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 CamuMahubah
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amber with super little silky creamy bubbles...

Dandelions and honey and magnolia...

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

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

Boomshakalaka...this is definitely and Anchor offering...that tell tale something...maybe it's the same yeast...big fan of this brewery so I'm a bit jaded but I didn't really expect this beer to be this good...I was actually afraid to review after reading other reviews...have no's Anchor.

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Photo of pirmannt1
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of fakehat
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of liamt07
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6-pack from the LCBO, 330ml into a pint glass. Best before October 2013. Listed at 5.9%ABV.

Poured a golden orange with a great white head and above average retention. Sheets of lacing. Nose has some grassy hops and pale malts, crisp crackery notes and ligth grains. Taste is again lightly grassy, lightly caramelized malts, pale malts, grains a good hop flavour. Very mild citrus in the finish. Medium body with a good bitterness in the finish. Medium high carbonation with a touch of alcohol. Good drinkability, with some likeness to some Kellerbiers and EIPA's I've previously had.

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Photo of JimmyTango
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Vandelayindustri
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

This beer poured a quite clear amber with a thick white head. Lots of carbonation. There was an aroma of crisp, clean hops, with a slight note of malt. There was a good amount of hop bitterness. Notes of lemon peel and grapefruit. Pine was also present. The mouth feel was quite pleasant, creamy, perhaps due to the high level of carbonation. Overall the was a very pleasant beer to drink, I could see myself having this again, as a change for the highly hopped beers I usually prefer.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of mwbeerman
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear yellow with a good amount of carbonation and a single finger of silky white head. Lots of esther fruitiness in the aromas, along with sweet and bready malt and a citrus hop smell. Scents are not big, but they are pleasant when found. Hops are a lot more prominent in the taste than they were in the smell, bringing the bready malt flavor to the front. Lots of esthers make the beer sweet, but do not fully balance the bitters. Flavors are big and full, and the bitterness has a bite without being obscene. Btterness lingers into the aftertaste as a reminder of the style. This beer has a great amount of body for the style, making the flavors really rich and enjoyable. Carbonation keeps the hops at the forefront of the flavor profile. A great after work beer.

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Photo of bryehn
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pencil yellow colour with a frothy white head that burns off after a few minutes, getting retained as a small collar and leaving some spotty lace behind.

Grainy and grassy aroma sweetened by a honey-like tone. A strong floral character and a piny smell really freshen this beer up, its very appealing. I also get a tea-like smell after warming a bit.

The taste is mildly sweet at first with a toasted grain character. It is quickly met and balanced by a crisp, grassy bitterness. Notes of green tea, mild berries and grasses and a dry, peppery finish.

Medium-bodied with a mild, but persistent carbonation creates a bread or biscuit feeling on the tongue. Bitter aftertaste with a floral character, a slight oily sensation and a hint of sourness.

Very drinkable beer that paired quite well with pizza. It has enough character to be satisfying and a refreshing crispness. Great pick for meals or parties, but a tad pricy as a day-to-day beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of tedho21
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Smurf2055
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a bottle at Wing Central in the U district. Poured into a pint glass. Ar: hoppy but mild Ap: hazy, darkish blond with about a half finger head. Decent carbonation. T: very bitter but not overpoweringly so. Pa: carbonated, but not much complexity. O: I thought it was decent, but nothing special.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,472 ratings
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