Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
3,443 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:
3,443
Reviews:
1,572
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
442
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 3,443 |  Reviews: 1,572
Photo of Gardendk
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. Orange/gold with fluffy white foam. Small bubbles everywhere.

S: Citrus and carmel. Fruity

T: Somewhat sweet. More carmel and bread than in the smell. Full taste. Well balanced

M: Hits the back of the mouth instantly. Classic IPA

O: The original IPA that I end up measuring all my IPAs up against. Excellent summer beer

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Photo of SDL1911
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TimWakimika
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patlee3324
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Momon
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesLeung
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of captaincoffee
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Oldie but goodie. Pours a lightish honey-gold amber with full head and a bit of spotty lace. Nose is...to be honest...a bit on the AAL side with grain and only feint hops and malt. Taste is a bit more on the pale ale side...I'm seriously trying to figure out who defined this as an IPA. Crisp for sure, some more hops and bitterness coming through than you'd think from the nose. Especially nice on the finish as the hops linger. Mouthfeel is very nice...champagne like. Overall, the kind of beer you pray for at a BMC event, but not something you'd go looking for any more now that there are so many great craft options.

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

Photo of tonyllau
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samputnam14
2.41/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of jhartley
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Dsimenson
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cascade hops carry the basic pale malt flavour. I love the simplicity of this ale. A classic original IPA that is very sessionable. Definitely a great base beer to have around for friends etc. Also would make a great camping beer in cans

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

Photo of Snowball
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a 6 oz plastic cup at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. This beer was served at the Hops and Barley showcase.

This beer has a white head, and a translucent orange body. One can faintly smell the hops. This IPA has a powerful taste. The first gulp tastes slightly of citrus, especially grapefruit, and is chased swiftly by those bitter Liberty hops. The carbonation is crisp and even quite gassy. I enjoyed the balance between the hops and malt. The flavor coats your mouth and the flavor will stay with you for quite some time. Some may criticize the flavor for coming on too strong, but I personally find the taste extremely refreshing. It was really a treat on such a hot day.

This flavor is quite special and memorable. I think there may be another day soon where I might wish to enjoy this again.

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Photo of tuowl74a
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jesterr44
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer was fine for a run-of-the-mill ale, but nothing more. It reminded me a little of Samuel Adams Boston Lager with less sweetness & bready malt. There was nothing unpleasant about it, but at the same time, there was little complexity to the taste, and almost no noticeable hop flavour. It was just a decent regular beer which to me doesn't fit the style of modern American IPA.

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Photo of Manuel_M
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a darker beer for an ipa. Comes in with 2/3" head. Aroma might be psychosomatic, but I swear I can pick up Liberty and Cascade hops.

Taste is them old school grapefruit and pine feels. Plenty of maltiness for it, but its dry and not heavy. Plenty of bitterness. This and Celebration ale are like drinking a time capsule. This keeps consistent throughout, first sip pretty much the same as the last sip. Just a sip, just a sip, beer or whiskey if you're with me wet your lips.

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Photo of Cabindan
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CMC73
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 3,443 ratings.
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