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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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3,005 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,005
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 71
Gots: 177 | 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 wcudwight
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color with a white 1/2" head that quickly dissapates to a lacy cap. Smell is nice combination of caramel, citrus, piney, and floral hops. Taste starts off with a quick caramel sweetness, but is suddenly taken over by a lemon zestiness. Nice complexity yet simple at the same time. Feels good in the mouth. Dry and the carbonation is noticable. This is what an APA should be. The hops are there, but you're not still burping them up the next morning. A nice summertime session ale.

Photo of mdagnew
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from Grape Expectations, Ballyclare...

Poured a light coppery orange colour... Slightly off white head pours quite thick then faded fairly quickly to light layer with thick edge. Light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice biscuity / caramel maltiness, honey sweetness, spicy / grassy hops, fruity (oranges, light grapefruits), floral hints, some nuttiness...

Taste – Light biscuity malts, faint toffee sweetness, nice fresh spicy / floral hop bitterness, nutty, light fruitiness (orange, some pears), herbal notes...

Feel - Quite smooth and dry... light body.... Very refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - An excellent beer....Nothing extraordinary, but very very drinkable... definitely worth a try...

Photo of Blakaeris
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden with a creamy white head that dissipates to a thin sheen.

Smell is toasted malt and bananna nut. Mild hoppiness.

Taste is dominated by toasted caramel malt. mild buttery hoppiness similiar to an ESB. Mild bitterness and lingering fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

A easy drinking brew. A good session beer.

Photo of bashiba
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy shade of orange with a light white head that was gone in a second with no lacing to speak of.

Smell had a hint of buttery malts and a bit of floral hops.

Taste is a nice balance of smooth toasted malts with a bit of light floral hops with a bit of an ESB buttery flavor and a mild lemon zest along with a hint of a metallic copper taste.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a slighty dry finish.

Overall a decent easy to drink beer.

Photo of etxparch
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Very nice translucent burnt orange color and produced a great, fluffy two-finger head. Head dissipated, but was prevalent throughout the session. Excellent lacing left on glass.
Smell is hops and citrus. Very little malt from what I could sense. Taste is hoppy with a hint of grapefruit, but not overly bitter. Mouthfeel is thin, but not watery. This would be a good start for those wanting to try out an IPA/APA.

Photo of haz77
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Pours a clear coppery-orange with an inch of off-white head, which retains well. Moderate looking carbonation.

S – Big burst of citrus fruits and floral hops. Some breadyness and slight funk in there too.

T – Sweet honey malts at first. Some fruit and citrus then tea-like hoppiness and a dry, floral, perfumed aftertaste.

M – Medium body and carbonation

D – Solid and easy to drink beer. I look forward to having this many times in the future.

Photo of jwff
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful pale orange leaning towards golden, almost lager like. I know better though, because of the creamy cm head that just won't quit and layers of swirling carbonation. This beer is pretty. Hops in the smell are leaning more towards the grassy/floral side I think, and there is a hint of bread.

The taste is along the lines of hops + honeydew melon, or another subtle melon like canteloupe with some bready stickiness in the finish. I'm not really excited about the choice of hops, and not a huge fan of those melons so this isn't really working for me. Mouthfeel is a little watery for my tastes. The drinkability is hurt because I'm not a big fan of the flavors, but there is nothing offensive about this beer. Recommended to fans of light melonzzz.

Photo of Enola
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a straw color with a thin head. There is a fair amount of lacing. There are a good deal of floaters. The taste is fairly bitter. There is not much sweetness here. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth. The bitterness is just right. A good beer I could certainly drink again. A fair example of the style.

Photo of czechsaaz
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pleasant hoppy aroma. Spicey and just a hint of citrus. Not so strong that you can't smell some malt. Mostly straight up two row aroma. Mostly clean but there's a little yeast esters.

Deep gold colored, perfectly clear, light rising carbonation and a thin long lasting head.

Nicely bittered on the start and then a little malt to wash it down. Not sugary but a good dose of base malt and some crystal flavor. There's good resiny hop flavor too. Balance is slightly on the hop side but it's a very well balanced set of flavors.

Medium bodied with pretty aggresive carbonation.

Overall a nice refreshing beer. What an IPA used to be until everyone started to try to be hoppier than the last brewer. Recommended highly for people who like hops but don't necessarily want to chew on them.

Photo of hanco005
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only bought a single, 12 oz bottle with 6AF on the bottle, poured into a pint glass

A—pours slightly cloudy copperish orange with a 1 inch bone white head, fades in about 5 minutes, web like lacing is produced

S—hops are dominate, citrus and floral, a mild malty sweetness comes out as well

T—mild bitterness up front, changes to sweet, then finishes bitter and dry. Can’t pick out anything distinguishing, but it’s very, very good

M—smooth, light/medium bodied, medium carbonation

D—very much so. I would love another. Even thought it is 6% ABV, it might make a good session brew.

Photo of brushpig
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found beer @ Sam's Liquors in Chicago.

Orange Yellow body with a light haze to it. Big creamy white head diminishing quickly to about a 1cm.

Hoppy smell of grains, malt, and a slight floral smell.

Taste dry at first with a light bitter end. Sweet malts and grains.
A very good and well balanced beer.Light on the pallet good even

Overall a very drinkable beer.

Photo of BurnsTau
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, good head.

The smell, oh sweet hops I love you. Hoppy aroma is immediately recognizable. The taste is the same, bitter hops take over, but not too much so. Still balanced to make this beer very enjoyable. The malt's aren't as apparent but definitely there.

This is a very good beer and definitely earns the respect many people hold for it. I drink this one just about every time the local store stocks it, and having it on tap is just as good.

Photo of Mdog
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold with a thick white head.

Smell: Smells like pine needles.

Taste: Starts with a little sweetness, then moves into pine and citrus flavors from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Solid for a pale ale but not too heavy.

Drinkability: Better than I expected, I'd have this again.

I'm slowly working my way through Anchor's offerings for a second time (to review) and this one pleasantly surprised me. A very good balanced pale ale, not too heavy on the hops.

Photo of Liquids
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Middle of the road, hazed orange hue, right between the pale straw and nearly amber pale ales. Creamy, bubbly foam head. Balanced and middle of the road aroma for a pale ale. Only slightly "english" in aroma, resiny and piney hops dominante overall, but seem neither too muted nor excessive here. I'm expecting an impressive display of balance here... Taste is alright, nothing groundbreaking. The malt is gentle and middle of the road, but the hops are full enough that with the muted malt backbone and the intensity of hop flavor (think type of hops as opposed to amount of hops) it's more IPA to my hop-sensitive tastebuds. I generally avoid pale ales for this reason...I find most like drinking hoppy water. So while this is not something I'll grab a sixer of, it's still a good ale. But I have other choices I prefer, ones that are more evently balanced and exciting to me both on the malt and the hops side.

Mouthfeel is good, though leaning toward the too carbonated side right after the pour, but right on par a few minutes later. Disapointed, expecting something more balanced. A fine ale, but not as impressive as I'd hoped after adoring Anchor Porter.

Photo of jokelahoma
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, just-a-bit-to-the-yellow-side-of-a-new-penny copper, with a nice tight head that lasts a good long well, and clings to the side of the glass like its life depends on it. Just a slight amount of chill haze, which I can live with.

The smell is hops. Nothing but cascades. A little maltiness in the nose, but hardly enough to have bothered. This one is hop based, and isn't ashamed to let you know it right up front.

The taste is initially very, very hoppy. There's enough sweetness to keep it from falling quite into IPA territory, but just barely. It's not overwhelmingly bitter, though. Most of the hoppiness is in the flavor and aroma. Might be fun to drink this alongside an English pale, where the hops are primarily for bittering. This one gives you a good idea what hops taste like, and that's a good thing. Not balanced, but it never claims to be, either. It's a good engine for delivering hops to your tongue. Knows what it wants to do, and does it well. That's good! It's remarkably smooth, with only a trace of grainy flavors showing through. Quite nice, indeed.

The mouthfeel is a medum-thin, just about where it should be for the gravity and style. It's not oily, but it's not water. What more can you ask from a pale ale, really?

Very, very drinkable beer. As stated above, it's a hop driven beer, and damned proud of it. Again, not bitter, really, just hop flavored. Very nice, very drinable, and one I'd order again and again. Bravo.

Photo of shererjt
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copperish color with just a bit of haze. Head was rich and enormous. I've had this beer plenty of times and I don't remember any haziness before... but it's been a while. In any case, very nice to look at. Nose was hops, hops, and more hops. One of the best smelling beers you will find anywhere. I think it works so well because of the underlying sweet crystal malt. Wonderful. The taste was a clash of sweet and bitter, with a ton of hop flavor thrown in to boot. Had a bit more bitterness than I remembered, but the balance was great. Mouthfeel was lively and tart; anything but lifeless. Drinkability was quite good also.

A great, great beer. I know some will argue for SNPA, but this is the gold standard for APAs in my opinion. Yum.

Photo of Fugazme
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceptional beer to gaze upon... lasting, tight, white head about 1/2" thick... tremendous lacing. Light, light copper in color.

Aroma is maltier than I was expecting... a slight touch of citrus. I wonder how old this bottle might be. Not as much hop aroma as I remember.

Definite hop character in the flavor. Balanced well. Nice and mild. tea-like qualities... seems like an English Pale... a bit dry on the finish.

Photo of macpapi
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally decided to review this classic. Pours a light amber color with a small white head. Somewhat hazy. Smell is an even mix of malt and hops. There is a nice citrus pull also--grapefruit and orange--along with fruity apricot. Very nice. Tastes full of malt with a nice hop bitterness. A bit of smoky flavor goes well with the citrussy finish. Well balanced. In the mouth Anchor Liberty Ale is full, bitter and has little carbonation. Pleasant on the palate. On the whole, this is a very good and sessionable (despite the 6% abv) beer. It is very tasty, balanced and enjoyable to drink. Deserving of its respected status.

Photo of soultrain
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into some belgian pilsner glass. (Brouwerij 't IJ)

A-Cloudy golden orange in hue, with 1" head that settles quick to 1/8" foam.
S-This is a pale ale? You mean to tell me that I've been drinkin' what I thought was a solid IPA all these months, and it's a pale ale? Citrus hops rise above malts here.
T-This tastes great. Great fruityness, nice malt profile, and this is the hoppiest pale ale I ever had, so I'm a fan. It gets even better as it warms. This bad boy is dry-hopped, and as I'm a huge fan of dry-hopping, it's obviously delicious.
M-Great mouthfeel, good carbonation, fizzy/effervescent, starts thin when real cold, ends almost light/medium body, with an dryish astringent puckering finish. Love it, can I have another?
D-Supreme drinkability. I could session this all night.

CRUX: GREAT HOPPY PALE ALE SESSION BEER. I like this classic better than their other classic (Anchor Steam.) Serious position in the DBF this summer. Great out of the bottle, too....

Photo of plaid75
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep copper hue with a one finger creamy head. Good retention and lacing as well.

The smell was a very complex arrangement of hop, citrus, apricot and clove. Really a very nice aroma.

The tatse was in line with the smell. Very complex and spicy, with a bit of a sweet finish.

The moutfeel was nice, but a bit on the thick side.

The heavier mouthfeel detracted from an otherwise very drinkable ale.

Overall an above average APA in terms of flavor and aroma complexity. If you like this, check out Blue Point Hoptical Illusion.

Photo of aquatonex
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale ale? Well this beer has some potential but isn't so much a pale ale...

Pours cloudy light amber with good carbonation but not much head. Spicy, floral nose (hops), pretty clean. Taste is pretty punchy with a good bit of hops, slight citrus, and a bit more complexity than you expect from a pale ale. Mouthfeel is very lingery though, was expecting a cleaner finish. Altogether, a decent beer for eating a bunch of heavy greasy stuff.

Photo of KyleVick4
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A: Surprised at the murkyness of the beer. Very cloudy but pours with a nice thick head that clings a little to the sides. Against light you can see a few bubble streams rising.

S: Smells spicy and herbal. Can smell the hops used, but nothing special

T: Spicy and hoppy. Not overboard hops, but enough to distinguish them from the malt. I remeber this as one of my first hoppy micros a long time ago. Seemed insanly hoppy then, now it seems to be just a touch of hops.

M: Fizzy and kinda light bodied. Medium carbonation. Very sharp, almost like bad malt???

D: Decent. I could have two of these but do tire after two. The sharpness of them detract quite a bit from the beer.

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a very appealling somewhat cloudy yellow with a nice thick creamy head that lingered. It's smell was impressive. It had the floral, hoppy scent with hints of fruitness that's very pleasant. The taste was a bit weaker than the smell led me to believe. It was very refreshing and appetizing. I recommend it with a meal. I imagine it would go well with chicken, pork or fish. It was drinkable, but a bit too bitter for more than one or two at a time.

Photo of doppelmeup
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a beautiful yellow pumpking color into a pint glass. There was about an inch tall head that was thick and pillowy, and it left gorgeous lacing down the glass.

The smell was flowery and hoppy, without being over the top.

The taste was just okay. Not bad, but nothing really special about it either. I am a big fan of "regular" Anchor Steam and I don't like this as much, but overall it's a decent tasting ale.

LIghtly carbonated, it leaves a nice crisp aftertaste and a clean palate.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. I'd definitely recommend it, and would drink it again.

Photo of AltBock
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. stubby bottle with a label with their symbol on the front. I like their symbol, it's that of a Anchor with a Bald Eagle carrying an American shield behind it. Below the eagle is hops and grain plants. The back label only had their encryption dating system. Mine was hard to read, unless I can read brail, which I can't. The neck label had all the information about the beer and it's history. This was all capped with a screw on cap.

When I poured it into my mug, the beer was a golden orange color with a less than an inch head of white foam. The head of foam dissipated away no to fast leaving behind very few rings and no lace. At first the aroma wasn't that good. It only had a slight aroma of spicy hops and some fruits and that was it. But when I swirled it around, this nice juicy fruits aroma emerged. Other than that it was just a simple hops and fruit aroma. Up front in the taste were those juicy fruits and after all that, I noticed some grains, little malt, and this all ended with a slight bitter hop taste. What I thought to be a little bit more than an average APA taste. The mouthfeel was carbonated, medium bodied, and watery. Not too watery where it destroyed it. There was just a slight taste of it. I found this beer to be a nice enjoyable fruity ale.

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,005 ratings.