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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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3,073 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,073
Reviews: 1,497
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 74
Gots: 227 | 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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Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a solid golden yellow like honey, recieved a foamy white head about two fingers high with some divets and settled slowly. Smell of this is crazy floral hops, cascade variety with a mix of woodish others, citrus peels of lemon and/or grapefruit, you can tell right away this is gonna be a bitter one. Taste is like someone just peeled a fresh grapefruit, super piney and fresh as hell. Crisp. Tightly bitter, short, leveled, and citrusy stuffed. Slightly sour grapefruit, strong hop bite, pale, and nearly dry as dirt. Feel seems crisp and lighly medium with a clean bite and the malts take a far back, second seat with a slight toasted realm. Drinks down just fine and could easily be quaffed enough until it becomes almost normal to the buds.

Photo of stckhndlr
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden color with an orange hue to it topped with a good 2 finger thick foamy head. Light lacing.

S- Something like mango citrus bouquet with a light hop aroma.

T- Citrus hop flavor with what may be a slight hint of cherry.

M- Smooth medium body with very low bitters that die down quickly. Well balanced.

O- Seems complex but it is very drinkable.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy gold with a large foamy head. Stellar retention with thick rings of lacing.
Aroma of good quality malt & hops.
Malty and fruity with a great balancing hop presence. Slightly earthy with a dry finish.
Medium body and feel.
Highly drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: A golden, hazy orange yellow with a two-finger head of bubbly white foam which reduced to a nice lace and retained pretty well. Some residual yeast particles from the bottle transferred.

S: Lots of citrus fruits, grapefruit, pine and a bit of toasted grain.

T: Good, slightly chewy buttered biscuit malt flavor up front with a growing level of hop acidity. Citrus fruits and ale yeast strains with a bit of chewy yeast and muddle hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied and slightly chewy with a bitter, citrusy and acidic feel as well. Flavorful but erring a little too full at times.

D: There's a lot of hop character to be had in this APA and the gravity of the beer shows it's got a study malt backbone as well. Fairly complex and "big" even for an APA at 6% ABV. I'd have a couple again for sure.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy deep yellow colour. Head: slightly off-white, creamy and rich, moderately large. Good retention and lots of lacings.
Aroma: very aromatic floral hops, citrus and some grains.
Taste: bitter floral hops dominates the palate with some biscuity and fruity notes.
Mouthfeel: kind of dry, moderate carbonation, average alcoholic strength and medium body.
Finish: dry bitter finish that goes on forever.

Overall: very interesting APA dominated by its dry hopped character. Tasty and enjoyable.

Photo of UFGUY2122
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is becoming a reliable beer to have on occasion. It pours a cloudy orange with a finger width snow white head. There's a thin layer of lacing left over. The smell was of dry flowery hops. Taste was pretty much the same with an interesting sequence. The hops were present immediately with a dry bitter taste, then they gave way slightly to the malt, and it finishes again with dry hops. The mouthfeel is one of the high points, leaving a crisp dry feel. I could only drink a couple at a time but this is a solid beer.

Photo of djjumper
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Packaging classy, bottle of an atypical design, and a beer with history. All these things have led me to this purchase.

This beer is a rich orange-copper that poured a 1/2 inch fluffy white head. Unfortunately, the head dispersed after 10 minutes, but I blame that on the glassware being a tulip and not a standard ale pint glass. Otherwise, there is a delightful lacy gloss left down the sides after swirling/drinking and there appears to be ample carbonation. The rich color has me excited for tasting.

A sweet floral aroma hits first made even more heavenly after agitating the glass's contents. Spectacular, almost as robust as a Belgian yeast in regards to the fruity esters dancing on my olfactory. This is not your typical pale ale aroma profile, it has more spice and character.

Bold flavors to match the aroma and appearance. The beer is certainly a pale ale and a residual aftertaste gives that away nicely. The body of this beer is in harmony with the profound floral sweetness that the beer offers, as first noted in the beer's aroma. A tart, hoppy bitterness dominates a lot of the beer's taste after swallowing (not unexpected from a brewery on the west coast).

I've had better pale ales and for me, a great pale ale proves it in the mouthfeel. This beer is lacking balancing between the penetrating hoppy bitterness and such a delicate, sweet, floral ale malt. It's more of a nuance when served cold, but I choose not to eat the rinds on grapefruits either way.

Although half-way around the globe, this SanFran pale ale is a good representation of its class and does a long day justice. A colder temperature would be perfect for summer time relaxing, casual drinking (I may put it to the test again once that time comes). Despite its lacking, a great beer for a great price


Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange golden color. Nice colar of head left on top of the beer with ncie lacing left hind.

S: Some citrus hops and nice caramel and bready malts.

T: Nice grapefruity hops up front and followed up by some nice malts and caramel with some good yeat flavors.

M: Medium bodies, dry and bottner finish.

O: Decent pale ale. worth a try, tasty apa.

Photo of Commandogeraldo
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one again for the first time in a while today, forgot what nice aromatics it had. Strong essence of lemon in the nose. Nice approach, long finish with some woody notes in it, hangs around the tongue in a not-at-all hurried to leave sort of way. Good beer, good brewery.

Photo of patpbr
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow and has a strong head. Aroma is citrus and sweet. Bitter up front with a taste of citrus. Malt and sweetness. Herbal tones, It finishes dry and has a hint of pine. Easy to drink. Not as aggressive as many in the style but worth a try.

Photo of aasher
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a light auburn in color with a light white head. It doesn't really have any overpowering aromas. Both the hops and malt are pretty subtle. It doesn't stand out in that category. It is very tasty and has a unique kind of sweetness to it. It's really kind of hard to describe but it is very appealing. I really enjoyed it. It drinks well, pretty light in consistency and has good carbonation to it. It's very drinkable, especially for a pale.

Photo of waldoiverson
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into US Pint

A: Light golden color with massive pillowy white head that really stuck in a fine lacing

S: Immediate earthy hops with a very slight banana bread maltiness...not strong banana to be sure but it's there

T: immediate bitter hit and then Spicy honey flavors and malt

M: Dry, crisp with the bitterness bite

D: This is a drinkable beer by any measure, clean flavor, reasonable abv, and can cater to hops and malt at the same time

Photo of nokes
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured most of this one into a pint glass, two fingers of head that then slowly rose up over the crown of the glass to form a pillowy off-white head with excellent retention. Apricot colour, clear and very attractive. Visually, only a bit more visible carbonation could have added to the picture. Stellar.

Smell is good; nice...light malts and some citrus. A bit earthy, too...interesting

This beer tastes good. An excellent, very balanced mix of malty biscuity sweetness with grapefruit-bitter hoppiness. Really nice.

Mouthfeel is quite good, medium with more carbonation than the looks would indicate, which is a good thing. It feels right for the style.

Drinkability is good as well, though it could finish drier. Nothing to complain about, certainly.

This is an excellent beer. I tasted it alone for a while, then drank the rest with my supper...butter chicken. It was an excellent match, and in that context, it was smashing-good. I'd happily drink this regularly.

Photo of flyingpig
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright amber colour with a huge foamy, bubbly white head that stays very well and consistent for a good couple of minutes.

A good mix of pine hops and tropical fruits and citrus. The smell was a little more subdued than I was expecting but it was still a nice aroma. I enjoyed the orange notes and touches of grapefruit.

Slightly bitter to begin with, mixing pine hops and lighter grapefruit flavours than most American style IPA’s I have tried. The tropical fruit notes and hints of orange zest where nice as was the subdued citrus notes.

Smooth & medium bodied with a well balanced mix of fruits and medium carbonation and a great, refreshingly fruity taste with hints of bitterness right at the end.

Another great beer from the Anchor brewery, probably not my favourite but still a classic right off the bat. The flavours all worked well together and struck a good balance. Good fruit notes that were refreshing and went down well.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden or light amber color, depending on how you look at it, with a thin head. Aroma is toasted malts, very dry, maybe a hint of fruit or soap.

Flavors are mostly dry, a mix of malted tastes. Toasty, bready, lightly caramelized, lacking sweetness without becoming bitter. Faint, very faint trace of apple sweetness late in the taste.

Mouthfeel is light and clean, very easy to drink, very satisfying and quenching. Wish I could make this at home. Better in the bottle than on tap.

Photo of Walker8810
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice tawny copper color with at least an inch of head. smells vaguely of bananas with a hint of floral hops. imparts a nice sweet taste at first, not too sweet, very pleasant with a bitter hop finish. mouthfeel is medium. goes down very smooth with a clean finish. overall a delicious ale that would make an excellent session beer.

Photo of WCBCFrank
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor Liberty Ale pours a golden amber and slightly hazy. The aroma is fruity, a great showcase for the Cascade hops. The flavor is crisp, citrusy, and some malt. Good backbone of light bitterness.

For the novice: A must to understand the evolution of American craft beers throughout the last twenty-five years.

Personally: One of the great beers, always have some in the fridge.

Photo of johanvond
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liberty Ale is a classic american pale ale orange amber in color with a good amount of hops. you can really taste the citric favors from the cascade hops. There a good solid body with a bit of hoppy resin. Liberty Ale bitterness is supported by a good amount of carbonation that cut through the body and livening the mouthfeel. Leaving you with a bitter yet pleasant aftertaste for grapefruit and lemon peel. Over all it's a good beer.

Photo of bryehn
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pencil yellow colour with a frothy white head that burns off after a few minutes, getting retained as a small collar and leaving some spotty lace behind.

Grainy and grassy aroma sweetened by a honey-like tone. A strong floral character and a piny smell really freshen this beer up, its very appealing. I also get a tea-like smell after warming a bit.

The taste is mildly sweet at first with a toasted grain character. It is quickly met and balanced by a crisp, grassy bitterness. Notes of green tea, mild berries and grasses and a dry, peppery finish.

Medium-bodied with a mild, but persistent carbonation creates a bread or biscuit feeling on the tongue. Bitter aftertaste with a floral character, a slight oily sensation and a hint of sourness.

Very drinkable beer that paired quite well with pizza. It has enough character to be satisfying and a refreshing crispness. Great pick for meals or parties, but a tad pricy as a day-to-day beer.

Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a thin head. Marvalous fresh hop aroma…peppery, floral, west-coast aromas…pine-like. The taste always seems surprisingly malty. Nice, tip-of-the-tongue sweetness. Moderate to full-body. Finish is refreshingly bitter and biting. This is a great session brew….I’ve always been impressed with this one, and found it to be one of the best beers from Anchor.

Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a solid malty scent with hops sneaking in behind it. The taste is good. I has a creamy malt palate with mild flavor hops. It goes down easy and finishes smooth. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a real good drinker; a fine brew for any day.

Photo of kmatlack
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got layed over for a while at SFO, in my boredom I was literally riding escalators like a child and came across Anchor Brewing in the airport. Money. Huge ass Liberty Ale in a frosty glass (shakes fist in anger). Warmed it up with my hands. Do this to a bud light or some other piece of shit, never frost a glass for real beer.

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with a good looking creamy white head. As the beer drinks, there is a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S- Extremely floral hop profile, you can smell a good amount of malt in there as well. Lots of bread and grains there. A good swirl gives way to citrus fruits and a small amount of pine.

T- Front end is surprisingly bitter for a single ipa. A good amount of those floral hops are on the front palate. Mid palate is a little bit sweet, lots of grains shining through, and back end is a lingering but clean bitterness.

M- Thin, slick, great mouthfeel here. Good carbonation and no abv present at all.

O- This was a very good ipa. Its kind of nice to have a no-gimmicks india pale ale once in a while. Bravo Anchor.

Photo of lhaqq
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly clouded gold, with a white head with good retention.
S: Smells of floral hops and some sweet malts.
T: Tastes of sweet malts and a bit of a sour tang that I can't really place. Sort of lighter fruits, like sour white grapes. But the main flavor is the malts and hops.
M: Good carbonation level, great cold and not bad when warmed up.
D: Good session beer, not my favorite style but still good.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a slightly foamy head. The smell is excellent -- zesty floral hints, touches of grapefruit -- really nice. The taste has a bit of a zing to it, but is not overwhelming. Dry finish. Leaves just a slight lacing along the glass. Overall, a very solid american pale ale.

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,073 ratings.