Anchor Liberty Ale

Anchor Liberty Ale

Rated 3.675 by BeerPals

Brewed by Anchor Brewing Company

San Francisco, CA, United States

Style:  American Pale Ale

5.9% Alcohol by Volume

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San Francisco's famous Liberty Ale was first brewed on the 18th of April, 1975 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere's historic ride. It is virtually handmade by the brewers of Anchor Steam Beer in one of the smallest and most traditional breweries in the world. Liberty Ale is made with the finest barley malt, fresh, whole hops, top fermenting yeast, pure water and the simple natural methods which reflect our exceptional respect for the ancient art of brewing. It is "dry hopped", a classic ale tradition, and slowly completes its fermentation in sealed vats in out cellars. This unique process creates Liberty Ale's distinctive bouquet and uncommonly delicate, entirely natural carbonation.

ID: 50 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 23 years ago

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Overall Rank1246
Overall Percentile97.7
Style Rank20 of 2215
Style Percentile99.1
Lowest Score2.3
Highest Score4.8
Average Score3.692
Weighted Score3.675
Standard Deviation0.456

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  • PAULCARDOM 549 reviews
    rated 4.1 6 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Finding an American craft beer in Canada hasn’t been that difficult over the last decade, however finding quality American craft brewed beers has been a challenge. Liberty Ale is one that seems to be here today, gone tomorrow, but comes back again in due time. From what I’ve been told, this is one of the longest brewed beers in America by any craft brewery. It pours a red-tinged gold colour, clear, with a generous white creamy head. The aroma leans toward the citrusy hop style, but there are cereal malts and weak yeast notes too. Flavour is a nice balance between the cereal malt and the bitter citrus hoppiness. An excellent beer.

  • JUTUMULL 749 reviews
    rated 4.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Golden color with not much of a head. Aroma is really nicely hoppy and oaky. First taste has much fruits and flowers in it. Aftertaste is refreshingly bitterish and flowerish. Really a good one. Probably one of the best ales from US I have had (not that I've had much of those :)).

  • PALEALERIDER 2314 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Poured a golden yellow colour with a bit of bubbly head. Aroma is very hoppy, some floral notes. Good lacing and carbonation. Lemon/lime citrus type flavours, some malts. Mouthfeel is nice, tingly. Pretty refreshing. Good stuff.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 2.9 11 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Clear light yellow with small white foam head, nicely sticking to glass. Smells like flowers, taste is bitter with indeed some flowers in background. Nice beer. (Houston 201205)

  • RICHSBEER 1950 reviews
    rated 3.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a clear dark orange hue with a thick, frothy, white head that very slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail down the glass and ends in a wispy lace. The aroma has hints of orange and other citrus in the background and finishes with a nice herbal hoppy scent. The taste is smooth flavor with an equal mix of malt and hops. Hints of citrus in background. The mouthfeel has a thin body and medium carbonation.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A hoppy APA, but not quite and IPA. First time I tried this actually...grabbed a 6-pack to start. Could be one of my staple APAs now. Found it similar to one of my favorites in this style, Stoudts, but both maltier and hoppier. Mouthfeel is crisp, but not supersmooth otherwise would lose some flavor. Semi-creamy texture...sort of like their other beers. Another solid brew by Anchor!

  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 3.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    12oz bottle. Pours golden yellow with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

    The aroma is bready malts and fruity, piney cascade hops.

    The flavor is sweet bready malts and some mint with a fruity piney hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

    Overall, a solid APA - old school cascade.

  • MISSSIPLESS 165 reviews
    rated 3.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    This beer finished 5th at a recent APA tasting held by a friend who's an BJPC member. A nice amber pour with a white cap, and a very piney aroma backed by citrus were the positive points for me. The thin body and thin flavour were negatives....although not all my friends felt it was as this as I did.

  • JNE5HUSG 1814 reviews
    rated 4.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 10

    355 ml capped bottle. Poured a hazy copper-brown coloured ale with a generous two fingers slightly beige creamy foamy head that had a very long retention and tons of micro bubbles. Active carbonation. Good lacing. The aroma is aromatic piney hops, tropical fruits, grapefruits, pineapples,citrus. The flavour is a strong floral hoppy bitterness and solid grainy malts. The mouthfeel is creamy and crispy. This medium bodied ale has a lingering piney hops finish. I " give " me the chance to open the New Year 2011 of reviews with this mythic ale and I am not disappointed. What a lucky man I am !

  • SHREWS824 218 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 9

    Cloudy, soapy white to off white head. Yellowish/orange color, even a slight peachy, gold. Two fingered head. Very nice retention. Some carbonation, but not too much. Honey yellow with orange hues around the edges. More orange than yellow. Not much lacing left on the glass. Looks very similar to a Wit beer. With the nose I got the citrus. Not as strong as I was expecting. Slight peach and grapefruit notes, but very sweet smelling. This beer had the grapefruit citrus flavor. Not too hoppy, but just enough bitterness for my taste. Keep tasting the grapefruit. Fairly thin mouthfeel; coats the throat and tongue nicely. Very smooth. Could definitely drink a few of these during one setting. Nice spring and summer beer in my opinion.

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