dark yellow with a bog off white head and tons of lacing on the glass

S- some bicuits and hops

T- biscuits upfront with a nice hop bitterness in the finish, a good taste

M- balanced, not to watery

D- a very nice APA that I would have again

08-28-2006 02:21:25 | More by mcarroll10177
Photo of goochpunch


4.8/5  rDev +23.1%

Pours a hazy apricot with a frothy white head with bubble craters forming at the top. Some lacing present. Big malty nose with butterscotch notes and grapefruit scented hops. Flavors Start off with that butterscotch note which then leads into a mix of bready malts and grapefruit hoppiness, then finishes with a light fruitiness, which tastes more derived from the malts than the hops, accopmanied by a moderate hop bitterness. Perfect. Mouthfeel is moderate thickness with a very soft carbonation. Enough body to linger on the palate but not too much so that it forms a film. Damn near perfect session beer if it wasn't for the substantial abv.

08-27-2006 03:44:38 | More by goochpunch
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Slighty hazy light orange body, filled with carbonation streams. A fist full of just-off-white assorted size bubbles make up a hefty head.

Big inviting aroma of grapefruit.

Big slippery and caramel sweet foundation rolls across the tongue. A crash of fruity and bitter hops snap the balance from sweet to benignly bitter at the finish, and into a slow sunset of an aftertaste. Overall, a great balance.

Light-medium mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability.

An American classic.

08-25-2006 02:10:02 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of teg8612


3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

A- hazy amber in color with a head that just won't quit.

S- Bitter fruit with spicy aromas.

T&M- Malt is sweet, very fruity. Grapefruit citrus with spicy bitterness. Hops perfectly balance the malt to leave a clean palate.

D- One of the finer examples of an American Pale ale. Very balanced and smooth. Super drinkable and goes good with everything, anytime.

08-24-2006 14:45:58 | More by teg8612
Photo of Beerzebub


4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

Orange, not cloudy but transluscent like oil. Head is not large, but it has substance and keeps coming up. Clean aroma of citrus, with spicey and floral notes. Very appetizing.

Very refreshingly dry. Slight astringency, very pleasant. Caramel malt, citrus, aromatic but restrained citrusy hops with a tingling bitterness, hints of pear and coriander. Extremely balanced. Astringency and tiny bubbles (almost Belgain tiny) give this an excellent mouthfeel.

If you feel like a dry beer that's full of flavor and aroma without being totolly hopcrazy, this is a good pick.

08-23-2006 07:40:43 | More by Beerzebub
Photo of robocrouch


4.33/5  rDev +11%

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass with hazy amber color and a nice head that lasted through out much of the drink. Great looking beer.

Smell: Very fruity and some what spicy almost, if it tastes as good as it smells I’m in for a treat.

Taste: Wow. Very complex but extremely tasty. Many fruits first hit the palate (Grapefruit) followed by a nice hop bitterness and finishes so smooth. Definitely one of the better APA I’ve had in awhile. It is perfectly balanced.

Drinkability: I could drink these all night.

Overall an impressive APA that is slowly becoming a favorite.

08-22-2006 23:28:02 | More by robocrouch
Photo of asabreed

New York

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A pretty gorgeous hazy yellow. Looks like someone took about 1/2" of the unfiltered nature of a Hefeweizen and left the rest. The pour was nice, leaving about a 1/2" head that slowly crackles away, leaving some spidery lacing on the glass.

Smell: An assault of quality ingredients, at least from what I can tell. Great bittering hops, more citrusy than piney, along with a lot of fruit from the malt, with some berries, strawberries, lemon, and cherry. Lots of stuff going on here.

Taste: Extremely tasty and complex. The mix of fruitiness and sour and bitter hops is pretty incredible. The backbone is the finish, which is long and leaves, again, some sourness, the lingering fruit tastes, and some hops to kick it up a notch. A bit more hops and I could see this getting out of control, but as it is it's balanced extremely well and is very delicious.

Mouthfeel: A nice crispness and lip-smacking tartness with a medium body. Everything comes together very well.

Drinkability: I think Anchor Steam's a little overrated, but I'm a huge advocate for Anchor Liberty, and it makes one hell of a session beer too.

08-21-2006 20:58:48 | More by asabreed
Photo of dblinkhorn


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a 1 pt bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - The head is of average size, and is near perfect white. It is very silky from top to bottom, consisting of very tiny bubbles. The brew's color is a nice straw-orange.

Smell - It's been a while since I've had a good old-fashioned American micro-brewed beer as I've been on a Belgian trip lately. The smell is very crips, with citrusy clean hops up front. In the background is a very rich scent of cooked, bready malts. Also, there are notes of grapefruit in the smell as well.

Taste - The extra bitter, yet clean, crisp, and citrusy, hops hit you first, followed closely by rich malt flavor. The malt in this brew tastes especially rich to me. There is a slight earthy flavor present as well. Grapefruit is also present. In fact, this stuff is really reminding me of a "light" version of Arrogant Bastard.

Mouthfeel - Superb mouthfeel. The carbonation is done perfectly, it is medium- to light-bodied and is very, very smooth.

Drinkability - About the norm for this style. Quite high.

Overall, this is a very quality ale. Again, it reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard, but not quite as...arrogant. Thus, the drinkability is higher, but the flavor is lacking (only slightly, though). This is a very great brew, altogether. Highly recommended.

08-19-2006 22:52:18 | More by dblinkhorn
Photo of hckyfn9999


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a nice amber color with a one finger head that lasts a for a bit and leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

Smell is a very nice hoppy smell with faint smellls of citrus as well.

Taste is very well balanced with a solid citrus taste and i can pick up hints of peach, and a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice level of carbonation, nice consistency not to heavy, not to watery.

Drinkability is also very high and I will definitly be repeating my purchase.

08-13-2006 02:53:43 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of SethB2


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Lighter than I was expecting for a Pale. Orangish amber in color with a very stiff head (NTTAWWT) with a good amount of lacing.

S - Subtle hops and very resin-y. Toasted barley also shows itself.

T - BAM! Nice beer! Better than Sierra PA. Hoppy up front, then grainy ... never crossing into a sweet realm. Very good stuff.

M - Good as well. Medium in body, and a very nice dryness that temps me to reach for another sip.

D - I like this beer a lot. One of the better Pales I have had to date.

08-11-2006 03:21:47 | More by SethB2
Photo of Phatz


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearance: This beer pours a hazy amber orange color with a large head that has great retention and moderate lacing.

Smell: It is rather floral for an APA but well grounded in grain and not littered with annoying Diacetyl. Instead it is perfumey. Odd I know, but whatever floats your boat.

Taste: I must admit as a disclaimer I typically find this style rather boring. That said, this is slightly above average (even reaching the level of good) but I still think it is not much to contemplate. It is better to consider it a sessioner when throwing a party. There is a soft fruity flavor of apricots, sweet malts, grain and honey followed by a hint of cascade hops. I like APAs Like Alpha King that don't taste like the typical APA. This is a classic APA that everyone should be forced to drink to know; This is the bar by which to measure an APA good.

Mouthfeel: It is a smooth medium body beer but the cascades that do bleed into the palate cause it to feel larger in the mouth.

Drinkability: The flavor is so well balanced and there is nothing cloying or even enormous about the beer. It is simple and drinkable. It just goes down easy!

Hope this is helpful.

08-08-2006 07:01:49 | More by Phatz
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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