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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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2,786 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,786
Reviews: 1,463
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 65
Gots: 115 | 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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Photo of Hagbard


2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Anchor's Liberty Ale is obviously an extremely well-crafted ale, unfortunately it isn't to my taste exactly. It is a pale gold color with a thick white head that leaves a nice lacing. The hops dominate the aroma. They seem a bit harsh and have a rotten fruit component to them. The taste is a actually a bit harsh, dominated by a hop character that doesn't appeal to me. Very bitter and full of a rotten fruitiness that dominates a malt base that is looking to come forward, but is never really able to. The abrasiveness lingers through the finish. This beer doesn't work for me as an APA because there isn't enough blance between the hops and malt and it doesn't work as an IPA because the hops just don't taste good enough. The mouthfeel is good with an appropriate amount of carbonation. The drinkability isn't very good because I just don't really care for the taste of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 14:05:49 | More by Hagbard
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

07-05-2014 05:30:47 | More by JoeyThompson10
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A strong fragrance leaps out on the pour, high-pitched with a sour note. The pillowy white head swiftly subsides to a film over a watery, pale, brassy yellow. All down the glass, I continue to smell sourness. It gets a half-point for persistence, but I don't care for it.

Amid the sharp and fizzy carbonation, I find it hard to taste much of anything. Between the bit of cooked corn, the slight mustiness, and the sour finish, I find it generally unpleasant.

It's better when I stop paying attention, and let the offtastes fade away, so I can enjoy the quiet toasty malt.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 00:51:24 | More by gentlebubbles
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

09-14-2012 22:05:38 | More by JJFordick
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

06-22-2012 18:25:06 | More by Thehopluver
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

01-14-2013 01:02:48 | More by BlueRidgeBeerHound
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

04-09-2013 02:55:05 | More by jeff1973
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

04-23-2012 15:50:19 | More by Zachtheporter
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

05-03-2014 22:41:50 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

07-10-2013 00:09:49 | More by ohyayitstrey
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

10-11-2012 04:17:44 | More by braican
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

05-01-2013 04:58:09 | More by AbeerhamLincoln
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New Brunswick (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

09-28-2012 03:20:46 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

05-15-2014 04:27:16 | More by Herky21
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Hong Kong

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

12-30-2013 11:19:34 | More by GarthT
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

12-09-2012 22:05:41 | More by rheimbro
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear tawny yellow with two finger head and spotty lacing. Very grassy hops attack the nose. Light and easily evident that it was dry hopped. honey sweet malt, mostly pale, light characteristics. Light biscuit flavor hits the tongue first, followed quickly by honey and orange sweet malt. Turns slightly bitter for a while, then grassy strong hop bitterness lingers. Tart and acidic aftertaste is a bit unsettling midway through a 12 oz. bottle. Medium mouthfeel, well balanced.

I had this on tap in SD over the new year and loved it, but out of a bottle it really isn't the same. Or I was just feeling generous that first night, I don't know. I like the dry hopping, but the sweetness of the malt just gets to me after a while. The bitterness needs to be stepped up a bit for me to thoroughly enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 05:23:54 | More by Philousa
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2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry, didn't really care for this one. Copper pour with a mild head. Floral aroma with some sweet hops. Astringent, metallic taste ruins the build-up of what I expected to be a good beer. The copper color may come from actual copper in the beer, either way it had an antiseptic bite that overpowered everything.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 21:24:56 | More by magictrokini
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New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured clear yellow, with a surprisingly decent head.

S: Very, very subtle citrus, but with some unpleasant bitterness as well.

T: Was very disappointed. Didn't pick up much of the citrus that I did in the nose.

M/D: Mouthfeel was decently medium-bodied, but the flavor didn't have me running to go grab another one.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 00:27:51 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of KenC411

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: An orange beer with numerous small bubbles of carbonation, which formed a modest head. While drinking the beer, the head formed less of a lace and more of a curtain of bubbles on the side of the glass. A beautiful beer to pour and drink.

Smell: After popping the top, a fruity aroma enveloped the area, and continued while I poured. During the pour, a light hop smell was also noted. Pear notes could be found with deep breaths, though very small.

Taste: Beer was surprisingly carbonated, masking the flavor that the smells had alluded to. After a sip, only a bitter aftertaste remained. On warming a crisp honey-fruit flavor was enjoyed, though the aftertaste still clinged to the mouth.

Mouthfeel: The beer was moderate in thickness, not gritty nor watery.

Drinkability: The flavor was very subtle and the aftertaste off putting. The carbonation left a foamy feeling in the mouth. For me, the beer was not as enjoyable as expected.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 02:06:48 | More by KenC411
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2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

**Please tolerate my 'Short Review Series' which come from sparsley populated notes.

Pours a clear golden orange with a huge mushmellow head. Rather nice looking. Smell is a lightly malted hint of orange (it's my nose and I say it smells how it smells damn it). Weak. Taste is of a grossly unbalanced bitter bite. Bunk. It is smooth however, with a dry tail and low carbonation.

Apparently I'm in the minority as I didn't really enjoy this brew all too much.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 21:54:28 | More by PatronWizard
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2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a bright orangey-red from the bottle with three fingers of white head. Nice retention and carbonation after the pour. The scent of piney hops is mostly what I take away, along with a little citurs, particularly lemon.

The taste is where things went semi-awry. I took in a little grapefruit, followed by some biscuity malt, but the flavors were all very weak. Even the slightly bitter finish seemed bland. Maybe my bomber was a bit on the old side... but what I got was disappointing.

The mouthfeel was average given the beer's carbonation and the drinkability good; if the taste had been more pronounced, this would be a great session beer.

Overall, I'll have to revisit this in the future to see if freshness held me back..

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 05:08:48 | More by Riccymon
Photo of Cresant


2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. into an IPA glass. Created three fingers of head. Chill haze faded to a clear golden hue. Label was perforated 5DF. No dates noted.

Smell was clean, biscuity, grass. Alcohol appeared as it warmed. Alcohol smell obscured the other subtle aromas.

Taste was bitter at first and sweet following. Hop oil flavor.

Medium bodied. Oily. Finished dry.

The alcohol smell and flavor obscured the beer. I did not want another.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 19:21:02 | More by Cresant
Photo of samie85


2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed 4/18.

A-Pours a dark golden color with a two finger white head

S-Toasty malt notes with grassy/earthy hop notes.

T-Medicinal and grassy hop notes with toasty malt.

M-Light bodied and effervescent with loads of carbonation.

D-The medicinal notes really get in the way for me. I'm wondering if I might have gotten an old bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 19:35:45 | More by samie85
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2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An apparently well liked beer in the States but I don't see it. Looks fine though. The aromas were a little too strong in the disinfectant kind of hop way. I'm not talking about pine-like hop resin, I mean it smells like I'm drinking it in a hospital toilet. On the palate it didn't get much better; some nice malt nuttiness, angry bitterness and astringently dry. Somewhat unbalanced too. Lacking body and direction. I didn't hate it but I did drain pour it-only because I had too many other good beers to get through to drink any more of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 06:54:03 | More by juju7
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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