Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

very good
3,442 Ratings
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.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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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Photo of TheBear11D
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark yellow to light orange color with a foamy off-white long lasting head.

Strong citrus hop aroma consisting of apple, orange and grapefruit. Also carries the scent of freshly baked bread.

Fairly mellow. The citrus hops are noticeable but not over punctuated. The bread flavor comes through well. The hops bitterness is brief in the aftertaste.

Medium mouth feel. Very smooth with plenty of active carbonation.

Pretty good flavor though not too strong. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Bp123
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yancey82
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Aroma is citrus and a general English-style maltiness. The flavor is citrus, very mild hop resin, spices, malts, Anchor proprietary yeast and a bitter finish.

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

First time having this classic!

Pours out a very beautiful, hazy orange/yellow with 2 fingers of white head.

The aroma is mostly dominated by hops. There are earthy/grassy hop notes as well as floral and citrusy hop notes. There is a touch of caramel malt sweetness and some bready notes.

The taste is also mainly driven by hops. There are the grassy notes along with the floral and citrus notes, an almost peach type of character and that's followed by a little bit of sweetness from the caramel malt and some bready notes.

The body is a very light-medium and the mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Very easy to drink and incredibly refreshing while still having a lot of flavor. It's nice to have a lower ABV IPA too.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle on 03/30/2005.

Poured a dark amber color with medium tan frothy head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Aroma was pleasing hoppy. Flavor was moderate balanced ale with a hoppy bitter sweet finish of moderate duration.

This beer met my expectations.

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Photo of dgilks
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate, earthy hop aroma with notes of light citrus. Good malty background. 3.75

Fairly clear golden colour with a dense, large and long lasting white head. Nice lacing. 4.5

Odd combination of citrussy and earthy in the flavour profile with a slightly caramelised malt backbone. Good. 3.75

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Suitable. 4

A tasty beer with a bit of interest to it. The hop character is just a little bit weird but it's a good beer nonetheless. 3.75

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

Photo of IceEyes
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first thing I like, and have always liked, is the bottle. The Anchor bottles are very distinctive and classy. I know that doesn't effect the beer, but I think at some level is does increase enjoyment of the overall experience.

Liberty is a clean, crisp pale ale. I'd call it a golden ale, but it almost touched upon being a lager for its dry clean taste. The body is gently clouded with a good cap of white foam. Drinkability is high because it's clean and satisfying. A good all around beer for any occassion.

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Photo of crazyc1
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a very beautiful light, honey coloured amber

S - reasonably faint smell, not particularly interesting

T - Quite a thin balanced beer but with a full bodied taste

D - very easy to drink as it is so light.

NB. I really dig the cover, going in the collection.

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Photo of leitmotif
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ONUMello
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange color with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Malt, citrus, caramel
T: Matches the nose- malt, light hops (floral/citrus), a bit of caramel
M: Light-medium bodied, clean
O: Crisp, clean and tasty. Not as hoppy/complex as many more modernly crafted ales but solid as is and you can taste how it set the stage for modern brews

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 355 ml bottle into a pint glass. An American IPA from well before the era when American IPAs became cool, this beer is a light flaxen amber color, just shy of bronze, with a decent quantity of off-white head. Releases a bright, fizzy hops-forward aroma of yellow grapefruit and lemon citrus rind, currant leaf, and clean grainy malts. Palate is quite bitter, perhaps more than expected on the basis of the preconceived notion that a brew predating the current era of hop bombs must be quite mellow, with plenty of bright green grass and lemon hop flavors. Indeed, this may be one of the most lemony brews I've had in terms of this particular flavor standing out ... There's some grapefruit and tangerine as well, white pepper, and ample Cascade hop character. The malts put in an appearance as well, some toasted caramel and even a little sultana fruit in what is otherwise a pretty dry and bitter (but not coarse) finish. Carbonation is assertive but this works well with the overall intent, which is to showcase green hop flavors without a lot of background sweetness. Obviously a classic brew and any IPA hardcore should try this at least once, if for no other reason than the historical context it provides. My view is that this beer is worth a taste on the basis of its own merits, though. Fits somewhere between pale ales and modern West Coast IPAs.

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Photo of wilipbe
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CaobaGourmetGrill
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jooler
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hoppy but yet a subtle sweet taste. It's alright

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Clear golden body with streaming CO2 and a massive rocky head of white foam that has good retention and leaves decent lace.

Smell - Passion fruit, grapefruit and blood orange up front with a bitter more hoppy front followed by some malt sweetness and a wet dog aroma in the back.

Taste - Malty front from breads and sugars to caramel. Ten the fruity hop kicks in again bitter with grapefruit and blood orange to sweet with passion fruit and mango. Bitter in the back end so that this is well balanced but the taste is not as fruity as the aroma.

Mouth Fell - Good and well sustained linger. A little thin towards medium bodied even with a nice dry end.

Overall - Tasty and well balanced the MF is good but nothing to write home about. I rather like it and it goes well with dried pork.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a light copper color with a huge foamy white head. The smell is of bread and a little fruity. The taste is of bready malts, there’s a little hint of caramel also and some sweetness from the malts. There’s a slightly acrid earthy tang to it also and a nice piney hop finish. The hop profile is reasonable and I wouldn’t say it’s overwhelming at all. The hops are actually somewhere between a pale or red ale and an IPA, which I’m actually surprised this is classified as. This beer has a nice creamy quality to it also, that you rarely see in beers this light.

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Photo of cam477
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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