Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale
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3.88/5
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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
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#8,450
Reviews:
1,580
Ratings:
3,474
pDev:
11.6%
Bros Score:
3.98
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden clear. Very nice frothy off-white head, fantastic lacing.
High aroma of hops, tropical fruits upfront.
High bitter flavor, medium-low malty sweetness, toasted, high hops flavor.
Medium body, high carbonated, long bitter finish, bit of alcohol warming, smooth, crisp.

Fantastic beer.

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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
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Photo of jamesroses
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle

appearance: light orange, clear, medium carbonation, 1 finger head, good lacing and retention.

smell: fresh piney, slightly citrusy hops (3 months old bottle) maybe even a mint note. Not to strong as other contemporay IPA's, although I'm not sure this is one or a APA.

taste: same as the smell, and I tasted something like a delicate olive/onion flavour, which wasn't out of place, but certainly surprised me. Didn't get that much fruity notes. Bitterness is really nice and balanced with the malts.

moutfeel: carbonation is just what it needs to be, bitterness is just on point and aftertaste is that of fresh hops, piney, a bit dry.

overall: very good beer and given this was the "first" contemporary IPA, you got to give Anchor credit for it. It's a historic brew.

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3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting IPA. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Cloudy golden yellow with a nice white head and great lacing. Smell is fruity and earthy. Tastes is citrusy but well balanced with malt and bread flavor. Good with food!

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From notes taken 02/13/17:

Semi-clear orange amber, not too bright, but not dull. Some swirly clouds and the occasional larger flek. Foamy orange-tinted cream colored head of excellent retention. One giant protrusion of fluffy lace. Muffins, fruity candy, light resin or pine, cracker to nose. Semi-tart and hardly bitter up front, crackery backbone, with faint banana-like suggestions, and even more malt tartness toward the finish, as well as zesty, light soapy bitterness. Peppery retro-olfaction. Medium-bodied, abundant soft carbonation with gentler tingles, smoothing to velvet as it sloshes around.

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4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,474 ratings