Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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very good

3,009 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,009
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 71
Gots: 183 | 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 skybluewater
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle code "4L7" (although this beer is most definitely not square), which I translate as "July 27, 2004" (don't blame me if I'm wrong). Pours a nice honey color, quite a bit lighter than Steam. Nice rocky head that lasts for quite a while. Smell is a big burst of fruit and pine. Taste is a bit fruity, a bit piney, but with Steam in the background.

Overall, I like this one a bit less than Steam, but this is still a darn good beer.

Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice light yellow orange body with a white head on top which slowly disappeared to a thin layer of bubbles. Aroma is loaded with hops which range from grapefruit to a nice resin pine aroma. Overall very typical hop profile from a west coast pale ale. There is also a nice malty sweet balance. The flavor has less of the grapefruit flavors and more of the pine resin aspect. Finish is slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium, not as thick and oily as some, but definitely coats better than others. This is a typical session beer of mine so of course its highly drinkable. Definitely a classic.

Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A truly great beer from Anchor, pours golden in a pint glass, with a picture perfect foamy head. Great use of the cascade hops throughout, but not too hoppy to make it one dimensional....perfect beer for summertime picnics or baseball games in July. One of my favs.

Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent palate cleanser here, and an excellent ale. Pours a nice, clear, honey amber color with a moderate ecru head that lasts several minutes and never really disappears, except for some sheet lacing it leaves behind. Floral, pine, and lemony citrus dominate the nose. Mouthfeel seems on the thick side and has a touch of pleasant, hop bite. Taste is toffee/lemon in the beginning. Caramel/toffee flavor holds on toward the finish, but the lemon and pine of those American westcoast hops constantly hold your attention. Has a dry and hoppy finish and aftertaste. Very well balanced overall, and has a nicely assertive taste that would make this a fine session ale.

Photo of donunrue
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of dmourati
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of luketwelve19
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Hopinho
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

Medium golden color with medium off white head with some lacing.

Aromas of honey and floral scents, maybe some citrus.

Taste of honey, herbs, citrus and plenty of hops and bitter throughout with a nice after taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

Easy to drink, especially outside in the hammock.

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

Semi-clear amber orange color, head is around 1/8 of an inch, mostly small but separate bubbles. Slightly sweet aroma, mostly of a raisin-bread type of smell. Flavor is pretty neutral, good balance of brown sugar-like malt and a good hop counterbalance. Nice mouthfeel, if the beer suffers from anything, its a lack of an assertive tone. A little pepper and spice but as with Anchor Steam, almost too well-balanced to me. Good beer, maybe a session American Pale.

Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of djcreepshow
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TheLevi4000
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

The color is a just slightly hazy medium gold. A compact off-white head develops with very nice retention and leaves some lacing that, while spotty, is thick and plentiful. It would be more than good if, when it died down, it dissipated to a sturdier foam.
There's a bright hops presence in the aroma countered by a good balance from malts. Hops are mainly citrusy and flowery, and malts offer just enough sweetness to even it out.
The taste follows suit, hops offering up mainly citrus with a light flowery note as well and malts offering a bit of bread and hint of caramel. A touch of peppery spiciness also lingers. Finish is a bit more leafy and lingers nicely. There's also something pretty dry about this beer and almost a woody undertone.
The body is medium and with a nice depth for a pale ale. There's enough crispness to keep it interesting, light to moderate carbonation, and a smoothness that makes it easy to drink.
This is an American classic and a very good pale ale.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, golden/amber color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department at all. I get some faint notes, I mean really faint notes, of toasted malt, but nothing else at all.

Taste: What the beer lacks in aroma, it more than makes up for in flavor. There’s lots of toasted malt up front, imparting notes of biscuits, oyster crackers and sourdough bread, followed by some pronounced flavors of black pepper, a touch of coriander, and some caramel-like sweetness. Finally, the beer finishes with some nicely balanced, piney, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium and a little effervescent, as there is some decent carbonation. With an ABV of 5.9%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a good beer. Nice flavors of toasted malt, black pepper, coriander, caramel-like sweetness all nicely balanced with some piney, hoppy, bitterness. While I like Anchor’s Steam beer the best of the offerings I’ve had from Anchor, I like this one quite a bit too. Recommende

Photo of LeoPanna
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,009 ratings.