Argonaut Collection: Double Liberty IPA | Anchor Brewing Company

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Argonaut Collection: Double Liberty IPAArgonaut Collection: Double Liberty IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Like Anchor¹s Liberty Ale®, Double Liberty IPA is made with 2-row pale malt and whole cone Cascade hops. Unlike Liberty Ale, Double Liberty has double the hops and double the International Bitterness Units (90 IBUs), imparting uniquely complex flavors and dry-hop aromas.

Added by jhartley on 03-10-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
37
Ratings:
123
pDev:
11.49%
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Reviews by TrojanRB:
Photo of TrojanRB
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Amber body has good clarity and is topped by a creamy and durable off-white head.

Excellent aroma, although the hop levels are somewhat low for an Amer. IPA until it has warmed up and the head has died down.

Flavor: Very hoppy and relatively complex, with citrus, herbal, floral and tropical fruit aspects. Long lasting hoppy aftertaste. Moderate bitterness gets a bit higher in the finish and aftertaste. More alcohol than desired.

Medium+ carbonation in a medium-full body. A mix of lively and smooth. Hurt by too much heat from the alcohol.


O: whole cone hops probably account for some of the excellence in this complex, refined IPA.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light amber color, with a foamy, long lasting head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells pretty classically and intensely Cascade-heavy, lots of spicy pine, grapefruit, and some orange marmalade, with a small amount of caramel malt.

This is really nice update to the classic Liberty. It's quite hoppy, as to be expected, with intense pine, grapefruit rind, and some orange. It's everything I love about good ol' Cascade hops, in concentrated form. There's a significant malt backbone, as well, not too sweet caramel, and toasted bread.

This has a very creamy and full mouthfeel, with a long bitter finish, and a moderate level of carbonation.

A really nice surprise here. It shouldn't have really been a surprise, because Liberty is great, and Anchor a classy and classic brewery that can still hang even today.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Fruity notes, honey like sweetness, spicy, floral, a little citrus, slightly toasty, and some bready malt.

T: Floral, fruity notes, pear, some citrus, grapefruit and a little candied orange, spicy, faint toasty bready malt, and a honey like sweetness.

M: More towards the fuller end of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Doesn't come off as outrageously bitter, plenty of malt to counter the extra hops, but the fruity notes are throwing me.

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Photo of pagriley
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle
L - Bright and crystal clear golden amber with a quickly dissipating 1 inch off white head
S - Old school tropical fruit and pine resin with a hint of malt sweetness
T - Grapefruit and candied peel with malt sweetness and a soft bitterness on the finish. Very well rounded
F - Full bodied with a heavier malt bill. thicker and more traditional old school style DIPA that I am really enjoying

Overall this is an extremely well made classic beer. Nothing about this is showy or flashy, but everything fits perfectly. An excellent beer all round.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Classic orange amber DIPA color was seen in the body, along with very high clarity, head that was three finger thick. The smell of hops was very aggressive, presenting a load of grapefruit and some pine. The taste was full of grapefruit and some pear. The taste was quite a bit less aggressive than the nose, though, and there was a sour finish which was unusual for the style. The body was a touch thicker than medium, and the aftertaste peppery. I would give this a good. but not great score overall. There are cleaner, better tasting DIPAs out there. This one felt sightly muddled.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I agree with the review below. Definitely not a DIPA in the traditional sense. But a great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of SanFranJake
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Doomcifer
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I wouldn't call this an IIPA or even an IPA but is definitely a DAMN tasty beer and incredibly smooth. Tremendous mouthfeel as well. It's like the label says...an Imperial Liberty Ale. If you enjoy Liberty Ale, kick it up a notch and you'll probably love this. American Strong Ale...Imperial Pale Ale? Who cares? This shit is excellently crafted.

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Photo of Jsonta
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer21
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mackeyse
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Dark Golden, soapy head that lingered for a while. Nice color. Just by the look I could tell it was going to be a heavier IPA.

Aroma: A bit off-putting---sweet, malty. A bit "adjuncty". Smell bordered on the "IPA past it's prime" scent. Scent of honey perhaps?

Taste: Caramel, sweet with some astringency on the back end. After the first taste it was more balanced and enjoyable and grew on me. Wasn't optimistic after the first sip. Not a hop bomb by any means. Malt bomb? Close to it.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness fades well but wouldn't say it's a super clean finish. A bit peppery. Hides the alcohol well though.

I just don't care for malt forward IPA's and this DIPA was a bit heavy and syrupy for my liking. The aroma really skewed by rating on it as it wasn't good and knocked it down a few pegs for me. I'll give anything Anchor brews a shot. Wouldn't turn this down if I were given it but wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Anchor Brewing Company "Double Liberty IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, production coded but not freshness dated (it's actually 6 months old, having been brewed and bottled in May of 2015)
$3.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ (they actually charged me for the Argonaut Barrel Ale so I'm not sure if the cost is correct. I looked around for it and found it averaged $3 elsewhere.)

I wasn't sure what to expect from Anchor's Double Liberty. The standard Liberty Ale is pretty intense as it is, so would a "double" be over the top? Would it be too bitter? Too hoppy? (that's almost impossible)

Certainly not! They've bumped up the whole recipe, taking the standard 5.9% ABV up to 8.2%, and adding a good bit of maltiness along the way. That, of course, can go wrong in itself, but they've kept it lean and it's not in any way "sweet" (there is of course some sweetish malt to it).

So if the malt works as a double IPA, what about the hops? There's more to it in the flavor, and it appears fresher, or at least brighter, but the nose remains limited as a double IPA. In fact, I think I get more of the yeast than I do of the hops (of course I love their yeast as well, and there's a really nice berry-like note coming through as well as the minerals edge). As to the bitterness, it's up there but you don't really perceive it because of the malt; and I think in that way it's really nicely done. In fact, I feel that many IPAs at just 60 or 70 IBUs appear much harsher whereas this is quite smooth. There's also no alcoholic "bite" or "heat" although it is perceptible, and in my opinion, actually belongs there as it's part of the profile of a double IPA.

So to sum up: It looks great in the glass with nice lacing and it's smooth across the palate with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation (I know I didn't mention either of those things before); it's a little light on hops in the aroma but the yeastiness kind of makes up for that; and it's really balanced and smooth in maltiness, bitterness, and hoppiness. It doesn't offer the punch that many will expect from a double IPA, but it truly delivers something nice in and of itself.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with off-white head. Aroma has malts, earthy and resiny hops and also a bit of alcohol. Taste starts slightly sweet with caramel malts but gets quickly really bitter. Body and carbonation are medium. Quite bitter, abrasive and boozy, not really my type of DIPA.

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Photo of thorkelson
2.47/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Wow. I hated this beer. It did not work for me as a double IPA. Bready,
Deep malt and hops are hardly showcased. Anchor missed the mark on this one. Sorry.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jaycase
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BergBeer
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was not good. Super malty, bitter, and sticky. Toffee flavor, burnt oats, sticky sweet, burnt sugar, stale bitter hops. Plus it was super boozy on top of all of this.

I love Liberty Ale, but I do not love Double Liberty Ale. This is an example of a beer that was taken too far.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of spark3148857
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nebula1999
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Argonaut Collection: Double Liberty IPA from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 123 ratings