Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

very good
3,444 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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thick, foamy white head.

Very balanced toasty malts and citric hops.

The taste follows the nose, a pretty basic and very balanced profile of toasty, slightly sweet bread malts and citric hops.

A medium body with a fair amount of fizzy carbonation.

An enjoyable pale ale, the malts are much more prevalent and balanced than is customary in most American pale ales.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Libbey regular pint. Anchor bottle design is one of my favorites.

A: Hazy dark orange with a dense, pillowy cream-colored head. Slight lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Bright yet smooth citrus and floral hops melds with buttery, doughy malt. Perfumy, smooth, and mellow.

T: Starts with a quick buildup to a very short burst of puckering, bitter hops. Quickly becomes buttery malt with some dry floral notes from the hops. A subtle and very pleasant apricot sourness from the hops pervades the rest of the sip, which finishes on another bitter note, held aloft by the strong buttery malts.

M: Medium-bodied.

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Succulent tangerine creamy...hint of bubblegum and maybe sea salt...

Possibly the best mouthfeel of any beer I have ever drank...

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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