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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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3,004 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,004
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 71
Gots: 177 | 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:
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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Photo of Columbanus
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - Golden straw colour, slightly cloudy, 2 finger white head with lots of lacing.
s - strong pine/woodsy aroma that just keeps on going.
t - Prominent hop and barley flavour up front, smooth and malty in middle, hoppy bitter finish, dry and crisp. Flavour lingers for quite a while after swallow.
m - smooth, medium light body
d - extremely drinkable. Great session beer, but does not really fit the apa style. More like a cream ale. Probably the best light ale available in Ontario, where our micros are hop shy.

Photo of jizdepski
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

nice coppery orange colored ale with a lovely white-capped head. slim amount of retention and lacing. dominant aromas are malty and hoppy, not much else on nose. the taste is outstanding! this is the best american pale i've ever tried....has a wonderful balance of piney hops and malts, neither being overly aggressive, and just a bit bready underneath. i'd say it toes the line between an english pale and a hoppier apa. mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied....well carbonated, nice bitterness from the hops on finish but not overwhelming and quite refreshing. drinkability is high...could drink several in a sitting. very satisfying...hard to ask more from a beer, it really nails the style right on the head.

Photo of gwfrankpsu
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is not your average pale ale - this is the best!!!!! I try to have a Liberty Ale two or three times a year - I don't want to get used to it. THIS IS A TOP TEN!!!!!

Photo of beer_forever
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the Holy Grail of any given week day. bitter, dry, strong, exactly what you want in the evening. couldn't drink more than a couple without eating a fresh sandwich (rye bread, veganesse, pepper, and tomato slices) but you definitely won't regret trying this. i usually don't go out of my comfort zone (too many disappointments, of course) but this time i'm glad i did :)

Photo of orfeu
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Carbonation-streaked orange-peach juice with a billowy off-white 1/2" head. Zingy citrus aromas of grapefruit and tangelo rind and candied orange slices. Citrus-inflected flavors dominate too, but in a far less astringent way: mellow orange (not yellow) and sweet ruby red grapefruit juice. Light doughy malt presence -- noticeable only in the "even-keeled" hop temperence acheived, so I guess I don't really detect much malt -- this is all about the hops. But this is not out of line! Unlike any other beer I've tasted, and unlike anything I was expecting -- almost a revelation! Clean, juicy mouthfeel and incredibly easy to drink. This is not the most balanced pale ale I've ever tried, but as a hop head I think it's quite possibly my favorite, even if it's not the lupulin blast of others. Simply great. Cheers, Fritz!

Photo of Kwak
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice rocky head thick good steady foam.

Very aromatic nice hints of citrus.

Nice body stedy carbonation good pale orange color.

The taste is supprisingly light very clean and appetizing a little dry in the finish. Nice and refreshing good on a hot day or to acompany a spicy meal!

Photo of Naerhu
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ingredients: hops and malts.

Orange body, with smallish head and fine bubbles. Rich bouquet of flowers, tree sap and malt. Amazing long lasting bitterness. Creamy smooth body that has a complexity that leaves me floored (or maybe that was the 6 percent alcohol. I have just found my house ale.

Photo of RootedFool
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy copper from a stubby 12 ounce bottle (purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California), with a quick head that rose about half an inch and fell leaving a creamy, very thin band of lace.

The smell is a very colorful bouquet of fruits -- strawberries, apples, raisins -- and a lingering sizzle of hops in the background.

Ah. Taste opens with the bright fruitiness I picked up on right away in the nose and it levels out into a short stretch of creamy malt sweetness, followed quickly by a snap of hop bitterness. That bitterness lingers to the finish, and as it closes a citrusy edge comes through. Mouthfeel is spritzy and refreshing -- lots of carbonation -- and ends dry.

Overall, a refreshing yet complex and very flavorful beer.

Photo of shabbtastic
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After needing a secret decoder to decipher the bottle date stamped on the label you're in the clear.

A - Rather average in color with a medium orange completion. Head was big and thick / foamy

S - Nice balanced bouquet of hops / malt and citrus. All bases were covered in this aroma.

T - Crisp, with a malty aftertaste that was not too overpowering. Very, very clean.

M - Everything worked with this brew. With all its character it's hard to drink slowly.

D - An excellent APA and well worth the price ($10 / 6pk). Good drinking for any season, borderline session type drink.

Photo of StevieW
4.78/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A sentimental favorite for me. This beer was my introduction into the real beer world. I bought another six, just to have around to introduce friends to better beer. Nice straw color, with slightly off-white head. Big hoppy nose and crisp hoppy taste with a certain tartness to it. Slight fruit taste as well, big bitter finish. I love this beer on many levels. A classic American Pale Ale, compliments almost any food, and it truly refreshing on its own. A fine tribute to the April 19, 1775 and everything it represents.

Photo of maccroz
4.78/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color. This has all the flavor of a higher alcohol brew without the malt-liquor feeling of sucking back a 9.5% beer.

Flavor is extremely hoppy, but not so much that it is overpowering, rather it has a complex array of flavors which can be appreciated for 5-10 seconds after swallowing. A very tasty brew.

That being said, this is not a hot day, suck back a 6 pack by the pool under the sun type of brew. A great choice for those nights when you really do want "just one beer"

Photo of Eric1017
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of CGAR
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of bmbarth44
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of geexploitation
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've often heard this beer described as some kind of ode to the Cascade hop, and after trying it I can see why. Appearance is quite solid -- the beer itself is a beautiful just-shy-of-clear orangey amber, and the head is substantial at first, although it eventually fades into a thin white film on top of the beer. Smell is full of those great citrusy Cascade smells, but there's also some creamy notes in there. Taste is outstanding -- sweet and sour hop flavors combined with the malt mean that every part of your tongue is active with this brew. There's no acrid feeling to this beer -- just spicy, flavorful hops. Extremely well balanced. Mouthfeel is a rarity, in a good way: this beer, according to the bottle, contains no artificial carbonation, and it certainly feels that way when drinking it. There's a very fine carbonation, enough certainly to tickle your tongue but no large carbonation bubbles... it's the difference between California sparkling wine and Champagne (with Anchor Liberty playing the part of Champagne, duh). Overall, a wonderful, quaffable beer.

Photo of JollyRoger
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of hustlesworth
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a hazy golden peach with a sticky clumpy 1 1/2in cream colored head with decent retention and lots of wavy lace. a few bubbles rise here and there, this is a very attractive brew, with shimmering rays of bright golden orange where the light passes through the bottom of the glass.

S- buttery biscuit and sweet malt with a faint hint of cocoa, citrus pine hops, grapefruit, passionfruit, alchohol, mineral water, earthy aromatic wood

T- dried wood, earth/mineral and copper! the copper is very noticeable, but it's not like chewing on a penny. it's more like a fragrant essence of the metal coming out into the beer through the mash tun complementing the other flavors- sourdough bread yellow grapefruit peel, bitter spiced lemon, herbal piney hops from start to finish with a dry floral leafy aftertaste. this beer could really set the standard for how an APA should taste.

MF- initially silky becoming slick and coating as it goes down. finishes dry with a slight pucker that feels leafy and resinous.

D- a new addition to my list of widely available go to beers. anchor liberty ale, sierra nevada pale ale, and TD hoppus maximus.

Photo of DustinSWB
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Czequershuus
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Mackbekeza
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of MacStinson
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of RXUYDC
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of tree777
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Dalidemon
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,004 ratings.