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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

2,883 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,883
Reviews: 1,472
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 68
Gots: 144 | 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%

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
Photo of leantom
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
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

3HeadedDog, Aug 21, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some moderate golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized two finger thick cap in the center surrounded by a very thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/lemon zest and floral hops over the top of a pale + grainy malt body.

T: Upfront there is an initial sweetness from the grainy and pale malts along with a touch of biscuit malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/lemon zest and floral hops with just a hint of spicy hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness is present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and pretty enjoyable though I wonder how much better this would be fresh on the west coast vs. on the east coast (there is a slight hint of fading hops in my opinion). Could put down a couple of these though with the 5.9% ABV it is probably a touch strong for a session beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

dbrauneis, Aug 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Bierleichen, Aug 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Nbdreher, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

clay23, Aug 18, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

Chris585, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Sam-B, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

brittanylicious, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

petitearvine, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

heysuz, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Picked up as part of a mix and match sixer. The last time I drank an Anchor product I was not impressed, but I wanted to give the brewery another shot, so I grabbed a couple of their products. Side poured with standard vigor into a Sam Adams glass

Appearance - Just like you would expect a traditional IPA to pour. Golden color yields a big, dominant two-three finger foamy head that lasts for more than half of the beer and leaves ridiculous, crazy lacing. Looks like some kid went apeshit with glue inside your glass. Cool packaging as well, which you can always count on Anchor for.

Smell - Fruity bouquet highlights the nose, letting you know this is a hop forward brew. A slight malty backbone rounds out the nose, which is very good. Not too strong, but you can identify the beer style without seeing the bottle.

Taste - Very well balanced and solid. While one can certainly taste the citrus and lemon hops and their bitterness, there is a malt backbone to support them. Some bready crackers also make an appearance, making for a well-rounded AIPA.

Mouthfeel - Finishes crisp, clean, and smooth, with just a hint of spice bitterness at the end. Well carbonated, light body

Overall - A very good example of an AIPA, one that a non-hop head can easily tolerate. Well balanced, well done b y Anchor, my faith in this brewery is restored. I really enjoyed this beer. Condor recommended and approved.

TheCondor, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

cfadams17, Aug 17, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -1.3%

CaobaGourmetGrill, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

JamieDuncan, Aug 17, 2014
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1.36/5  rDev -65%

Edgarallenpoor, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

BuddyZ, Aug 15, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +8%

NateBenner, Aug 15, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

jbmalta, Aug 15, 2014
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,883 ratings.