Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

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.

Added by kbub6f on 11-18-2000

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

The Steam is my usual go-to Anchor beer, but I've been meaning to reacquaint myself with what is a cornerstone in US micro-brewing -- here goes.

A -- Clear, deep gold - verging on amber, with a firm, tall white head.

S -- Citrus esters that are more tangerine or apricot than SN's trademark grapefruit. Even some earthy hop characters intermingling with the faintest of biscuit malts back.

T -- A bitter, but smooth hop character hits the palate up front; the same citrus characters as the nose, but finishing spicy - almost peppery. There is the lightest malt breadiness in the background and an almost phenol-like alcohol character in the finish. Aftertaste is all spicy hops.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth to dry with a medium-light body.

O -- What SN Pale Ale is to citrusy, tangy APAs, the Liberty is crisp and spicy -- and very appetizing.

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A-Clear orange, two finger head

S-Light citrus hops with some grassy notes as well

T-Light citrus with some grass, a little but of lemon as well.

M-Light in body but very carbonated.

O-An ok APA, it does feature more grassy notes than others I've tried.

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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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