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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: 75
Gots: 212 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange-amber color. Nice white head with decent lacing.

Smell: A nice blend of hops, citrus, and floral aromas.

Taste: Grains, malts, and hops up front. A bit fruity and then floral at the finish. Aftertaste is a bit hoppy and buttery.

Mouthfeel: Generally light-bodied, with light carbonation. Mostly smooth, but a bit of grainyness that fits.

Drinkability: Nice ABV, works pretty good as a session beer.

A nice offering from Anchor. This is closer to an English pale ale, in that the hops aren't so strong, etc. Like most Anchor beers this is a bit pricey, so I won't get it too often. But it is an enjoyable one and I'll be getting it again in the future.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

A: amber yellow with generous white foamy head

S: piney and citrusy with a nice spicey hoppiness

T: warmish sweet malts mixing with fruity and slightly piney flavores

M: not too this not too watery, with just the right amount of carbonation

D: i love the artwork on the bottle and the beer goes own pretty smooth as well

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

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of citrus hops has a good smell to it

T - Has a good citrus hop taste thats a little more mild than the other APAs I been drinking lately

M - To me it felt a little light with lighter carbonation to it

D - I think that this would be a very good beer to get people to like hops with a gateway beer to IPAs it has a good taste thats sessionable worth trying

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange color, with one finger of head that fades slowly to a thin cap with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Lightly toasted malt, a little bready and hints of banana, orange rind and cinnamon.

Taste: Mildly astringent malt quickly followed by a nice bitter bite with a mix of earthy and piney hop notes. Residual malt sweetness is ever present under the bitterness, providing a nice contrast. The finish is fairly astringent with lingering bitterness.

The Rest: Body is medium to just on the thin side of this tasty IPA. This is a nice change-up from the typical AIPA, with the malt having a more prominent role in the taste profile. It has great balance with a lot of back and forth between the hop and malt characters.

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

Picked up on a whim from KJ Baarons. Glad I did.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a not quite crystal clear hazy orange gold with a nice one finger creamy white head that fades to leave a nice thin blanket.

S - Sweet malts and some floral hops. Sweet and juicy aromas with almost some honey notes.

T - More of the nose here. Sweet malts and light floral hops. Not really bitter flavors, not getting that much pine or anythign like that, just some light citrus and grass. Again, the honey is present.

M - Pretty nice carbonation here though slightly creamy. Super light bitter finish.

O - Overall this is a tasty APA. Good malt and hops, nice appearance, solid mouthfeel. Very sessionable.

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