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 MaineBeerMan
4.82/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! It has been a while since I last tasted this excellent brew but now I remember why I always loved it.
Great golden color topped by a big head of foam that leaves lots of lace. Foam dissipates rather fast, but the lace just keeps sticking.
One of the best fruity hop aromas I have ever smelled, very grapefruity and pungent, no malt aroma sneaking through this bouquet.
Deliciously smooth with a great citrusy hop bitterness, very little malt sweetness in evidence and a dry finish that begs for another sip.
I won't be going nearly as long before I buy this wonderful beer again as I went since I had it last!

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Photo of doerickson
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden coloring with a thin white head. Aroma is equal parts bready malt and floral hops. Medium carbonation. Taste is toasty/biscuity malts cut by a sort of nondescript hop bitterness. A back-to-basics American pale ale.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice Hazy Golden color with floaters evident. A big hop aroma that is citrusy and lemony (dry hopped). Taste is also dominated by a citrusy hop character but not your typical Cascade Hops taste - very lemony finish and very dry. A light to med body (smootha nd oily) with moderate bitterness.

At one time, one of my favorite beers but there are certainly better balanced APA's available now...

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Photo of bditty187
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The nose jumped out of the glass: banana, then floral hops, some grains, some citrus. The taste was awesome! The hops set the tone… some banana/apricot flavor, some dry tea-leaves, faint pine, citrus. The malt balances out the beer perfectly. Excellent and fulfilling mouthfeel, you know, a meal in a bottle type of beer. The color is a tawny-copper. The head is creamy white… laces well.

Outstanding, it’s a must try for all, and somthing I must drink often… and from now on, I will!

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

Pasty of white lace, hazed unfiltered orange colour. Earthy yeast, citrusy-minty hop, fruity esters, raw honey-like and biscuity malt sweetness make up the aroma.

Well rounded bitterness is the first to be noticed, smooth malt sweetness lines the palate with tones of biscuits and raw honey. Hops are very flavourful ranging form coarse bitterness to citrus, mildly minty to raw herbal. Touch of yeast and fruity esters show its ale prowess.

Fresh and in your face, a real American ale to be had here and one that I will happily make space in my beer fridge for.

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Photo of zakery
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Big white fluffy and fairly persistent head on a cloudy golden body. A good bit of lace is left behind as it's being drunk.

Smell: A little spicy and piney smell with floral and fruity overnotes that appear to come from a Cascade variety hop.

Taste: Rather peculiar. There is a persistant fruity and piney taste that hits the taste buds immediately and stays unperturbed way into the aftertaste and beyond. Malty and floral tastes and hop bitterness seems to cling on to the sides of this other persistent taste and then dissipate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with a medium carbonation that is not visible in the glass.

An interesting beer. Would offer a great contrast to other ales if being part of an APA session I should think.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my US favorites. A superb American Pale Ale, and one that I always believe and judge to be the "original", rightly or wrongly. Being an ex-pat Limey it reminded me very much of similar strength dry-hopped cask-conditioned Burton IPA's I used to drink in quantity in the UK (perhaps I should not mention that being called Liberty Ale and all). But this has much more hop character. It pours with a darkish golden colour. The Head is thankfully much less than the Anchor Summer Ale, around 1/4", but retentive for the duration of the tasting (which was not that long actually!!!). Nice strong hoppy nose. The bitterness, as a result of the dry-hopped character perhaps, really shines through after you swallow. And it lingers. Some citric tendancies, but rather vague in the bottle I had - they are more pronouned on draft. All-in-all, A Superbly Balanced Ale and my favorite Anchor Beer.
APA = Ah! Pourme Another !!

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Photo of boblinneman
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved this beer on draught. Funny thing, I was at a beer fest (mirobrews&blues) and my buddy said try the anchor steam lager. It was the best I ever had, but the lines to the kegs were switched, I was drinking the ale. I told the rep. that I think his lines were wrong and they were. That mistake turned out great for me. recently I tryed Liberty out of a bottle, it was good, but not as good as draught. If you never tried Liberty Ale dont wait, or this time it will be your mistake.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Liberty American Style Pale Ale is, without a doubt, Anchor Brewing's best year round offering. The wonderful hop bouquet is immediately noticed and appreciated when poured into the glass and unlike most American pale ales, the aroma lingers, albeit more subtlety as the brew disappears. The rich copper color shines brightly. I believe Maaco should offer this color in a car paint. They could call it 'Liberty Deep Copper'. It would certainly look great on my Jeep!

After taking the time to fully admire the fine hop nose and rich copper color, the next outstanding trait of Liberty Pale Ale one notices is the hop distinctive taste. The fresh whole hops are in abundance, yet not overwhelming. There's a crisp metallic sharp-edged bitterness with light citrus undertones. The sharpness diminishes slightly as you drink it down and the hop to malt difference becomes less exaggerated and more balanced and smooth. The medium to full malt body is lightly sweet with a hint of nuts. It seems to me that a lot of care has been taken in the malt roasting process. My hats off to the Brew Master.

Liberty Ale is truly a world-class Pale Ale!

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Photo of Jon
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor produces an excellent APA with this one. Pours a hazy light copper hue. The head retention is outstanding... it sticks around throughout the duration of the brew. The smell is of hops with a bit of malt attempting to show itself. Tastes relatively hoppy with a nice malt profile that balances everything out quite well. Feels fairly carbonated on the tongue, but appropriately so. This would make a nice session beer.

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

This is good American Pale Ale. In other words more hop lop-sided than its English cousin. Beautiful aroma, fresh floral hop and a bit of malt. The flavor has a ample citrus hop presence and a great dry finish. I would have liked a touch of light caramel malt to hide behind those hops but all and all a good brew.

I'm upgradeing my review. This is a fine APA with a great flavor. I let this one warm up a bit and that help the malt hop balance. Good stuff.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this stuff, it calms my hop jones, yet it isn't hop dominated, a real favorite of mine. This is a very refreshing beer, good for all seasons. I try to keep it stocked 24/7.

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

Very orange color, medium head. This was passable but Anchor's Porter is much better. On the scale of APAs this was not as hoppy as I would have liked, but the mellowness in that area wasn't too bad. Very clean and refreshing but overall there are much better Pales out there.

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

Liberty Ale pours a pleasant amber from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle. Head is firm and dense, lasting, and lacy.

Nose of light pleasing floral hops, palate is tasty floral hops with sweet malt that combine with a graceful and perfectly choreographed balance that is sublime in nature.

Liberty Ale has many of the fluid characteristics of Ambrosia, Nectar of The Gods.

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

Pours a fairly clear pale golden color with a slightly off-white head. It smells of hops. It tastes of hops with a little lemony/citrusy fruit along with it. It finishes semi-dry with a very light slightly creamy mouthfeel. Very good pale ale brew! Cheers!

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Photo of doho95fu
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This sums up what kind of beer I like. The color is an orange/amber that seems slighly cloudy right after the poor. It has an adequate head, white in color, and some lace. The smell is sweet and you can tell the taste will be smooth. Taste is sweet and hoppy and finishes well, not dry, just right. This is one of those beers that you can never tire of (assuming you like it to start), the flavor doesn't bore you, or eventually overpower you. Drinkability is high (too high?)

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite brews made better by finding it on tap! Beautiful, slighty hazey, glowing orange colour with a super cream head that stands tall and sticks all over. Strong, biting raw-hop nose with slight huskiness. Biting, raw hops that are bitter and citrusy. Slight malt sweetness fills the medium-light body.

Flavorful and biting mediumish body. Damn fine. A must find. I cannot belive I drank Liberty out of the bottle for so long. Now I know the meaning of beer. Cheers!

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

very flavorful with the hops hitting you right away. The taste was a complex as the aroma that finished off with a dry bitterness. Great copper color with a hugge white head that quickly vanished.

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Photo of Todd
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Redbones.

Golden light amber in colour with a thin lace. Aroma is slightly estery with some sense of bitterness. Peach-like fruitiness. Light biscuity sweetness. Bitter flash on the palate. Bitty, dry finish.

Not bad on-tap, but much more preferred in the bottle -- seems to be hoppier in the bottle and all the flavours pop out more.

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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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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,493 ratings