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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

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very good

2,983 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,983
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 70
Gots: 173 | 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 Zaphog
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Zaphog, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

conradh, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

gleemonger, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of outsider
4/5  rDev +2.8%

outsider, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of kmatlack
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

kmatlack, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Nate
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Nate, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of robbyb
4/5  rDev +2.8%

robbyb, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of shagal
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

shagal, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +2.8%

redfox405, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of szmnnl99
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

szmnnl99, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle a nice simple off white fistfull head very styrofoam in character is made. Settles fairly quickly. Body color has a nice light orange amber brass to it. Fairly clear too, pretty nice looking beer.

Bouquet seems to have a faint sweet malt, hint of cinnamon. Fairly solid, nothing too impressive, just a little bit better than ordinary.

Interesting palate. A subdued hop bent comes with a faint rolling brown detuned sugar. Malt action seems to be there, with a light backbone playing nicely. Real nice nearly dank and faint citrus hop action on this, with a good toasty dry finish.

Overall, pretty solid tasting pale ale. Sort of almost reminds me of a crisp bock lager too.

smakawhat, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Beer4Baltimore, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of raynmoon
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer looks beautiful in the the glass. It's a golden, orange color with a fluffy cream-like head.

It like very floral. fruity hops. It's nice.

The taste is a little different than I expected. Very smooth on the mouthfeel. I get a nice amount of hops, but not too bitter, it's more dry than anything, and finishes strong.

Not so much of an IPA as Anchor says, but as a Pale Ale, very good.

raynmoon, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery!!

A: very pale yellow color, unusual for ale, almost like blond ale
S: mild, malt backbone
T: a bit lighter than what I remembered in the 80s but still a classic for being originally brewed in 1975
M: light in mouth, needs more malt
O: drinkable, lighter body but good an refreshing

wisrarebeer, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of DaveD56
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

DaveD56, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Adam5150
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark orange-amber with a thin white head. Citrusy and bitter aroma that appeared to be a blend of American and floral hops. Very nice, plush palate with a creamy mouthfeel, gritty hold and perfect carbonation. Bitter chocolate leads flavour, and the bitterness stretches out a long finish.

Adam5150, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of MaximalC
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent honey color with a decent-sized white head with appreciable lacing. Aroma is that of floral, slightly citric hops. Flavor is crisp and balanced up front with an emphasis on the hops, though wheat asserts itself in the aftertaste in a way that is slightly overbearing (though there's some citrus lurking there as well). The first sip resets the palate nicely, though. This brew is not overly complex, but it's serviceable insofar as it is crisp, refreshing, and balanced. It's not something I'd seek out, but I enjoyed it a good deal more than Anchor's flagship, Steam.

MaximalC, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of jb413
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very hazy burnt orange hue. Nice creamy off-white head with good retention, shrank down to a solid 1/2 finger top. Great looking beer. Moderate lacing.

S - Hoppy, with a mix of fruity, floral, piney and cleaner-like freshness. IPA-like in some ways.

T - Sweetness and fruit in the front. Some apple and citrus. Nice moderate bitterness and rounded piney hop bite through the swallow from the dry hopping. Malt and hops compliment in the finish. Got a bit of cleaner-like taste early in the glass, though not necessarily off-putting at all.

M - Smooth, nice carbonation. Squarely medium body. Drinks right on target with the 6.0%. Solid finish with some lasting flavor.

O - A nice beer. Great look, good profile, and nice feel.

jb413, Mar 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

drslap, Mar 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

justinbrown, Mar 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

fitius5150, Mar 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

edwardkersh, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

onetodave, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

BigBry, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of EmperorBevis
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found at a Belgian beer bar of all places.

Lovely golden body with a rich small bubbled white head.

Lively aroma of hops with real floral notes.

Crisp tasting and chewy with grapefruit and citrus alongside sweet undertones.

Good solid mouthfeel with perfect carbonation.

A real treat if a little heavy on the alcohol strength side.

EmperorBevis, Mar 11, 2012
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,983 ratings.