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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,777 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,777
Reviews: 1,463
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 64
Gots: 109 | 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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DrSuds

Maine

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-07-2012 23:23:28 | More by DrSuds
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schoun

Texas

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-07-2012 14:31:07 | More by schoun
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chimaylvr

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-07-2012 04:34:27 | More by chimaylvr
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ajanesz

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance - Nice, light orange-caramel color, steady carbonation. Nice two fingered head, decreasing to a thin layer of foam. Nice lacing. Beer is faintly cloudy.

Smell - Has a faintly sweet smell, with a floral hoppiness.

Taste - Flowery and crisp. Nice balance between the malty sweetness and Cascade hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Extremely smooth and creamy on the palate. Nice hoppy bite but not overwhelming. Really nice body.

Overall - Crisp, smooth APA that gets better as you drink it.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 00:37:13 | More by ajanesz
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor Liberty Ale has a thick, creamy, off-white head and a little bit of lacing, with a mostly clear, orange-amber appearance and a few streaming bubbles. The aroma is of citrus and clean water, but it’s faint. Taste is of orange peel, bread, sweetness, and there is a strong hop bitterness here. Mouthfeel is fluffy and medium, and Anchor Liberty Ale finishes fairly dry. It is refreshing and crisp. Overall, this is a wonderful beer.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 21:53:22 | More by RonaldTheriot
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SirPlunkett

Kansas

1/5  rDev -74.4%

01-05-2012 23:13:24 | More by SirPlunkett
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vitters03

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-05-2012 21:40:46 | More by vitters03
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dbmernin83

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with a pillowy white head.
Bready malts and grassy hops on the nose.
Same as nose on the mouth with a nice bittnerness that lasts.
Lighter side of medium, great carbonation.
This has always been a go-to staple for me. Not my favorite APA, but when I just want a good tasting, refreshing beer, this is what I want.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:47:39 | More by dbmernin83
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alemiester

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-05-2012 01:03:07 | More by alemiester
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dabeers1013

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-04-2012 02:50:06 | More by dabeers1013
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LeoPanna

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-03-2012 23:09:46 | More by LeoPanna
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AWS2111

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-03-2012 03:04:50 | More by AWS2111
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JazzIPA55

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-01-2012 21:44:45 | More by JazzIPA55
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litheum94

California

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange body, brilliant in the light. Compact, slightly khaki head bubbles out to a collection of foam on the sides of the glass. Minimal lacing.

Hoppy on the nose: floral, citrus and pine. Biscuit malts and wildflower honey balance out the hop aromas.

Very floral flavor, with a good dose of orange zest. Chewy malts mid-palate, with flavors of bread and caramel. Sets up a hop bitterness on the finish, lingering and refreshing.

This is a great pale ale, and can't believe it doesn't get more recognition.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 00:26:24 | More by litheum94
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Stoffel

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-31-2011 22:39:11 | More by Stoffel
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish amber color with a quarter inch of foamy, dense white head that has good retention. The nose is very citrusy with notes of mango, grapefruit, orange, and lemon. The flavor is citrusy as well with a citrus-forward hop character up front followed by mellow, bready malts. The carbonation is a little heavy leading to a light to medium body.

This is an alright APA. In my opinion the hops are a little too fruity and there isn't enough of a malt backbone to support balance. It's drinkable, if maybe a little heavily carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 22:02:06 | More by tdm168
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FrankShirley

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-31-2011 16:16:04 | More by FrankShirley
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PhilTLL

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-30-2011 17:23:29 | More by PhilTLL
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Jamstone714

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-30-2011 03:27:04 | More by Jamstone714
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twobeernuts

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-30-2011 01:29:51 | More by twobeernuts
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Grooveman53

Maryland

3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-29-2011 01:02:57 | More by Grooveman53
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MishaEriksson

Finland

5/5  rDev +28.2%

12-28-2011 11:53:06 | More by MishaEriksson
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Shilt

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-28-2011 02:24:01 | More by Shilt
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kmwilson76

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-27-2011 14:48:11 | More by kmwilson76
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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-26-2011 19:18:02 | More by cdwil
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,777 ratings.