Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
3,442 Ratings
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
Ratings:
3,442
Reviews:
1,572
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
442
For Trade:
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Photo of Macamah
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Oakley
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of teromous
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is no can date that I can see.

Appearance: It has a hazy orange and gold body with a fluffy cloud-like head of pure white. Some suspended solids are present in the beer but they are very small. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma: It has a strong buttered caramel aroma.There is a light spicy, slightly floral, aroma that carries a bit of a bamboo scent. It is pretty intriguing.

Taste: Sweet caramel flavor with a bit of biscuit crust up front and at the end. In the middle there is this slightly fruity almost grape-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation but pretty low on bitterness. The finish is crisp and dry with a nice wash of carbonation.

Overall: It is an interesting beer. I doubt you will find a beer on the market that really tastes like this. For that reason alone I would recommend at least trying it once just to experience the beer for what it is. It doesn't have a massive hop flavor that is often found in American style IPA's but the flavors are good and that is what counts. I probably wouldn't go out and buy it again but if somebody tossed me a can of this I would gladly enjoy it again.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ctmpwrdcamry
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChivoPepe
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours slightly hazed amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like leafy earthy pine, caramelized orange citrus, grapefruit, herbal grass, papaya, with toasted crackery biscuity malt. Tastes like caramelized orange citrus, bitter leafy pine, earthy herbal grass, papaya, sweet white grapefruit, with dark toasted crackery biscuity malt. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice classic IPA.

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Photo of redsoxjim
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vinicole
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden haze. Thin head which lasts.
Crisp aroma. A sweet floral bouquet with a hint of malt biscuit and citrus fruit.
Taste reflects the complexity of the smell.
Medium body with high carbonation.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

L: Pours a pretty amber, with a good 2-finger head and which reduced to some solid lacing. Good carbonation.

S: Pretty pronounced citrus, with a little piney resin.

T: Very nicely balanced between hops and malts, with a little bitterness but some sweetness.

F: Medium bodied with a little astringency at the end..

O: This seems more like a Pale Ale rather than an IPA. Definitely not as hoppy as an IPA, but maybe a little more than some Pale Ales. A very good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Beerbirdnerd
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjccmd
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big juicy, perfumey aroma. Pine and grapefruit. Spicy. Rich caramel malts and toasted bread. Some mild spicy phenols. Crackery malts. A hint of juicy fruit.

Pours clear pale amber/burnt orange. Foamy off-white head with good lacing and retention.

Juicy bitter hops upfront on the palate. Follows quickly with slightly sweet honey malt leaving lingering grapefruit peel and racy bitterness. Graham cracker and orange marmalade. Assertively bitter. Hop resin seems to linger for a while.
Medium full body with medium low carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Dry with lingering bitterness.

Like many of Anchor's beers, there seems to be an English soul behind their American styles. I find that to be a good thing.

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Photo of Tavo2311
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of njbusa
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John1985
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice amber color with inch of off white head. Nice balanced malt/hop aroma. Strong hop flavor up front with sweet biscuit malt middle and long complex finish. Wonderful ale!

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Photo of codywood9373
4.81/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bulabeers
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

L: Nice big two fingers of white head. Golden amber colored beer. Decent lacing as you drink.
S: Floral hop aromas with some orange. Slight cough syrup smell.
T: Oranges, grapefruit, dandelions, and malty flavored
F: Nice moderate feel here.
O: This is one of the better beers Anchor does. Reminds me of a pale ale. Needs a date on the can.

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Photo of nhirsch04
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of walterk
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 3,442 ratings.
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