Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
3,449 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:
3,449
Reviews:
1,575
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
442
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 3,449 |  Reviews: 1,575
Photo of jharkins07
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of SebastianMandeville
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SetarconeX
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up in a sort of post-4th of July patriotic ferver, this proved to be an astoundingly good beer. A nice, ever so slightly amber color, with a lovely little lacing which never quite seems to go away. Only a slight syrupyness keeps this one away from a perfect five. A not too strong grainy scent tells you that what you're getting into might not be fiendishly complex, but it's built to near perfection.

The taste seems to be an almost perfect balance between the malts and hops. Nice and malty up front, and a viciously bitter hoppiness in back, I assume from their "dry hopping." In the background, with this balancing act going on, however, is an overwhelming yeastiness, keeping the hops from being dominant and making this brew surprisingly easy to drink.

Hands down, a fantastic beer. Highly recommended.

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

Appearance: Straw colored, Not crystal with a little haze (Wheat?) highly effervescent with a tan head that lasts a while

Smell: Medium piney hop aromas with a good malt backbone. Very nice

Taste: Slightly tart, midly sweet, very nice balance. Interesting malt character, may have some wheat or rye in the grainbill. My guess would be wheat. Some esters similar to a wheat or witbier but subdued by the hops. Complex flavored beer. Very interesting and different.

Mouthfeel: lots of carbonation. Light bodied.

Drinkability: A nice beer and light enough to have a few. Well done

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Photo of JLeege
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Light orange in color, crystal clear, nice head

Smell- The aroma hits you upon opening the bottle! Orange, Lemon, citrus hops, a bit grassy.

Taste- follows the aroma perfectly, very good.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation, real smooth.

Overall- Very well balanced, extremely drinkable. Refreshing. People say it is not as hoppy as it "should" be, I say its a DAMN GOOD BEER!

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

taste- sweet malt taste, bitter hops, biscuits

color- golden straw

clarity- clear

smell- sweet malt, cereal, cinnamon

body- medium body, bitter short finish

appearance- nice clear color, thick white foamy head

overall impression- subtle flavors and character, dry hopping contributes to the beer's flavor profile

notes and comments- i typically drink this beer once a year during the fourth of july. while i appreciate the beer, it's not my choice as a daily drinker.

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Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of JustinPStewart
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superfriend
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of TheRealBigC
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at St. James Infirmary

Pale golden body, great head retention

Smell was bready and what not. Definitely not a beer I'm smelling every time I sip, but an appropriate smell nonetheless. In fact, the little hint I get from going in for the sip compliments the flavor without forcing me to take in a huge sniff.

Taste and feel are excellent. It's light but flavorful. That breadiness is there with a great hop balance. It's very drinkable and tasty! Is this really an IPA? I've never had one like it!

I am taking a half point from my overall score because my burbs from this one tasted terrible!

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Photo of DJoe
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Darkale
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice, fresh aroma, but faint, and a light, cloudy orange body. Head is khaki and small-bubbled, thick, creamy, smooth and resilient. Lacing is very good.

Clear, fresh, and creamy taste, with a slight hops rasp and a faintly sour aftertaste that somehow slowly ends up creamy and sweet again.

This is a wonderful, refreshing beer, and a great beer for summer. It will be a staple in my refrigerator.

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Photo of clemtig76
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby 12 oz brown bottle with freshenss code "5NB." To crack the code, I visited the the Anchor website to reveal the beer was bottled on 11/02/05. Pours a hazy golden honey color with a thick frothy, long lasting head. Smell is clean and fresh with lots of piney, citrusy notes. Taste smooth and very well rounded between the citrusy hops and biscuity malts. Good dry hop twang at the finish. About as good as it gets here in South Carolina.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A=slightly cloudy, dark golden color with slightly off-white half finger head that dissipates quickly

S=malty, with hops following, floral notes

T=dry, crisp, malty, followed by floral flavors

M=great feel very crisp and carbonation is nice and strong, tight.

D=good, not overly bitter or sweet, yet still bold.

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Photo of ohyayitstrey
2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of Casey_L
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soper2000
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Election 2004 with a Liberty. I've waited awhile to finally try this one and I'm wondering why. Pours with a 1 finger creamy white head atop a pale orange body. Smell is predominately malty which surprised me for an APA. A little bit of piney (i'm not getting much citrus) hops poking through. Taste is extremely well balanced with a small hop kick giving way towards a huge wall of caramel malt before backing into a hoppy aftertaste. Nice experience. A very solid beer from Anchor Steam. I'm sure that this bottle isn't very fresh and it'd be nice to try this new to see the changes in the hop profile, but as is, it's very enjoyable.

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Photo of Polasiuss
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Bones10
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of petluo
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Mtooman
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mishtif
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tjdrewry
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of thebrood1987
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright citrus cascade hop smell with sweet malts in the background. Taste is exactly the same with a smooth sip the whole way with a grapefruit bitterness on the after taste. Full bodied and the malts come through with a nice sweetness to balance out the building bitterness from the cascade hops.

Its like a single hopped IPA totally showcasing the cascade hop. It really makes me appreciate this hop and I definitely get why its still one of the most popular and widely used hops in the states. If you love cascade hops get this beer huge tastes of cascading goodness in this beer!

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Hazy orange/golden yellow with a soapy 2 finger head with decent retention. Good sticky lacing along the sides

Smell - Honey, yeasts, citrus hops, sweet malts, and barley.

Taste - Honey, yeasts, malts, biscuits and barley. Slight resin-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very light bodied with a light carbonated feel. Feels pretty smooth on the palate

Overall - Nothing special, it's just a good yet simple beer to drink. However, don't pass it up should you be offered the chance to try it

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 3,449 ratings.
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