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Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

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

Poured from cool, old-fashioned looking 22oz brown bottle into my Paulaner Maßkrug.

Appearance: very slightly hazy orange hue with a mountain of frothy ivory foam. Maybe I was a bit too enthusiastic on the pour, because those 22 oz of beer produced enough foam to fill my 1 liter Maßkrug to the top; we're talking 7 fingers of foam here. Bam!

Smell: balanced aroma of citrusy hops and slightly sweet, caramelly malt. It is a well-executed take on a basic design.

Taste: first to hit are some biting, citrusy hops, followed by a whack of sweet malt. This then slowly peters away into a nice bitterness and finishes rather clean. I love the dynamics of this beer! Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: even my crazy pour did not sap this beer of all its carbonation. Medium body with enough carbonation to approach creamy. Darn good for the style.

Drinkability: refreshing and tasty; what more do you need in a pale ale? I haven't see this beer around much up here, so I'm glad I finally had a chance to taste it. I just wish I could get it on a more regular basis.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

There is a great nose to this beer, a great floral-hoppy burst right off the pour.

As i look at the beverage in my tapered glass and held against the light, i see a range of colors. The botom is a perfect gold and i gradually gradiats into a nice peach color, at the top, in the thickest part of the beer, right below the faint blanket of froth.

There is also a maltyness in the nose that becomes more apparant as the beverate warms up. It is very appealing.

The taste is also admerable. There is a puckering tartness in the first few sips but the sweetness of the malt does not go unnoticed. It is a great drinking beverage. I recomend it.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

This golden clear ale produced a thin off-white head. The carbonation made for a very attractive pint.
Aroma of sweet malts and a nice citrus scent of the hops was present. An earthy undertone tops off the aroma experience.
The sweet flavors of the malts meld with spicy notes. The kick of the hops just keeps building and suddenly drops away.

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

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

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden orange colour, finger of light fluffy eggwhite head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Nice citrus hops off the top with some sweet caramel and burnt sugar closing it up on the finish.

T - Perfect balance between hops and malts with citrus and pine hops coming off the top and followed by some light caramel malts and biscuit notes that linger.

M - Medium bodied, goes down smooth and finishes surprisingly wet.

O - Behind the Porter, this is my second favourite from these guys and it is certainly a solid offering and perfect example of the style. Easily drinkable and quite flavourful.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Brown 12 ounce bottle- '5NB' on lower rear label

Pours a hazy butterscotch color with a bubbly off-white head, abundant lacing.

Smell is of a hoppy pine forest with floral hints.

Medium to medium-light mouthfeel. Slightly bitter dry finish.

This may be my new favorite APA. Recommended! I'll need to get more of this.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 beer...you 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 pleased...one thing I didn't like was the inconsistency on the taste...but it was pretty balanced and a solid APA

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,468 ratings
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