Review: Liberty Ale, Anchor Brewing

Liberty Ale
Anchor Brewing Co. — San Francisco, CA

  • Style:  Pale Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV:  5.9%
  • Malts:   2-row Barley
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description:  "First introduced in 1975, Liberty Ale® is brewed strictly according to traditional brewing methods, and, like all Anchor Brewing Company products, uses only natural ingredients — water, malted barley, fresh whole hops and yeast.  A special top-fermenting ale yeast is used during fermentation and is responsible for many of Liberty Ale's subtle flavors and characteristics. Carbonation is produced by an entirely natural process called 'bunging,' which produces champagne-like bubbles. Dry-hopping (adding fresh hops to the brew during aging), imparts a unique aroma to the ale. It is a process rarely used in this country today." — Anchor Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   I bought this beer months ago and saved it for the Fourth of July.  I hope it's worth the wait... 

The tasting:  Amber in color, slightly hazy, with a white head that dissipated slowly.  Aroma of bready and caramel malt with light floral and grassy hops.  Flavor of biscuit and cereal malts with a layer of grapefruit hops in the background.  Liberty Ale is light to medium bodied, has moderate carbonation, and a creamy mouth feel.  It finishes with a long lingering grapefruit hop bitterness.  

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.   Nice beer, but not particularly memorable for me.  Have you tried Liberty Ale?  How did you like it?

Happy 235th birthday USA!  Have a great and safe 4th of July!  Cheers! 

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  1. I haven't tried it yet, but really love the story behind the beer, and its reintroduction. It sounds like a beer I would like a lot as I read your review. I have only just recently begun to see it show up in places. I think I will grab a 6-pack next time I see it and do my own review. Cheers!

  2. Give it a try. I'd like to know what you think of it. The funny thing is, I have NEVER seen this beer on the west side of Portland. I saw it one day at the New Seasons near Saraveza and bought it.

  3. Julie and I are diggin' on some Brekle's Brown. I think Anchor Steam is over looked, which is weird since it's been around forever. One of the first craft beers I drank "back in the day" along with Smith & Reilly and Ballard Bitter.


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