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.

Added by kbub6f on 11-18-2000

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Photo of everetends
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Also got this in the mixed cases I got as discontinues from a local bar. Bottle poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured an orange color that was not totally clear. A bit hazy. Nice fluffy white head with a good deal of lacing.

S: Hops, grains and citrus fruits. Nothing too challenging here.

T: Bitter hops, citrus fruits (lemon and orange), and a little bit of light malt on the end.

M: A good amount of carbonation on this one. A bit dry on the finish but still refreshing.

D: Very drinkable. A good all around beer for a medium bodied beer.

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Photo of Pleepleus
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass, honey orange color with a minimal head that reduced to bubbly foam islands. Hoppy barley aroma and the taste was similar with a hopspice and a bittersweet finish. Bitter citrus and hops make it crisp and dry with light carbonation. I am surprised I didn't like this more but I was not very impressed. Would drink again but not purchase.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P: Presented in a uniquely pear-shaped, 12 oz., brown bottle with iconic anchor-emblazoned oval label and neckband.

A: Pours a hazy, pale golden color with a thin head and active carbonation. Moderate lacing throughout.

S: Citrus fruits and spearmint.

T: Citrus upfront followed by a wave of bitterness. Supported by a minty, herbal foundation. Not much in the way of a strong malt presence. Finishes dry with tangs of lemon citrus.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and refreshing with sustained carbonation throughout.

D: Eminently drinkable. Tip back a few and let freedom ring.

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

Poured an orangish straw color that was cloudy and had a sudsy congealed 1" white head.

Overall it was light on the nose but had a nice lemoney hop tartness about it on the palate. Medium bodied with a slight dry grainy barley aftertaste.

Carbonation was strong and gave a slightly tingly sensation on the outside of the tongue. Low-to-no fruity ester or yeasty carry-over in the flavor. This is straight-up grainy/lemony. Balance is great.

There was a subtle wheat quality about it even though I don't think they actually brewed it with wheat. Probably a psychological carry-over from the Anchor Steam bear they are so known for and that I identify with the slightly bulbous pear-like Anchor bottles (which the Libery Ale also comes in).

Overall this is an excellent ale that I enjoyed very much. 4-6 in a sitting with no qualms. Drinkibility is high for sure.

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Photo of akogrady
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to try to be as fair in this as possible, as I generally dislike APAs.

A - Slightly opaque rich golden color. Short foamy head with good lacing.

S - Hoppy with distinct citrus undertones, and much less distinct floral tones.

T - Very hoppy, nice blend of the citrus, with a very dry finish.

M - Bitter hoppy tinge with medium carbonation, overall quite smooth.

D - Even as a non APA drinker, I might consider having this again, although I suspect I will need to grow into this area before that happens.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a light amber hue and a cloudy consistency. There was a big head and fair lacing.

S: Aroma was dominated by hops, but also some citrus and malt.

T: There was a bitter hops taste, along with some orange. Not a lot of malt, but enough to add some verisimilitude.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. This is a medium-bodied beer.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. It has a well-balanced flavor and a good smell. Taste is a somewhat overly bitter at first, but you get used to it.

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Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a hazy orange color. White foamy head with decent lacing.

S - Hoppy and floral with hints of citrus.

T - Hints of citrus and perfume up front followed by a good amount of hoppy bitterness. Finishes dry.

MF&D - Crisp flavor and good carbonation. Highly recommended. Just a notch below Anchor beer.

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

L: Poured into a mug, it gave off a clear golden orange hue with a decent white head that seemed to dissipate rapidly.

S: Fairly strong hoppy/floral aroma

T/F/D: The hop/floral aroma continued onto the palate and is quite pronounced. I thought that the beer was overly carbonated. The beer was mild with a bite, but finished dry and crisp. Overall, it has a good flavor and taste with good drinkability. I would consider picking this beer up every so often, but not something that I would put into heavy rotation.

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Photo of praufs01
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a frothy head.

Aroma - Light grapefruit and citrus hop aromas.

Palate - moderate amount of carbonation.

Flavor - Very light and smooth up front with a slight malty aftertaste

Final thoughts - Tastes like it smells. Light grapefruit taste that is very smooth.

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Photo of hellomcfly
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: golden orange color with a moderate head

S: Nice citrus hop smell

T: Nice hop bite followed by balancing malt, some grassy and fruity tones as well

M: Light-medium body with a fair amount of carbonation

D: All around good pale ale that would be suitable as a session beer in my opinion.

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Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light orange brew with a rolling, fairly long lasting off-white head. Retention is excellent, and a thick lacing is left behind. Nose consists of an essence of orange, hops, and a bit of pine. The hops mix perfectly in with the citrus sweetness that covers a slight chalky yet biscuity undercurrent which actually balances the experience out. In the background lies some orange peel and lemon. Carbonation is active and mouth-feel is light to medium bodied. Smooth and tasty.

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Photo of erosier
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey copper color with a thick tan head that sits atop the beer for some time before settling and then laces the glass very nicely all the way down. It has a very nice roasted malt smell with a big citrisy hoppy finish. The taste is good too. Nice sweet malty base underneath a nice amount of citrisy and piney hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is really clean, crisp, and refreshing. The drinkability is very good as this is a nice APA.

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Photo of trolinc
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: amber in color a lil bit dark nothing much head is a small and dissolves pretty quick but was about a half finger

S: spicy smell to this one dry hopped smell comes through hard

T: hops hit me in the tongue hard early then i get a bit of malt maybe a tiny taste of biscuit comes floral flavor then hops once again to end the flavors

M: smooth solid clean tasting hits the taste buds quite hard just how i love it

D: a very solid beer that hits hard with its dry hops early and late very solid drinkability...flower aroma and taste set this one off

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of baseballrock
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. the appearance is a golden color, but it also appears slightly orange. nice head with nice lace. smell - is a bit fruity but the hop auroma is killer. taste is great. real hoppy with some fruityness. it is light on the palate, and the 6% abv can be detected. This is one of my favorite APA's.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light coppery-orange with a rocky white head.

S: citrusy with some pine.

T: some sour/dry oranges with some dry grapefruit. The hopping was bitter with a nice malty palate. There was some grains, toast and a lingering floral hop bitterness on the finish along with some dry oranges.

M: medium in fullness, dry, but very crisp.

D: Overall a decent malty ale, but wouldn't drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't have paper to take notes on, so this review is based purely on memory. It poured a clear, dark amber with a little off-white head. It smelled like malt with a bit of copper hops. It had a generic but good flavor of copper hops balanced by malt. It was slightly thick with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a good, solid pale ale perfect to celebrate the 4th of July.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium gold hue. Pours with a 1.2 inch thick, white head. Dissipates to about a 1/4 of an inch. Reasonable clarity. Sticky lace develops as beer is quaffed.

S: Oily hop aroma is somewhat fruity. Grassy and citrusy. Some grainy malt character.

T: Grainy malt character underscores. Definitely fruity. Hops flavor is not sharp or biting but rather soft and muted. Citrusy. Dry.

MF: Medium body. Moderately high carbonation.

D,notes: An excellent well balanced brew with a great hop flavor that is not overpowering. Highly sessionable. I don't have much respect for the American pale ale as a style; this beer reminds me why I should. This is by far the best APA I have had. It illustrates how many really sub-par APAs are out there.

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Photo of johnnyirishman
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Apperance- Cloudy light copper color with a fair amount of sediment in the bottle. Off white head, with decent lacing and decent head retention.

Smell- Roasted grains and malt tones.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Good malt and grain taste, with a balanced hop bitterness finish.

Drinkability- Its a good beer very tasty and enjoyable.

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

I have never met an Anchor Steam product I haven't fell in love with, and this one follows the trend. It has a nice golden color, creamy white head, and just enough lace on the glass. The smell is very aromatic with hints of fruit, hops, and spices. The taste is equally exceptional with flavors of a wonderful hop blend that makes its presence at the end and fruity at the initial taste. Definitely recommend this beer (and all A-S products) for all!

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

Poured a nice copper orange with a finger of white, rocky head on top.

Nice citrusy hop smell up front and in your face. You can smell some sweetness in the background.

Nice piney citrus but not abrasive hops in the brew. They are mellowed by the brew. Great balance.

I could drink this brew all day and all night. It belongs in dive bars and five star restaurants alike.

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Photo of jkdrummer
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep yellow steady carb and a head that doesn't quit.

Citrusy and fruity aromas that really are noticeable.

Sweet with strong APA characteristics with the hops taking center stage. Dry aftertaste.

TO me, this is the one of the best APA beers out there. You've got to love the honesty and consistency of this product. Perfect any time. Highly recommended.


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Photo of billybob
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice golden color with a slight haze and a two finger fluffy white head but small spotty patchs of lace.

fresh clean smell of honey, fruit, citrus, and pine.

taste is malt, biscuit, tea, honey, raw hop, with a slightly grainy finish.

light to medium mouthfeel and carbonation is good.

difinitely on the shopping list.

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Photo of hyland24
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from a bottle into an american pint glass.

The beer poured a hazy orange/yellow with about an inch and a half thick white foam head. The lacing left a ring of white foam around the top of the glass after the first sip. The head shortened but remained until the last sip.

The smell was fruity, sweet and slightly hoppy.

The taste was good. Fruity and slightly sweet with a bready hoppieness coming over the top. Finishes slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel was good. Medium bodied with good carbonation that left a hoppy, bitter, slighly spicy film.

This is a good summertime beer. Could drink quite a few of these but falls just outside the session category due to the 6% ABV. I recommend this beer as a great example of the American Ale.

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

Poured a nice light yellow-brown with a thick white head. Lots of carbonation. Excellent head retention.

Citrusy aroma.

Sweet, honey/hoppy taste at first, then finishing into a stronger hop taste.

Great mouthfeel. Light body that desires to be consumed.

I could easily drink a few of these per sitting. Great APA.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from The Bayou, Salt Lake City, UT

Pours a golden-orange body with a tall, rocky, off-white head that is excellently retained & leaves great lacing. Good carbonation, as expected. Sadly, the aroma is nothing doing, as all I detect is some metallic wheat notes & not much else. Some hop like characters come through if I really strain the senses.

The flavor has a lot of Hefeweizen-like characteristics: banana, wheat, pale malts. Some alcohol & hops pull through on the finish as big, yeasty fruit notes give this Pale Ale a nice complexity. The aftertase warms with the alcohol, and hops deliver a great bitterness reminiscent of an English IPA. Overall, however, I was a bit underwhelmed with this beer. It's a good beer and one of the originators in the world of craft brews, don't get me wrong, but it seems that the craft scene has passed it by with more complex, hoppy, & overall tastier Pale Ales.

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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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