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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

3,073 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,073
Reviews: 1,497
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 74
Gots: 227 | 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 Megahertz
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 1-DEC-11. Sad panda.

A - Hazy deep gold, not much head. Carbonation difficult to assess by viewing. No lacing evident.

S - Honey malt with resiny piney hop notes. Not as much as anticipated.

T - Honey-like malt sweetness with subtle toasted notes. Hops are juicy, resiny in the mid with a very dry finish.

M - Medium body, medium to high carbonation.

O - Very good, but could use a fresher sample.

Photo of dmourati
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of fox227
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of StevieDavie
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Oddment
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Lucasperea
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of mlhenson
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Orbex
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glasss:

A: hazy orange/yellow colored body with a fluffy yet lumpy white head. The head slowly left after a minute. Barely any lacing was left. A fair amount of bubbles rose quietly to the surface.

S: hops in front and some citrus slightly in the background.

T: balanced between the hops and citrus getting sweet as it warms and shows its presence in the aftertaste.

M: medium, balanced, crisp, bitter aftertaste and finish

O: this is a pretty good American IPA for me. I could definitely do this again, but my tastes aren't necessarily into the strong hops as hopheads may find this one a bit mild.

Photo of Leonardo
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of WritersBlock
5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BostonHops
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
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%

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,073 ratings.