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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Ratings: 3,474 |  Reviews: 1,580
Photo of MTMugs
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note to self - do not bring this out with the cousins around, unless you have more than 2 bottles. This poured out a lovely copper color with a cloudiness that made me think of a wheat. But not that wheat taste though. Definitely a citrus taste with enough hop flavor to give me a jolt! So refreshing too!

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

This beer poured a nice reddish gold color with a nice fluffly off-white head that left some lace. It had a nice hoppy and citrus/floral aroma. A decent amount of carbonation. A flavor of malt and lightly of hops. A slightly dry finish too it. A good beer.

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

Pours with a finely carbonated white pillowy head. Beautiful hazy gold with the lightest of amber highlights coming through. Wonderful fresh and perfumy Cascade hoppiness is evident in the nose. A smooth interplay of malt and hops follows the first swallow. Finishes long and luscious, with ongoing bitterness that fades out longingly. One of the American microbrewing classics, also has the best label in the business!

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One sip and I was in heaven. It has enough hoppyness and sweetness to bring it together as a great beer. This by far is Anchor Steam's best beer!

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Photo of tigerpaws
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While not a fan of Anchor Steam my wife bought me this brew and I said what the heck lets try it. I was very surprised and ejoyed it, not one of the best beers I've drank but would purchase and drink again.................CHEERS

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

Semi-clear amber orange color, head is around 1/8 of an inch, mostly small but separate bubbles. Slightly sweet aroma, mostly of a raisin-bread type of smell. Flavor is pretty neutral, good balance of brown sugar-like malt and a good hop counterbalance. Nice mouthfeel, if the beer suffers from anything, its a lack of an assertive tone. A little pepper and spice but as with Anchor Steam, almost too well-balanced to me. Good beer, maybe a session American Pale.

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Photo of marc77
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light orange in hue, topped by a well retained ivory white head. Belgian lace is left down the glass. Pungent, citrusy Cascade hop nose hits the nose at first, but minty notes and mild caramel malt sweetness follow. Although quite appetizing, the aroma isn't quite as good as the tap version, which screams dry - hopped Cascade. The overall flavor epitomizes what a good APA should be-- the hop bitterness is assertive, yet a firm, dextrinous malt backbone provide support for the hops. The hop flavor is all Cascade, with a pleasant and mellow grapefruit note asserting itself. The finish is dry due to the low residual malt sweetness with a crisp and satisfying hop bitterness. Liberty Ale is an American classic. If you can find it fresh and well travelled, it's an outstanding American Pale Ale.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color, appears slightly hazy / cloudy but no sediment floating around like someone had mentioned in another review though. There is a slight grapefruit aroma on the nose. On the palate there is notes of grapefruit, citrus, slightly spicy… perfect hop / malt balance and natural carbonation which makes it exceptionally smooth/slightly spicy tingly but very refreshing and easy to drink. Overall excellent brew!

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

Straw gold in color with a huge, dry-hopped bouquet of perfumy hops. Complex palate with several kinds of malt, hops, spices, citrus, and apricot flavors. A worthy effort and should be on any ale lovers must try list.

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

The beer is a hazy golden with fine sediment floating around. Rocky white head. There's some big grapefruit on the nose. Very piney on the palate. Spicy. And oily. A little resin kick adds some ooomph. I don't get a lot of bitterness though. Light to medium in body. Malt character is sufficient and slightly caramelly and bready. Solid IPA.

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Photo of Murph
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a creamy white head. Smell is of floral hops and some lighter malts. The first thing to make an impression on the tongue are the floral hops, but as they slowly fade the great malt backbone of this beer is displayed. Great creamy and smooth mouthfeel and the brew is very drinkable. Great APA, not just another cookie cutter super hopped APA. This beer has it's own character.

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Photo of StevieW
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A sentimental favorite for me. This beer was my introduction into the real beer world. I bought another six, just to have around to introduce friends to better beer. Nice straw color, with slightly off-white head. Big hoppy nose and crisp hoppy taste with a certain tartness to it. Slight fruit taste as well, big bitter finish. I love this beer on many levels. A classic American Pale Ale, compliments almost any food, and it truly refreshing on its own. A fine tribute to the April 19, 1775 and everything it represents.

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Photo of beernut7
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have recently revisisted this brew and fins it is worthy of a new review. Pours a cloudy, flaxen hue with a sticky retentive head. Aromas of citrus hops and fruity suspended yeast. Smooth body supports a nice balance of citrus hop character, mild malt and mellow fruity yeast contributions. Very tasty and unique ale.

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Photo of inebrius
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong pour will force a pillowy massive and sticky head. Moderate Cascade nose. Well balanced profile finishes sharp and fruity. Easy drinking ale and Anchor's best offering IMO.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Good headed beer with a slight amber tint to the color. This is a very smooth balenced ale with a hint of bitterness at the end that beckons you to have another. Very clean finish. Thirst quenching, and can be great with a wide variety of foods.

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Photo of Mark
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light in color, strong in taste. The alcohol is very prominent. Excellent aroma, good mouthfeel, nice solid lacing. Taste seemed to change a bit as the glass was emptied. Very complex solid beer from the brewery that started me on the road to beer snobdom. As an update. The last few bottles have been very refreshing with much less alcohol strength in evidence. A real tremendous beer from the pioneers!

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

I like this better than Anchor Steam. What an aroma. Smells like fruit, pine, and hops. It has a taste unlike any ale I've tried. Complex, yet simple and I can't quite put my finger on why that is. Nice hop finish. Leaves you wanting another one.

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

Very tasty beer, not too over the top, elegant, bit spicy, bit of citrus, bit of tropical fruit, i love this stuff, only ver had it on a couple of occasions though (not too available where i am), but its up there.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark, golden color and a nice creamy head. Great (!) floral hop nose! Medium body and tongue-smoothness. Easy-drinking smooth floral hoppiness...mmm! Nice bier!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of hooligan
4.94/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite APA ever... Nice malty feel, with a hop bitterness that cleans it up nice. My shop now has these in 22oz (Florida had a ban on 22oz for some reason) and I love taking my work home :-)

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Photo of John
4.84/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Arguably, Liberty and Sierra Nevada Pale are the benchmarks for APAs as they are today. I still remember discovering this gem and thinking what a find it was 10yrs. or so ago. It's still a great brew.

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Photo of gwfrankpsu
4.76/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is not your average pale ale - this is the best!!!!! I try to have a Liberty Ale two or three times a year - I don't want to get used to it. THIS IS A TOP TEN!!!!!

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Photo of AaronRed
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I need to revise my review of this beer, as it is worth more than just a line. I must say this beer is one of my favorites. Outstanding in all areas. Perfectly golden in color with a white creamy head, you can smell the floral aromas wafting out of the glass. Tremendous tasting- hops are outstanding. This is what an American ale is all about.

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

If you are not afraid of assertive, aromatic hops, this is the beer for you.

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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