Anchor Liberty Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
3,450 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:
3,450
Reviews:
1,575
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
442
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 3,450 |  Reviews: 1,575
Photo of jewellrunner
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orprince
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jortonsbeer
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Usually hate IPA's, but this has to be the best I've had.

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Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shiu-chan
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from bottle to pint glass, deep straw colour with two inches of head.
Caramel and citrus rhapsody on nose.
Sun ripe apricot, citrus peel and honey on palate.
Overall, a well-structured ale, hardly categorize as IPA given the fruity note. Very addictive.

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Photo of bronxite
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DylanBrkhff
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nugganooch
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the can - Last had on 08/22/15
Pilsner glass

This has always been my favorite Ale from Liberty...although i would hardly consider it an American IPA
Golden amber body with plenty of visible carb and a neat stack of khaki tan foam that holds well.
Good dose of citrusy Cascade hops with Biscuity malt character and some additional fruity esters.
Overall well crafted with a crisp, clean, and smooth taste.

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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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Anchor Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 3,450 ratings.
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