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 HochFliegen
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a great beer. Pours a nice amberish color and a good head that slowly dissapates. The smell strong and of a bouquet of flowers very pleasant. The taste is very well balanced between hop bitterness and maltiness with a crisp aftertaste. I really The mouthfeel was just right for this style of beer. I really enjoyed this one. Wish I could find it in Utah.

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Photo of Kplummer82
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdoherty
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very cloudy, orangish color, very small amount of head which remained for about 30 seconds

Smell: Some fruity notes, you can smell the hops more distinctly though

Taste: It starts out fruity, and goes down very bitter, which leaves an aftertaste that is somewhat pleasant, but at the same time unsavory

Mouthfeel: Smooth, you can feel the bubbles popping on your tongue as it goes down which is very nice

Drinkability: For a sample or two, I would recommend it being a once in a while beer. Very good, but not completely endearing

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What an underrated beer from Anchor. Actually, most of the people here seem to get it, but I digress.

Pours like a darker version of a pale ale, but impressive with its body and carbonation. A good amount of aromatic hops hit you, I've always wondered if this was a combination of cascade, chinook and liberty hops. Tastes delicious, minimal notes of pine, more with the citrus, and a decent malt backbone.

Mouthfeel restrains itself down the home stretch, remains drinkable as anything. Strange to me the Anchor Steam gets all the notoriety, but I guess its more unique, but its not necessarily better when you don't give any points for history.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a tradional beer mug at the moan and dove

A- dark yellow with a bog off white head and tons of lacing on the glass

S- some bicuits and hops

T- biscuits upfront with a nice hop bitterness in the finish, a good taste

M- balanced, not to watery

D- a very nice APA that I would have again

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Photo of ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For me, Anchor Liberty represents the perfection of Anchor Steam. I find the original Anchor Steam to be pleasant but a little bland and far too citrusy.

Anchor Liberty borrows the yeast profile and depth of Anchor Steam but reduces the citrus and hops things up. It is nowhere near as sweet and sour as AS, and it really makes for a wonderful IPA. The result is a malty American IPA that is very different from the standard west-coast IPA offerings, which are so dear to our hearts. I agree with other reviewers, that it comes across as more of an APA than an IPA.

A real gem of an American beer. If you love or once loved Anchor Steam, then you've got to track down Anchor Liberty.

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Photo of BigSmooth12
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy, yellowish beige. Minimal head dissipates quickly, but lacing remains.

Smell: Very mild, I had to inhale pretty deeply to get a good whiff. I got hints of lemon and pine.

Taste and mouthfeel: Citrusy start, carbonation comes through right away - I drank it pretty cold. The hop flavor emerges in the middle, but it's not overpowering, and there's a buttery undertone. Finishes dry and clean.

Drinkability: Went down nice and easy, you could easily make a night out of drinking these.

Notes: Just a real solid, balanced pale ale, and refreshing enough to be a real good warm-weather brew.

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Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A: Golden color. Medium carbonation pours into a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Slowly settles leaving sticky spider web lacing as it does. Very light carbonation continues to rise. Drinking it down results in more clingy lacing.

S: A light malt, strong hops, and freshly cut grass.

T: Hops are prominent. Kind of a peppery flavor. Not much else.

M: Sharp hops assault the palette and linger for the after-party. Light bodied. Fairly noticeable strong alcohol taste.

D: Good sipping beer.

Good quaff. Very nice atmosphere. No complexity of flavor, but a nice hoppy pale ale with a formidable, but not offensive feel. Good quaff.

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Photo of JamesP123
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A. Hazy light orange color. Poured semi-roughly into the glass produced a solid two fingers of barely off white head which left a small tuft of foam on top until the end, thick chuncky lacing. Appears heavily carbinated as the bubbles constantly pour up the glass.

S. Picking up the some hop aroma at first sniff. Followed with some sweetnes from the malt. Nothing overwhelming the senses.

T. Intense rush of hops up front followed by the sweet caramel flavor frmo the malt. Finished a bit sour and dry, wondering how old hte bottle is. Very crisp - getting a very slight metal taste.

M. Crisp carbination rushes across the tounge, a bit too much for the style. Very clean finish.

D. A beer that many could enjoy. Everything is in balance, nothing is over the top. Which can be good and bad, but overall this is a respectable pale ale.

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark golden color. 5/4 inch head with good retention and good lacing. Smells strongly of hops and fruity aromas. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Smooth and thick/chewy mouth feel. There was an extremely high amount of carbonation that inhibited the drinkability a little. Tastes strongly of fruit along with some hop bitterness. Overall, the taste was lacking, in my opinion. With the appearance and smell, I was really looking forward to this beer, but the flavor just wasn't there in the concentration I was hoping for. Still a pretty good beer though.

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Photo of Brunite
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Three fingers of a pillowy white, long lasting head is produced on the pour. Hazy golden-orange colored body. Lacing is very very good. Impressive appearance.

S: Some hops....more orange than lemon or grapefruity. Alos some faint biscuity aromas.

T: Almost like a blonde ale with more hop bitterness. More grapefruit and lemon than orange in the taste....opposite of the smell! Also some malt sweetness. Balanced more towards the hops than the malt. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter. A lingering bubblegum taste is present.

M: Decent carbonation. There is also a pleasant oily texture left in the mouth.

D: Very good brew. A nice, but unique taste for a APA. Good job here.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a light amber hue and a cloudy consistency. There was a big head and fair lacing.

S: Aroma was dominated by hops, but also some citrus and malt.

T: There was a bitter hops taste, along with some orange. Not a lot of malt, but enough to add some verisimilitude.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. This is a medium-bodied beer.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. It has a well-balanced flavor and a good smell. Taste is a somewhat overly bitter at first, but you get used to it.

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Photo of willgro
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow. This is an excellent, perfect example of what an american pale ale, and really, most american ales, should taste like. this is the standard. very hoppy, american beer, with great undertones of slight citrus. a bit acidic aftertaste, but good in a lot of ways. its great being an american.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Sam Adams Official Glass

A - Slightly hazy golden color with a 3-finger frothy head, retention seems to be very good. Lots of C02 can be seen and It left some splashy lacing on my glass.

S - Soft floral with pine and lemon rind. A bit of grainy bread & cracker like malts underneath. Very simple.

T - It's very big on the lemon citrus with slight peel flavors as well. It finishes with muted grainy flavors kinda like corn husk. Bitterness is very mild and the flavor profile seems very one dimensional.

M - A bit smooth with moderate-high crispness. A lite-medium body with a thin feel.

D - I really wish there was a bit more malt to balance the beer out a bit. The hop flavors are very nice and it's very drinkable and refreshing. I could probably toss back 2-3 of em especially with a meal. A very good Pale Ale everybody should try at least once, I'd definitely drink this one again but I can't say I'd buy it again as I prefer others over this one.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was waiting a couple weeks to drink this and realized that today would be poifect. this is a hazy glowing apricot with a beautiful creamy off-white head and mochi-like lacing. smells much like other anchor offerings i've had, with a distinctive yeasty, bready, doughy nose. also some buttery notes and a hint of citrus. i would have liked a bit more residual malt sugars for a 6% beer, this had just a bit of malt sweetness. the finish is where the subtle (to me at least) hop bitterness kicks in. this had a dry, crisp profile overall. creamy, lively mouthfeel with a touch of astringency. another nice one from anchor.

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Photo of BBP
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orangeish hue with a frothy head and great carbonation.

S- Floral hops and a bit of citrus. Grassy as well. Somewhat faint, and hard to describe.

T- Citrussy hop and malt all at once. I found it well balanced for the most part. I wonder if perhaps my bottle isn't fresh; the flavoring just seems to be off. It tastes good, but the hops don't have the kick that I'd want. The grassy taste is in the front, and the malt and citrus just don't taste as clean as they could be. I'm enjoying this beer, but it just doesn't seem like it's meant to be.

M- Medium body and a bit creamy. Carbonation was a little overpowered. Seemed like the carbonation was fighting with the taste for the attention.

D- Good beer, and pretty refreshing. It has many good characteristics going for it, but it didn't achieve as much balance, IMO, as I would have liked. Above par though.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with fluffy head but not a lot of retention. Hoppy nose. Clean hops first on the palate, then a cookie malt hit, finishing with esters and the alcohol coming through. Moderate mouthfeel that dries up and goes very astringent at the end.

Very pleasant ale, and would be sessionable if not for the ABV. Not really an IPA as some have suggested. More comparable to some of the hoppier English ales like Bitter & Twisted.

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

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orangish golden color. Provides a thick off-white with moderate retention. There is small amounts of lacing.

S: There is some citrus hops along with a caramel and bready malt profile.

T: Starts off with a nice amount of orange and grapefruit hops. This lasts throughout the tasting but on the back end there is a small amount of malt character that comes through in the way of caramel and yeast.

M: A little lighter bodied than expected. Leaves a slightly dry bitter taste on the palate.

O: A decent pale ale. I prefer the Humming Ale over the Liberty but this is still tasty.

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Photo of delta490
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- hazy pale gold with a big pillowy white head. Great retention and big lacing left behind. A seadty stream of carbonation.

S- a pleasant mix of citrus hops and caramel and malt

T- not quite as pronounced as the aroma. It has all the same characteristics but they are just dialed back a little bit. Would've liked them to let it all hang out, so to speak.

M-A little bit of a hops bite on the finish and slight fizzy feeling.

O- Just on the verge of great. A very good IPA, to be sure.

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Photo of phisig137
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light amber color, with a two finger head. Decent retention, and minimal lace.

S- well rounded. piney hops, cooking sugar, raw grain and grass. Pretty nice pale ale aroma.

F- Bright hop acidity, with abundant citrus flavors blended very well with the malts. Not your typical west coast anything... Just well made, well balanced and refreshing.

M- medium bodied, fairly low carbonation, and lingering bitter finish.

D- Quite nice.

Overall, one of the better beers from Anchor. Very traditional recipe, and I loved it. Great session beer, although some may say that the ABV is just a tad high to be a session. But in the end.... you don't think much about it, but every 10th sip or so you say, "damn, this is pretty tasty"...

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Photo of Tballz420
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty big head sits atop this deep golden colored brew. What hits the tounge is a nice, pretty hoppy bitter flavor. A damn good american style pale ale. This beer has a good hand in getting me into the nicer beer selections. A pretty nice standard american PA

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Photo of elNopalero
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a clear honeyed golden color with tight foam. The aroma is lightly hopped with some lemony citrus notes. Flavor has more of the lemony zest/Lemon Pledge flavors—that is to say it’s citrusy and lemony with a light bitterness. An easygoing drinker. It’s hard to believe that at one time this was one of the hoppiest beers commercially distributed. It’s so tame in comparison to what’s out there these days.

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Photo of SABERG
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle date code of August 3rd 2015 into an English Pint glass.
A - Wonderful clarity, light copper colored, steady carbonation, ending in an off white cap. Lacing hangs like avalanche waiting to fall.
S - Easy citrus notes, malt is delicate, warm bread and bit of caramel. lovely and refined.
T - Slightly spicy, and a bit of English Breakfast Cracker. the base is solid with a bit of a peppery element.
M - Medium in body, carbonation is near perfect, starts with a quick swipe across the palate then a long
calling card that is lightly bitter with a kiss on its way out the door.
O - Overlooked on my part, this is a standard bearer of the style.
Cheers all

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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,484 ratings