Liberty IPA | Anchor Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

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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BEER STATS
Ratings:
57
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
9.35%
 
 
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Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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 aztraz
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Lagerquestrian
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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 hasse67
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goofster
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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 wisegreensoul
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of derdtheterd
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nrod
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Octoberist
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Karenremom
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of clake
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjrider
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottfrie
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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 chrishiker1409
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aufie
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MickeyHops
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Liberty IPA from Anchor Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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