Anchor Liberty Ale
Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #2,505
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
87
Ranked #13,861
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 11.54%
Reviews:
1,593
Ratings:
3,538
From:
Anchor Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  103
Gots
  482
SCORE
87
Very Good
Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale
Notes: The champagne-like bubbles, distinctive hop bouquet, and balanced character of Liberty Ale® revives centuries-old ale brewing traditions that are now more relevant than ever. First introduced in 1975, Liberty Ale® is brewed strictly according to traditional craft brewing methods, and uses only natural ingredients — pale malted barley, fresh whole-cone Cascade hops and a special top-fermenting yeast, and water.

The yeast used during fermentation produces many of Liberty Ale's subtle flavors and characteristics. A natural process called "bunging" creates gentle carbonation, and the practice of dry hopping (adding fresh hops to the brew during aging), revived by Anchor, creates its unique aroma.

Liberty Ale® was first brewed to celebrate the bicentennial of Paul Revere’s historic ride. As the first modern American IPA brewed after prohibition and the first modern American single-hop ale and dry-hopped ale, Anchor’s Liberty Ale® is the original craft brewed ale and the historic beer that started a revolution.
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Clear, dark gold. Half a finger of bubbly white head with decent retention.

Smell: Floral. I can smell lavender and orange peel.

Taste: Begins with a floral hop taste, followed by medium hop bitterness that lingers for a bit. Very mild sweet malt at the back that's hard to detect.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, with very high carbonation.

Overall: This definitely feels like one of America's first post-Prohibition forays into the IPA. It's historic, but still lacking the punch and complexity of the modern beverage.

Jun 04, 2020
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear orange amber color with a two finger white head t hat dissipated quickly to a thin film. Moderate lacing. Peach/apricot nose. Taste follows the nose with added hop forward flavor and pronounced on the finish. Refreshing. Moderate body and carbonation.

Mar 29, 2020
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Ant777uk from England

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Loving the bottle, beautiful.

Reminds me of being in Belgium.

Top notch head and colour. Mega citrussy aroma. Really refreshing, as much as any beer I have had before ever.

Phenominal for summer in the sun. It's winter, f u c k.

Dec 31, 2019
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ThemThangs from California

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells like it's going to be sweet at first, then the floral hops come through.

Taste wise this is really nice, one of the more balanced IPAs i've had. I could drink more than one of these without getting overwhelmed with the style (unlike many other IPAs).

Oct 18, 2019
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MrOH from Maryland

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Refreshing to see an IPA that looks like this nowadays! Clear burnished gold, thick dense white head with great retention and lace.
Classic cascade aroma- pine, grapefruit, black currant, and floral
Flavor mimics aroma, along with a slightly sweet underlying maltiness
Medium bodied with good carbonation and crisp, clean finish
While I tend to like a bit bolder hoppiness, I miss IPAs with this sort of flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel

Jul 07, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A slightly cloudy deep golden orange pour with 1-2 finger off white head. Smell is mildly citrus, bit of bready malt, little bit of pine. Taste is of orange - bittersweet - bit of caramel and pine. Well balanced - smooth clean mouthfeel with slight bitter finish. Very good old school IPA.

Jul 31, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy orange with one finger of white head. Aroma is herbal, pine, and resin with a malty biscuit backbone. Flavor profile is herbal, pine, and resin with biscuit, and earthy malts. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a pleasant velvety texture. Overall, an old school IPA, and it shows.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

May 20, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly cloudy, dark amber body; thick, creamy head; rings of lacing left down the glass. Mild fruit aroma; pear and peach. Light malt grain base infused with an excellent layer of hop bitterness; esters. Medium body; crisp with a gentle residual sugar heaviness.

One of my all-time favorite beers. It may not be the west coast hop bomb like some relatively new comers since this beer first appeared, yet it still delivers a balanced, nuanced treat to the taste buds.

Mar 26, 2018
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Spike from England

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle.
L: Hazy, orange/amber colour, thin smear of head, spotty lacing.
S: Traditional orange marmalade.
T: Bitter orange and toffee. Semi-sweet.
F: Medium body with pleasing stickiness and light, foaming, carbonation.
O: Dry hopping with Cascade has produced a nose and flavour dominated by seville orange. Mouthfeel is delightful. Highly drinkable. An American classic.

Mar 20, 2018
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle. Pours orange with a finger of white head. Smells of grapefruit and straw. Medium feel with some stickiness. Taste is a blend of malt, citrus, and hop bitterness. More APA than IPA, but whatever.

Mar 04, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like a pilsner -- the Cascade hops come across as quite Saaz-y and the aromas and mouthfeel are straight lager. On par with some of the better AALs

< 60/100

Feb 23, 2018
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vikinggary28 from California

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber / orange colour with a soapy tan head. Smells mellow, not very hoppy, some fruits and citrus creep through. Taste has nice malty backbone. Very drinkable. Prost!

Oct 28, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange gold color with a great feel,perfect carbonation. Aroma is malt,bread,orange peel,and a little grapefruit/citrus. Taste is identical but the hops come through a bit more but not overly bitter. I find its a beer that I drink slowly as it is a bit complex in a good way

Oct 04, 2017
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber with a white head.

Sweet bready malt and citrus and pine hops with some candy notes.

Sweet bread and candy malt backed by citrus and pine hops. It has a lingering floral and earthy character.

Oct 01, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold with a nice white head. Smells of mild hops, malt, and orange peel. Tastes of orange juice and zest, hops, and slightly sweet malt. Medium in body and carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good IPA, closer to an APA though.

Sep 03, 2017
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ThePold from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fresh bottle from a variety pack. Actually looks a bit lighter than their steam beer. Fabulous pillow head. Lasts forever like a cream sundae. Taste is dry hpos and some malty sweetness I think, forgive me, I like it better than their steam!

Aug 18, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a golden orange with a white creamy full head, lots of lacing and carbonation, good retention.

A: Floral, citrus like grapefruit peel, and slight spice notes, slight honey/lager like malt aromas on the backend, nice balanced aromas.

T: Follows the nose with floral, grapefruit and spice notes, moderate amount of citrus peel like bitterness in the middle, finish has more floral and citrus notes with nice balance of malt, citrus peel lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a very dry citrus peel like finish, easy drinking.

O: Enjoyed this one, not a "hoppy" IPA but enough hops and bitterness to satiate my taste buds, nice malt balanced aromas and flavors, moderate bitterness and a dry finish. This is another Anchor beer that I could drink everyday without being overwhelmed by the ABV or wrecking my palate.

Jul 04, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. The appearance has a hazy orange/yellow colored body with a fluffy yet lumpy white head. The head slowly left after a minute. Barely any lacing was left. A fair amount of bubbles rose quietly to the surface. The smell has the hops in front and some citrus slightly in the background. The taste is balanced between the hops and citrus getting sweet as it warms and shows its presence in the aftertaste. The palate is medium bodied, balanced, crisp, with a bitter aftertaste and finish. Overall, this is a pretty good American IPA for me.

Jul 04, 2017
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Vader444 from Scotland

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into 2/3 pint glass.

Pours very pale orange. Loads of yeasty floaters in this sample. Very fine white head with virtually no retention. Smells very malty, hint of pine and apricot. Taste is of stone fruits with a background of honey. Surprisingly bitter finish. Very delicate carbonation not unlike a decent champagne. Not an everyday choice but quite complex and interesting. Cheers!

Jul 04, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a golden orange with a thick foamy head.

Aroma is an orange honey malt.

Taste is a lot more of that honey malt, but kinda thin at the end.

May 14, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can

golden copper color, white head. aroma is earthy hops. taste is quite bitter, caramel malt flavor, piney hops. not as much citrus as expected from the Cascade. body is thinner, mouthfeel a bit sticky.

May 12, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From Decervecitas. In Teku glass. Playing 8 Bit Adventures. Suprising profile for an ipa.Pretty malty, with strong toffee. Pretty bitter to but without usual american fruityness, just some citrusy end

May 11, 2017
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Bombelsky from Poland

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden clear. Very nice frothy off-white head, fantastic lacing.
High aroma of hops, tropical fruits upfront.
High bitter flavor, medium-low malty sweetness, toasted, high hops flavor.
Medium body, high carbonated, long bitter finish, bit of alcohol warming, smooth, crisp.

Fantastic beer.

Apr 21, 2017
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jamesroses from Argentina

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle

appearance: light orange, clear, medium carbonation, 1 finger head, good lacing and retention.

smell: fresh piney, slightly citrusy hops (3 months old bottle) maybe even a mint note. Not to strong as other contemporary IPA's, although I'm not sure this is one or a APA.

taste: same as the smell, and I tasted something like a delicate olive/onion flavour, which wasn't out of place, but certainly surprised me. Didn't get that much fruity notes. Bitterness is really nice and balanced with the malts.

moutfeel: carbonation is just what it needs to be, bitterness is just on point and aftertaste is that of fresh hops, piney and dry.

overall: very good beer and given this was the "first" contemporary IPA, you got to give Anchor credit for it. It's a historic brew.

Mar 20, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting IPA. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Cloudy golden yellow with a nice white head and great lacing. Smell is fruity and earthy. Tastes is citrusy but well balanced with malt and bread flavor. Good with food!

Mar 15, 2017
Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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