Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

very good
3,454 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 MisterClean
2.37/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz from liquor store.

A - Golden-orange in color, nice off-white foam, protein clumps present in head, foam is very firm.

S - Light, earthy hops, tones of malt, and slight alcohol presence in the nose.

T - Crisp malts, lightly malty, and bitter. Batch may have been wet-hopped in excess.

M - Lightly spicy w/ a moist finish.

D - Nothing really sets this beer apart from other ales. Probably would not seek this one out in the future.

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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 kjyost
2.42/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bomber BB 3 / 2012. WTF? Who stores a pale ale for 2 years?

Looks very nice upon the pour with a clear amber body with a nice white head that descends at a slow pace, and laces well. I am initially taken aback by the aroma of the beer. It claims to be dry hopped and yet I get no real aroma. Nothing. No hops. No malt. I clear my nose and smell again. Nothing. Later I get a distinct sweet malt once the head has descended. The body of the beer has a bit of sweet malt without much character. The bitterness is only evident over time. There is no hop flavour that I can discern, save a slight earthiness in the brew. Strong carbonation prickling the mouth. Too bitter without hop flavours to be drinkable.

Sadly, I was looking really forward to the 'original IPA', but man did it disappoint me.

Reviewed 01-16-2010
Poured a hazy orange with a strong head that left moderate to light lacing. The nose was quite light with a balance of hops and grain letting you know the beer's light flavour profile. This is not to say the beer was watery nor simple as it had a light malty body with a fruity hop finish. The carbonation balanced the body of the beer and the beer seemed to me to be quite sessionable, if not for its premium expense here in Manitoba.
A: 3.5, S: 3.0, T: 3.5, M:3.5, D:4.0

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Photo of ultralarry2006
2.45/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

From a 12 0z. bottle this pours into a decent inch head then subsides into just surface skim leaving minimal lacing. Color- was a meduim orange amber. Aroma- slight hops, but mostly sweet malt. Taste- harshly sweet- diacetyl- yuck ! This was too sweet- the diacetyl would not quit. Mouthfeel was thin with moderate carbonation. Drinkability, I do not like this and will avoid it.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.46/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a five-fingered white head that fades slowly leaving a ton of lace. Clear, light amber color. Hoppy nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts as a mix of sweetness and hops but then the hops really assert and finish is hoppy with lingering bitterness. A very good pale but not for my tastes. $2.25 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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Photo of dangriff
2.48/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Maybe this is not my cup of tea but it is just a bitter beer. Not enough hops to be an IPA. Not enough malt and character to be a good brown.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
2.49/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz stubby poured into on of those half pint tasting glass things.

A: Pours out a slightly haze golden orange with a just the slightest red tint, but maybe that's just the artwork on the bottle that's making me think that. Head is reduced to a thin but sturdy cap after starting off at a billowy one and a half inch mountain.

S: Rather faint hoppiness on this, more of a woody, English kind of hoppiness rather than a big pungent American hop punch and this been an American pale ale I am sort of wondering what's the deal with that. Maybe the hops have faded out of this after too much time in the storeroom cooler?

T/MF: Sort of a vinous or medicinal kind of hop flavor that I'm getting out of this rather than a fruity taste, can sort of feel it coat the lining of your stomach as soon as you swallow. I really am making this beer sound worse than it actually is. Not really getting too much in the way of balance here, just a sort of washed out mix of vague hops and malts. I cannot for the life of me tell you (dear reader) what this beer tastes like. I can describe the sensation of bittness and swettness but it tastes unique, and not in a good way. Halfhearted melon, maybe a dusting of sweet toastiness but other than that it just tastes like something that only slightly resembles a pale ale.

D: I really think that this is not the best this beer can be. I've had this beer before and remember it popping a bit more in the flavor department, and for a beer that describes itself as "dry-hopped" but doesn't bring it in the aroma department makes me think this beer is a bit past its due date. Disappointing overall.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%
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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 3,454 ratings.
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