Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale
3,463 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.

Added by kbub6f on 11-18-2000

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.88/5  rDev 0%

Photo of billab914
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Solid orange gold. Bone white head is creamy with nice retention.

S – Sweet malt, lightly floral. Tart wheat and honey as it warms.

T – Waxy herbal bitters up front. Touch of malt in the center into a dry, almost dusty finish.

M – Medium light body. Dry, lightly tart finish.

O – Surprisingly dry with a nice hop character.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance--A light bronze amber with a touch of cloudiness. An underperforming head that dissipates quickly, although it creates beautiful, if short-lasting, lace.

Smell--predominately hop as expected. Nice balance for an American IPA.

Taste--Wonderfully complex with a light malt up front and a strong lingering bitter aftertaste from the hops.

Mouthfeel--Surprisingly chewy for this style; coats the palate

Drinkability--Delicious and refreshing, the heaviness would work well with spicier foods. I believe this would be an excellent choice with lamb.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden/bronze witha 3 fingers offwhite head. Good lacing & head retention

Smell: Floral hops & malt

Taste: big floral hop presence followed by fruityness. Finishes dry & hoppy (piney)

MF: Thin to medium body with pretty good carbonation & great balance

Drinks pretty easy will work as session beer for me, not in the upper echelon of APA's but nothing to pass by either. I remember whein it was just this , SNPA & Ballards for this style. Tried & true

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
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 ZEB89
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange with one finger fluffy white head, which dissipated quickly leaving a small layer of foam on top. Leaves some nice white lacing.

S: There is a little bit of lemon, a belgian yeast aroma, and some biscuit. There is a slightly overpowering funk aroma to it though, almost soapy too.

T: No funk here, a different take on the typical pale ales I have been drinking lately. Very floral, but not in a hoppy way. Has a belgian/spice/peppery undertone.

M: A little thin with good carbonation, has a slightly tingly feeling as it hits your tongue.

O: It has an interesting flavor, but I don't love it. The aroma really hurts it for me, having to smell it every single time I take a sip.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy goldenrod. The head is large after an aggressive pour, is cream in color and looks soft and pillowy. It leaves an average amount of lace in partial rings as it settles to an uneven film on top of the beer.

One sniff of the hoppy aroma is all it takes to tell me that Anchor Liberty Ale will be good beer. Citrusy and floral elements dominate. The hops don't make as much of a splash on the palate as they do in the nose, but this is still damn tasty beer. The malt provides the needed support as the bitterness weaves in and out.

Liberty tastes slightly sweeter than most pale ales and is a little more fruity as well. Some graininess peeks through, but it's easily ignored. The finish is medium in length and is both softly bitter and lingeringly sweet. The mouthfeel is on the substantial side for the style, which is a definite plus.

Anchor Liberty Ale doesn't appear to have any weak spots. There's no question that it's one of the better pale ales that I've had yet. Best of all, since it's readily available at my local grocery, I'll be coming back to it fairly often.

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Photo of Jason
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pasty of white lace, hazed unfiltered orange colour. Earthy yeast, citrusy-minty hop, fruity esters, raw honey-like and biscuity malt sweetness make up the aroma.

Well rounded bitterness is the first to be noticed, smooth malt sweetness lines the palate with tones of biscuits and raw honey. Hops are very flavourful ranging form coarse bitterness to citrus, mildly minty to raw herbal. Touch of yeast and fruity esters show its ale prowess.

Fresh and in your face, a real American ale to be had here and one that I will happily make space in my beer fridge for.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice and clean amber color with a good sized head of about two inches that falls down quickly but leaves a ton of lacing down the sides of the glass. aroma is light grains, hints of a small citric hop profile, touches of bready grains and a smooth biscuit like touch. Clean and very crisp taste, starts with a light touch of hops and follows through with nice bready malt character that comes through cleanly on the palate and offers a decent amount of balance. Nice and light, well carbonated body makes it a breeze to drink and seriously one of the most well rounded pales in terms of solid drinkability.

Overall a very nice representation of the style. Light, clean and easy to drink. Would have no issues with going after this one again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden as part of a mix-a-six. Poured chilled from the stubby brown 12oz into a willybecker.

The color is like an arnold palmer both golden and amber w/ a quick to settle white cap of tiny condensed beads - lace is spotty and carbonation slowly rises in the liquid. The smell is a blend of fruit aromas, lots of orange and slightly lemony noble type hop scent. There is a mild malt essence in the nose w/ light sweetness compimenting the bitter citrus odors. The feel is good with lots of tangy fruity tangy-ness wiht slight spice and hints of mild malt backing with subtle dry and bitter finish.

lemony hop flavors with tangy elelments of orange rind and slightly bitter taste of herbs with a slightly apple-jack type quality. The overall hoppiness is not over the top assertive but it has a nice clean bitterness with lots of hop flavor and only a mild amount of citrus zest astringency. The light floral hop elements are great adding to the complexity of the flavor while the malt is sturdy but not very forward either. A really great Pale, plenty of hop taste with mild malt gives light fruitiness of the yeast an effortless yet delectable balance for the beer as a whole. I think Anchor Liberty is highly drinkable, a quenching satisfying and well made ale.

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Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a hazy, pale golden color with a fluffy white head and amazing lazing.

S: The smell is very citrusy, mostly orange and lemon, along with a fair amount of spicy hops. The malt smell is present, but definitely not the main attraction.

T: The taste is fairly light, but enjoyable. There are the same citrus and spicy hop flavors that were present in the nose, and a nice bready malt.

M: The body is a bit thin and light, and the carbonation is quite abundant.

D: This is a great session pale ale. I haven't had one of these in quite awhile, but I remember why I used to enjoy it so much.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish head shaped pint glass.

Anybody heard of this indie gem? It pours a mostly clear amber-gold topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises earthy herbs, light ocean breeze, mild sourdough, and a hint of orange rind in the distance. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a mild piney bite for good measure. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice enough IPA, one that doesn't conform to modern standards of outlandish over-hopping, but also one that doesn't speak to me regardless.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep shade of golden with a fluffy white head that dissipates to form a cap but leaves lots of lace on the way down. Smells of citrus, caramel, maybe a bit of fruit. Taste is sweet with caramel, slight grain midway followed buy some fruit that seems like pear, lots of citrus to balance it out. Finishes sweet and slightly bitter. Nice nice balance. Body is medium to thick, mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation is crisp. Its been a while since I've had this one, too long really. I remember trying this 15 years ago and thinking how bitter it was, now I find it incredibly balanced. This is a great beer!

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,463 ratings
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