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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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3,004 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,004
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 71
Gots: 178 | 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 DrewSnyc667
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rogue Tap Room in SF, CA

A - Hazy tangerine orange, fluffy white head, nice sticky lacing
S - Sweet honeysuckle, bitter skunky and oily hopes
T - Fruity citrus sweetness cut with super oily west coast hops
M - Pretty balanced here, carbonation is nice and tight
O - Maybe a bit mild for true hop heads, but the complex malt profile is really something

Photo of ccozzi
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Breen
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pour/Appearance: 1 finger head that dissipated at a moderate pace w/minimal lacing. Rich amber in color, a bit cloudy.

Smell: Yeast, spice, tangerine

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, heavily carbonated

Taste: The bitterness is balanced by spicy notes, tangerine, and grassy malt.

This beer had a unique taste which set it apart from your average ale. It took a minute to pick up that it was the tangerine I was tasting. Overall great ale, worth a try.

Photo of voidrunner
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BostonHops
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a slightly hazy, dull yellow tone with close to two fingers of a foamy, beige colored head... strong retention and patchy lacing evident.

aroma is decidedly tame, though i do get subtle notes of citrus and floral hops and a bit of caramel malts. flavor rebounds well with more robust hop charactistics (florally/citrusy) and a mild biscuity presence. a good dose of hoppy bitterness in the otherwise crisp finish. it's a decent and enjoyable pale ale, though in the final analysis doesn't move the earth.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with slightly above-average carbonation. fairly drinkable, i would not object to another even if i wouldn't trip over myself seeking one out.

originally reviewed: 11-04-2010

Photo of bmbarth44
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to reviewing this one. Poured in to Bruery tulip. Best Before Date of 3/2014??? Is that right?

Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Cloudy peach colour with some yellow glow around the edges. Half a finger of bright white head that receded to a thin film on the top of the beer.

S - Floral/earthy/grassy hop aroma up front with moderate bitterness. Not much of a malt presence.

T - A good bitterness up front with a big grassy and herbal flavour. The hop flavours are very fresh. A touch of sweetness from the malt bill is present.

M - Medium body, slightly dry. Nice resiny hop oils are present. Low to moderate carbonation.

Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ckollias
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear dark orange hue with a thick, frothy, white, 4-finger head that very slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail down the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Malty aroma with hints of orange and other citrus in the background and finishes with a nice herbal hoppy scent.

T: Smooth flavor with an equal mix of malt and hops. Hints of citrus in background.

M: Thin body and medium carbonation.

O: Very smooth beer. Very crisp and refreshing.

Photo of Tucquan
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-05-09 in Columbia, PA

A - Mildly hazy golden-orange with a 1.5-finger white head and mioderatelacing.

S - Passion fruit, sweet malt, biscuit, touch of citrus and hop floral. Volatiles don't last long.

T - Tangerine flesh, fresh bread, orange zest, mint and a nice amount of lingering citric sweetness and bitterness in good balance. Dries nicely and leaves me wanting another sip.

M - Light-medium body, medium-high carbonation. Smooth, bubbly and refreshing.

O - I really like this brew. Very satisfying.

Photo of Beerislivingproof
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jfclark
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour from 12 oz bottle.

A: Nice golden color, high clarity. not much of a head.

S: Pleasant smell, nice hops aroma.

T: Hoppy flavors dominate, also bubble gum. some phenols noticeable.

M: vigorous carbonation, almost a little burn. otherwise mediumish feel.

Overall enjoyable.

Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Mickodell
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of citrusydark
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of tbeer40
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of fisherbray
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Dunkelhund
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, light orange with a white, 2 finger head. Excellent retention. Leaves behind a thick, sticky lacing.

Smell - Spiced herbs, almost an oregano quality to the scent. Not a strong aroma.

Taste - Earthy tone, with notes of apple, faint caramel and a soft citrus. A bit of unpleasant soapy or sawdust like character creeps in shortly before the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. The carbonation lends itself to a nice bite.

Overall - Eh, it's okay. Reminiscent of their Anchor Steam. Not a big fan of the flavor profile.

Photo of olympicgatorade
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hayesjw
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden amber color with two fingers worth of head. Dissipates to a very nice veil of lace.

S: Nice floral hops notes with some honey sweetness and a little bit of citrus rind. floral and citrus becomes more prominent as the beer warms.

T: Not much sweetness here at all. Little bit of malt with some citrus flavors give way to the bitterness of the hops. That bitterness subsides shortly and leaves a crips clean aftertaste of citrus rind/bitters. More bitter then I normally like but this isn't unenjoyable.

M: Mild carbonation and foamy head leave a creamy feeling in the mouth. Alcohol taste is present and dryness at the end is noticeable but isn't too sharp.

O: Overall not too bad, this brew has nice flavors but the bitterness is a little more then I care for.

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of JRaburn
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,004 ratings.