Liberty IPA | Anchor Brewing Company

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Liberty IPALiberty IPA

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 27
Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -8.9%
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 -4.2%
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 -13.9%
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 -14.7%
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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Photo of Skrumpy
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, golden amber with a bubbly head with minimal lacing. The aroma is caramel malt with some light citrus and fruit qualities. Flavor is hop forward, pine and grapefruit, mixed with grass and some herbal notes. Biscuit malt comes through at the end. Dry finish with a resinous mouthfeel. Hops bitterness in the aftertaste. A decent beer overall.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor Brewing Co. "Liberty IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "6DN" so 12/14/16 and sampled on 02/14/17
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via steam of consciousness: I have to ask my self why is Anchor putting out another IPA, and using the "Liberty" name in association with it? Ahhh, it doesn't matter. Let's see... hazy amber body beneath a frothy-then-creamy head of bright white. Very good head retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of gently caramelish malt and citrusy/piney hops. Flavor... pretty much follows exactly. Orange and lemon in the fruitiness. Maybe some berry. Median bitterness. Dry finish with lingering bitterness and an overall residual taste of the beer. Medium boded and delicately crisp and zesty. Interesting. Refined. Maybe this is supposed to be more drinkable than the Liberty Ale or Steam Beer. It also tastes a little like Mosaic hops to me, which are very popular, although I might be imagining that. Would I buy it? Yeah. It's an easy-drinking, satisfying IPA with a nice citrusy fruit note. Probably very good with fish & chips, and certainly welcome just for having a few with the lads.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy lighter colored look with a nice head. Somewhat muted nose of citrus and pine with a bit of earthy dankness. Moderately bitter and astringent with citrus/pine and a malt edge. Well carbonated and crisp. Nothing exciting but certainly drinkable. Add-on: as this beer warmed I got a caramel malt note from this beer, not a favorite of mine especially in an IPA.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle marked 6DN (2016... Q4, W14???):
Regardless of date, this beer pours a lighter golden - darker than a "yellow" AAL but not near the orange to amber hued DIPAs of other beers. I wouldn't go to yellow, and there is a very slight haze. The white pillow that adorned the beer looked nice and fluffy and remained about 1/3 cm of cap in the perfect pint glass. Lacing is nice.

The nose is a musty bitterness, and reminds me of other Anchor beers. There's also a little old orange and lemon rind aspect to the smell. It's not ideal for an IPA in my mind, as it makes me think I should consider the age of the brew, although I do not think this is an old beer despite my ignorance of the bottle code. With warmth, the mustiness fades a little, though.

Taste starts off with a thick crackery malt that has a bit of grassy herbs infused into it. Early on, this beer was more like an APA that leaned slightly towards IPA. As it warmed and the flavors built up, the bitterness became more and more evident. The middle taste has a little stale pine wood bitterness. Coming out of this I get the somewhat lemony citrus note that is a nice break before the classic piney leaning/grapefruit pith bitterness ends the taste.

What I believe is a more classic version of an IPA, even though for this forerunner of craft brewing this might be an update. I think it checks the boxes quite well, but has that middle taste and slightly stale nose that just don't work as well for me.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a warm amber gold, with a finger and a half of head that leaves a nice amount of lacing

Smells earthy, slightly nutty, pine, a small amount of citrus

Pine is much more prevalent in the taste, with a nice citrusy / floral finish.

Moderately carbonated, slightly oily, not overly sweet. Nice crisp finish. Very drinkable.

I consider this an excellent "old school" IPA...somewhat similar to SNPA....does everything well, nothing spectacular, just doesn't have the same nostalgia. If it had been brewed in the 90's, would have been world class, now it feels like a throwback. Solid, but not spectacular.

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Photo of MNJR
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow-orange color, massive fluffy head, clean grassy/citrus smell. Very good flavors of light grain, candy lemon, vanilla biscuit and resinous ponderosa pine. Very rich mouthfeel and slightly dry finish. I really enjoyed this. Delicious beer. Will buy again. Another great beer from Anchor.

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Photo of Catracho5
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a semi-hazy amber orange with lots of lacing and a nice full creamy head.j

A: Citrus notes like lemon and grapefruit peel, pine notes, good balance of malty sweetness, not pungent but a nice balance of aromas.

T: Like the nose, my first impression is the balance and drinkability, up front there's a mix of pine and citrus peel, moderate amount of bitterness in the middle, finish has more citrus peel and a touch of caramel malty sweetness.

M: Light/medium bodied with a very dry finish.

O: Solid IPA from Anchor, it's very drinkable and balanced, not overly bitter but has enough bitterness to let you know it's an IPA, I could crush a few of these while smoking a brisket.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A careful pour reveals a light gold brew, clear, 1 finger head of foam that leaves lacing behind as it shrinks.

Lovely hoppy notes of citrus and pine abound. Kinda earthy with what appears to be a good malty backbone.

Citrus tasting, bitter, earthy with some noticeable fruitiness. I love swishing the beer in my mouth as it brings out the subtle nuances.

Medium body with a zesty level of carbonation, it finishes dry and bitter but not without a resplash of some malt sweetness.

Excellent beer and very drinkable. Nicely done, Anchor!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliantly clear gold with bubbles rising persistently into mounds of a frothy white head. Smells like original Liberty Ale. Big fresh Cascade citrus, pine, and earthiness. The flavor is where this subtely moves away from its parentage, showcasing apricot and mango to compliment the pine and citrus. Good smooth feel, even a touch oily, moderately high carbonation, and finishes dry. Bitter but not overly. Overall, this is a great rendition of the original, and I will gladly revisit. Cheers!

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Liberty IPA from Anchor Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 27 ratings.
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