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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

2,876 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,876
Reviews: 1,472
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 68
Gots: 143 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

whojim, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Tivlavrie, Aug 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

bundy462, Aug 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Pens1967, Aug 30, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -15.7%

SwooshDaddy, Aug 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

ordybill, Aug 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

jordanimal, Aug 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

the_encinitan, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of kevinlater
4/5  rDev +2.8%

355ml bottle into nonic pint. best before june 2016, enjoyed on august 26, 2014 after a boring day at work

a: a clear golden apricot-peach hue with just under two fingers of off-white head

s: mild grapefruit and orange, apricot, pear, floral, and lager-like grassy, malty notes. hints of peach/nectarine. what an excellent aroma

t: follows the nose. somewhat bright citrus fruit presence (grapefruit, orange, lemon), apricot, peach/nectarine, and pear up front. mid-palate is malt, grass, and some kind of floral presence. a moderate but very appropriate bitterness closes out the tasting. some spice on the back end too. great stuff

m: medium and creamy with moderate carbonation

o: liberty ale is nothing like the ultra citrusy/tropical fruit explosion modern IPAs, but this is still a very lovable ale. cascade hops are quite delicious

kevinlater, Aug 26, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -9.5%

KevinV_85, Aug 26, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev -5.9%

randeezy74, Aug 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

It's interesting to me that Liberty has such a higher rating than Anchor IPA. I don't think a lot of people realize Liberty is listed as an American IPA. However, based on the ratings I guess people understand the difference between these two. Liberty being a recipe from the 70s the light hop profile is understandable. This is an IPA when you're looking for something more subtle. Anchor IPA is much more akin to what modern western IPAs have evolved into. It tastes a lot like Torpedo. I guess I get the love for Liberty, it's like Steam was hopped a bit. But I still don't understand the non love for Anchor IPA, sure the market is saturated but it's good. Whatever.

samtrillo, Aug 25, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Johnct, Aug 25, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Gavilan, Aug 24, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

mudboneINla, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Knobs303, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours a soft yellow with a twinge of orange, Small flecks of sediment are now swirling in my Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip. Poured from a bottle aromas of leather, cedar, and lemony citrus waft up to my nose. Nice and natural head float on the beer and cling to the side of the beer. Tastes of lemon zest, and light caramel are followed by a creamy yeasty flavor with a carbonation that is neither to much nor to little, but just right. I guess this time it was just the beer I was looking for,

bebbcorp, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Psberrier, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Phigg1102, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

brianf31, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

omgitsleo, Aug 23, 2014
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3.36/5  rDev -13.6%

heliocopter, Aug 23, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Love the Steam Beer so decided to give this one a shot. Here goes:

A: Clear copper color that pours a massive head. Although the head's massiveness dissipates quickly, an inch of it lingers on for a long time. Leaves a ton of lacing, too. Amazing. 5/5

S: Not as robust as I would've liked. No grapefruit (which I like), but lots of soapy lemon and spicy yeast. However, I must mention again that these smells are rather muted. 3.5/5.0

T: I'm conflicted. The taste is not as robust as I would've liked, but I don't think this is what the brewers were going for. They weren't trying to make the beer a hop bomb with tons of intricate flavors, but a well-balanced, sessionable brew. And I think they succeeded marvelously. While I prefer the hop-bombs, this beer is still very elegant in its simplicity. Lemony hops with lighter spices imparted from the yeast. Grainy malt, but its simple texture is a perfect balance that compliments the simplicities of the hops and yeast. Overall, good. 4/5

M: Very clean, smooth, and crisp. 4.5/5.0

O: Not what I'm used to in a WC IPA, but I still appreciate what Anchor brewing has done with this beer. Good. 4.1/5

leantom, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

LakerLeith, Aug 22, 2014
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,876 ratings.