Liberty Ale
Anchor Brewing Company

Liberty AleLiberty Ale
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #2,697
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,052
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 11.54%
Reviews:
1,598
Ratings:
3,551
From:
Anchor Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  106
Gots
  483
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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SoCalNative from California

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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
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deleted_user_1314598

4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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
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ThirstyLion from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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RyanK252 from California

3.86/5  rDev -1%
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
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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 Malta

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 (AB)

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
Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 3551 ratings