Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

very good
3,454 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 eulerthegrape
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of JDV
2.51/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Draft at the Brewery in SF. Bright fresh hops aroma and a touch of honey like sweetness as it warms. Near perfect smell. Medium gold colored pour with a little head. Very Drinkable for an American Pale Ale, bitterness-wise, to me at least. Noticeable bitter bite, but not over the top, with a clean finish. Very nice for the style and a good all around beer as well.

Rerate in bottle back in Tx, left me with a much diminished impression of the beer. Below average with a strange eggy flavor ala the Anchor Summer beer. Didn't care for it 2nd time around...

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Photo of Aprice34
2.54/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bland overall. Not much taste

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

An eagle with blue wings? Pours a semi-clear light amber color. Some golden hues throughout. A soft white head that hides to the side of the glass. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is limited but some grainy notes come out. Some generic malt aromas, some minor bready and sweet caramel notes as well. There is a light hop note with some citrus and earthy aromas. The yeast is very noticeable with a light drainage/butyric aroma. Some minor oxidation notes as well.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out more verses the nose. Some grainy and husky notes with a light nutty finish. The bitterness is really strong and is not balanced well with the finishing hops or the malt. A light toffee and caramel as well. The yeast notes also come out more as does the butyric. Some light esters with an almost rose like finish.

The body is a bit light but this is enhanced by the stronger bitterness notes. Some astringency from the hops. Overall some off notes and unbalanced beer makes it not really that great of a beer.

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Photo of prototypic
2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Beer pours a cloudy, golden color with about a 1.5 finger head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Smells a bit fruity. I'm picking up some banana and maybe a bit of orange. Hints of some sort of spice are also there. Also has a biscuity-yeast aroma to it. Decent malt and hops coming through.

Taste: It's a bit spicy to me. The banana flavor is there. Malt and hops are decently blended. Definitely leaves a biscuity and spicy taste in my mouth.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's pretty light bodied. But, I'm not a huge fan of the taste. Overall, it's not a bad beer by any stretch. But, it's not very good. I don't think I'll be drinking it again.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
October 26, 2008

Pours orange with a small white head. Nose of spice. Tastes fair- dry, some hops but nearly as many as I expected. This isn't a great pale ale. This is the second Anchor beer I've had that's disappointed me, I doubt I'll be trying any more of their brews.

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Photo of far333
2.72/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden color, bright white head that disappears too quickly. Very light aroma, so light that I can't really detect any discernable smells. It feels highly carbonated, which maybe contributes to the weak flavor across the tongue. There is a slight hop flavor, but no malt or other accents that come to mind. This one didn't really do it for me.

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Photo of waldowin
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow, with a white head that fades to a ring. Good lacing.

Smells very faintly of grapefruit and raisins.

Tastes of light malts, and apricots. Has a bit of a sour finish, with the hops not really complimenting the malts quite so much as fighting with them.

Mouthfeel is thin but decently carbonated. Little aftertaste.

It's a good enough beer for me to not pour out, but not so good that I'd spend more money on it, when I can find better beers for the money.

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Photo of pvsob
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Very light copper color with a one-finger head. Average to below average retention with very little to no lacing.

S- Floral hop aroma, butter, sweet orange, and some malt.

T- Sweet malt flavor up front that allows a hint of citrus (orange) hop flavor to rear its head before being swallowed by a sticky sweet finish.

M- Medium feel that becomes sticky as you progress through the pint. Low to medium level of carbonation.

D/O- Sweetness in the aroma/taste categories as well as the sticky mouthfeel, really cut down on the level of enjoyment I get while drinking this beer. I don't plan on purchasing or drinking this beer anytime in the foreseeable future. There's just too many other fish in the "APA" sea. Cheers.

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 3,454 ratings.
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