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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

2,887 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,887
Reviews: 1,472
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 68
Gots: 145 | 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 dav
4/5  rDev +2.8%

dav, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

BrewCaveDweller, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Whitrabbt74, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

RoryOMoore, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of mwbeerman
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear yellow with a good amount of carbonation and a single finger of silky white head. Lots of esther fruitiness in the aromas, along with sweet and bready malt and a citrus hop smell. Scents are not big, but they are pleasant when found. Hops are a lot more prominent in the taste than they were in the smell, bringing the bready malt flavor to the front. Lots of esthers make the beer sweet, but do not fully balance the bitters. Flavors are big and full, and the bitterness has a bite without being obscene. Btterness lingers into the aftertaste as a reminder of the style. This beer has a great amount of body for the style, making the flavors really rich and enjoyable. Carbonation keeps the hops at the forefront of the flavor profile. A great after work beer.

mwbeerman, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of bryehn
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pencil yellow colour with a frothy white head that burns off after a few minutes, getting retained as a small collar and leaving some spotty lace behind.

Grainy and grassy aroma sweetened by a honey-like tone. A strong floral character and a piny smell really freshen this beer up, its very appealing. I also get a tea-like smell after warming a bit.

The taste is mildly sweet at first with a toasted grain character. It is quickly met and balanced by a crisp, grassy bitterness. Notes of green tea, mild berries and grasses and a dry, peppery finish.

Medium-bodied with a mild, but persistent carbonation creates a bread or biscuit feeling on the tongue. Bitter aftertaste with a floral character, a slight oily sensation and a hint of sourness.

Very drinkable beer that paired quite well with pizza. It has enough character to be satisfying and a refreshing crispness. Great pick for meals or parties, but a tad pricy as a day-to-day beer.

bryehn, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

galluch, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

GuisseppeFranco, Feb 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

HumanParaquat, Jan 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

jtd335, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

tedho21, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Smurf2055
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Smurf2055, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

dcbike, Jan 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

jrenn, Jan 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

BoringBunny, Jan 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

casualfan, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of beck2008
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

beck2008, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Mantooth, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

XavierMuskies, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

weerezboy, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

mingo1968, Jan 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

RyanCoonan, Jan 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Beerme09, Jan 23, 2012
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,887 ratings.