Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale
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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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12 oz bottle from a $10 six-pack. Bottled 4/1/13, so super fresh.

Judging this as an APA and not an IPA.

A: Nice rust color. Beautiful, billowy head. Tons of cling.

S: Promising West Coast hop smell. Famously, this is single-hopped with Cascade.

T: It's just great. Straightforwardly, assertively hoppy, then a bready aftertaste. Balanced, not crude like some single-hopped beers can be. Dangerously sessionable.

M: Full. Creamy.

O: A criminally underrated American classic worth returning to as a summer quasi-sessioner if it's been too long. Really a great beer.

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12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled Sept 27 2012.

A: Pours a cloudy light amber gold with a half finger dense white head. Lots of small bubbles visible in the body. Spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Grapefruit, orange and lemon come through from the hops. Malts give it a bit of a raisiny fig note.

T: Well balanced IPA. A citrus hopping and a solid crackery malt finish. A bit of soapiness to it, fairly floral too.

M: Light to medium body with ample carbonation and a nice crisp finish.

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,483 ratings