Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

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3,453 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.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Beautiful lookin beer. Nice thick head. Nice lacing. But a pils like color that doesn't match the style but good looking still.

Aroma is slightly hoppy with almost a fruit coctail aroma.

Taste is good. Solid. Kinda pils like but with a nice hop flavor and bite.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp.

Overall a good summer beer. Solid. Will probably buy some more for the summer months.

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Photo of Tartarus
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A&S: Pours hazy translucent golden with about a finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smell is of citrus and floral hops.

T&M: When it first hits the tongue you get an upfront taste of hops followed by a light malty taste afterwords. Hops are the forefront of the flavor but they are not dominating by any means. It is a very nice balance. I also feel like I taste a little bit of apple in this but it may just be me. Mouthfeel is light with a slight fizz of carbonation and leaves a slightly dry feeling after each sip.

O: I really like this beer, the taste is good for any time of year, but now that it's getting warm again this would be a great beer for summer activities.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden color with an orange hue to it topped with a good 2 finger thick foamy head. Light lacing.

S- Something like mango citrus bouquet with a light hop aroma.

T- Citrus hop flavor with what may be a slight hint of cherry.

M- Smooth medium body with very low bitters that die down quickly. Well balanced.

O- Seems complex but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a one finger head that dissipates to a film on top of my beer. Smell is of grassy floral hops. Taste starts with those good hop flavors, then I get a touch of light bready malts. Mouthfeel is proper for a slightly heavier APA, and carbonation is moderate. This is an APA you could have any time of year, I am glad I bought a 6-er this January.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden orange colour, finger of light fluffy eggwhite head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Nice citrus hops off the top with some sweet caramel and burnt sugar closing it up on the finish.

T - Perfect balance between hops and malts with citrus and pine hops coming off the top and followed by some light caramel malts and biscuit notes that linger.

M - Medium bodied, goes down smooth and finishes surprisingly wet.

O - Behind the Porter, this is my second favourite from these guys and it is certainly a solid offering and perfect example of the style. Easily drinkable and quite flavourful.

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Photo of match1112
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a pale, cloudy orange color. has two fingers of fluffy white head that settles down quickly but never completely leaves.

S: mostly sweet citrus with floral hops.

T: follows the smell with citrus and hops with a slight dry bitter end.

M: very crisp at first, soft and smooth in the middle with a very clean finish.

O: anchor can do no wrong. worth trying if you can get it, you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of tito42
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into an imperial pint. Bottled on 1/11/11. A good sign?

A: Thick off-white head. Highly active carbonation. Slightly hazy gold with amber hues. Excellent lacing and retention of the head. Unique-shaped bottle with an anchor on the label.

S: Earthy and floral hops. Also grapefruit. Very fragrant and inviting.

T: Sweet malt and honey, with earthy hops. A light citrus as well. A tad watery in the middle.

M: Light-bodied, creamy and smooth giving way to a pleasant hops dryness.

O: This is an American Pale Ale that I can rely on. I've been waiting for an all-around great APA to come my way, and this is the first I've tried.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden/orange hue with a rocky three finger head. Retention is great, chunky layer of foam on top that lasts all the way through.

Herbal, earthy, and just a touch of citrusy notes as well as biscuity malt and a dab of honey.

A nice balance between biscuit and honey malts and herbaceous, citrusy, and a touch minty hops. The finish is bitter and clean.

The, mouthfeel is clean, crisp, refreshing, and sports a bit of acidity as well.

One of the classic APA's. Hoppy, refreshing, a perfect choice for a hop lover looking for something lighter than an IPA especially on a hot day.

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Photo of muletrane
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale orange colour. 2 fingers of fluffy white head that dissapates fairly quickly but never leaves.

S: Citrus notes for the most part. Some hops and slightly bready.

T: Tart citrusy hop flavor up front. Tart and slightly bitter finish.

M: Soft bubbly mouthfeel. Medium body, high carbonation. Crisp and clean

Overall this a nice pale ale. Nice and refreshing and very drinkable!

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ODB (Ol' Dirty Bastard, hell yeah!) Date Code. Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a two finger bone white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Very nicely balanced flavor going on here. Good aroma as well. Glad that this one is readily available in my area. Definitely a must try even if you aren't trying to tick the Beer Hall of Fame list...

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery gold, with several fingers of billowy bright-white head. This retains with about a foamy ½ finger, soaping the sides of the glass with heavy lacing. The aroma is grassy and spicy smelling in the nose, with a bold citrus character that blends with the sweetness of the grains, imparting a strong earthy tang.

Green citric bitterness gives the taste a refreshing bite, which is balanced by a solid graininess, extra sweet fruitiness, and a gentle herbal feel that runs throughout the profile. A dry pithy and spicy feel lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness which matches that hop bite but then gets much more smooth and slick towards the back of the swallow.

This is another winner from Anchor, with a crisp and refreshing air (and overall drinkibility about it) that belies its 6% ABV. Hoppy yet approachable is the name of the game with this one.

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz undated bottle served in a pint glass. No sediment.

Hazy light amber color; Cream head after a light pour has decent retention, but leaving an uneven coat on top of the beer. Fine carbonation bubbling.

Aroma is very promising, with good level of citrus hops and some floral and herbal elements over a clear malt base.

Tastes a little more fruity than most Amer. pale ales slightly sweeter at first, but eventually ends with a mildly bitter and quite hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel - excellent natural carbonation; slightly dry finish; delightful.

O- Liberty Ale is an exceptionally well-crafted pale ale, largely true to style yet refreshingly unique.

(revised with bottle consumed Sept. 2013)

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours out as a light copper color with a generous amount of head on it that fades after a little while. The aroma of the beer is mostly hoppy with a little bit of malt in the far back end of it. The flavor is pretty hoppy too, with the malts bringing up the aftertaste and drying things out it makes you go right back for the next mouthful. The mouthfeel is pretty good too, It's drinkable and not overly heavy ot light.

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Photo of zrab11
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice hazy Golden copper color with a 1 finger head

S- Has nice citrus notes with some hints of hops and floral in it

T- A nice dry smooth citrus beginning then hits with alittle dry hoppiness in the middle then finish's with a smooth citrus feel

M-Light Bodied, Great Carbonation

D-Overall this is a Nice beer. Super refreshing even though it has a somewhat dry feel to it. Everything in this beer is well balanced. WOuld enjoy this anytime of the year. Another great job Anchor

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

served from the 12 oz signature stubby bottle.

decent off-white head, sticks around for a while. bright orange and hazy. almost looks like a blue moon....but the smell and taste are completely all its own.

the aroma isn't very strong. a little fruity, mainly citrus from the hops. smells very pleasant, actually. not harsh at all.

the taste is so good. ohhh so good. biscuity malt. LOTS of honey. wow. tons of it. nice citrusy notes. i don't really get a whole lot of bitterness, but the hops are really nice and flavorful. herbal, tea-like, citrus, a little earthy...and yet still not an assault on the palate.

the mouthfeel is a little light, which is quite refreshing. i could drink this all day. in fact, my next day on the dock will be spent nursing a sixpack of these for sure.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy gold with a big, fluffy two finger white head that leaves some spotty lace that can't seem to decide if it wants to stick around or not. On the nose, the hop profile is very floral, lacking the big pine or citrus notes. There are biscuity malts underneath the flowers, and definitely some raw, grainy hints, too. In the mouth the hops subside a bit and the raw grains especially comes out. There are fruit flavors, not citrusy but more generally just plain old fruit in the mouth. The body is medium with a medium finish, very well-balanced, just like the beer as a whole. Overall I think this beer is a fine, well-balanced pale ale, with the big detraction for me being the graininess that just doesn't sit well within the taste mix. Others may think differently about it and I wouldn't begrudge them that, as this is clearly a well-built brew.

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Photo of ramseye4
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz patriotic looking bottle.
A=Pours a light golden color with a pretty impressive two finger head that retains fairly well, so-so lacing.
S=Loads of biscuity malt in the aroma with some faint light grassy hops backing it up.
T=More complex than the aroma, the biscuit malt comes to the forefront of the taste, but this time the subtle fruity aromas do not take a backseat to the malt.Earthy, grassy hops make an appearance as well as some raw grainy taste. Very good
M=Medium body with the perfect amount of carbonation
O=I didn't quite know what to expect, but I'm really pleased with this. A great beer that screams America from the bottle to the taste. Well done Anchor

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Photo of Star80
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed on 1, F, V, whatever the hell that means. Pours out a lovely copper kettle color with a thick, smooth creamy looking head. Lots of tiny bubbles working their way up to the top. Beer smells citric, briney and ever so slightly sweet to the nose, yet a bit vague. The beer tastes nicely hoppy, with lots of piney, citrusy Cascades hitting my palate, with a nice clean, dry, bitter aftertaste. Tastes a bit like an amped up Anchor Steam, more long bitter citric hops, slightly grapefruity towards the end. I can detect some slight sweetness from the barley mash, adds a nice touch. The feeling on the tongue is all smoothness, small gentle bubbles make it almost creamy. Overall Anchor is a revolutionary brewing company that doesn't try to overdo anything. What they do they do extremely well and the majority of american craft brewers could learn from them. Goes down extremely smoothly and leaves me wanting another, which I will gladly do! Anchor Brewing is definitely a destination spot I hope to visit someday.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich caramel amber into a tulip with a finger of fairly quick-receding fluffy white head. Sweet, biscuity aroma with some caramel and lemon.

Moderate carbonation and a full mouthfeel with a crisp, dry finish. Malty toast up front with a gentle toffee sweetness that balances with some mild lemon and pine hops.

Very balanced, straightforward, and highly drinkable.

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

I haven't had an Anchor beer in a looong time....

I poured this into my Fox & Parrot/Magic Hat collaboration pint glass that the owner of F & P gave to me as a gift.

A: Very foamy (soap-bubble-esque) one finger + head that stay atop of the crystal clear (obviously filtered) solid gold brew until hell began to freeze over.

S: Faint scent of bready malt, citrus, and candy sugar. The malt won this battle...

T: Right away, I noticed a very disciplined approach as to how the sweeter elements in the brew were used. I liken this experience to biting into a freshly baked slice of sourdough bread. Sure there was a tinge of citrus in there, but the real star was the yeast and malt.... especially on the palate slapping finish.

M: Prickly carbonation wasn't too much and very pleasing to the brain. Not too thin or thick.... just right.

O: Anchor may do stuff the old fashioned way, but heck it works and it's damn tasty. I've never had a bad brew by them and respect them very much.

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Photo of NordeastBrewer77
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being a huge fan of Anchor Steam Beer, I was excited to try Anchor's APA, Libery Ale.

The brew poured a nice pale golden color with a nice dense head that still there halfway through the beer.

Aroma smelled mildly of cascades from the dry hopping. There's a subtle hint of sweetness from the simple grain bill of two row pale barley.

The fist impression of flavor is hop forward and bitter, subtle malt sweetness balances nicely with the citrusy flavor of cascade hops. The finish is clean but some bitterness lingers.... Along with what I perceive to be a flavorless adjunct used to lighten the body.

Overall, while lacking the bold hop and malt flavors of contemporary APAs, this is a great beer. Like it's cousin brewed up in Chico, a true American classic.

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

This beer was pretty solid. I have to admit that I love Anchor Brewing in general and I was excited to try this offering.

Appearance - a nice hazy golden to light copper color with a large amount of tiny champagne-like bubbles.

Smell - A nice dry citrus kind of smell with nicely noticeable scent of hops

Taste - a nice dry almost pale ale kind of flavor. Most citrusy in the finish with a pleasant bite of bitterness from the dry hopping

Mouthfeel - very bubbly because of the use of champagne yeast and a nice light and dry body. Smooth finish.

Overall this was a terrific beer and would recommend it for those looking for a good all around beer with a solid amount of hop flavor but not quite as bitter as a standard IPA

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Photo of secondtooth
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely gold, almost amber appearance. Massive white head of foam. Large, detailed lace. Masterful.

Bouquet is lovely, mixing malts and hops beautifully. Hints of fruit, citrus, and a little spiciness. Quite appealing.

Flavor is nicely complex. Sweet and first, with a well-balanced citrus hops finish. Superb.

A delicious, easy-to-drink ale with a wealth of flavor and character.

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Photo of Fatheranderson
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This seems at first smell to be a heffeweizen, but after the first sip, you realize it's an IPA style pale ale. Overall an excellent beer.

Appearance: Reddish orange. Not much red mind you, but not totally orange either. Excellent coloring, just what you'd expect a high quality beer to look like. 4.5/5

Smell: Lemon, orange, hops, wheat. It really reminds me of the nose I get off a really good heffeweizen (spelling might be wrong, but there ya go). It's a bright and inviting smell and makes my mouth water. 5/5

Taste: Bitter sharp lemon comes in strong with a hint of floral hops in the background. It's a very good strong taste without any of the funky metal aftertaste that sometimes follows the lemony taste. Smooth, but bold at the same time. Although the lemon is a little overstated. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Thin, but not watery. It could be a little thicker without damaging the effect, but I'm not complaining. 4/5

Overall: A good solid beer for a good price. There are many better beers on the market, and it's definitely not for everyone, but for the price you absolutely can't go wrong. 4.5/5

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange with one finger fluffy white head, which dissipated quickly leaving a small layer of foam on top. Leaves some nice white lacing.

S: There is a little bit of lemon, a belgian yeast aroma, and some biscuit. There is a slightly overpowering funk aroma to it though, almost soapy too.

T: No funk here, a different take on the typical pale ales I have been drinking lately. Very floral, but not in a hoppy way. Has a belgian/spice/peppery undertone.

M: A little thin with good carbonation, has a slightly tingly feeling as it hits your tongue.

O: It has an interesting flavor, but I don't love it. The aroma really hurts it for me, having to smell it every single time I take a sip.

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 3,453 ratings.
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