Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Liberty AleAnchor Liberty Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 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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Photo of Dogbrick
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
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 tdm168
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish amber color with a quarter inch of foamy, dense white head that has good retention. The nose is very citrusy with notes of mango, grapefruit, orange, and lemon. The flavor is citrusy as well with a citrus-forward hop character up front followed by mellow, bready malts. The carbonation is a little heavy leading to a light to medium body.

This is an alright APA. In my opinion the hops are a little too fruity and there isn't enough of a malt backbone to support balance. It's drinkable, if maybe a little heavily carbonated.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Orange tinted golden with a slight haze, nice bubbles (surprised to read it was naturally carbonated). Huge, very soapy head with amazing retention, and sheets of lacing. Lacing was present, but not particularly attractive.

S - Grassy, floral hops and some lemony scent. Can detect some faint malts.

T - Hoppy with citrus, grapefruit, a little grassy, but no real bitter twist like I was expecting when it started. Mild caramel malts follow.

M - Nice and bubbly, heavier side of light, leaves the mouth slightly puckered.

D - If I were in the right mood could do a few, but in the big bottle usually am going to limit this to one.

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Photo of mjw2808
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It pours a nice clear amber reddish color with a medium head that leaves its share of lacing. The smell is very hoppy with citrus notes and a slight bit of malt. The taste begins with an abundance of hops but finishes with a smooth hint of malt to make it go down easier. Good full thick mouthfeel and decent drinkabability. Not one of my favorite anchor steam beers, but all around a solid brewskie to sit back and enjoy. Different from many other traditional APA's ive had like SNPA, but its unique spin benefits it.

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Photo of silentjay
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours rather pale (which i guess it should) with a huge, lively white head that is cloud-like, sticks around insanely long and leaves some spotty chunks on my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

lots of earthy hops in this one (english varety?) and some bicuity malts.

flavor is nothing unexpected for the style and from the expectations risen from the aroma. a slightly spicy and acidic citrus hop profile dominates a semi-bland malt billing that is of white bread and dough.

light bodied and sticky with ample carbonation and some lingering musty pepper spiciness and bitterness.

goes down ok. I enjoy the aftertaste a bit more than the initial flavors, though. meh.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass this brew pours a straw yellow, with an impressively frothy head.

Not to much in the aroma, much like it's cousin Anchor Steam, bready malt, and fresh mild hop notes are present. These hops, however, are more citrus and much stronger (compared to Anchor Steam).

The taste is refreshing citrus hop bitterness, with a slightly sweet tingle. More bready malt is present.

Over all, this is an excellent Pale Ale. I love how it's dry-hopped enough to bring out the color and bitterness in the hops, but maintains excellent drinkabilty and doesn't over power it's malt.

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

Apricot in color, hazy and some yeast sediment floaters. Inch white head, takes it's time dropping. Leaves a ring of lacing that looks like a white mountain silhouette.

Smells a little like apricots too! Or maybe peaches. Some light nuttiness too.

Light citrus flavors, mingle with that sweet apricot. A little of the nut flavor that I picked up in the nose. A dry, roasty malt flavor is there as well. Some light floral hops. Very good balance here. Good hop bitterness on the front of my tongue, and gets sweeter as it continues back. Good mouthfeel, vibrant, and a bit chewy.

Good beer to kick back with and have a few. Unassuming and refreshing. Balanced and tasty. Give me Liberty, or... ah forget it. I'm sure someone's used it already anyway. Cheers!

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

Poured a slightly hazy shade of orange with a light white head that was gone in a second with no lacing to speak of.

Smell had a hint of buttery malts and a bit of floral hops.

Taste is a nice balance of smooth toasted malts with a bit of light floral hops with a bit of an ESB buttery flavor and a mild lemon zest along with a hint of a metallic copper taste.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a slighty dry finish.

Overall a decent easy to drink beer.

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

Pours a bright and hazy toasted orange color with a small creamy egg-shell head that dissipated into a sudsy looking cap. The smell is of pale malt, lemon, and a slight earthy yeast/hop combination. The brew starts off bitter but not in a citrus hop sort of way. The initial bitterness is followed by a bready pale malt and lemon twang. A tin like metallic bitterness shows in the finish. The feel is light and very fizzy, it kind of numbs the tongue. The finish for the most part is neutral but does have an odd metallic bitterness. A different sort of APA that is uniquely bitter with a lemon twang. Definitely not my favoriate APA, I think I'm not a fan of the hops that Anchor uses.

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Photo of BrewChatKen
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Pours light amber with a white head, it's a light bodied beer with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smell is earthy and floral hops and caramel maltiness. Not very bitter to the taste, there's some citrus hops and sweet and pale malts. This beer finds a nice balance, but is not at all unique, although it isn't trying to be.

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Photo of ThirstyBoy
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a small bottle into a 300ml mug @ about 10°C

Good two fingers of loosely formed head. Slightly hazy dark gold with a strong orange tint. Head faded down to a ring around the edge about 1/3rd through the beer. minimal lacing.

Strong citrusy hop nose with a resinous edge, a sweet slightly toffee maltiness to the smell. I got a good whiff of a metallic/sulfur aroma when it was first poured. It mostly dissipated, but halfway through the glass was still detectably there

Good and hoppy with a nice smooth malt background. Much bitterer than I am used to in an APA. Mind you, I have had very few APAs that actually come from America.... so it might be standard for you guys.

Still, its not so bitter that I cant enjoy it, and its well balanced with a fine grainy medium sweet maltiness.

I get a little of the metallic thing coming through in the taste as well.

Its got a fairly lively carbonation in the body and is fairly chewy in my experience of the style. Finishes nicely dry with a strong bitterness at the back of your tongue.

A nice beer, I enjoyed this one... but I didn't find it all the "drinkable" I would struggle to enjoy more than a couple of these before wanting to move on to something else

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Photo of blakelive784
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into standard pint glass -

A - Pours a deep, hazy golden color with a creamy white head. Good retention and there's nice lacing as the head recedes.

S - Floral and citrus hops aromas begin, followed by a nice buttery and sweet malt nose. Some clove comes through as well.

T - Spicy, citrus hops balanced by a nice crystal malt. Balanced extremely well.

M - Coarse and dry. Compliments the flavors surprisingly well. \

D - Very well balanced beer that fits the style nicely and I'd certainly drink again. However, in my opinion Anchor's Humming Ale is better and can be had for the same price.

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

This was a deep yellow, clear ale with a one finger creamy head. It lasted a couple of minutes.

The aroma was a bit herbal, with aromatic hops and a bit of pine thrown in for good measure.

Taste was slightly bitter, malts with a touch of vanilla. That surprised me, but it was not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel was good but not outstanding. Likewise for drinkability... an OK session beer, but just a little better than average.

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

This beer poured a straw color with a thin head. There is a fair amount of lacing. There are a good deal of floaters. The taste is fairly bitter. There is not much sweetness here. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth. The bitterness is just right. A good beer I could certainly drink again. A fair example of the style.

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

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy copper color. Thick and creamy head which eventually melted away to about a quarter inch cap.

From the first sniff there was a lot of fruity sweetness present.

The first thing I noticed upon tasting was the notes of banana. This was a surprise. Having done no research on this one, I was expecting a much hoppier beer.

Smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation.

A very drinkable beer though not really one for me.

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Photo of tykees88
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy straw yellow color. Generous 2 inch foamy white head.

S- Not too hoppy for a pale, but then again I am assuming this is an old school pale so it really is pale.

T- Sums it up is the S category. Just more of a bready malt pale. You wouldn't confuse it with daisy cutter by any means.

M- light bodied crisp and carbonated nicely.

D- it's drinkable sure. Especially if you wanna introduce someone to craft but not kill their palate with hops.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle at a Taco Mac. Bottle. Good aroma, although it was tough to tell since I had in a smoky bar. Hoppy, fruity taste, with a finish of citrus fruit, primarily grapefruit. A good, smooth drinking beer, and one I will definitely be having more of in hot summer weather.

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

It claims to be the beer that "started the IPA revolution;" and though that may be true, this beer itself is a simple IPA that pails in comparison (to say the least) to the plethora of fantastic IPA's available today.

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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 PatandDavid
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Redbones. Pour when served was a clear golden, clean aroma, no head. I found the taste rather biscuity, and not very hoppy at all. This was a pleasant beer that is easy to drink and a good solid craft beer. At that abv, almost a session beer.

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

12oz. stubby bottle with a label with their symbol on the front. I like their symbol, it's that of a Anchor with a Bald Eagle carrying an American shield behind it. Below the eagle is hops and grain plants. The back label only had their encryption dating system. Mine was hard to read, unless I can read brail, which I can't. The neck label had all the information about the beer and it's history. This was all capped with a screw on cap.

When I poured it into my mug, the beer was a golden orange color with a less than an inch head of white foam. The head of foam dissipated away no to fast leaving behind very few rings and no lace. At first the aroma wasn't that good. It only had a slight aroma of spicy hops and some fruits and that was it. But when I swirled it around, this nice juicy fruits aroma emerged. Other than that it was just a simple hops and fruit aroma. Up front in the taste were those juicy fruits and after all that, I noticed some grains, little malt, and this all ended with a slight bitter hop taste. What I thought to be a little bit more than an average APA taste. The mouthfeel was carbonated, medium bodied, and watery. Not too watery where it destroyed it. There was just a slight taste of it. I found this beer to be a nice enjoyable fruity ale.

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

First time I've one of these in a while and I'm reminded how nice of a little beer this is. While it's not truly outstanding in any aspect, it's pretty good all around. The beer is just above average in all categories, and is a welcome go-to option when choices are limited.

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Photo of KyleVick4
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A: Surprised at the murkyness of the beer. Very cloudy but pours with a nice thick head that clings a little to the sides. Against light you can see a few bubble streams rising.

S: Smells spicy and herbal. Can smell the hops used, but nothing special

T: Spicy and hoppy. Not overboard hops, but enough to distinguish them from the malt. I remeber this as one of my first hoppy micros a long time ago. Seemed insanly hoppy then, now it seems to be just a touch of hops.

M: Fizzy and kinda light bodied. Medium carbonation. Very sharp, almost like bad malt???

D: Decent. I could have two of these but do tire after two. The sharpness of them detract quite a bit from the beer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, light orange with a white, 2 finger head. Excellent retention. Leaves behind a thick, sticky lacing.

Smell - Spiced herbs, almost an oregano quality to the scent. Not a strong aroma.

Taste - Earthy tone, with notes of apple, faint caramel and a soft citrus. A bit of unpleasant soapy or sawdust like character creeps in shortly before the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. The carbonation lends itself to a nice bite.

Overall - Eh, it's okay. Reminiscent of their Anchor Steam. Not a big fan of the flavor profile.

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