Liberty IPA
Anchor Brewing Company

Liberty IPALiberty IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #4,930
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
86
Ranked #27,646
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 9.23%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
98
From:
Anchor Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Liberty IPALiberty IPA
Notes: Liberty IPA is our reimagining of craft-brew classic Liberty Ale, envisioned through the lens of today's IPAs. We first brewed Liberty Ale in 1975, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere's midnight ride. This revolutionary forerunner of the modern IPA introduced America to the Cascade hop and the nearly lost art of dry-hopping. Like it's processor, Liberty IPA is made with two-row pale malt and Cascade hops. It is the combination of Cascade with new hop varieties - in both brewhouse and cellar - that creates the mouthwatering complex and robust aromas of pine and citrus in this crisp, American-style IPA. The label, like Liberty Ale's, features a bald eagle, whose symbolism runs deep for all Americans including Native Americans. "A very great vision is needed," thought Crazy Horse, and the one "who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky."
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Photo of PaleBlack
2.22/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Not much flavor; reminds me of the 'session' IPAs, many of which just seem like watered-down IPAs. The listed IBU rating illustrates just how unreliable that number is: this beer does not correlate to others I've had in the same IBU range.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes 6/2/13: Pours a clear honey gold, producing 2 fingers of white, frothy, moderately lasting head that leaves chunks, webs and streaks of lace. Aroma is citrus, floral and grass hops in a sweet malt background. Taste is delicate caramel malt, citrus and grassy hops with hints of apricot or peach and a little tropical fruit in the background. The sip is very balanced malt sweetness and hop bitterness with only slight deviation from start to finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth with only a little prickly bite.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pout a golden hazzy amber with kahki foam. Hoppy very dry Ipa with touch of citrus - not for the faint of hoppy heart. Good summer time 4th brew Ha Ha for the IPA folk.

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Photo of beergoot
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy, bright amber body; rocky, sticky white head; lots of crystallized foam along the inner portion of the glass. Mostly heavy, sweet malt aroma. Mild cereal grain sweetness; esters; balanced hop bitterness throughout. Primarily heavy body; dense and creamy; mostly dry finish.

This beer seems like a solid, classic IPA. It is subtly balanced and is neither a west coast hop bomb nor a newer hazy IPA in nature. It's more malt-forward than anything. The hops deliver mostly a bittering quality to the beer and don't give much to the aroma. Old-school in character, approachable and delightful.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle. Cloudy orange with a finger of white head. Citrus smell. Medium feel. Tastes of citrus and biscuit, a little bit sour at the end. Having tried both, I think the original Liberty Ale is better.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pours gold to amber permeated by streams of rapidly rising bubbles that refresh a 2" off-white foam blanket with fair to good retention

S: some earthiness and citrus on the nose with strong tangerine notes supported by bread crumb

T: Mildly sweet fruit and biscuit lead the flavors balanced by a moderate bitterness that helps dry the beer on the finish

F: medium body and carbonation with a slight grainy astringency

O: full flavored and easy to drink

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Photo of bubseymour
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Perfect IPA in a glass, 2 finger head and dare I say its somewhere between hazy and NEIPA in appearance. IMO a perfect look.

Aroma is all malts and something hoppy (earthy?). Not quite sure, not the best aroma. Interesting taste. So kinda juicy, malty and not very bitter at all. Cascade hops are a nice throwback. Soft mouthfeel and plenty of body and richness for 6.3%. Recommend and a great change of pace from NEIPAs.

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Photo of donspublic
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap into shaker, 1 finger cream colored head, good retention and lacing. Slightly hazy golden in the glass. Simple citrus and pine on the nose. Sweet malt on the front with citrus and pine following good solid bitterness with a lingering pineapple. Nice mouthfeel, good solid drinking IPA.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought a single bottle $1.79 Don Quijote
Floral hop smell
Hazy golden orange color
Medium-light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Bitter, slightly sour taste
Overall nothing impressive about it. Glad I only bought a single of it. Lots of better beers at a lower price. Would not buy again.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into chilled glass mug. Colour is amber/copper with a off white head and some sticky lacing. Smells of mild hops and a little biscuity malt. Taste of mild hops and a malt backbone with a hint of citrus. Good mouthfeel. Nothing overpowering. Prost!

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Photo of josanguapo
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Elcervecero. In Teku glass. Playing Planet of Mubu. Delicious and fresh caramel sweetness, with just the adequate level of strong bitterness but without much hoppyness. May not be fresh? Still great and repeatable.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours a light tan gold color with a great foam cap and a big bouquet. Very green in aroma, fresh and vibrant. I get a lot of pine aroma and some hints of lemon pledge on the back. A touch of biscuit malt with a thin finish. A mixed bag to be honest.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a sturdy semi-dark burnt orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Sly amount of messy lace.
The aroma had some bittersweet piney hops up front rolling over some earthy hops and then a smooth caramel/toffee malt base entered in fine.
The flavor was somewhat sweet, malty sweet, that is to try and coincide with the piney and earthy hops. Nice lingering aftertaste of the malts and hops.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty nice as an AIPA, one that I could come back to.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a small chalice: color is copper, a bit hazy, head is off white/light tan, with fine to small bubbles, head presents at least 1/2 inch thick and lingers very well with very good lacing.

Smell is light caramel, some toast, light citrus and hint of pine from the hops; simple yet enticing.

Taste is solid: good malt backbone - not sweet, not caramely but enough to balance to moderate hoppiness; hops are similar to the aroma - light citrus, mainly lemon like, herbal and piney hops. Clean and solid flavors.

Mouthfeel is moderate, carbonation is near perfect, no lingering cloying sweetness or overbitterness, just a hint of dryness.

Overall - a very good malty leaning IPA. Very subtle differences between this and Go West IPA but I might prefer this as a beer to try again/on draft.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma is citrusy, sweet with tangerine and blood orange notes. Taste is quite balanced. Hoppy but sweetish, citrusy with a light bitterness on the finish. Medium to light bodied, medium carbonation. Decent but somehow underwhelming.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am coming down/off (at least briefly) from/of a Sierra Nevada excursion & while they may have expanded eastward into NC, I will always think of them in my mother's relocated city of Chico, CA. SF is thought of as being northern California as well as Chico, so I am weighing Anchor for a little while before returning to Chico.

From the bottle: "Liberty IPA (tm) is our reimagining of craft-brew classic Liberty Ale (R), envisioned through the lens of today's IPAs. We first brewed Liberty Ale in 1975, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere's midnight ride. This revolutionary forerunner of the modern IPA introduced America to the Cascade hop and the nearly lost art of dry-hopping. Like it's processor, Liberty IPA is made with two-row pale malt and Cascade hops. It is the combination of Cascade with new hop varieties - in both brewhouse and cellar - that creates the mouthwatering complex and robust aromas of pine and citrus in this crisp, American-style IPA. The label, like Liberty Ale's, features a bald eagle, whose symbolism runs deep for all Americans including Native Americans. 'A very great vision is needed,' thought Crazy Horse, and the one 'who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.'

I am kind of surprised that the flying eagle on the label was approved by the ATF. Shortly after 9-11, they curtailed ANY new use of American iconography, including the Stars & Stripes and eagles. No matter to this GWI veteran! I stood at attention as I Pop!ped the cap & commenced a gentle, patriotic pour as Baby Doc, Kenny & CoyDog nodded in approval. I secured the detail & gave the beer a rousing in-glass swirl that raised our spirits as high as the flag, also raising just under two fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with 200-plus year retention. By golly, this makes me want to run over to the recruiters' office & take up arms in defense of our country once again! The nose smelled of napalm in the morning, I mean, of a freshly-felled pine tree in the Argonne forest along with a smattering of Philippines durian. Ah, yes, boys & girls, neither Liberty (Ale) nor freedom are free. The mouthfeel was medium, slightly subtle, like a submarine patrolling in the Black Sea. The taste was equally subtle, initially, but then the bugle call was sounded for Picketts' Charge at Gettysburg & the IBUs burst forth in a volley of hops like whizzing bullets & a slashing of fixed bayonets as the bitterness of the grapefruit engaged in hand-to-hand combat with my wracked, ravaged tongue. We were sinking like the U.S.S. Arizona (BB-39) when the 101st Airborne began dropping pine-scented air fresheners over our position, saving the day! NGFS finished things at Normandy with a dry, crisp, bitter efficiency. In closing, I leave you with the old truth: "Fas et decorum est pro patria bibere cervisiam" (It is right and fitting to drink beer for one's country).

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Photo of scottfrie
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A: Pours a clear, crisp, golden with two fingers of greasy off-white head that faded into a dense film and thick frothy collar. Sheets of rocky lace left down the glass.
S: Fresh bouquet of citrus dominates the nose with toasted breast crust malt under tones. I get hints of sweet tangerine nectar and tropical fruits as well.
T: Follows the nose with sweet and fruity tropical and citrus hops with just a hint of bready malt and crisp grains. Hint of toast mixed with the sweet, fruity, sugary, hop flavors in the finish, and there's a lightly bitter citrus quality to the aftertaste. Slight hint of tobacco leaf as the beer warms.
M: Medium body, soft and fluffy carbonation, smooth and slightly sticky mouthfeel with a moderate drying finish. Characteristic Anchor yeast flavor, earthy and peppery.
O: Easy to drink, rich and flavorful fresh IPA. I hope this gets added to their regular lineup.

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Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, couldnt find any bottling date or other freshness info

Typical almond amber look to this one...a bit hazy, minor light khaki cap and strands of lacing

Resiny hop nose

Nice tasting, old school IPA, some resin, some pine...quant

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Photo of jzlyo
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is citrus/fruit, Cascade hops and very light earthiness. The flavor is hops, malts, fruit/citrus, Anchor's proprietary yeast and a tart/dry/mildly bitter finish.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice yellow color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, yeasty, with some citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light copper to gold in color with good clarity. There's a half inch of creamy bright white resting on top. The nose is a light dose of citrus hops and light malt. The taste is a mixture of citrus and piney hops but is definitely aligned very evenly with the light malt. The mouth is lightly chalky and a there's a light prickling sensation from the hops.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this old school ipa. Comes in that good hearty gold color with brilliant clarity throughout, solid 4/5" white head on top. Nose is that grapefruit kind of Cascade familiarity.

Good toasted pale malts here, a little woody, heavier caramel and toffee like malt thing going on here, far from a super dry west coast ipa. In many ways, its a nice simple throwback. Cascade hops have good shelf life, these are fine to drink 180 days after bottling, unlike some proprietary hopped beers that fall off fast. Well carbonated, bitterness in the 55 ibu range I would guess.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and some fruit. Body is full and crisp. Piney, citrusy hops dominate the palate with bready malt and ripe fruit in the background. Finish is long and hoppy. Good brew.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A fairly nominal IPA with a very clean nose; slight soapiness in the flavor profile, a touch of lemon rind here and there, some basic pale malts base, and the freshness of what I assume to be Cascade. Carbonation was good, felt light and minimal resins. Drinkable, not great.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Twelve ounce bottle copped from Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a ruddy, copper hue with minimal frothing. Faint aroma with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Liberty IPA from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 98 ratings