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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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3,039 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,039
Reviews: 1,492
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 74
Gots: 211 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-18-2000

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 ohitsbrad
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mcarroll10177
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of goochpunch
4.77/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of teg8612
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of robocrouch
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of asabreed
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SethB2
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of wolffman17
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Code: 6YR (bottled 5/18/06)

Pours a not-quite-clear yellow gold. This pale ale is actually pale, unlike most that I've seen. Looks refreshing.
The smell is wonderfully evident as I poured the beer into a pint glass. No need to shove my nose in the glass. Hoppy and clearly citric. I can't imagine drinking this from the bottle and missing out on how great this beer smells.
It tastes just as good. Bitter, refreshing, tart, grapefruit-like citrus. A nice dry bitterness lingers for a while.
Highly drinkable.
A classic summer ale that could be had year round. Possibly the quintessential American Pale Ale.

Photo of pweis909
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thick, rocky white head resting on a clear golden orange beer.
The aroma has a fruity estery quality to it, subdued but noticeable. There is the briefest glimmer of a yummy malt taste, but it is not strong enough for my liking, and while there was hoppy bitterness, there was no hop aroma, and the hop flavor was unappealing. While I thought there were elements of taste and smell that I liked, they are barely apparent. The malt/hop combination does not seem well-balanced, to my palate.

Photo of HoustonTX
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep orange in color, creamy large white head, trails of lacing.

S - Fresh hops/citrus malts.

T - Upfront a citrus twang comes through, orange peel also pops through. Hops are quite fresh and leave an outstanding bitter on the palate. Lovely.

M - Rich on palate(hop oil) and perfectly carbonated.

D - Very solid drinkability.

Quite a delicious APA, and one that is readily available. Highly recommended.

Photo of Cresant
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. into an IPA glass. Created three fingers of head. Chill haze faded to a clear golden hue. Label was perforated 5DF. No dates noted.

Smell was clean, biscuity, grass. Alcohol appeared as it warmed. Alcohol smell obscured the other subtle aromas.

Taste was bitter at first and sweet following. Hop oil flavor.

Medium bodied. Oily. Finished dry.

The alcohol smell and flavor obscured the beer. I did not want another.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - honey/amber color, lots of sediment floating around, moderate white fluffy head, not much lacing

s - not as hoppy as many APA's, a much stronger malty, yeasty aroma, well balanced and unique smell overall

t - as with the aroma, I was a bit surprised by the well-roundedness of the taste, a rather delicate balance between sweet maltiness and herbal bitterness, long lingering bitterness on the finish

m - lots of carbonation, light-to-medium bodied, dry finish

d - very drinkable, an excellent session beer

I'd had this beer several times in the past, but not since I really got into craft beers. I have a much better appreciation for this brew now and was really quite surprised how much I enjoyed it. This is a truly unique brew that is made all the better by its wide availability. Liberty Ale will always have a home in my fridge.

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

Pours a nice hazed gold color with a luxuriously creamy head that leaves a good deal of lace.

Fresh, potent hop aroma, underscored by a nutty malt sweetness, a malt character like Anchor Steam Beer.

Flavor follows the aroma well, but a more bracing hop bitterness than expected. Hops are a bit coarse until it warms up, when a deep sweetness arrives. All in all, yum, I can see how this is the hallmark APA.

Unobtrusive medium body and mellow carbonation. Absolutely sessionable.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle at a Taco Mac. Bottle. Good aroma, although it was tough to tell since I had in a smoky bar. Hoppy, fruity taste, with a finish of citrus fruit, primarily grapefruit. A good, smooth drinking beer, and one I will definitely be having more of in hot summer weather.

Photo of wl0307
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been a year since my last pleasant encounter with this brilliant brew, I just can't wait to pop open another bottle tonight with a BB date of July 2007. Served cool in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: bright and dark orangey golden in colour, wearing a moderately-thick and quite foamy white cap with reasonable retention; very settled in carbonation.
S: assertive fruit-esters and perfumy hops dominate the nose, comprised of dried juicy longan-fruits, strawberries, orange-jelly, wild-flowery hops, oily and richly aromatic... backed by a solid undernote of honeyish malts with a profound edge of melted rock sugar. Extremely pleasant... albeit a touch too sweet for me, slightly like a very malty Triple for that matter.
T: a profoundly flowery hoppy flavour comes hand in hand with an ever-intensifying juicy fruitiness like ripe lychees (on skins) and tangy-sweet orange-peels... turning increasingly bitter in the aftertaste, with a constant kick from the tannic+tangy edge of hops that brings an utterly soothingly dryish bitterness surrounding the wings of the palate in a rather skilful and gentle way. Plenty of hop aroma as well as aftertaste lingers in the end...
M&D: softly-carbonated, medium-bodied, utterly smooth on the palate, with a healthily-balanced palate and a clear hoppy from the nose to throat... The bitter-hoppy flavour sits in contrast to the semi-rich malty+fruity aroma, and is very much my cup of tea! An utterly enjoyable APA which is bound to be one of my all-time favourites!

Photo of PartyHatjo
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange-amber hue, slight cloudiness half inch off-white head that lingers.

Aroma: Grassy, hay characteristic, some citrus hop overtones with bready malt notes as well.

Taste: Slight earthy, grassy hop flavor followed with honey-like malt characteristics. Very slight citrus comes through towards the end, but seems that hopping may have been balanced towards british styles.

Mouthfeel: Very good malt/hop (sweet/bitter) balance. Smooth bitterness and appropriately carbonated.

Drinkability: Solid beer, probably wouldn't keep going with this all night though.

Photo of Freshie
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice honey color with one finger head. Smells of citrus and hops, with a faint biscuit aroma as well, rye.

The taste is pleasantly bitter, with a sweetness coming later. A candy sweetness, that counter acts the hops nicely.

The carbonation is high which lends some bite to the overall taste.

I drank this during the 4th of July weekend and it really hit the spot.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Minimal dusty white head. Body is mustard gold color and slightly cloudy.

S: Honey suckle, lemon zest, grass and a touch of grains

T: Fruity. Peach at first then citrusy (lemon and grapefruit). Hops not too overpowering, bitterness isn't featured much. Very floral. Biscuity aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied.

D: Warm weather beer. Refreshing.

Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Decent sized head which falls to a thin layer of foam. The body is amber/orange with a haze.

The smell is citrusy, and a slight haylike smell.

Taste: Crisp bitterness that's a bit lingery. Also it's very tea like.

This stuff surprised me as rather tough. It's kinda neat though. I love the idea they dedicated it to. It would be rather good with something MEATY.
It reminds me a bit of something else I've had.

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

said to be one of the icons of American brewing, at least so I was told ....

pours a nice firm creamy head .... the color is turbid bronce, which is promising ... smells like fresh wet hay ...
the taste is dry, somewhat "bready", the brew is rather bitter for a bottom-fermented type, however for an appetizer it is way too rich .... would rather drink it on it's own ...
note: a good temperature for drinking this brew seems to be around 10° Celsius (= 50° Fahrenheit), the bitterness is a bit too dominant when the beer is colder

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,039 ratings.