Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company
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4.04/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
While advertised as an IPA, tastes more like a straight 'pale ale'... sans 'india'. That said (written?) can see how it goes inbetween
Has a sweet smell that is quickly coupled with a sweet taste. While not particularly a fan of Anchor's steam processing - I feel like I can taste the steam with every sip of their flagship beer - this one is a great alternative.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2014 02:20:26 | More by ANIMOUL
3.44/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Beautifully clear, straw yellow with an orange core and a perfectly frothy 2-finger ecru head that lingers and leaves some handsome lacing. This beer has my idea of the perfect look.
S: Light aroma with bitter hops being the predominant smell followed by a lightly malty backbone. Notes of orange peel, rye bread, wet basement, and grass clippings.
T: Light, crisp, refreshing. Light on flavor, with a faintly malty in-mouth feel and a dry finish and linger. Fresh biscuits, toast, light citrus juice, and a distinctly bone-dry hoppy aftertaste. It goes down easy, but doesn't stand out terribly much in it's flavor profile.
M: Clean feel with a chewy and tannic afterfeel. It's present in-mouth, but not overly assertive or bold. The afterfeel really settles in your jaw, though not in an entirely unpleasant way.
O: This is a nice beer. It doesn't try to do too much, and it is clearly well-crafted, however it can leave the seeker of bigger beers wanting something more. Good balance, light overall flavor and feel. It definitely belongs in San Francisco, where it can go down easy in sun, fog, rain, or everything in-between.
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2014 19:30:25 | More by TangTKE402
4.38/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Finally I get to review Anchor Brewing's Liberty Ale [bias alert: I like everything about this beer from the classic label and tear drop bottle through to the aroma/taste/mouthfeel, etc... so be prepared for a hefty amount of superlative and a touch of hyperbole]. Anchor itself is one of the original brewers of Steam beer (a Californian Ale made in the style of a Lager) which I will indeed be reviewing in the near future.
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: The fine ale presents well with a cloudy orange body and cream coloured head, that is well - there's no other way to say it: it has a mega 1.5 inch head, I may have poured it too hard, my bad.
S: Stonefruit and citrus feature well in the aroma, hints of bread yeast, a nice biscuit malt base and some pear esters also add to the overall fruitiness of this ale.
T: Flavour is as expected with a big pear and grapefruit punch from the hops. What a delightful and tasty brew this is. Everything works in harmony from the hops to the malt to the yeast, the nuances of this ale are numerous. I am indeed impressed.
M: Medium bodied with an almost flat carbonation; the weakest part of this brew would be the lacklustre carbonation then.
D: Well it's officially a new favourite beer for me. What is it that draws me into this ale so much? I think it may be the fact that there is something old school about this brew, the balance is well done and it's not overtly laced with hops like most modern American IPA's. I love it because it's not trying too hard, it's not vying for my attention like a Gen Y pop-star, it's more like a 70's prog-rock band; easy to listen to but with many layers of complexity. A tasty easy-drinking ale. Kudos Anchor, kudos.
Food match: This brew is right in the sweet spot for a curry, in fact I just polished up a vege Korma before beginning this review, it really hit the spot.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2014 10:05:20 | More by doktorhops
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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