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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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very good

3,072 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,072
Reviews: 1,497
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 74
Gots: 228 | 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%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of beer_forever
4.76/5  rDev +22.4%
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 :)

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Danny1217
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy gold color with a nice foamy head with good retention. Smells of light fruits, caramel, honey, and some earthy floral aromas.
The taste is heavy on the malts (especially considering that this is considered an IPA.) Some sweet caramel, apple, pear, and a slight hop bite that leads to a crisp, dry finish. Somewhat light body with a lot of carbonation. Very drinkable.

I feel more comfortable judging this as a pale ale, rather than an IPA. It is just too malt focused. However, it is still a very good beer. Very sessionable too. I could see myself drinking a six pack of this.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of thecheapies
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber brew with nice clarity and outstanding head retention. Still sitting at a half-inch after fifteen minutes. 4.5

Malty backbone noticed first and quickly. Sweet bread aromas. Hops are floral and a tad citrusy. Balanced nose. 3.5

Floral/herbal hops with restrained bitterness. Caramel malt flavors bleed through with a few toasted notes. Faint pine in the distance. A little battery acid in the finish. 3.5

Smooth and filled-out. Subdued suds almost creams the feel. 4.0

Decent IPA, or APA, or whatever it is. Finally scored a fresh pour. Cheers! 3.5

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Hazy orange/golden yellow with a soapy 2 finger head with decent retention. Good sticky lacing along the sides

Smell - Honey, yeasts, citrus hops, sweet malts, and barley.

Taste - Honey, yeasts, malts, biscuits and barley. Slight resin-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very light bodied with a light carbonated feel. Feels pretty smooth on the palate

Overall - Nothing special, it's just a good yet simple beer to drink. However, don't pass it up should you be offered the chance to try it

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,072 ratings.