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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

3,036 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,036
Reviews: 1,492
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 73
Gots: 207 | 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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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%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Njstoutlover23
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Kryn
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of petluo
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of od_sf
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of sanitysessions
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of countchunkula
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of McStagger
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Trained pour leads to two and a half fingers slight off white head. Head dissipates at a moderate rate. Moderate to lively carbonation, with large bubbles forming and flowing to the crown of the beer with determined efficiency. Pale, slightly hazy straw color. Good retention.

S: Floral and soapy notes with of honey and cereal sweetness. Touch of apple and other stone fruit.

T: Not nearly as sweet as the nose implies. Malts lead into a floral bitterness with a hint of fruity sweetness peaking in and around. Caramel, a touch of the same honey and apple all mingle in with this same floral/perfumy bitterness. Quite unexpected given how sweet the beer smells.

M: Ample carbonation keeps this one balanced. Lively and invigorating, without being thin or seltzer like.

O: Solid, solid brew. Not quite on the level with their Steam or Porter (IMHO), but nonetheless a great effort. Love it.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of CommonRider
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Zachtheporter
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of Streetcore
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of BGDrock
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very clear; light copper, caramel colour; average head fades to a ring after a few minutes

Aroma: fresh hops, green and citrusy

Taste & Mouthfeel: starts a bit bready, with light caramel sweetness, then the hops asserts itself to finish with a strong bitterness that has hints of pine; carbonation is very fine and biting

Overall: simple, straightforward flavour; crisp and fresh; just a pleasant bitterness and the malts stick around in the background enough to balance it out; textbook example

Photo of Grizzld
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of acevenom
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden with a large, frothy white head that dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. Some bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is of hops and malts. There are some citrus notes from the hops and it smells a little grassy. It's not a strong aroma, but it is pleasing. The flavor is of citrus and hops mostly on the first sip. There is a mild hop bitterness, which isn't very strong, but does provide some balance. As it stands, this pale ale is a little sweet. There's a mildly bitter aftertaste. The body is light with plenty of carbonation. It's crisp and refreshing with a dry finish. This is very easy to drink. Overall, this is a solid pale ale from Anchor. This is a good, drinkable beer.

Photo of denver10
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a inviting bright golden with a 2 thumbs width white head. A little soapy in the aroma, a little earthy, some sweet orange, and a touch of some malt. Flavor starts of bready from the malt, some musty earth and citrus kicks in mid stream, and it closes out with some grass . Some but not much bitterness. A creamy and active mouthfeel to this. Overall, I have held off from trying this one forever but glad I finally got around to it. Nothing fancy or crazy about this, just an enjoyable beer done well.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,036 ratings.