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Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,933 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,933
Reviews: 1,479
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 68
Gots: 161 | 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%

SStein, Oct 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

IRISHFAN951, Oct 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Can_has_beer, Oct 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

fossage78, Oct 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Mikeluzzjr, Sep 30, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev -11.6%

SonictheBeerhog, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 05.09.14.

A: 1 finger head with an aggressive pour. Crystal clear orange.

S: Biscuity malt, citrus.

T: Caramel is first, then sweet citrus. Bitterness on the back end, then lingering sweetness again.

M: Crisp.

O: This one is a classic. It's not at all hop heavy in comparison to the IPAs of today. It's simply subtle and refreshing. The malt seemed more dominant than the hops, which is weird now, but it comes from a different time. It was a great gateway into IPAs for me.

Rating: A-

WAbeerfiend, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of beerded_drunk
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

beerded_drunk, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of fipoceilz7
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is fragrant but soft with some pine, tangerine-like fruitiness, and graham cracker sweetness. The head is thick and frothy, and the body is clear and bright copper. In the first sip, dry alcohol and bitter grapefruit are apparent, but the flavor soon smooths out as some light malt sweetness comes through. Grapefruit continues to be present but more softly, and the fruitiness becomes more rounded, nicely supported by the toasty, nutty malt. The body is somewhat light with a good bite from the lively carbonation; the hop bitterness and alcohol dryness linger in the finish.

Complex and balanced, tasty and refreshing. The bitterness in particular is prominent but avoids the grassy, acidic quality so often imparted by dry hopping. The hop qualities are also well supported by the clearly present malt.

fipoceilz7, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

beb86, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

ColSanders, Sep 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

gefinley, Sep 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

qcghost, Sep 27, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev -11.6%

IreRican, Sep 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

StephRai, Sep 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Nichols33, Sep 26, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

anthony-martinez, Sep 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

rjp217, Sep 24, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +20.3%

Buddy-Aleman, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of titvs
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 14B). Bottle 355 ml - Batch unknown. AROMA: floral and citrusy hop and esters aromas reminescent of grapes, oranges and some piny and resinous character. some sweet malt background. APPEARANCE: medium gold color and clear. nice moussy head of a slight ivory colour that persists. TASTE: citrusy and piny flavours more faint than the aromas. sweet malt background. medium-high bitterness that lingers into a dry finish. PALATE: medium-light body with medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: a nice APA that promisses in the aromas but doesnt deliver much in the flavours.

titvs, Sep 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

killcore, Sep 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

robebo44, Sep 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

tjcamm, Sep 20, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

djjumper, Sep 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Sonofalime, Sep 20, 2014
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,933 ratings.