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.

Added by kbub6f on 11-18-2000

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

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bright amber color with orange highlights...a 1.5 finger off white head that retains pretty well...good lacing

S - Citrus hops shine through the bread malts

T - This is a pretty well balanced go through a sweet malt flavor which transfers into a mild citrus hop ending...not much bitterness on the palate...a little inconsistent on which flavor you'll get...the hops of the malts

M - Medium bodied...crisp and refreshing

D - This was my first Anchor offering and I was very thing I didn't like was the inconsistency on the taste...but it was pretty balanced and a solid APA

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale coppery sort of color. Soft white head that leaves some decent lacing. Ok aroma-somewhat floral and earthy. Great hop flavor. Not overly bitter or astringent just a solid hop flavor upfront. Touch of malty sweetness. Mildly fruity. Slight lingering bitterness. Good body. A great beer drinkablility wise. The flavor more then makes up for any flaws in color or aroma. I have loved this one for years. Still do so it seems.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a hazy orange color. White foamy head with decent lacing.

S - Hoppy and floral with hints of citrus.

T - Hints of citrus and perfume up front followed by a good amount of hoppy bitterness. Finishes dry.

MF&D - Crisp flavor and good carbonation. Highly recommended. Just a notch below Anchor beer.

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

Bright, clear, sungolden body with lots of carbonation. White fluffy head with good retention and lace.
Smell is fresh fruit and floral notes. Some mildly spiced honey and hard to notice hops.
Taste is first malty and sweet but quickly changes to an unexpected but welcome hop rush that finishes dry and puckering. Aftertaste is quite long and hoppy, only fading reluctantly.
Good solid mouthfeel with some coating. One of the driest brews I've had yet.
Good drinkability but too high ABV to be a session brew.


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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a nice big white head.

Nice big grapefruit and pine smell.

Great hoppy but balanced taste with the usual hop flavors and a malty backbone.

Nice mouthfeel and a nice to drink factor. Classic APA.

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