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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,846 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,846
Reviews: 1,469
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 66
Gots: 137 | 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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BoringBunny

Russian Federation

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-29-2012 01:25:12 | More by BoringBunny
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casualfan

New York

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-29-2012 00:37:19 | More by casualfan
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beck2008

California

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured a deep, copper brass with golden highlights. Smell was a blend of Meyer lemon, papaya and Tahitian iris.

Taste was a pleasant hop overtone with pine accents. Finish was clean like a Alaskan moss field. Some biscuit and English muffin with butter and honey.

Carbonation was gentle - not overpowering or oppressive

Overall I really enjoyed this ale - much better than Anchor Steam beer.

If you enjoy a balanced pale ale you'll like this one too

Two thumbs up with a high five

01-28-2012 02:28:41 | More by beck2008
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-27-2012 16:07:51 | More by Mantooth
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XavierMuskies

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-27-2012 04:46:22 | More by XavierMuskies
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weerezboy

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-27-2012 01:30:58 | More by weerezboy
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mingo1968

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-26-2012 21:13:04 | More by mingo1968
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RyanCoonan

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-25-2012 22:31:40 | More by RyanCoonan
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Beerme09

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-23-2012 22:11:13 | More by Beerme09
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy, vibrant, yellow-gold coloring with a sparse film covering the surface. Slow, steady carbonation bubbling throughout the beer. Aromas are flowery and citrus sweet, with a subtle hops presence in the background. Flavors are light and effervescent, with grapefruit and blood orange citrus sweet flavors, and a mild, dry hops profile that cleans up the palate. The malty representation is mild, with a slight, full body sweetness in the backbone of the brew. The aftertaste is slightly roasted, with the citrus sweet blend taking the biggest space on the palate. Good, clean, slightly drying finish, with the hops bitters and citrus tart both doing their part to clear the palate. Great beer.

01-23-2012 01:24:02 | More by GarthDanielson
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Chrisdslap

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-22-2012 10:11:34 | More by Chrisdslap
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-CLOUDT ORANGE COLOR WITH A VER SLIGHT HEAD THAT LASTS.

S-CITUS AND ANISE. HOP BITTERNESS.

T-HOP BITTERNESS WITH A TOUCH ORF ORANGE FLAVOR. ANISE ON THE CLEAN FINISH.

M- GOOD BODY AND CARBONATION. THE FLAVORS LINGER LONG AFTER FINISHING A SIP.

O- ANOTHER SOLID ANCHOR OFFERING, A REAL AMERICAN PALE ALE, NO DOUBT.

01-22-2012 04:23:31 | More by NiceTaps
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Souleman

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-20-2012 17:03:09 | More by Souleman
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bsu2005

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-20-2012 02:02:30 | More by bsu2005
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RyanCMcGovern

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-18-2012 01:10:06 | More by RyanCMcGovern
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switzer

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-18-2012 00:22:27 | More by switzer
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nmeiborg

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-17-2012 21:41:06 | More by nmeiborg
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JohnSlaney

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-17-2012 18:20:18 | More by JohnSlaney
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Campodog

Spain

5/5  rDev +28.2%

01-17-2012 11:39:13 | More by Campodog
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logicalparadox

New York

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-17-2012 05:40:17 | More by logicalparadox
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AJD1201

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-17-2012 02:09:18 | More by AJD1201
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steveh

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

The Steam is my usual go-to Anchor beer, but I've been meaning to reacquaint myself with what is a cornerstone in US micro-brewing -- here goes.

A -- Clear, deep gold - verging on amber, with a firm, tall white head.

S -- Citrus esters that are more tangerine or apricot than SN's trademark grapefruit. Even some earthy hop characters intermingling with the faintest of biscuit malts back.

T -- A bitter, but smooth hop character hits the palate up front; the same citrus characters as the nose, but finishing spicy - almost peppery. There is the lightest malt breadiness in the background and an almost phenol-like alcohol character in the finish. Aftertaste is all spicy hops.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth to dry with a medium-light body.

O -- What SN Pale Ale is to citrusy, tangy APAs, the Liberty is crisp and spicy -- and very appetizing.

01-16-2012 22:11:35 | More by steveh
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sweisel80

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -48.7%

01-16-2012 02:36:44 | More by sweisel80
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fortheunheard

New York

5/5  rDev +28.2%

01-16-2012 02:08:04 | More by fortheunheard
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-15-2012 21:17:05 | More by AndrewMichael
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,846 ratings.