Liberty Ale
Anchor Brewing Company

Liberty AleLiberty Ale
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From:
Anchor Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #2,287
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,379
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 11.6%
Reviews:
1,598
Ratings:
1,961
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 01:28 AM
Added:
Nov 18, 2000
Wants:
  107
Gots:
  485
SCORE
87
Very Good
Liberty AleLiberty 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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Rated: 4.73 by Beecham from California

Jun 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by kuhndog from New York

Dec 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.29 by gwydno from Spain

Nov 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.97 by Daneve76 from Australia

Sep 27, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by blackcloud from Alaska

Sep 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.67 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Aug 06, 2021
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Reviewed by SoCalNative from California

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
>BIAS ALERT<
I'm not a big fan of West coast IPAs.
Some are good. Most aren't.

Now to the Liberty Ale!

Poured a BEAUTIFUL color of a polished piece of amber. Lots of bubbles. Head stuck around for 5+ minutes. Nice lacing! Taste is strictly that Cascade Hops taste, not too bold but just enough to get that bitter mouthfeel. Nice carbonation! Not much of a lingering bitter aftertaste like I've experienced with some beers (Rebel Rouser, Ranger IPA, Torpedo). Definitely a nice, refreshing brew.

Overall I think it's a great beer for a hot day or a nice drawn out bbq.
Jul 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by bubseymour from Maryland

Jun 08, 2021
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Reviewed by deleted_user_1314598

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I like this beer, I picked up a 12 ounce can at my local La,bodega and noticed right off the bat that it was crisp/clean..

I poured a 12 ounce can into my 16 ounce Belgium tulip glass, and got a nice 1 1/2 finger head with a beautiful copper glow...This is a nice beer because it's a traditional straightforward ale... I don't have to worry about chill haze, and white chunks floating around in it like all these other millenial, HAZY, IPA's I've been running into lately...

Nice and crisp..That means alot these day's for me...This beer has a very safe, clean beer taste, that I will definitely keep my eyes open for in the future...Definitely will make it's way into my rotation..I love this Ale...
May 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.15 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

May 22, 2021
 
Rated: 3.67 by Arg914 from New York

Apr 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.74 by funku2 from Colorado

Mar 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3 by SkiBum22 from New York

Feb 28, 2021
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Reviewed by ThirstyLion from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Liberty Ale is a crisp, solid, toasted session IPA classic that has really stood out over the years. Liberty Ale is clean, medium-bodied, well-filtered & to this day one of my favorite daily drinkers. My refrigerator almost always has a six pack of Liberty Ale in it.

I really enjoy the hop profile of this beer. To me, Liberty Ale is the epitome of a West Coast IPA. I live in the Northeast and we have an absolutely horrendous assortment of Anchor beer on the shelves at most grocery stores such as Wegmans or ShopRite. Unfortunately, Anchor's sales reps just don't get the job done here in New England.

Every time I'm out in San Francisco I make sure to imbibe on all of the wonderful bruise that we miss out on from Anchor, here in the Northeast.
Feb 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by mothmanscott from Georgia

Dec 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.34 by DvdP from Netherlands

Sep 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.05 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Sep 13, 2020
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Reviewed by HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear, copper color with one-finger off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin layer of small bubbles remained, heavy lacing on the glass, medium carbonation, a nice looking beer.

SMELL: Sweet bread and flowery, subtle to the nose.

TASTE: Initially sweet honey and then a flowery hop profile that lingered in a good way.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a mild tasting IPA by today's standards but I really enjoyed having it, hard to believe it was being brewed in the dark ages of beer in 1975, I would buy this again no problem and would recommend to anyone who likes craft beer.
Sep 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.23 by Jeez from Massachusetts

Aug 15, 2020
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewery pint glass

A: Pours crystal clear golden amber with a frothy eggshell white head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Herbal spicy pine, citrus zest, floral notes, lightly toasty bready malt, and just a touch of sweeetness.

T: Classic Cascade hops in their purest form, spicy pine, citrus zest, grapefruit and lemon, floral notes, slightly toasty bready malt, and a pretty much bone dry finish wit only the lightest touch of malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Was intending for this to be a revisit because I was finally able to find a fresh bottle, but it looks like I've never logged it on here, so...
It might not have all the flash of today's IPAs, but you can see why it grabbed people's attention back in the day and has been brewed ever since. Respect the classics.
Aug 07, 2020
 
Rated: 2.5 by eldoctorador from Chile

Jul 15, 2020
 
Rated: 2.75 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 16, 2020
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.1 by smi69 from New York

May 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.11 by SauceMcSauce from Pennsylvania

May 03, 2020
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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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
 
Rated: 3.86 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Mar 20, 2020
 
Rated: 3.89 by BlueShepard19 from Kentucky

Mar 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by doctorgary from New York

Mar 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.83 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Feb 21, 2020
 
Rated: 3.53 by SFHbeerME from Maine

Dec 31, 2019
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Reviewed by Ant777uk from England

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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
 
Rated: 3.91 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.81 by miwestcoaster from Michigan

Nov 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by Lanas from Greece

Nov 29, 2019
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Reviewed by ThemThangs from California

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Aug 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.81 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Aug 22, 2019
Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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