Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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3,181 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,181
Reviews: 1,524
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 82
Gots: 295 | 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 jpkoch1962
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much a run of the mill Pale Ale. Poured a bright orange with plenty of chill haze and a head the was quick to disappear. This Ale featured a hop aroma and taste that was dominated by citrus-florally bitter hops. The thin body and medium carbonation put the emphasis on this rather lemony hop variety (Cascade? Chinook?). Some bready, yeasty components try to balance this out, but in the end I was left with a rather sour taste.

Not a particularly bad ale, but I go more for a malty, full bodied bitter ale.

Photo of stcules
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smell very fruity, (blackberry?, mango?, pear?). Amber colour, light.
At the taste you can feel the hop, that is a little noticeable in the flavour.
It is too dry, not well balanced, too oriented to the bitter. The bitterness is very persistent, but annoying.

Photo of Beaver13
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours golden yellow with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts and fruity, piney cascade hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and some mint with a fruity piney hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a solid APA - old school cascade.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden color with a minimal head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Smell is slightly hoppy. There's a bit of light fruit in the nose as well. Taste is crisp and hoppy. Comes across very clean and refreshing. Not a hop-bomb, but decent in it's own right. A sessionable beer, but nothing to get excited about. Would be a very nice summertime patio beer.

Photo of Rifugium
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: pitcher shared by the folks from Anchor, at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a clearish pale copper color with a thin wispy white head. Very little detectable in the nose, mild citrusy hops and grainy malts. Taste was similarly muted, especially for an IPA, especially for an IPA being showcased by the brewer himself. Very light flavor, pale biscuity malts underneath a citrusy but subdued hop presence. Body is light, the beer, while lacking in flavor overall, is smooth and quite drinkable, but just too bland and thin compared to what I like in my AIPAs.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. I was not that crazy about this stuff. I think it is because that liberty ale is not as sweet as some of the other pale ales I have tried. It's like eating a grapefruit with no sugar. It's not becuase I have an aversion against hops, I don't; I love hops. A little too coarse for my liking. This just wasn't my cup of tea, or pint glass of beer.

Photo of pweis909
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thick, rocky white head resting on a clear golden orange beer.
The aroma has a fruity estery quality to it, subdued but noticeable. There is the briefest glimmer of a yummy malt taste, but it is not strong enough for my liking, and while there was hoppy bitterness, there was no hop aroma, and the hop flavor was unappealing. While I thought there were elements of taste and smell that I liked, they are barely apparent. The malt/hop combination does not seem well-balanced, to my palate.

Photo of Brews_N_Chews
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

tried and true just think there is better

Photo of BobMessina
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Extreme lack of flavor. No finish

Photo of cameraman
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Agolden/coppper color, with a nice head lacing down nicely. Light citrusy, floral aromas come with first scent. Initially the taste of roasted barley and malt jit the palate, and then the hops come through and dominate the flavor. Slightly watery in the mouth, and has a good dry finish. After a few more sips this beer becomes easier to drink, and the flavor becomes more appealing to the palate. This is a good beer over all, I just expected more from the flavor.

Photo of MrHolland
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lighter copper color with a thick white head.

Smell is of sweet malt and a little hops to note.

This is a odd APA that is not very hoppy... taste is pretty much malts with a little bit of hops.

Mouthfeel is decent, went down good.

Would chose better APAs over this one.

Photo of Humbaz
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Too sweet. I guess it's just not my beer style preference, but the taste does not amuse me at all.

Photo of illidurit
3.14/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Gold color with a thin white head. Filmy lace left behind. Aroma is straight-up Cascade hops. Flavor is pale malt with Cascade citrus and a bit of an apple juice note. Slight bitterness is a little weak for the style. Nice mouthfeel, with smooth carbonation and a medium-thin body. Drinkable but simple. Just doesn't jive with my ideal profile of the style.

Photo of sstackho
3.14/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650mL bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours an uninticing pale yellow, with a bit of head and little carbonation, although the current low carbonation could just be that I opened the bottle a couple of small pours ago. Weak hoppy aroma. The taste hits the tastebuds immediately with hops upfront but it ends sharply, almost a bit spicy. No fruitiness or well-rounded flavours, unfortunately.

Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice orange color but a smallish head that quickly fizzles away leaving the glass dry.

Smell – Some citrus fruit at first, but then the hops kick in.

Taste – This has a similar flavor to Anchor Steam Beer. I poured this one right after it for comparison purposes. There’s a noticeable malt taste to compliment the mostly hop body. The citrus flavors come out as well, with a bitter finish tempered with an orange peel.

Mouthfeel – Nice, light carbonation gives this beer a comfortable tingle on the tongue, but it’s kind of clumsy going down.

Drinkability – Like post APAs, this one is rather dry and will probably go down well on a hot summer day.

Comments – The Liberty Ale is less authoritative in its flavors than the Small Beer.

Photo of peabody
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out cloudy straw yellow to amber with two fingers of the white stuff. No lacing.
Smell is peppery with a strong floral aroma . Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Taste is very perfumy with an oily floral hop flavor coming through. I am getting spices here like anise and sugary licorice.
Mouthfeel is mostly clean with just a little hop oilyness left in the palate.
Not a bad ale but needs a tad more in the flavor dept.

Photo of surfmeister
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber/orange with fizzy, short lived head
Smell: floral hops,spice, strong point of brew
Taste: bitterness jumps out at you, overdone IMHO, otherwise has the hoppy, spicy tones appropriate to type, SNPA has it beat as well as others
Mouthfeel: hard bite, too hard, bitterness is strongest characteristic
Drinkability: again, bitterness out of balance

Photo of caminiti
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got it in the bottle from a neighbor whose wife was giving me a bad haircut, made it a bit more palatable. I did not see it, as it was not poured, but the smell was faintly of hops and not much else, and the taste was kind of weak, too. I expect much better from Anchor Steam, and would not shell out $9 for a six pack of this.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 650 ml brown pop off bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Foggy golden in color with a nice thick head that sticks for the whole beer.

S- Malty sweet with nice/grassy floral hop aromas .

T Nice malt flavor countered with a fresh floral hop taste with lots of lemon/citrus flavors mid palate. Finishes somewhat tangy (due to the vast fruity flavors) also a little dry in the end. Very nice hop profile.

M- Smooth, medium bodied beer with good carbonation and hop acidity.

D- worth having a couple for sure.

Overall a pretty good APA. Not readily available in Canada so when ever I find it I usually stock up. Recommended.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had one in a session that included two-hearted (yeah, an ipa). also compared to smutty, both ipa and pale ale. (7 and 6.7% abv, so not that out of range) those two just blow anchor away. not just that they're more flavorful and aromatic--liberty is so bland and thin the alcohol, even at 6%, is able to poke through in a big inappropriate sort of way and make this a very unpleasant drink. at this level of flavor, the abv needs to be more in the 4-5% range.

having tried again,
a 4 s 3.5 t 3 m 3 d 3

prior thoughts:
Anchor Liberty
4 clear golden, leaves cap and ring, good lace.
4 citrus backed by bready cracker malt, cheerful smells like brooklyn lager meets bigfoot. happyfoot.
3.5-4 not big on flavor, the fairly modest bitterness is accentuated by the lack of much else going on, but concentrate and it's something like a much weakened bigfoot. drier than expected.
3.5 fine but prickly c02 enlivens the lightish body. thinner than steam?
4 an easygoing pale ale.

Photo of brandoneast
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Large bubbles sink quickly to the hazy copper brew, creating cratered thumbprints on the froth. The nose is reminiscent of fruity, multicolored Chiclets Tiny Size with a whiff of apricot and some faint hops. Maybe I bought a six pack that was a few month old, but where are my hops? This brew is sweeter flavor profile than most pale ales and it also has a slight graininess , which is good news for those of you who don't crave bitter brews.

Liberty Ale was first introduced on April 18th, 1975 to commemorate the bicentennial of the famous ride by Paul Revere. Celebrate craft beers and your independence from mass marketed brews. Quality not quantity.

Photo of Smurf2055
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a bottle at Wing Central in the U district. Poured into a pint glass. Ar: hoppy but mild Ap: hazy, darkish blond with about a half finger head. Decent carbonation. T: very bitter but not overpoweringly so. Pa: carbonated, but not much complexity. O: I thought it was decent, but nothing special.

Photo of soughtbygod
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a glass had a big 3finger white in color head. Smelled of citrus and fruits, was not hoppy or malty at all very refreshing summer beer. Not a whole lot of character, but really smooth lent itself to the upper end of light beers. I would drink it again most definitely.

Photo of wanker
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I found this beer average in every way. There was nothing about it to really complain about, but certainly nothing to rave about either. It also had just a hint of a macro lager taste to it that I can't put my finger on.

Drinkable, but I wouldn't buy it again. For APA's, my future money will go to Great Divide Fresh Hop.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer before on draft, and thought it was pretty good. This bottle pours a dull hazy gold...a bit light for an APA. Smell is sweet malt instead of hops. Taste is light and crisp but not at all fact I'd take issue with the classification of it as an APA, despite the claim on the bottle that it is dry-hopped. Tastes more like a Belgian Golden Ale to me. I found the label claim that it is naturally carbonated also very interesting for a large scale production beer that is not secondarily fermented or cask-conditioned. It results in a very smooth and mild beer. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, and this beer is highly drinkable.

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,181 ratings.