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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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3,038 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,038
Reviews: 1,492
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 73
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 waughbrew
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Head is big,white, and frothy on top of this clear light gold beer. Rings of lace make for a nice look. Aroma is balanced between rounded orangy fruitiness and doughiness. Flavor wavers between sweetness and bitterness, with a pleasant tingly bite at the start. The real beauty here lies in the gentle leafy character of the hops! So wonderful! Fades into a light citrus and cocoa aftertaste that seems a little muted. This is a very enjoyable, everyday type of beer. While the stupid bottle codes bother me, I will still buy this every once in a while.

Photo of fisherman34
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold with red hints. Smells of citrus, lavender and a bit of sulfur. Very hoppy in flavor, with white grapefruit and some white grape flavors. Not much caramel malt flavor at all, but that's not such a bad thing in this case. Good carbonation helps to give it a nice refreshing quality. Hides the alcohol very well. Long and pleasently bitter finish as well. I would definitely buy this again.

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

Slightly hazy, soft pale golden color - small white head is fleeting. Smells light and pleasant, caramel/buttery hints blend with spicy and floral hops. Good dry hop character in flavor - nice balance between the bitter hops and mildly sweet malts. Delicate and satisfying, rich and full yet rather uncomplex...in a good way. Slightly dry in the finish - perfect natural carbonation.

This is just a great anytime beer. Well rounded, not over complicated, and very easy to drink. Classic APA.

Photo of tastybeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mmmm. I've had this before, but this time I bought this in NH at a Shaws grocery store for the great low price of $6.99. Good deal.

I love the color of this beer. A topaz/amber fog fills the glass and is topped off with a creamy white colored head, and some partly sticky lace. The head has never been that large in most of my pours for this beer. The scents are very nice. Various light smells include earthy citrus, floral, some pine, a tiny bit of spice, a hidden maltiness, and a surrounding light mintiness, not to be confused with strong breath mints. There is a lot to the smell but everything comes together ultra smoothly. Taste is like the aroma. I get everything I mentioned above however the surrounding mintiness is much more subdued by or covered with malts. There are a good deal of hops that flood the mouth, though more like a hoppy pale ale than an IPA. Very nice mouthfeel. Real smooth and quite drinkable.

Real good, if you like beer and feel like a smooth, lightly complex and tasty brew, there's little reason to not get this occasionally or frequently.

Photo of whynot44
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, slightly hazy amber/gold color with a decent white head that retreats to a decent lacing.

Medium bodied, very nice hops aroma, slight fruitiness. Flavor is dominated by a very pleasant hops taste.

Very smooth with a dry hops finish. Refreshing. Tasty and very drinkable..

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

Poured into a Anchor Steam Glass. Was golden in color with excellent carbonation, but a small head that disappeared fast. Not much lacing afterwards as well. Nice malty, hoppy scents. It does taste a little different than other APAs I've had. Goes down really smooth, not much of a bite afterwards though. Very drinkable and would make a nice session brew at 6%.

Photo of battlekow
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, Anchor makes some pretty beers. Liberty Ale is a clear golden color, light but not weak. It also maintains an attractive white head throughout. Smells and tastes sweet and florally hoppy, very simple, very fresh, very good. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. This beer would be an excellent example for the non-BA of how hops can be a great things. Just a really simple and tasty beer.

Photo of Illini5596
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Anchor beers, and this was a good beer, but it didn't strike me as being truly worthy of the Anchor label. It was decent, I'd have it again if nothing else looked good, and it by no means disgraces the good name of craft beers. It just doesn't do it for me, thats all.

Photo of Tim460
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazey golden color with a small head that turns to lace after a couple minutes. Smells grainy. The malt hits first as I tasted It with some hop bitterness at the back end. Quite different from many other APA's I've tasted.Goes down very smooth. An extremely drinkable APA that I find especially nice on hot summer days.

Photo of tgbljb
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a peach-amber color, slightly cloudy with nice white head that lasted throughout the glass. Smell is essentially hoppy with a background fruit and pine scent. Taste is hoppy, but quickly fades to reveal a nice fruitiness. Nice dry aftertaste. Good beer but nothing special.

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

Pours a light copper with a white head that holds its own and leaves lace all over. A healty and appetizing beer.

Grassy citrus aroma gently meets the nose, no harshness here.

Nice domestic malts upfront with a steady hit of hop bitterness with grapefruit hop undertones. A true west coast pale ale flavor. Citrusy hops give way and the most pleasant suprise is a very wonderful sweet grainy finish. A perfectly balanced APA.

Medium bodied with crisp but smooth carbonation.

I would buy this one again for sure, ranks at the top of APAs for sure.

Photo of bceaglejoe
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with "3DB" stamped on the back; no freshness date. Served in a traditional pint glass.

Presentation: Poured a deep-orange color; the beer was translucent and actually rather cloudy for the style. A blossoming slightly off-white head formed, about a finger and a half thick at the start, and retention was very good. It appeared to be a moderately carbonated beer. The scent reveals a malty, sweet aroma with estery notes. It was somewhat strong as well, making it a pleasant scent to behold.

Tasting: Malt sweetness came across on the front of the tongue, followed by wheat flavors across the middle. The aftertaste was a cross between "fruity" and "floral," as the beer had only a slight bitterness. The malt left a strong impression. It had a light to moderate body, but the composition of the beer did not cover the alcoholic warmth as much as I'd have liked it to, slightly lowering the score. The beer rolled across my tongue well, though. It had a great deal of character, inviting me to take subsequent sips.

Notes: It's interesting to me that this beer falls within the American Pale Ale category. It has more malt flavor than I expected, and far less hop bitterness. The aroma was similar to that of a Belgian Tripel, and the aftertaste was reminiscent of that style as well. The bottle claimed that the beer was "dry hopped," but I couldn't tell; hop bitterness really didn't come across. The only difference between this and beers of the Tripel style is that very little, if any, yeast is in the bottle. Reading the BeerAdvocate description of the style, it seems as though this might fall into the English Pale Ale category.

It was a highly enjoyable beer, one that I would like to return to in the near future. I can see this livening up a barbecue or other event, as its lightness, combined with assertive flavors, would attract even non-BAs. I highly recommend this beer, though I am not sure if it is the consummate representative of the American Pale Ale style.

Photo of dirtylou
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: orange/golden, white head which dissapears quickly

smell: not overpowering by any means, somewhat metallic, slight wheat smells. I am not getting much citrus/hop smell.

taste: sweet, lemon, pine, not very complex, very crisp

mouthfeel: light, carbonation present

drinkability: definately could function as a session beer.

I tend to think that this beer is a bit overrated but it is easily available and not a bad choice by any means.

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

Pours a clear amber/copper colour, ample white head and plenty of lace. Really pretty looking beer. Piney northwest hop aroma, but the malt backbone is very detectable in the nose, nice breadiness. Taste is all hops, citrusy hops from front to back, malt is detectable but plays second fiddle to the hops, but thats okay. Taste is very full, good body, real smooth. Excellent ale on a hot day, or any day for that matter. A classic.

Photo of quasimoto
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice clear golden orange color with a nice fluffy off-white head. The aromas were a mixture of floral hops , toasted malt and a slight caramel scent. The taste was of a very, very slight smokey caramel/malt/honey and finished up with a bitterness from the hops. The after taste stuck around of a bitter hop. Overall it wasn't a strong flavored beer, but it was very balanced. I love this brewery, I haven't been let down yet.

Photo of mshallah
4.87/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Liberty is an ale I have recently rediscovered. I first sampled it in my early "beyond Bud" days and remember it to be a hoppy ale. In recent tastings it proves to be a perfect example of an aromatic brew. Aromas of Cascade hops, ale yeast fruitiness, and malt background make for a great beer to keep under your nose. Fine(small bubble) natural carbonation and a creamy head give a quaffable mouthfeel. Some feel this beer should be labeled an IPA instead of a pale ale. Take into account this beer's birthday, April 18th 1975(I was 4) to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere's ride, well before american IPA's gained popularity.(Ballintine IPA maybe?) This beer should be sought fresh and sought often. World class.

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

Appearance is a cloudy orange with some foam an lacing. Aroma has yeast, hops, bananas, crackers and malts. Initial taste contains malt, honey, and lemony hops with some wintergreen and spice. Yeast rises to the surface to remind us that this is an ale. Awesome crafting. A very good ale.

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

What can you say about an American institution. This is the true craft brew for American pale ales. The hop bitterness should put it into the IPA style. A hop bitterness explosion that after a session leaves you tasteless. The body is full and the golden hue with its big head is stunning to look at! A great brew for any occasion, but a true session APA for all seasons.

Photo of Vancer
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fine looking pour, a blend of amber, orange and yellow, topped off by a creamy white head that laced all the way. Very malty aroma, not much of anything else. Heavy malt flavor and tasty, but no flavors stand out. Thick, full bodied ale. Exceptional drinking brew, rich in the mouth, but not *heavy*. A good, sturdy ale for the longhaul, year round.

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

This one pours a mostly clear orange with a frothy white head which leaves a satifying amount of lacing. The nose is pine, citrus and apricot. The carbonation level is slightly lighter than average, but it's fine that way. Liberty Ale has that crisp hop bite (from one or more of the Big C's, probably Cascade) and fruity citrus flavors that you'd expect from an American Pale Ale. It tastes so smooth and creamy and it has plenty of bitterness to keep it interesting. This is as much the benchmark Pale Ale, in my opinion, as SNPA.

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

This really is an American classic in that it really helped introduce hops in the pale ale. Mid gold with a worthy head this beer is redolent of hops and malt. When you get a few sips in you notice the real balance and complexity of this beer. Like Sam Adams Lager or SNPA this beer defines drinkability combined with a sense of care and attention. This is a go to beer for many including myself when I can get my hands on some.

Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liberty Ale is a golden color poured out a bottle purchased at Westford Liquors. The label reminds me to thank those beer-drinking Puritans. I actually enjoy the fact that this is only 6%..it allows me to enjoy a couple and not go overboard on the alcohol.

One finger of white head, nice lacing on my goblet. Smells hoppy, slightly citrusy. Taste is balanced for an IPA with lots of slick, bitter, spicy hops but also a nicely balanced malt taste. Also tastes of citrus. Dry afterwards. Really, very delicious.

Very drinkable..I could easily drink this IPA for a full session. And I will next BBQ.

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

I love this beer!!!

Little carbonation, the huge bitter hop finish is the winner for me. This beer starts fruity, smooth on the tongue and goes down with a powerful hop taste (which I love) If you love hoppy beers, this is a great choice. I am suprised about this beer because last time I had it, it wasnt even close to the same taste. It figures since Ottawa is far far far away from San Fran, but it seems the LCBO got a fresh clean batch this time (its on sale...50 cents cheaper this week for Canada Day) This is a great beer for July 1st, since the non existent carbonation increases its drinkability.

A wonderful tasty ale, havent been this excited about a beer since Duvel.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden or light amber color, depending on how you look at it, with a thin head. Aroma is toasted malts, very dry, maybe a hint of fruit or soap.

Flavors are mostly dry, a mix of malted tastes. Toasty, bready, lightly caramelized, lacking sweetness without becoming bitter. Faint, very faint trace of apple sweetness late in the taste.

Mouthfeel is light and clean, very easy to drink, very satisfying and quenching. Wish I could make this at home. Better in the bottle than on tap.

Photo of AlexJ
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden orange with a slight chill haze, mighty fine head of well retained off-white w/ adequate lace.

Sweet malty grains mingles with floral and fruity citrus drenched hops. Assertive nose for a pale ale.

Amber caramel entry, sweet and honey like. Gives way to a wildflower field garnished with dried candied citrus peels. Well hopped and expertly balanced.

A heavy medium body accented by eager rolling carbonation leads to a well-refined caramel-coated floral hop finish.

This is good beer, it still tastes good after many years of drinking it. As long as it's fresh, you know this will always be a solid choice for a sessionable brew.

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,038 ratings.