Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
3,442 Ratings
Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,442
Reviews:
1,572
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
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Ratings: 3,442 |  Reviews: 1,572
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty, drinkable satisfying beverage. Not objectionable qualities of sight and smell. Easy mouthfeel, medium bodied. Just a well-made citrusy beer. Good C hops, and understated as U have found in Pales. Clean and crisp brought in fresh from LCBO.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger off white head on a crimson with golden hues body.

S: pine with light sweet citrus, typical of an all cascade hops beer.

T: The flavor is a little mild, doesn't engage the palate very well. Mostly earthy, floral and woody notes and some hints of pine. Musty hop flavor.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very drinkable but not very complex. Not a bad beer but nothing to make it stand out.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear pale straw color with a 2 inch head that fades to a small cap. Good lacing.

S - Has a metallic and citrus like hop smell. Whiffs of biscuit too.

T - Citrus like hop taste to start with a malty back and slightly bitter finish.

M - Good carbonation you can clearly see in the glass with a crisp and smooth taste.

D - Excellent drinkability overall. A great pale ale up there with Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i dont care what anyone says about anchor, they still make some wonderful beers, and liberty ale is at the head of that list, with its rich red malt base, glowing amber in the glass, and its huge hop palate, shocking to the masses no doubt when it was released, but not fitting rightly into the ipa category range. i like the fusion here, its got an english type ale yeast that imparts a lot of flavor, along with great dryness of feel, but its also hopped like a west coast ipa, a cool blend of traditions and entirely its own. i like the amber malt base, it isnt the least bit sweet, but its a different launching point than we usually see for the cascade hops, which are everything they usually are, bold and bitter, fresh and dramatic. the grain does balance that all the way through, and the english yeast is a great touch. carbonation is soft and not aggressive, but it is prominent and more than enough. the body is medium but filling as it warms, and the finish is long and bitter and distinct to this particular beer, ipa may have evolved beyond this in some ways, or at least the american beer geeks palate has, but this stands as a baseline for what good american hoppy beer should taste like, and it always makes me happy to go back to this one. a staple in the american craft scene for me, for some reason always better on draft.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours out as a light copper color with a generous amount of head on it that fades after a little while. The aroma of the beer is mostly hoppy with a little bit of malt in the far back end of it. The flavor is pretty hoppy too, with the malts bringing up the aftertaste and drying things out it makes you go right back for the next mouthful. The mouthfeel is pretty good too, It's drinkable and not overly heavy ot light.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ive liked everything I had from Liberty so far, so I tried their flagship beer. Pours a cloudy orange with a nice fluffy head and tons of lacing.. off to a good start. Smell is quite hoppy.... moreso than I was expecting for a pale ale. First gulp of this was outstanding.. nice creamy, mouthfeel to it that just bombards your mouth with sweet, delicious beer flavor. Taste is slightly dry and leaves you craving more. This is a great beer and when I'm looking for a nice six pack to have on the weekend I will be choosing Liberty Ale!

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that slowly died down.
S: There are aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of citrus stand out in the taste, although they aren't that strong because they are balanced for the most part by the underlying malts. There is a bit of sweetness in the initial taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is also very sessionable.

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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer. Much better than I had given it credit for. Very easy to drink due to a medium malt flavor, pronounced (but not overbearing) hop flavor and aroma, and a light - medium body. Carbonation and hop drying causes a refreshing and palate clensing drink. Enough play on hop and malt character to add a much needed complexity. Hop spiciness with sweet malt profile makes, in every sip, something different to find. Mildly rusty and thin in the finish. A good beer, but not enough umph to score over a 4.0.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml squat bottle, a pleasant enough surprise find at a friend's moving day after-party.

This beer pours a lightly hazy, glassy medium orange-amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and kind of creamy off-white head, which leaves some broadly scattered swaths of fuzzy cloud lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of multi-toned citrus hops - orange, grapefruit, and lemon - some musty pine resin, and a decent offset of fruity, honeyed pale malt. The taste starts again with the orange and lemon citrus astringency, with a close-following grainy, biscuity pale malt caramel sweetness, and a hint of further leafy, spicy, and perfumed hops.

The carbonation is rather moderate, and hard to discern at times, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt well in balance with the now waning hop contingent.

A fairly well rendered, and tasty brew - maybe not the headiest of IPAs from their native turf, but quite drinkable all the same. I could see going with this as a party sixer for slow sippin' all night, with the aim of keeping my palate intact for other pursuits.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a frothy head that persists nicely and leaves lacing all around the pint glass

Smell: Subtle wafts of lemon and pine

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity flavor that is quickly subsumed by some lemony bitterness that persists through the finish, which has a bit of sulphur and pine in it

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a healthy jolt of carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshingly pleasant, almost Germanic in some respects

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 oz. draft at the Anchor Brewing Bar in SFO, review from written notes.

Hazy brassy golden orange, with a thin layer of white foam that has a creamy surface texture. Spotty lace sticks to one side, as it is sipped there's a collared edge to the edge ring and a thin unbroken skim across the surface. Good retention on display.

Aromas of softly sweet shortbread, citrus rind, pale malt.

Flavors are similar, pale malt, mild citrus, lightly floral. Shortbread sweetness at first, with an easygoing bitterness in the finish. A little bit of herbal hop spice and fruity apple from the yeast. Overall easy drinking, simple and flavorful.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pourred a hazy light brown brew witn a nice foamy head with good retention. Nice aroma a strong hoppy taste (could it barley?). Complex mix of spice. Definitely one of the best american pale ale and looking forward to other Anchor products.

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Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber in appearance with an unfiltered haze and a sticky cap of foam. Honey-like sweetness and bitter citrus make up the nose. Herbal and citric hops (lots of grapefruit) balance with bready malts to make up the foundation of this beer. It finishes dry and slow. This is pretty rich and complex for a pale ale - not exactly a session beer, it feels too heavy to drink a lot of, but it's exceptionally flavorful. A great pale ale.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured out an orange/amber color with a pillowy, off-white, two-finger head. Left some lace.

S - It smelled of grasses, citrus and some malt.

T - It tasted of toasted malt, good spicy hops and a hint of coriander or orange.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A nice APA. Good blend of flavors.

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 3,442 ratings.
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