TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Libery Ale is hopped with the Cascade hop variety grown in the Pacific North West, and it is the signature hop used in this style, giving the beer a very citric/lemon like aroma, flavor, and bitterness. Anchor dry hops this beer, which means it allows it to condition over whole flower hops. This gives Liberty Ale very fragrant, very appetizing, hop aromas. Liberty Ale may indeed be the prototype of American Pale Ale and American India Pale Ale, most of which also feature Cascade hops. I love this beer, and love this style. It delivers plenty of hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness, yet is just malty enough and drinkable to make it a great session beer, and one that will work well with a number of dishes.
Anchor Liberty Ale pours to a deep orange color with a tight off white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is just bursting with zesty, fragrant, cirtic and slightly herby hop aromas. This is paired with light touches of pale and caramel malt aroma, but the hops really shine here. The palate is soft with good pale and caramel malt flavors, paired with some notes of juicy, estery fruit. Liberty Ale finishes with more malty and estery flavors, then ends with a very dry, long, zesty, citric hop bitterness that lingers.
This is such a wonderful aperitif beer, and is the beer world’s answer to a dry martini. I love to have this beer before dinner to rouse the appetite, and it also works very well with a number of dishes. I would pair this beer with anything from grilled swordfish and mixed vegetables with lemon herbed butter, to spicy fare such as Indian, Tex Mex, Thai, or even a big plate of screaming hot Buffalo wings. Anchor Liberty Ale is widely available, and really is a beer that should be a staple in any beer lover’s fridge.
thewolf (12602) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2006
A good, quickly diminishing, head start this good beer of. A nice copper colour and a malty and slightly smoky flavour that’s well bitter. thornecb (5920) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2006 Poured copper into a shaker with nice sized conglomerate head. Very large bubbles for the most part -- leaves moderate lacing. Slightly cloudy. Heavy hop aroma - spruce and citrus. Balanced to hoppy with a long bitter tinny finish that lingers and becomes more bitter over time. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2006
12oz. bottle. Golden orange with a medium sized white head. Citrus and resinous Cascade family hop aroma, some subdued malt underneath. Sweet malt with an overlaying pantina of mouthcoating resin astringency. Hints of banana and earthen malty residuals in the finish. Mouthfeel is light, fairly wet. Sirjames (37) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Drink this offering cool, Americans are so intent on chilling their beer to tastelessness! Immediately poured one can smell the orange, and wood, and floral spice of dry hops. Admire its clear, golden colour and then take a mouthful! The slightly sweet flavour of malt is quickly overtaken by the stalwart force of hops. This brew cuts through a hot day with a envigorating freshness that would revive all but the deceased.
gregski711 (4) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 7, 2006 does not count
From a bottle. Pours an orange-golden with potent floral aroma. Initial flavor is slightly sweet but is immediately overpowered by a very fresh hoppy bitterness that builds then fades and hangs around just long enough. I could easily knock back several of these. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Bottled. Pours a very clear light copper color with a bit of a white head. Aroma of malt yeast and hairspray. Slight malt flavor with a dry hop bitterness. Dry, lingering aftertaste. Great session pale when you find it on tap. DrnkMcDermott (3101) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Bottle, dated 30 Sept 05. Interesting pour: a somewhat cloudy, burnished brass body, with a thin but creamy head. Smell upon opening is a bit of skunk, but that clears away quickly. Taste is definitely on the hoppy side, with graprefruit and pine from those Northwest lupulins. The malts don’t seem to be able to stand up to this, and the fact that this is lighter in color that other APA’s I’ve known would confirm this. However, if this is the same recipe they used back in 1975, it would have indeed been a beer ahead of its time. Some say it’s overcarbonated, but I find this to my taste. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Color is a solid golden yellow like honey, recieved a foamy white head about two fingers high with some divets and settled slowly. Smell of this is crazy floral hops, cascade variety with a mix of woodish others, citrus peels of lemon and/or grapefruit, you can tell right away this is gonna be a bitter one. Taste is like someone just peeled a fresh grapefruit, super piney and fresh as hell. Crisp. Tightly bitter, short, leveled, and citrusy stuffed. Slightly sour grapefruit, strong hop bite, pale, and nearly dry as dirt. Feel seems crisp and lighly medium with a clean bite and the malts take a far back, second seat with a slight toasted realm. Drinks down just fine and could easily be quaffed enough until it becomes almost normal to the buds. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Amber orange pour, with a thin rim of white head. Aroma of honey and limes. Flavor, similiar with dominating orange blossom honey and lemon rinds, blended with a grassy and floral touch of surprsingly reserved hops. Smack of lemongrass and beef.