Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale
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3.88/5
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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kbub6f on 11-18-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,050
Reviews:
1,584
Ratings:
3,484
pDev:
11.6%
Bros Score:
3.98
 
 
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beergoot
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Spike
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle.
L: Vivid orange/amber colour, light haze, thin smear of head, no lacing.
S: Orange marmalade.
T: Bitter orange and toffee.
F: Medium body with pleasing stickiness, light carbonation and a dry finish.
O: Dry hopping with Cascade has produced a nose and flavour dominated by seville orange. Mouthfeel is delightful. Highly drinkable. An American classic.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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.

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3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
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

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4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
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3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -22.7%
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5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a very nice light bodied Ale with a nice crispness to it, notes of Banana, toffee, little bit of hops, and a nice overall Malt taste.

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3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

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2.85/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,484 ratings