Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

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

Poured from a 12oz stubby bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: A chunky white head tops a light orange color, the head leaves a sticky coat of lacing, excellent view of the bubbles with my tulip, you can tell this ones got some carbo!

Smell: A wonderful blend of passion fruit, citrus florals and a bit of a mint leave backround. Big and hoppy in the nose, a nice alcohol and ester bite.

Taste: Bitter with an excellent hop profile, a nice balance of hops to the fruity maltiness this one brings as well. An ale thats truly unlike alot of others out there.

Mouthfeel: Pretty decent carbonation, I love how this one stays together in the mouthfeel, bitter dry hops and a earthy backbone keep this Ale from getting too watery. A dry finish yet it's done perfectly.

Drinkabilty: I am not an ale guy whatsoever, but in the few I've tried and liked this one is a real treat. I had a Flying Dog Pale Ale on tap earlier at a bar in Watertown and this beer blew it away. A hoppy, yet regulated and sophisticated beer to keep your attention!

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle on 03/30/2005.

Poured a dark amber color with medium tan frothy head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Aroma was pleasing hoppy. Flavor was moderate balanced ale with a hoppy bitter sweet finish of moderate duration.

This beer met my expectations.

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Photo of droomyster
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear gold with a big white head. Smells of honey, citrus and floral hops. The hops make no bones about asserting themselves. Refreshes the palate no matter what you're eating. It also definitely delivers on the honey-like sweet malts. Good medium body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Too dry to have without food but amazing with a meal.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks orange in the glass with just the right mount of clarity.

Smell on this one is delightful. Big hop and fruitiness.

Taste is just the right amount of hoppy bitterness.

Smooth going down with a touch of hoppy bite.

This is one of the beers that turned me on to craft beers in general. So I gotta give it a huge thumbs up!

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Photo of terryeckmeier
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Randomly picked it up looking for a bottle of brew to have with dinner. Read about the brewery in a local beer magazine and thought I would try it.

The smell was really pleasant. Nice citrus notes, little bits of spice and nice floral aromas.

Taste was awesome, never have been a big ale guy but this is the one to turn me I think. Nice bitter hop notes, clean finish with a nice aftertaste.

Looks a nice golden yellow almost like a Weiss Bier. Nice head that quickly vanished. Poured into a pint glass.

Mouth feel was pretty typical of an ale nice lacing.

Suprised at the size of the bottle 650 ml pint and half almost.

Will pick up again.

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Photo of hopdog
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of caramel, lemons, floral, and mild soap. The soapiness was detracting. Tastes of caramel, floral, and a little fruity. Body on the thinner side.

Notes from 3/18/06

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Photo of ludachris
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold colour with a decent white head that doesn't last all that long. Has a really nice sweet fruity smell to it. Smell matches the taste, sweet with an astringent end. Very little lacing. This is definately a drinkable beer and would love to have another. For sure will recommend to my friends.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold with an enormous head that retains wonderfully. Perfect look. Smells of yeast, pineapple, and grassy hops.

I love this taste. This is the type of beer that I crave. Nice mellow hoppy bitterness, with no bad aftertaste. Nice and creamy smooth. Beautiful and tasty. Recommend.

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Photo of nick76
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is herbal with malt, hop, and some yeast. Beautiful golden color with a golden head. Flavor is citrus like and peppery with all the elements from the aroma. The finish has a quick bite of the hops. Overall a nice beer but not a great beer. I would have another.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with fluffy head but not a lot of retention. Hoppy nose. Clean hops first on the palate, then a cookie malt hit, finishing with esters and the alcohol coming through. Moderate mouthfeel that dries up and goes very astringent at the end.

Very pleasant ale, and would be sessionable if not for the ABV. Not really an IPA as some have suggested. More comparable to some of the hoppier English ales like Bitter & Twisted.

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Photo of caminiti
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got it in the bottle from a neighbor whose wife was giving me a bad haircut, made it a bit more palatable. I did not see it, as it was not poured, but the smell was faintly of hops and not much else, and the taste was kind of weak, too. I expect much better from Anchor Steam, and would not shell out $9 for a six pack of this.

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Photo of MerkinMan
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow color; head does not command attention.

S: Clean hoppy scent. Hops are not overwhelming. Seems balanced.

T: Very balanced. Neither the malt nor the hops take the lead (until the finish, which is nice and hoppy -- dries out the palate so one wants another sip). Hops are of the grape-fruity variety, and are not at all overdone. A great session ale.

MF: Effervescent, which allows the hops to show up. Nice body.

D: An all-around great session ale that is nice and balanced. Anchor has done a good job avoiding the temptation to make a beer that is silly or overwhelming on any front.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Huge Beautiful head made of big and medium-sized bubbles. Hazy pale ale amber/apricot color.

S- Smells of hard water and american hops. Some light malts and fruity yeast

T- Taste is great. slightly sweet fruitiness with a punch of citrus/pine hops. Some sweet grainy malts

M- Medium and well-carbonated

D- Well balanced and refreshing

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Photo of mgaddy
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was delicious. The appearance was a hazy amber with a nice head build up. Slight hoppy scent. The taste was awesome. fruity, hoppy, pale ale, with a hint of apples. The mouthfeel was crisp. drinkability, exceptional. I loved this beer.


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

Served on-tap in an 8oz clear taper tasting glass

A: Robust-appearing rusty-tan with frothy peaking off-white head with rings of lace despite the on-tap pour

S: Leafy Cascade and Centennial hops aromas are met deliciously with medium-roasted caramel and pale malts

T: A one-of-a-kind English-style IPA with a strong oily earthy hops contribution paired with generous pale and lightly roasted caramel malt flavors

M: Superb coating, oily mouthfeel with low carbonation and bold bitter, leafy hops aftertaste

D: One of my favorite English IPAs - a go-to beer that thankfully has a wide distribution in bottles, but is a real treat on-tap at the brewery

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 6/22/2006 (22oz bottle):

Pours a golden amber/red color, clear, big head, white, good lacing. Strong hoppy malty aroma balanced. Some nutty aroma, strong caustic aroma. Very balanced Nutty taste, reminiscent of Newcastle, but not skunky. Strong acidic first taste but then smoother, and only a nutty aftertaste. More hoppy than malty. Very fizzy.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is typical of a lager, clear yellow with a tinge of orange, but with a nice, thick, fine-bubbled head that persists. Aroma is crisp and malty with a hoppy undertone, not complex but still inviting. Flavor has equally strong hops and malt components, not too bitter, with just a touch of sweetness. Texture is smooth, and finish is hoppy and satisfactory.

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

Wow what a great classic pale ale. I had it on tap and it pours with a beautiful head. Nice deep golden color with nice fulffy white head. The scent is very strong with the hops but the taste is balanced when you drink it. It's a great hot day beer or for tailgating. This isnt the best beer on the market but proably the best american pale ales. I love the drinkablity and I will continue to drnk this when I have the chance to.

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Photo of illidurit
3.14/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Gold color with a thin white head. Filmy lace left behind. Aroma is straight-up Cascade hops. Flavor is pale malt with Cascade citrus and a bit of an apple juice note. Slight bitterness is a little weak for the style. Nice mouthfeel, with smooth carbonation and a medium-thin body. Drinkable but simple. Just doesn't jive with my ideal profile of the style.

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

Served from a bottle, poured into a straight-sided beer glass. Poured a hazy, deep gold/caramel hue. The head is over an inch thick, I have to take care in pouring this one because the carbonation is lively and it foams. The head is ruddy, colored like pear flesh.

Great nose on this beer! Lots of malt, refreshing burst of hops and some tart green apples. After drinking some lagers lately, this is a nice change.

Great hop hit at first. Nice piney, bready notes initially, and a solid body with a medium malt flavor. The finish takes on some cheese characteristic, like a nice aged cheddar. The hops are a little more bitter than expected and last a while in the aftertaste. This increases as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is slightly viscous, with medium carbonation. The beer sticks on the palate a while after finishing.

Overall, a great beer. Very enjoyable look and presentation, and very drinkable.

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Photo of mbenthall
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly hazy pale yellow, nice head that settles into a good lace.

Smell: Malt and subtle notes of fruit coming thru a nice hop smell that commands most attention.

Taste: Malty sweet blanced well with slight hop bitterness, that becomes more pronounced upon finish.

Mouthfeel: Meduim in body smooth with a dry finish.

Drinkability: A great APA one of my favorite and always a solid choice.

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Photo of YankChef
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into hennepin glass

Appearance: Golden, very light amber orange. THin clingy white head that can create some nice lacing

Aroma: Sweet and juicy with a little bit of rose water. Really in your face nose that is just outstanding.

Taste: Fresh and crisp tasting with some peach and maybe a little orange, crisp bitter hop bite, not the hoppiest IPA out there, but very full flavored.

Overall: A classic of the style and one of the first american IPA'a. A clear standard for the style and very enjoyable, maybe my favorite nose on an american IPA.

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

Dark yellow and hazy, nice thick head, decent lacing. Strong earthy rustic aroma. Taste has an upfront course, bitter, earthyness. It fades away and finishs nicely though. What the heck hops are in here? I didnt' get any citrus, just earthy, bitter, rustic type flavors.

This beer has a unique taste. Up front I did not like it, but it starts to meld toward the end and becomes very drinkable. Really bizarre. At first I was almost cringing, but when it was done I would have taken another.

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Photo of Buebie
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

The appearance to some might appear displeasing, but to me its awsome.
Poures a golden semi-transparent pasty orange. Alot of floating hop sediment. :)
2 finger fluffy white head. Assortment of bubbly retention. Nice layered lace lines.

Aroma is quite hoppy, mostly grapefruit, pine, citrus rind.
Mild buttered bread aroma, some pinneaple, a hint of spiced banana.

Alot of the hops are in the aroma, its pretty laid back in flavor, still hops are present.
Big carbonation up front, minerally water, pretty watery mouthfell. Chalky paste like flavor, Some toasty bread flavors, piney hops and mild sweetness. Super thin watery mouthfeel with soda water like carbonation
Finish is dry and hoppy, with a bitter hop linger.

Kinda dissapointed in the taste. The aroma's really pumped this beer up to be a hop moster, and I was left wondering what this beer could have been.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Liberty ale poured a light orange color with a 1-2 finger foam head and some decent retention. It left some nice sea foam lacing.

The aroma was nice and crisp with a good hop smell with faint maltiness. The taste was of sweet malt up front with a fruity hop finish. It had an overly moderate carbonation factor that was fine. Overall a solid pale ale.

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,491 ratings