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.

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Photo of PatronWizard
2.81/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

**Please tolerate my 'Short Review Series' which come from sparsley populated notes.

Pours a clear golden orange with a huge mushmellow head. Rather nice looking. Smell is a lightly malted hint of orange (it's my nose and I say it smells how it smells damn it). Weak. Taste is of a grossly unbalanced bitter bite. Bunk. It is smooth however, with a dry tail and low carbonation.

Apparently I'm in the minority as I didn't really enjoy this brew all too much.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.82/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a big 3" head which slowly settles. A rich pee yellow color. Smell of hops and maybe a hint of skunking. If there were such a thing as "beerness" I'd say this sample has a lot of it, because it's like any of the mainstream BMCs just magnified in the color, taste, and smell. And I understand this was sort of a gateway beer which bridged the old BMC style to the more modern hoppy IPAs, so I respect that, but instead of coming across as fresh strong hops it comes off almost more like a skunked BMC.

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Photo of KenC411
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: An orange beer with numerous small bubbles of carbonation, which formed a modest head. While drinking the beer, the head formed less of a lace and more of a curtain of bubbles on the side of the glass. A beautiful beer to pour and drink.

Smell: After popping the top, a fruity aroma enveloped the area, and continued while I poured. During the pour, a light hop smell was also noted. Pear notes could be found with deep breaths, though very small.

Taste: Beer was surprisingly carbonated, masking the flavor that the smells had alluded to. After a sip, only a bitter aftertaste remained. On warming a crisp honey-fruit flavor was enjoyed, though the aftertaste still clinged to the mouth.

Mouthfeel: The beer was moderate in thickness, not gritty nor watery.

Drinkability: The flavor was very subtle and the aftertaste off putting. The carbonation left a foamy feeling in the mouth. For me, the beer was not as enjoyable as expected.

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Photo of Riccymon
2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a bright orangey-red from the bottle with three fingers of white head. Nice retention and carbonation after the pour. The scent of piney hops is mostly what I take away, along with a little citurs, particularly lemon.

The taste is where things went semi-awry. I took in a little grapefruit, followed by some biscuity malt, but the flavors were all very weak. Even the slightly bitter finish seemed bland. Maybe my bomber was a bit on the old side... but what I got was disappointing.

The mouthfeel was average given the beer's carbonation and the drinkability good; if the taste had been more pronounced, this would be a great session beer.

Overall, I'll have to revisit this in the future to see if freshness held me back..

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Photo of samie85
2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed 4/18.

A-Pours a dark golden color with a two finger white head

S-Toasty malt notes with grassy/earthy hop notes.

T-Medicinal and grassy hop notes with toasty malt.

M-Light bodied and effervescent with loads of carbonation.

D-The medicinal notes really get in the way for me. I'm wondering if I might have gotten an old bottle.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Surprised it took me this long.

A-Pours lightly hazy. Bright orange; nearly yellow. Light, white head leaves light, white lacing.

S-Not very hoppy. Supremely balanced. Sweet, wet, bready malt and some citrusy hops. Bland.

T-Apple juice, some citrus and grass, and crackers. Works a bit better than the nose but it is boring.

M-Bubbles and body and stuff...

O/D-Hard to review this beer with much conviction. Its been around forever. Its one of the forefathers and what not. Its boring to me. Really regretting my choice of a six-pack over a bomber...Sorry America?

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Photo of BierStein711
2.92/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Why is this an IPA????

This is far from an IPA. Where is the hop???

On tap in pint glass

This tastes more like a Belgian Ale, no bitterness!!!! Where are the hops???

Mouthfeel: Watery

Smells, like sweet malt

I will not have this beer again. It does not fit its style at all.

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Photo of TerryW
2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber orange with a good looking head. Great lace. nice looking beer.

I'm not too fussed on the smell. Initially, just out of the bottle it seems to have a chemical odour to it, like some sort of plastic. After it sits some you get lemon, malt and barley. Interesting if nothing else, buit a bit off-putting for me.

Bitter and dry to drink with a citrus finish like oranges. Tasty but doesn't blow me away.

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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Decent sized head which falls to a thin layer of foam. The body is amber/orange with a haze.

The smell is citrusy, and a slight haylike smell.

Taste: Crisp bitterness that's a bit lingery. Also it's very tea like.

This stuff surprised me as rather tough. It's kinda neat though. I love the idea they dedicated it to. It would be rather good with something MEATY.
It reminds me a bit of something else I've had.

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Photo of Living816
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer touts itself as being brewed since 1975. In this case, that's not a good thing. Sometimes things are vintage and sometimes they're outdated. This is the latter case.

It's a supremely underwhelming production from a brewer that ought to know better. The smell is slightly hoppy, the hop character profoundly lacking and underwhelming. It tastes like a dry hopped Anchor Steam. In other words, nothing special. Anchor Steam works because of its amazing simplicity. For an IPA, that's not a good thing.

It finishes with a horrible astringency. There's a bizarre lingering bitterness that doesn't belong.

This was an average beer that, in 1975 may have been an IPA. Today, it's scarcely a pale ale in character. Not recommended at all for those who like an American style IPA.

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Photo of DrMaturin
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a hazy orange with two fingers of an almost white head comprised of medium sized bubbles which retreat rapidly leaving little in the way of lacing

white bread predominates on the nose with some grapefruit rind hoppiness also present; the aroma is not very strong

neither is the taste except for a bitterness that lingers; whats there is a lightly toasted malt which floats across the palette while a considerable bitterness sets up and stays around; the taste is rather lacking in complexity; the bottle claims a dry hopping step that just doesn't translate here

the medium bodied mouthfeel was just right for the syle and the drinkability improved porportionally with temperature as the malt asserted itself more against the bitterness

I have to say, from the reviews, I expected more from this beer; I will probably try again at some point in case this is just an out of date example

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Photo of Crosling
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light orange. Medicinal aroma that is truly repulsive. It’s like smelling the inside of an antibiotics container, although there are hints of citrus fruits, peach and spicy hops. The flavor, however, is very distinctive, unique and enjoyable. A lovely fruit filled malty sweetness with hints of honey, all balanced by a generous supply of spicy, herbal and citrusy cascade hops. Much better as it warmed. A pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of Riggsy
2.97/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden-orange. Off-white head peels away to the sides of the glass

Smell – Faint grassy hops combined with grainy aromas

Taste – Kind of unbalanced to me. Hops dominate and not backed up with enough malt.

Mouthfeel – Thin and watery. Carbonation is satisfactory.

Drinkability – Goes down pretty easy could be satisying on a summer day but this one didn't grab me

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows floral, citrusy hops and some sweet bready malt.
Grainy, metallic malt dominates the flavours unfortunately. Also some grapefruit and sweet bready malt but its not enough to redeem things.
Carbonation seems a little high.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Having heard nothing but good things about this one and being a big fan of Anchor as a whole, I was surprisingly underwhelmed here.

Thie one pours a crisp amber colour with a slightly sticky, frothy off-white head. It's pretty standard stuff overall, and slightly above average looking, at best.

The smell is a bland mix of malty earth, some sweet citrus notes and thats about it. Very thin and very basic overall. The flavour is more of the same but with a slightly-off, buttery malt flavour to it in the middle and combiend with a dry earth flavour at the finish. The balance, along with overall power of the flavour, just seemed off, as did the mouthfeel. This one was overly carbonated and Just didn't sit right.

A shockingly average to borderline miss from the Anchor folks. Oh well, at least I still have the Steam and the Porter to savour.

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Photo of DannyHartman
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a healthy and massive head appears atop a beautiful deep golden brew.... That's where this beer climaxes in my eyes.... From there, it's all downhill....

The smell is mostly that of citrus like orange.... Some floral notes, and only the slightest note of spicy hops.... For an "I.P.A.", the hoppiness in the nose is greatly lacking....

I take a sip, and I experience even more disappointment.... Mostly tastes of orange, lemon, a little spice, and just the slightest bit of hoppy bitterness.... Again, not what I expect in an "I.P.A."....

The mouthfeel is.... Wait.... There is no mouthfeel.... This is as watered down as a Budweiser....

I can promise that once this 6-pack is done, it will have been the last time I have this brew.... I prefer the original Anchor Steam.

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Photo of mobud
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into SA glass.

A- Straw with little head retention, but very active carbonation.

S- Malty smooth with a nice hoppy backround.

T- The malty sweetness really stands out for me. the hops are there, but not to the point of stepping on the malt.

M- Light to medium.

D- Ok. Have been a Anchor fan for a long time, but this is the first try of this beer. Would like to try fresh on tap to see if it opens up more.

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Photo of grynder33
3.01/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber color, quick disappearing head, First sniff was extremely flowery. Taste was fine, malty fruity and sweet, very pleasant sweetish aftertaste. The taste was perfectly fine, but I can't get past that initial aroma. It was almost like my grandma
s worst perfume.

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Photo of andyfrancis
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow with a couple streams of bubbles. Poured a tall head that reduced to a froth I could eat with a fork.

Smells of pilsner-like malts, with a bit of orange.

Interesting combo of flavors right away. Still, the malt stands out to me. A little ting from the carbonation. Some lingering sour/bitter aftertaste.

I appreciate anchor brewing, but this not my favorite of their offerings.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden yellow pour with a large head and lots of carbonation. Nice hoppy/citrus flavor. Can taste a bit of lemon zest. Finishes with a nice bitterness.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$1.99 single at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

You're all out? Out having a good time?

Hey, that's awesome.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper body with a tall, creamy white head.

Smell: Flowery aroma of biscuits and cracked pepper.

Taste: Mild, sweet biscuit and peach flavors with another dose of cracked pepper. There's a little touch of grapefruit in otherwise spicy hop character. Finishes dry with a mild tea-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Yessiree, I think it's one of the great things in life, to go out on a holiday such as today and have a killer time with your fr-- with your friends.

Good times, huh!! That's what it's all about.

Hell yeah.


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Photo of 12NattiBottles
3.04/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mode: 12oz. Bottle, poured into a standard beer glass

Presentation: Love the label and the stout brown bottle, classy, American

Appearance: Gorgeous orange color, great two finger head, and decent lacing. Extremely active carbonation...don't see a beer with this type of carbonation often.

Smell: Lightly hopped with sweet floral scents.

Taste: Decent flavor, full tasting, not too bitter; weaker hop taste at the start with a malty finish; Bitter notes here and there mixed with lighter sweet spots that almost taste like orange.

Mouth feel: Very smooth, not dry at all.

Drinkability: Smooth with little to no bite, enjoyable.

Overall: Enjoyable, neat label and concept ...good marketing. Good Drinking!

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Photo of jpkoch1962
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much a run of the mill Pale Ale. Poured a bright orange with plenty of chill haze and a head the was quick to disappear. This Ale featured a hop aroma and taste that was dominated by citrus-florally bitter hops. The thin body and medium carbonation put the emphasis on this rather lemony hop variety (Cascade? Chinook?). Some bready, yeasty components try to balance this out, but in the end I was left with a rather sour taste.

Not a particularly bad ale, but I go more for a malty, full bodied bitter ale.

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Photo of stcules
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smell very fruity, (blackberry?, mango?, pear?). Amber colour, light.
At the taste you can feel the hop, that is a little noticeable in the flavour.
It is too dry, not well balanced, too oriented to the bitter. The bitterness is very persistent, but annoying.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours golden yellow with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts and fruity, piney cascade hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and some mint with a fruity piney hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a solid APA - old school cascade.

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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