Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

very good
3,444 Ratings
Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

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.

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Photo of TheBear11D
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark yellow to light orange color with a foamy off-white long lasting head.

Strong citrus hop aroma consisting of apple, orange and grapefruit. Also carries the scent of freshly baked bread.

Fairly mellow. The citrus hops are noticeable but not over punctuated. The bread flavor comes through well. The hops bitterness is brief in the aftertaste.

Medium mouth feel. Very smooth with plenty of active carbonation.

Pretty good flavor though not too strong. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Bp123
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yancey82
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzlyo
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is citrus and a general English-style maltiness. The flavor is citrus, very mild hop resin, spices, malts, Anchor proprietary yeast and a bitter finish.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First time having this classic!

Pours out a very beautiful, hazy orange/yellow with 2 fingers of white head.

The aroma is mostly dominated by hops. There are earthy/grassy hop notes as well as floral and citrusy hop notes. There is a touch of caramel malt sweetness and some bready notes.

The taste is also mainly driven by hops. There are the grassy notes along with the floral and citrus notes, an almost peach type of character and that's followed by a little bit of sweetness from the caramel malt and some bready notes.

The body is a very light-medium and the mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Very easy to drink and incredibly refreshing while still having a lot of flavor. It's nice to have a lower ABV IPA too.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle on 03/30/2005.

Poured a dark amber color with medium tan frothy head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Aroma was pleasing hoppy. Flavor was moderate balanced ale with a hoppy bitter sweet finish of moderate duration.

This beer met my expectations.

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Photo of dgilks
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate, earthy hop aroma with notes of light citrus. Good malty background. 3.75

Fairly clear golden colour with a dense, large and long lasting white head. Nice lacing. 4.5

Odd combination of citrussy and earthy in the flavour profile with a slightly caramelised malt backbone. Good. 3.75

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Suitable. 4

A tasty beer with a bit of interest to it. The hop character is just a little bit weird but it's a good beer nonetheless. 3.75

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Photo of ChivoPepe
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IceEyes
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first thing I like, and have always liked, is the bottle. The Anchor bottles are very distinctive and classy. I know that doesn't effect the beer, but I think at some level is does increase enjoyment of the overall experience.

Liberty is a clean, crisp pale ale. I'd call it a golden ale, but it almost touched upon being a lager for its dry clean taste. The body is gently clouded with a good cap of white foam. Drinkability is high because it's clean and satisfying. A good all around beer for any occassion.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled Sept 27 2012.

A: Pours a cloudy light amber gold with a half finger dense white head. Lots of small bubbles visible in the body. Spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Grapefruit, orange and lemon come through from the hops. Malts give it a bit of a raisiny fig note.

T: Well balanced IPA. A citrus hopping and a solid crackery malt finish. A bit of soapiness to it, fairly floral too.

M: Light to medium body with ample carbonation and a nice crisp finish.

Overall I'll def need to get a fresher bottle of this to revisit it with less than 6 months on it. Held up well

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A=slightly cloudy, dark golden color with slightly off-white half finger head that dissipates quickly

S=malty, with hops following, floral notes

T=dry, crisp, malty, followed by floral flavors

M=great feel very crisp and carbonation is nice and strong, tight.

D=good, not overly bitter or sweet, yet still bold.

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Photo of BeerMandS
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice honey color with a light haziness. Light to no head. Faint apricot and orange come to mind on the nose. It has a nice bitterness on the palate that counter the beers sweetness and just creates a very refreshing brew. It's not a heavy beer and is great just about anytime of day or night.

Overall I would drink it everyday if I could find it in QC.


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Photo of Ahhdball
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber throughout, light hitting the glass showed red, and the crown was a pale beige which didn't stay around except to leave good lacing down the sides.
Confusing at first, I couldn't decide what I was smelling but it dawned on me after a moment, apples. I've never smelled apples in a beer before but I liked it nonetheless. After the apples came small citrus and burnt nut tones.
Taste was very good, not the best APA I've had but up there. No apples in the taste but the citrus along with a decent proportion of hops made this a great brew.
Mouthfeel was smooth but carried a slight tinge on the toungue but very drinkable.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice Hazy Golden color with floaters evident. A big hop aroma that is citrusy and lemony (dry hopped). Taste is also dominated by a citrusy hop character but not your typical Cascade Hops taste - very lemony finish and very dry. A light to med body (smootha nd oily) with moderate bitterness.

At one time, one of my favorite beers but there are certainly better balanced APA's available now...

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Photo of akogrady
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to try to be as fair in this as possible, as I generally dislike APAs.

A - Slightly opaque rich golden color. Short foamy head with good lacing.

S - Hoppy with distinct citrus undertones, and much less distinct floral tones.

T - Very hoppy, nice blend of the citrus, with a very dry finish.

M - Bitter hoppy tinge with medium carbonation, overall quite smooth.

D - Even as a non APA drinker, I might consider having this again, although I suspect I will need to grow into this area before that happens.

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Photo of ThreeJs
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slynger
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Liberty Ale pours a lightly hazy goldy tangerine with a fluffy lid of off-white.

Smells of lightly sweet apricots and oranges with lightly toasted grain. It is mellowly floral and fresh grassy hoppy.

Nice flavor balance of the lightly sweet fruits, bit of toasted, and evened by floral, grassy, piney hops softly bittering. Nice soft medium, lightly crisp and fuzzy feel.

It's a classic and it's good. Nice, mellow, balanced, and tasty.

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Photo of RodBurg
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy golden color in the glass with a thick two finger head and good lacing.

Smells of piney hops.

Taste is spicy hops up front with pine in tow. Finishes with a good pale malt flavor. Easy to drink with a light to medium body.

This was the first of the Anchor brews I've had. Very impressed. Solid and flavorful APA.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazed, rich golden amber into a pint glass with a rich, foamy head that lasted fairly long before falling to moderate cream-colored lacing. Carbonation is quite active and visible even through the haze of this ale. Smell is a bouquet of floral hops, with a hint of grainy citrus as well. Tastes bitter and hoppy, one of the hoppiest APA's I've sampled, can taste some grapefruit, leaves a similar bitter aftertaste. Dry on the tongue, finished crisp, enjoyable.

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Photo of ralree
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange and a little cloudy with a beautiful white head. Retention is good, lacing is fantastic.

S: Rice, some roasted grain - almost like a burnt rubber smell. Maybe that's the hops. Not too appetizing.

T: Very bready - this one wins as far as tasting like a slice of freshly baked bread. Alcohol is subdued behind some frightfully flowery hops. This actually tastes very good. Leaves a dandelion taste in the mouth after swallowing.

M: Pretty slick and oily, not clean at all. Medium-light bodied. Carbonation good. Very thirst-quenching.

D: Drinks wonderfully. Would go well with a meal.

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Photo of mothman
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw yellow. It is actually pale which is nice to see in a pale ale. Light off white head. Medium amount of lace observed.

Smell is of floral hops and oranges. Taste is quite similiar. Very heavy on the floral flavor and many citrus notes.

Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth, but leaves a very dry taste in your mouth, similiar to an IPA.

Overall, this is a pretty solid pale ale. When I opened it, I could immediately smell the hops and thought it was an IPA. Give it shot, it's worth it.

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Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed medium copper with a pillowy 2 inch cream head that lingers.

Lime zest, lemon, floral hops, and caramel sweetness form the initial aroma. Complex, and different than most. Pine and resin emerge, along with grapefruit, mango, and peach.

Flavor is initially resinous and fairly bitter at the finish. Underpinnings of peaches, lemon, and lime fade to toasted bread and caramel malt mid palate, becoming slightly peppery, herbal, and grassy. Floral notes surface in the aftertaste.

Body is creamy and moderately full, with moderate draconian and a touch of alcohol warmth. There's a bit if hop astringency.

Fairly complex hop flavor profile and aroma. A little too resinous for my liking, but good support from the malt. Bitterness overwhelms in the aftertaste.

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Photo of kennylopez
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: a slightly hazy golden yellow with a half fingers worth of white head that fades to a nice film an leaves spots of lacing.

Smells: a pine note with a beautiful hop character.

Tastes: a flavor filled pale ale. with the pine and floral hop notes and a refreshing citrus finish.

Mouthfeel: this is a well carbonated ale with a little presence from the abv just below 6%

Overall: this is a wonderful ale. I enjoy the taste and price of this brew as well as the rest of my family and pretty much everyone I come across that tries this one. Great Job Anchor Brewery

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a great beer. Pours a nice amberish color and a good head that slowly dissapates. The smell strong and of a bouquet of flowers very pleasant. The taste is very well balanced between hop bitterness and maltiness with a crisp aftertaste. I really The mouthfeel was just right for this style of beer. I really enjoyed this one. Wish I could find it in Utah.

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Photo of Kplummer82
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 3,444 ratings.
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