Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

very good
3,442 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: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. ABV stated as 5.9%. Acquired from my local beer specialist.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A hazy golden-amber hue with plenty of floating sediment and good carbonation. Produces a large head of white foam with a creamy consistency and good retention; it eventually subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of dry, yeasty malt with notes of aromatic hops - especially citrus and hints of tropical fruits and pine.

Tastes of light, sweet malt with a yeasty character and a dry, bitter finish. Notes of yeast esters, grapefruit, citrus and pine. More bitter than aromatic. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with good body for the style. Rather astringent. Aftertaste of malt and bitter pine.

A tasty pale ale - good stuff. The blend of malt, yeast and hop flavours is solid; my only complaint is that the hop bitterness seems to overwhelm the aroma, leaving it slightly unbalanced. However, this is still a highly drinkable beer. Worth trying.

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 3,442 ratings.
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