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Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

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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.

Added by kbub6f on 11-18-2000

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Photo of MaximalC
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent honey color with a decent-sized white head with appreciable lacing. Aroma is that of floral, slightly citric hops. Flavor is crisp and balanced up front with an emphasis on the hops, though wheat asserts itself in the aftertaste in a way that is slightly overbearing (though there's some citrus lurking there as well). The first sip resets the palate nicely, though. This brew is not overly complex, but it's serviceable insofar as it is crisp, refreshing, and balanced. It's not something I'd seek out, but I enjoyed it a good deal more than Anchor's flagship, Steam.

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Photo of jb413
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very hazy burnt orange hue. Nice creamy off-white head with good retention, shrank down to a solid 1/2 finger top. Great looking beer. Moderate lacing.

S - Hoppy, with a mix of fruity, floral, piney and cleaner-like freshness. IPA-like in some ways.

T - Sweetness and fruit in the front. Some apple and citrus. Nice moderate bitterness and rounded piney hop bite through the swallow from the dry hopping. Malt and hops compliment in the finish. Got a bit of cleaner-like taste early in the glass, though not necessarily off-putting at all.

M - Smooth, nice carbonation. Squarely medium body. Drinks right on target with the 6.0%. Solid finish with some lasting flavor.

O - A nice beer. Great look, good profile, and nice feel.

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BigBry
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on tap version at the Tap House.
Golden yellow color, streams of bubbles keep the white head a constant half inch for about half the glass, minimal lace.
Citrus hop smell, with a bit of herbalness coming through.
Very tasty, clean citrus flavor which is balanced by the malt base.
Thin, but not watery mouth feel, medium body, crisp and easy to drink.
Refreshing, a nice pale that will be re-visited again I'm sure.

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

Found at a Belgian beer bar of all places.

Lovely golden body with a rich small bubbled white head.

Lively aroma of hops with real floral notes.

Crisp tasting and chewy with grapefruit and citrus alongside sweet undertones.

Good solid mouthfeel with perfect carbonation.

A real treat if a little heavy on the alcohol strength side.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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

Refreshing, light and tasty. Pours a hazy golden with a medium head. The aroma is tasty, with a little bite of wheat and an overripe flower edge from the hops. The flavor is light and toasty, with a bready malt backbone and a gentle but distinct piny and flowery hop note over top. The mouthfeel is rich and filling with a piny sting on the finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Philousa
2.79/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear tawny yellow with two finger head and spotty lacing. Very grassy hops attack the nose. Light and easily evident that it was dry hopped. honey sweet malt, mostly pale, light characteristics. Light biscuit flavor hits the tongue first, followed quickly by honey and orange sweet malt. Turns slightly bitter for a while, then grassy strong hop bitterness lingers. Tart and acidic aftertaste is a bit unsettling midway through a 12 oz. bottle. Medium mouthfeel, well balanced.

I had this on tap in SD over the new year and loved it, but out of a bottle it really isn't the same. Or I was just feeling generous that first night, I don't know. I like the dry hopping, but the sweetness of the malt just gets to me after a while. The bitterness needs to be stepped up a bit for me to thoroughly enjoy this beer.

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

Pure golden color. Pours a thick head that leaves lacing as it descends the glass. Strong, hoppy nose. Very crisp, with some citrus notes.

Light mouthfeel at entry. Prickly carbonation. Feels like it is going to finish dry, but significant citrus bitterness kicks in at the end. Bitterness is paired with malty sweetness, and aftertaste has a nice balance of both.

Overall: A-, great balance on a hoppy beer

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A truly great beer from Anchor, pours golden in a pint glass, with a picture perfect foamy head. Great use of the cascade hops throughout, but not too hoppy to make it one dimensional....perfect beer for summertime picnics or baseball games in July. One of my favs.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,466 ratings
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