Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale
BA SCORE
72.5%
Liked This Beer
3.88 w/ 3,457 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
Ranking:
#7,365
Reviews:
1,577
Ratings:
3,457
Liked:
2,507
Avg:
3.88/5
pDev:
11.6%
Alströms:
3.98
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
449
Trade:
0
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Photo of ChivoPepe
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours slightly hazed amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like leafy earthy pine, caramelized orange citrus, grapefruit, herbal grass, papaya, with toasted crackery biscuity malt. Tastes like caramelized orange citrus, bitter leafy pine, earthy herbal grass, papaya, sweet white grapefruit, with dark toasted crackery biscuity malt. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice classic IPA.

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

Photo of vinicole
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden haze. Thin head which lasts.
Crisp aroma. A sweet floral bouquet with a hint of malt biscuit and citrus fruit.
Taste reflects the complexity of the smell.
Medium body with high carbonation.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

L: Pours a pretty amber, with a good 2-finger head and which reduced to some solid lacing. Good carbonation.

S: Pretty pronounced citrus, with a little piney resin.

T: Very nicely balanced between hops and malts, with a little bitterness but some sweetness.

F: Medium bodied with a little astringency at the end..

O: This seems more like a Pale Ale rather than an IPA. Definitely not as hoppy as an IPA, but maybe a little more than some Pale Ales. A very good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Beerbirdnerd
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjccmd
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big juicy, perfumey aroma. Pine and grapefruit. Spicy. Rich caramel malts and toasted bread. Some mild spicy phenols. Crackery malts. A hint of juicy fruit.

Pours clear pale amber/burnt orange. Foamy off-white head with good lacing and retention.

Juicy bitter hops upfront on the palate. Follows quickly with slightly sweet honey malt leaving lingering grapefruit peel and racy bitterness. Graham cracker and orange marmalade. Assertively bitter. Hop resin seems to linger for a while.
Medium full body with medium low carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Dry with lingering bitterness.

Like many of Anchor's beers, there seems to be an English soul behind their American styles. I find that to be a good thing.

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Photo of Tavo2311
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of John1985
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice amber color with inch of off white head. Nice balanced malt/hop aroma. Strong hop flavor up front with sweet biscuit malt middle and long complex finish. Wonderful ale!

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Photo of codywood9373
4.81/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bulabeers
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

L: Nice big two fingers of white head. Golden amber colored beer. Decent lacing as you drink.
S: Floral hop aromas with some orange. Slight cough syrup smell.
T: Oranges, grapefruit, dandelions, and malty flavored
F: Nice moderate feel here.
O: This is one of the better beers Anchor does. Reminds me of a pale ale. Needs a date on the can.

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Photo of nhirsch04
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of walterk
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a light copper color with a huge foamy white head. The smell is of bread and a little fruity. The taste is of bready malts, there’s a little hint of caramel also and some sweetness from the malts. There’s a slightly acrid earthy tang to it also and a nice piney hop finish. The hop profile is reasonable and I wouldn’t say it’s overwhelming at all. The hops are actually somewhere between a pale or red ale and an IPA, which I’m actually surprised this is classified as. This beer has a nice creamy quality to it also, that you rarely see in beers this light.

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Photo of CBrodbeck
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. bottle, code 5NC on the back label. A new one to me from Anchor; acquired a single bottle of this as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Crisp golden orange pour; just under two fingers of frothy off-white head that stays a while, leaving lots of good fluffy lacing on the glass. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma is mostly smooth, crisp, malty / yeast forward. Crisp, creamy, & appley in the nose.

T - Taste follows the nose: lots of bready malt, crisp green apple sweetness, notes of grass / hay. I'd say the yeast is in full-form here. Not particularly hoppy, dank, or resinous. Mild piney gummy resin lingers on the finish. Nicely balanced stuff. Lightly coppery / metallic water flavor.

M - Feel is very smooth, crisp, & creamy. Medium-light & easy-drinking stuff. Good crisp carbonation; feels very nice. Crisp, earthy, & appley finish. Semi-dry.

Overall, a very nice traditional take on the style from Anchor.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Just OK - would not get gain.

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

Far exceeded my expectations. Now, in all candor, my expectations were zero. Especially given the fact they have been brewing this lil beauty since 1975. That said, it appears Anchor was way ahead of its time in making good craft beer. Thumbs up.

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Photo of aufie
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bruno74200
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'll rate this as an apa because it never states being an ipa and it's definitely not one.
L - clear golden colour with a small white head

S - herbal hops and grain

T - follow the taste plus a good bitterness, just what you want

F - medium mouthfeel

O - a good session ale. Worked well with pizza

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 72.5% out of 100 with 3,457 ratings
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