Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

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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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Photo of mjw2808
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It pours a nice clear amber reddish color with a medium head that leaves its share of lacing. The smell is very hoppy with citrus notes and a slight bit of malt. The taste begins with an abundance of hops but finishes with a smooth hint of malt to make it go down easier. Good full thick mouthfeel and decent drinkabability. Not one of my favorite anchor steam beers, but all around a solid brewskie to sit back and enjoy. Different from many other traditional APA's ive had like SNPA, but its unique spin benefits it.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with a thick white head. Aroma is a perfect balance between citrusy hops and biscuit malt. Medium, tangy body. Citrusy, spicy hops and grapefruit flavor nicely balanced by biscuit malt on the palate. Long dry finish. An awesome beer. I'm glad I've finally tried it.

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque orange with a nice lasting white head. Aroma of piney hops, citrus. Taste is piney earthy hops, citrus light malt, with good carbonation,crisp, nice tangy with a some bitterness to add balance. This is a very nice brew. It is easy drinking and well balanced. More of an IPA. An enjoyable brew.

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Photo of leokbelo
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden copper with a 2 inch head that after a while dissipates into a nice inch lacing. Great piney scent, citrusy, gotta love those hops. A little grapefruit on the tongue, malty and delicious. Hoppy finish. Highly drinkable and highly recommended. Wow, what a great APA! Took me a while to review it (don't ask me why). Great session brew and from now on, a regular on my fridge!

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Photo of Mancer
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a hazy golden yellow with a gorgeous two finger high, off-white head. Lacing clinged to the glass and head retention was superb on this brew. The initial smell of the ber was citrus hops, and maybe fruits. The initial taste of the beer was that of light citrus, fruits and a barley finish. The beer had a medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a decent beer. I'm not a fan of beers that have a barley finish, so as a result my grading is harsher than most. What I thought was excellent about this beer was its head retention and that it is definitely a well made beer. Shame, its not my type of a brew.

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Photo of rjplumer
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Has nice fruity like aroma that grabs you. It has a nice head that lingers for quite awhile. Has murky honey like amber color with very active bubbles. The taste at first is a bitter but then subdues and goes down smoothly. I would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was in that mood for a solid bitter ale - something English. I decided to give Anchor a shot, and was pleasantly satisfied.

Pours a perfect gold with a foamy, tall head and layers of lacing. Aroma wafted a tad soapy with a lemon zest and malt sweetness.

The flavor is light and balanced, with just enough bitterness to give me that English bitter satisfaction. Not a particularly complex beer, notes a lemon hit at different moments, but overall a straight forward bitter ale. Liberty is lightly carbonated, making it easy drinking with a dry finish.

This beer is great if you want to taste English, but buy American.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden orange colored beer that also has some haziness to it.
It's well carbonated with a nice white head that's above average. A nice contrast.
A floral citrusy bouquet over a nice malt aroma. Smells similar to an IPA in my opinion.
On my first sip I noticed right off the bat a nice alcohol warming.
Hops citrusy and herbal. Malts come in last this time with a nice toffee malt presence. I also get a nice bread or biscuit in the aftertaste.
Medium body mouth feel, a bit harsh tasting no big deal. Dry finish.
Drinkability is high with this baby.
Drink well my friends

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Photo of beerdown77
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Anytime you visit a brewery, you are predisposed to liking it, in my opinion. It is part of the "sport" of enjoying good beer. You tie memories and and a sense of ownership to that particular brewery. I went to Anchor on my honeymoon and had a blast. However, in my own defense, I enjoyed this beer at Virginia Beach the year before. It pours a nice golden color with excellent head, and is everything that you expect from and APA. It's bitter and hoppy, but less drastic than an IPA. Its well rounded quality makes this beer very drinkable. This should accentuate everyone's beer repertoire...yeah, I went there!

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a nice thick white head lacing all over the side of the glass

Starts with a pale malt aroma with a hint of a hop aroma finish

The taste is full of pale malt seems very fresh to the taste the body is mild but apparent a mild hop bitterness finishes

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Photo of bnes09
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange colored brew with huge, frothy white head. The froth seems to stick around forever and leaves mountains of creamy lacing behind.

Clean smell overall of bready malt and slightly bitter citric hop.

Nice lemon rind hop flavor comes through in a bitter and sour fashion. Smooth biscuity malt to balance, a little weak in the malt department. Just a touch of yeast character also. Balance leans slightly towards to hop side.

Light to medium bodied, a bit lighter than expected for the style. Carbonation is slightly low. Basically a watery feel throughout with a dry finish.

Overall, a solid APA. Crisp, refreshing and tasty!

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Photo of projectflam86
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange color with a thick white foam head. Decent lacing left behind.

S- A very clean nose that is somewhat hard to describe. A bit of biscuit like malt and grass with a touch of light citrus hop aroma.

T- A muted hop presence that has a slightly metallic flavor. Soapy and sweet in the finish with the malt taking over. Some caramel and pine flavors show up as it warms.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation.

D- Easy to drink but not much in the flavor department.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass. No ABV indicated on the bottle, but the beer drinks in the mid to high 5% range. Batch OJD.

A: Three fingers of a stark white, super frothy and extremely long lasting head is produced on the pour. Light orange colored body with a mild chill haze. The clarity improves as the beer warms. Lacing is very good to excellent. Impressive appearance.

S: The nose is hop forward, presenting a bouquet of red grapefruit and orange zest, mixed with a floral quality. The malts stand up just enough, with light aromas and flavors of toasted caramel, grain and cereal. A light soapy, leafy yeast contribution rounds out the aroma profile beautifully. Dry hopping is evident.

T: In addition to the nose, flavors of peach and mango make the Liberty Ale even tastier. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter.

M: Oily texture with average carbonation and a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is the weakest aspect of the beer.

D: Highly quaffable, highly palatable, available and well-priced. Excellent APA.

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

used to be a favorite back in the day, saw a single on the shelf and figured it was time for a review

a: rich golden in color, nice white head with average retention

s: nice pale malt structure, bready and mostly dry with only a subtle sweetness, hops citrusy with a slight minty touch, cleanly spicy house yeast and touches of ester

m: carbonation moderate and a touch prickly, light but not thin in body

t: pale malt structure with a nice load of citrusy hops, lemon peel, earthy, briefly metallic, drying with a clean finishing bitterness and that typically clean, spicy house yeast

d: a classic example of the style and solidly crafted all around

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Photo of AlexLMS
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy deep yellow colour. Head: slightly off-white, creamy and rich, moderately large. Good retention and lots of lacings.
Aroma: very aromatic floral hops, citrus and some grains.
Taste: bitter floral hops dominates the palate with some biscuity and fruity notes.
Mouthfeel: kind of dry, moderate carbonation, average alcoholic strength and medium body.
Finish: dry bitter finish that goes on forever.

Overall: very interesting APA dominated by its dry hopped character. Tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light, hazy orange in color. Bright white finger of head, with ample lacing.

Aroma is pleasant citrus and hop bitterness. Slight malt finish.

Equally hoppy and malty. Slightly sweet, with a pleasant bitter, citrus hop finish.

Pleasantly carbonated, light in body, but heavy for being light. I've had IPAs that were less hoppy.

Overall, this is very lovely. Nice hoppiness, and subtle malts. NOMS.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml served in a chilled glass..

Appearance - beer pour a gorgeous ale colour that appears very clear and crisp. There is a decent amount of carbonation, about 3 fingers that drop down to 1-2 fingers. Some nice lacing is occurring as well.

Smell - definite hops and the smell of citrus catch me. I also smell some pine in the background. Hint of sweetness as well, looking fwd to see if that comes fwd in the taste.

Taste - The hops and pine come fwd in the tasting, very clean and crisp. There is a slight bitter aftertaste that i can pull fwd the citrus.

Mouthfeel - really notice a higher level of carbonation adds to the citrus taste. I actually found hints of caramel in the taste as well, there is the sweetness! The beer maintains a clean feel but develops a full body.

Drinkability - I like this beer, this is a good APA and i enjoyed it a lot.Good size bottle to stock and allow to share with friends and family when they come by.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a slightly hazy, dull yellow tone with close to two fingers of a foamy, beige colored head... strong retention and patchy lacing evident.

aroma is decidedly tame, though i do get subtle notes of citrus and floral hops and a bit of caramel malts.

flavor rebounds well with more robust hop charactistics (florally/citrusy) and a mild biscuity presence. a good dose of hoppy bitterness in the otherwise crisp finish. it's a decent and enjoyable pale ale, though in the final analysis doesn't move the earth.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with slightly above-average carbonation. fairly drinkable, i would not object to another.

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Photo of TheElusiveAlexT
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A murky orange and golden color with a good head. Lots of thick, frosty lacing all the way from the top of the glass to the bottom. Good amount of carbonation in this beer.

Smell - Caramel, hops, citrus, spice, pine.

Taste - The hops start, then you taste a warm citrus and some malt, a good bite from the hops and a caramel finish that is wonderful on the palate. No strong after-taste.

Mouthfeel - Dry and welcoming, the hops have a solid bite that isn't too harsh.

Drinkability - A friendly beer for most if you can handle hops. Light and crisp taste, you can put a few back no problem. The beer is tasty and has no bad after-taste.

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

pours a vivid hazy orangish yellow. little to no head. little to no retention

light citrus and pine with a heavy caramel and sweet malt.

lots of light hop flavor that blends well with a very dominating caramel malt body. lots of citrus and pine hops that leave a nice lingering bitterness.

nice moderate carbonation. moderate body.

nice pale ale, always dug this. easy drinking.

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Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, copper colored body. The foam recedes slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Aromas of spicy hops with some grapefruit. Some toasted malt in the background with a hint of caramel.

T - Spicy hops and dry caramel up front with some lightly fruity yeast. The hop flavor becomes more fruity in the middle with notes of grapefruit and orange. The beer finishes with lots of dry toffee flavored malt and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - A nice combination of dry malt and spicy hops with some fruity notes that come out in the finish. The malt is well balanced with enough sweetness to keep the toasted notes from becoming unpleasant. Moderate, herbal bitterness rounds things out. This isn't as pungent or pine oriented as many modern pale ales, but after 35 years it is still a good pale ale and an interesting glimpse into the early years of American craft brewing.

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Photo of Brewsta
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to try the Anchor Liberty Ale after seeing the BJCP recommend it as a calibrator beer for American Pale Ales.

This beer pour nicely, with a thick white head sits atop a golden pale beer. High carbonation is apparent with the presence micro bubbles jumping off the bottom of my glass. As the beer warms, the chill haze dissipates to a clear liquid.

The aroma is a mix of floral, citrus, and earthy. A light grain aroma mellows in the background. No diacetyl.

The flavor is light, slightly sweet malt and spicy hops.

Mouth feel is tangy, slightly acidic, with a slightly drying finish.

Overall this beer is well balanced between hops and malt. The fruit aroma from the yeast coupled with the tartness alluded to a young beer.

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Photo of aasher
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a light auburn in color with a light white head. It doesn't really have any overpowering aromas. Both the hops and malt are pretty subtle. It doesn't stand out in that category. It is very tasty and has a unique kind of sweetness to it. It's really kind of hard to describe but it is very appealing. I really enjoyed it. It drinks well, pretty light in consistency and has good carbonation to it. It's very drinkable, especially for a pale.

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Photo of Marcrates
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer looks perfect. The head is thick, foamy, and it sticks around forever. Color is golden..and there have been a steady stream of bubbles

S - Fresh hops smell.. citrus

T - Exceptional balance. Just the right amount of hops, without leaving the potpourri taste in your mouth.

M - Good solid feel.. leaves a nice tingling sensation

D - Could definitely enjoy a couple of these if I had them. I only had one..

Overall - What a great tasting, well balanced beer. This is definitely worth having again..

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Photo of RankRefugee88
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Pilsener glass.

A - Nice full bodied looking beer. 3/4" white head, nice and foamy. The texture of the beer looks so smooth, both the body and the head. A little cloudy, but just enough clarity to see the bubbles swim to the top of the beer.

S - Nicely balanced for a pale ale. A bit malty up front, followed by hop characteristics. It really had a pleasant aroma about it.

T - Some nice floral hops up front, then a very nice sense of balance comes about. This beer is brewed well, nothing dominates. Nice caramel flavored finished with just a snippet of an orange peel at the end. Pretty damn good.

M - Very crisp and dry, I just wish it was a bit thicker. I would like the texture of this beer to be a bit more chewy, because I like when the caramel malt flavor hangs out on the taste buds after a sip.

D - Pretty easy to drink. Even though it is a bit thin the balance of flavors really make up for it. Its just such a tasty beer and it's pretty damn smooth also, so this automatically makes for decent drinkability.

I enjoyed Anchor Liberty Ale. It's a pretty basic tasting pale ale, but that's what makes it a good beer. Well balanced between hops and malts, this beer certainly knows its role. One of the better pale ale's I've had.

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,472 ratings
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