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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,788 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,788
Reviews: 1,463
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 66
Gots: 116 | FT: 0
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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JDeming

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-30-2014 01:55:49 | More by JDeming
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STEEL1980

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-29-2014 14:52:29 | More by STEEL1980
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-29-2014 10:16:22 | More by mikefuski17
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ANIMOUL

California

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
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patre_tim

China

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-28-2014 02:01:22 | More by patre_tim
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Honeybourne

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-27-2014 20:41:37 | More by Honeybourne
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hoppecatania

Italy

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

06-27-2014 19:11:09 | More by hoppecatania
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aschmidt


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

06-27-2014 00:02:42 | More by aschmidt
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ChrisFurlowLSU


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-26-2014 21:28:23 | More by ChrisFurlowLSU
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TangTKE402

New York

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
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andresaconatto

Brazil

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-26-2014 16:33:19 | More by andresaconatto
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Glaucio

Brazil

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-25-2014 19:10:00 | More by Glaucio
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mrjez

Japan

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-25-2014 02:17:41 | More by mrjez
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Knipp2321


4.25/5  rDev +9%

06-24-2014 23:52:10 | More by Knipp2321
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Dcbelkot

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-24-2014 20:20:35 | More by Dcbelkot
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vwbus7

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-24-2014 03:07:32 | More by vwbus7
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doktorhops

Australia

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
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Patrick777

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-22-2014 04:17:05 | More by Patrick777
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onedogtwodog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-22-2014 00:37:38 | More by onedogtwodog
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Turbo

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-22-2014 00:31:51 | More by Turbo
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irthesteve

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-21-2014 06:31:41 | More by irthesteve
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SF_Posse

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-21-2014 04:02:26 | More by SF_Posse
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zestd

Idaho

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-21-2014 03:16:02 | More by zestd
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Klebe

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-20-2014 14:33:33 | More by Klebe
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hurshybear

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-19-2014 17:27:28 | More by hurshybear
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,788 ratings.