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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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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 +7.5%
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 +8.2%
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 -5.2%
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 +8.8%
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 +12.1%
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 +4.4%
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 +8.2%
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 -8%
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 +8.2%
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 +10.3%
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 +12.6%
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 -17%
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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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden as part of a mix-a-six. Poured chilled from the stubby brown 12oz into a willybecker.

The color is like an arnold palmer both golden and amber w/ a quick to settle white cap of tiny condensed beads - lace is spotty and carbonation slowly rises in the liquid. The smell is a blend of fruit aromas, lots of orange and slightly lemony noble type hop scent. There is a mild malt essence in the nose w/ light sweetness compimenting the bitter citrus odors. The feel is good with lots of tangy fruity tangy-ness wiht slight spice and hints of mild malt backing with subtle dry and bitter finish.

lemony hop flavors with tangy elelments of orange rind and slightly bitter taste of herbs with a slightly apple-jack type quality. The overall hoppiness is not over the top assertive but it has a nice clean bitterness with lots of hop flavor and only a mild amount of citrus zest astringency. The light floral hop elements are great adding to the complexity of the flavor while the malt is sturdy but not very forward either. A really great Pale, plenty of hop taste with mild malt gives light fruitiness of the yeast an effortless yet delectable balance for the beer as a whole. I think Anchor Liberty is highly drinkable, a quenching satisfying and well made ale.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Slightly hazy copper-yellow body. Huge billowing white head with good retention and lacing.

Smell - Very much an IPA character. Very hoppy and grassy with hidden citrus notes.

Taste - Bitter lemon peel. Relatively very little aftertaste for the style. Not intrusive like an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with good amount of body.

Drinkability - The lack of a strong aftertaste makes this very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of hiku7
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured in a Nonic.

A - slightly hazy pale gold color with a two finger off-white head.

S - Floral and citrus up front, plus a little piney, very little malt scent.

T - Very balanced, floral hoppiness up front, but overall the hoppiness is not overpowering. Hops are followed by a light toasty maltiness in the background.

M - Well carbonated, smooth, crisp and fairly dry.

D - Easy drinking.

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Photo of sweetwaterman
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(6-pack from mid-Feb 2011)

Appearance: hazy honey colored. large head that persists at half an inch for a long while

Smell: Subdued hops (cooked?), cereal, toast, slight golden raisins.

Taste: Moderate hop bitterness, tangerine, marmalade, toasted oat cereal, dry finish

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, smooth, slight bite initially but nothing off-putting.

Drinkability: Very, a tastefully restrained Pale Ale. Session worthy.

Recommended: A solid offering from Anchor. I prefer the Steam Beer, but this one is certainly worthy as well.

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Photo of Sudsy89
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled

Pours a golden-orange, with a foamy, thick white head. Big, bubbly carbonation, and has a medium-thick mouthfeel, very appealing. Aroma and taste is very classic and well-balanced, with citrusy, floral hops in the first sip, followed by a light malt sweetness and dry finish with slight hop aftertaste. Drinkablility is pretty good, but it is around 6% abv, so not so much as a lager or bitter at 4%. Still it's a great version of an APA, maybe even better than Sierra Nevada (but more $$$ unfortunately). Higly recommended.

You really can't go wrong with an Anchor beer, I think they are some of the best American-brewed beers out there.

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Photo of shand
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Pours an amber colour with three fingers of head that leaves some thin lacing and chunky retention. The smell is awesome! Citrus and fairly aggressive hops over pale malts. Love it.

The taste is also quite good, it comes on very strong with the citrus at first, with a bit of floral, slightly aggressive hops moving in. Aftertaste is nice citrus and a bit of pine resin. Nice, very pale malty backbone. The only thing that brings this down is a slight astringent quality throughout, as well as a pervasive sweetness. The mouthfeel is solid, it's highly carbonated and on the lighter side of medium bodied. The drinkability is also quite good, the only knock on it is the aforementioned sweetness.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearane: golden yellow orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, floral, hops, malts

taste: malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp, clean, light body,

Drinkability: nice beer and easy to drink on a warm sunny day.


the CPJ

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost-clear, golden-orange color with a nice large white head that goes down slowly. Aroma is quite lovely on this beer. I get some English malt notes with a strong floral background. Some subtle hoppiness is present throughout. A lot of floral notes though. Taste is either English hops or English malt...I'm really not that skilled when it comes to distinguishing. All I know is there are some nice malt and hop notes in here, and one of em aint American! Strange, considering it's called Liberty Ale. This beer is very well-balanced and somewhat complex. I'm diggin it. Mouthfeel is very full-bodied and almost creamy. Not watery at all. Drinkability is high. I can't believe it took me so long to try this beer. I see it all the time, but never grabbed it. I'm glad I did.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Nice medium honey color, two fingered head with nice retention and good lace. Cloudiness obscures the carbonation somewhat.

S: Prominent citrus and floral (rose) aromas, sweet malts and bread underneath. Very inviting.

T: Great balance of hops (mostly citrus with some pine) and sweet malt.

M: Medium body with a little smoothness in the texture. Quite pleasant.

D: Could drink it all night, and probably will.

This is a real winner. A nearly perfect marriage of hops and malt. One I will gladly drink again and again.

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Photo of lawlerj
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pour a clear amber/gold. Solid head that lingers and leaves moderate lacing.

S: Hoppy and floral.

T: Bitter w/ a smooth finish. Complex and enjoyable.

M: Medium body - easy drinking.

D: Good taste - moderately drinkable. Overall, a great brew from Anchor.

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Photo of afksports
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Who knew my first Anchor Brew in a while would bring such a smile? On tap at Amity Hall in Greenwich Village, Liberty Ale puts a heady and hazy light orange gold. An American pale ale with 6% alcohol by volume, Liberty Ale is... Freeing.

It smells of bready malts, citrus and floral hops, and cascades the mouth with an easy complexity. Ultimately drinkable because of its balance, but still hoppy enough so not for the feint of heart, Liberty is a perfct example of the category.

In fact I think that it's B+ rating on this site might have something to do with it's distribution, because this brew has tons of positives, even if it might get knocked for being widely available.

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Photo of sjmacdougall
4.92/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this on a whim after spending a weekend in Boston last summer. I was full of patriotic spirit.

Serving - 12 ounce "small" bottle

App - Cloudy, hazy orange color; noticeably bubbly.

Smell- pine and floral mixtures with hints of citrus

Taste- Malt is apparent upfront, but then gives way to, what I consider, the perfect amount of hoppiness. It leaves with a clean and fresh hoppy flavor.

Mouth- Carbonation apparent in the appearance is undoubtedly felt; it is also consistent. Light to Medium bodies without sacrificing.

Drink- To me, an ultimate beer. It is my fallback for any occasion. If I saw this beer every time I opened my fridge, I'd be a happy man.

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,466 ratings
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