Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

very good
3,454 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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of dcook11
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- No head to speak of. Visible carbonation rises to the top of the glass. The body is a light orange.

S- Metallic, Orange peal, lemon zest, slight earthiness.

T- Citrus, lemons zest, touch of hops.

M- smooth with a hint of bitterness.

O- Decent offering. Not one of my favorite of the style, most likely wouldn't buy again.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of ajanesz
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance - Nice, light orange-caramel color, steady carbonation. Nice two fingered head, decreasing to a thin layer of foam. Nice lacing. Beer is faintly cloudy.

Smell - Has a faintly sweet smell, with a floral hoppiness.

Taste - Flowery and crisp. Nice balance between the malty sweetness and Cascade hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Extremely smooth and creamy on the palate. Nice hoppy bite but not overwhelming. Really nice body.

Overall - Crisp, smooth APA that gets better as you drink it.

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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor Liberty Ale has a thick, creamy, off-white head and a little bit of lacing, with a mostly clear, orange-amber appearance and a few streaming bubbles. The aroma is of citrus and clean water, but it’s faint. Taste is of orange peel, bread, sweetness, and there is a strong hop bitterness here. Mouthfeel is fluffy and medium, and Anchor Liberty Ale finishes fairly dry. It is refreshing and crisp. Overall, this is a wonderful beer.


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1/5  rDev -74.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of dbmernin83
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with a pillowy white head.
Bready malts and grassy hops on the nose.
Same as nose on the mouth with a nice bittnerness that lasts.
Lighter side of medium, great carbonation.
This has always been a go-to staple for me. Not my favorite APA, but when I just want a good tasting, refreshing beer, this is what I want.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange body, brilliant in the light. Compact, slightly khaki head bubbles out to a collection of foam on the sides of the glass. Minimal lacing.

Hoppy on the nose: floral, citrus and pine. Biscuit malts and wildflower honey balance out the hop aromas.

Very floral flavor, with a good dose of orange zest. Chewy malts mid-palate, with flavors of bread and caramel. Sets up a hop bitterness on the finish, lingering and refreshing.

This is a great pale ale, and can't believe it doesn't get more recognition.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish amber color with a quarter inch of foamy, dense white head that has good retention. The nose is very citrusy with notes of mango, grapefruit, orange, and lemon. The flavor is citrusy as well with a citrus-forward hop character up front followed by mellow, bready malts. The carbonation is a little heavy leading to a light to medium body.

This is an alright APA. In my opinion the hops are a little too fruity and there isn't enough of a malt backbone to support balance. It's drinkable, if maybe a little heavily carbonated.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 3,454 ratings.
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