Argonaut Collection: Double Liberty IPA
Anchor Brewing Company

Argonaut Collection: Double Liberty IPAArgonaut Collection: Double Liberty IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 11.4%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
123
From:
Anchor Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Argonaut Collection: Double Liberty IPAArgonaut Collection: Double Liberty IPA
Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 123
Reviews by hickmancase:
Photo of hickmancase
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of rajendra82
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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 chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +9.6%
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 -7.8%
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 +9.8%
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 NeroFiddled
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Zorro
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly chill hazed amber with a thick off-white colored head.

Smells intensely fruity. Spicy hop scent. Scent of cedar and sandalwood with a lesser scent of grape. Slightly soapy. This is pretty much Steam Beer on Steroids.

Starts out sweet and fruity with a lemon and peaches flavor. Mild bitterness and a woody and strong tea taste. Slight mango flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tame and tasty Double IPA.

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Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good starting head but it settles to rim bubbles. Good ring and web lace. The color is dark amber and clear.

Leans to the malt for this style (DIPA). The hop, while present, is so subtle. Lightly sweet caramel is strongest to the nose.

This is a rich, deeply malty (almost like treacle) beer. There's enough hop to provide balance, but this could be described as an old ale. The alcohol is ever present, warm to the tongue and the throat. The finish is bitter, but softly. The aftertaste lasts but mildly. The body leans rich as does the carbonation.

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Photo of travolta
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gavilan
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at Total Wine in Spokane.. Pours slightly hazy golden with a long lasting white head.. perfumy fruity hops.. seem a bit stewed.. Big apricot hoppiness with some background piney notes.. really not that good at all.. Doesn't seem like a DIPA except in the most "average" circumstances..

3.75/3.5/3.25/3.5/3.5

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Photo of czechsaaz
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold colored, totally clear, big white lasting head, lots of lacing and a bunch of fine lines of rising bubbles from the bottom of the glass. There is nothing to knock about how it looks.

I get woody hops on the nose which is more like the NB of steam than Cascade. That's not a bad thing just unexpected. But it's not really a big hop aroma I would think would be there in a dIPA/Dry hopped beer.

Lots of floral yeast character and solid hop bitterness. Also has a bunch of citrus from cascade hops too. Not a big bitter beer. Much more in balance malt and hops than most dIPAs. Again not a bad thing.

Medium to medium full body and pretty smooth carbonation.

The post Fritz Anchor seems to be doing fine.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Latarnik
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nebula1999
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of searsclone
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of davegray
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of largadeer
3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Orange peel, pine and buttery diacetyl. Not their finest effort.

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Photo of Tone
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, amber color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, hint of citrus, hint of pine, alcohol, slight spice, and a hint of rye. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight rye, alcohol, hint of pale malt, hint of yeast, hint of pine, and hops. Overall, great appearance, decent aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived today at my local bottle shop. Bottled on May 4th, 2015. Not as fresh as I would like, but I'm sure it's fine.

L - An aggressive pour into a tulip glass yields a clear, brilliant orange-ish pale amber color with a billowing head of lightly tan foam. Great head retention on the drink down. Some moderate lacing clings to the glass.

S - The nose is very fruit forward, with notes of over-ripe citrus fruits and stone fruits: orange and apricot. A good swirl brings out a fresh and slightly musty floral hop character backed by a husky maltiness. The signature aroma of Anchor's clean and fruity ale yeast emerges as the beer warms. The moderately-high alcohol presence is completely masked. Very pleasant.

T - Waves of tangy, floral, earthy, and lightly citrusy Cascade hop bitterness blanket the palate before quickly being overtaken by a big biscuity-sweet malt backbone. The flavors of over-ripe citrus and stone fruit that the aroma promised give way to a dry finish that leaves an intense, lingering bitterness on the palate.

F - The texture is full bodied, slightly viscous, and a bit slick as the beer moves around on the palate. The carbonation is dialed in perfectly.

O - I wouldn't classify this beer as a DIPA, given its near equal balance of malt and hops. This is more like an Imperial Pale Ale, even verging on Pale(ish) Barleywine. Category aside, it is very delicious. Seek this out.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Argonaut Collection: Double Liberty IPA from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 123 ratings