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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

2,905 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,905
Reviews: 1,475
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 68
Gots: 150 | 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 imasloth
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellowish orange with large cream-colored foamy head. Thick lacing- left rings at each level of beer.

S- Complex- hints of citrus and pine hops. Some sweetness. A bit medicinal in an aloe way (good here).

T- Bitterness upfront with citrus and pine following. Sweetness remained but always behind the hoppiness.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth with light bitter feel.

O- Good. I really liked this beer.

imasloth, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Keith_R, Apr 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

robotiks, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of pfaucett
4/5  rDev +2.8%

pfaucett, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of kmoen
4/5  rDev +2.8%

kmoen, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque orange with a nice lasting white head. Aroma of piney hops, citrus. Taste is piney earthy hops, citrus light malt, with good carbonation,crisp, nice tangy with a some bitterness to add balance. This is a very nice brew. It is easy drinking and well balanced. More of an IPA. An enjoyable brew.

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of TrojanRB
4/5  rDev +2.8%

TrojanRB, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

billymoe, Aug 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

bonbini26, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 oz. draft at the Anchor Brewing Bar in SFO, review from written notes.

Hazy brassy golden orange, with a thin layer of white foam that has a creamy surface texture. Spotty lace sticks to one side, as it is sipped there's a collared edge to the edge ring and a thin unbroken skim across the surface. Good retention on display.

Aromas of softly sweet shortbread, citrus rind, pale malt.

Flavors are similar, pale malt, mild citrus, lightly floral. Shortbread sweetness at first, with an easygoing bitterness in the finish. A little bit of herbal hop spice and fruity apple from the yeast. Overall easy drinking, simple and flavorful.

emerge077, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle bought from Trader Joe's, 12 ounce bottle with code 7F7 on it, which I think means bottled on February 27, 2007. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a yellow/orange color with about an inch frothy white head. It smells hoppy, like citrusy and floral hops with a bit of bready malt too. It tastes mostly like citrusy hops (grapefruit and lemon), with some butter, spice and malt in there. Mouthfeel is light/medium, with a clean and dry finish. Drinkability is good too, it's a nice sessionable APA. It's a good solid beer, I'd buy it again.

bluejacket74, May 27, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Years ago I used to treat myself to Anchor steam once in a while, that is until I went to see the Dead in SF in the early 90’s.

While we were there we hit up several grocery stores looking for "cheap" beer to take with us to the lot before the show. every place we hit only had anchor and bud in the cold box, everything else was in the isles, warm.

I haven’t touched it since so I guess subconsciously I was boycotting the brand. Tonight I ended the boycott.

Pours an orange sunset color with a big tanish head.

Aroma is citrus hops with a slight malt background.
flavor is lightly lemony, a little fruity and has a nice smooth round mouthfeel. finish was lightly grapefruity biter.

nice session beer

Padron4KM, Sep 11, 2004
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

LJWalker, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

JohnSlaney, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

mrcraft, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

vtownAL, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

nebula1999, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

CaptainNomihodai, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Hopmodium, Sep 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

skmann, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

enelson, Sep 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

3HeadedDog, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Dcbelkot, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Hiccups, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a foggy golden color.The head makes a circle around the glass and is barely existent. The smell has a lot of fruity smells. The taste is good too. The tastes has wheat flavor and slight fruitiness. The mouthfeel has some crispness. Just overall a good beer.

gtermi, Sep 16, 2011
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,905 ratings.