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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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3,073 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,073
Reviews: 1,497
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 74
Gots: 227 | 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 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.

Photo of sitbooboosit
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy orange copper
head is pure white, soft and pillowy with delicate lacing
strong piny hop aroma, lightly roasted, toasted malt notes
strong bitterness that is principle flavour up front, peppery finish
head provides beautiful mouthfeel, velvety pillows...

easy drinkibility, initially surprised by the bitterness, but that subsides

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

BOING, there goes the froth right over the top; that's good. I don't remember it being so lofty. Looks pale enough.
Smells buttery, lemony. Citrine=citrus + pine.
Rolling hop flavors start piney, then orangey, then wraps around a crisp pie crust, and comes back with a fresh chard kiss. This one isn't as clean as I remember. Heck of a pale ale, seems a shame to call it pale, I found it quite rich.

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

This was a deep yellow, clear ale with a one finger creamy head. It lasted a couple of minutes.

The aroma was a bit herbal, with aromatic hops and a bit of pine thrown in for good measure.

Taste was slightly bitter, malts with a touch of vanilla. That surprised me, but it was not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel was good but not outstanding. Likewise for drinkability... an OK session beer, but just a little better than average.

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

A: Clear golden in color, big fluffy head at first but now just a scant layer of suds.

S: Floral hop aroma. faint malts in the background.

T: Tastes like an IPA's baby brother. Nice big hop flavor up front that is citrusy. Malts are low and seem like Diana Ross' background singers, necessary, but the hops are what you'll remember. Late flavors are an almost sweet bitterness~weird way to describe it but I'm pretty new at this still. Aftertaste is a lingering pleasant bitterness.

M: Medium body. Carbonation feels high but tends to carry the flavors quite nicely. Alcohol is a pleasant warmth.

D&N: Super beer, and easy to see why this is a classic. Very drinkable. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of bnuttz
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very clear pale yellow color with a substantial white head. Smell is floral and citrusy. Taste is very smooth. Upfront this brew is nicely bitter, but also has the grapefruit citrusiness that is classic cascade. I don't like my hops to be all grapefruit, so this is really not my thing. There is some lingering fruitiness to this, due to the yeast, but it isnt very noticable. The mouthfeel on this one is very clean and easy drinking. Not a bad beer at all, I know it is a classic, but I will reach for others first.

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

Poured from a 12oz with no dates into a pint.

Golden copper with a white head of one finger that falls to a thin sheet of foam and leaves decent lace on the glass.

Smells mostly of citric hops, can barely detect some malt under all that hop. Smells more like an IPA.

The taste is also very hoppy. There's a flash of malt in the middle, but its all hops upfront and in the finish. Its a fruity, almost grapefruit like, hop going on here. The dryness lingers after the finish, not annoyingly.

The mouthfeel is near perfect for the style. A little more than medium, with just enough carbonation to accent the bite of the hops without numbing the tongue.

Damn tasty, and just as drinkable.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a 2 finger white head that leaves crazy lacing all the way down the glass, the body is a pale golden color thats crystal clear. The smell is raw, herbal/medicinal hops with a mildy sweet, honey-like malt backbone. The taste is quite complex (as expected from anchor) starts with an earthy hoppy flavor that coast the mouth with a resiny hop oil, and continues with sweet honey like malt taste. The malt taste is almost like doughnuts, and ends with a bitter, grassy and floral hops finish that lingers on your tongue briefly, you really get some complex hop flavors here with a spicy flavor that follows a fruity citrus like taste. The hops definately outshine the malt here but what did you expect from an APA, from the west coast no less. The mouthfeel is smooth and light with moderate carbonation. An excellent APA, really showcases that western hops flavor well without overdoing it. Could be a great session brew as the alcohol hides itself fairly well.

Photo of Citadel82
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am generally not a fan of Hoppy Pale Ales. This one along with Boulevard is a pleasant exception to the rule. Pours a clear yellow orange, with a 1-finger white head that lasts and leaves creamy lacing in its wake. The aroma is a delightful balance of malt, good hops, with some citrus and other unidentified spice. The taste is initially sweet malt and later hoppy, grapefruit-bitter, balanced underneath with biscuit malts. The citrusy/spicy bite makes this a crisp refreshing brew, a staple. A balanced ale, of the quality I have come to expect from Fritz Maytag and Anchor. Keep this on hand for guests...or myself.

Photo of studentofbeer
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a brilliantly clear yellow orange with a white head.

starts with an aroma of honey, forest, and citrus (lemon, orange, lemon rind, grapefruit). followed by a slightly sour, yeasty bread smell that plays really well with the lemon. not much lacing going on and head falls somewhat quickly.

taste is dominated by the hops. pronounced lemon bite at first, then a real crisp bready malt, followed by some bitter in the finish. so hoppy it leaves your mouth tingling a bit after each sip. i love the acidity that comes out of the hops in this beer as well as the resinous feeling in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel isn't as crisp or biting as i remember, and carbonation seems not as prominent as it could be, which takes mouthfeel down just a bit.

overall a great IPA, just not labeled as such. bitter, bracing and brilliant.

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

Wowww. Awesome brew. The bottles are cool also. Great hoppy smell right when you burst it open. Nice looking orangey yellow color with a nice head. The mouthfeel is moderate and sorta bitey/ fizzy. Great floral hoppy flavors that are in your face. Really reminiscent of sierra nevandas ipa which is a goood thing.

Photo of troutmask96
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decent brew here, though it smells better than it tastes. Very complex cloves and brown sugar smell, with a hint of raspberry. Taste is disappointing, though. Bitter lingering aftertaste and not much complexity to the palette. Very carbonated, so you gotta go easy on these to prevent gastric distress...

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

Now here's a solid beer. A pale ale that doesn't really have anything to do with Sierra Nevada, Deschutes and the like. Goes down smooth very lager like, though there is a bit of a bitter aftertaste. This is one of the few craft around in my home town of Walnut Grove.*gonna start a brewery there one day

Anyways this isn't really anything to rave or write home about but it is tasty... I got it on sale for 5.50 a sixer and i don't regret it... A classic you might say ....i'm not fond of the regular west coast pale taste but this is quite different...

Photo of BeerFink
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a golden amber marked by a slight chill haze. Foamy white heads springs up to top it all off. Good lacing. Smell is good, but subdued. Earthy notes with some pungent hops and a little toasty character. Taste is mellow yet complex. Hops are immediately apparent, but do not overpower. Some creamy pale malt leads to toasty and biscuity flavors. Finishes slightly bitter with a hint of alcohol. This beer is remarkably creamy and dry. Low carbonation increases the creaminess and thicker mouthfeel. This is an APA for people who aren't quite hopheads. Even if you are, you can still enjoy this easy drinking beer. So smooth, you'd almost think it was a lager.

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A shy color of inbetween orange and yellow. A nice foamy head that goes very fast, nice carbonisation as well.

Her smell is fruity, hoppy, very hoppy with some citrus flavors.

Taste as very hoppy, the hops hit you right away, some banana, fruity, apple, citrus and pinneapple flavours as well. That beer is also dry, the hops hit you then leave no real aftertaste, actually reminds me of a "hit and run" taste!

Very drinkable, and the moutfeel is good

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unique ale. A touch of sediment was present, was suspended in the glass and no deposits at the bottom. Fruity, floral aroma. Flavors of sharp citrus and stewed hops were most present, with a slightly alcoholic and malty aftertaste. One of the better brews from Anchor Brewing. Recommended.

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,073 ratings.