Sunday, September 30, 2012

Anchor Brewing Company Liberty Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Anchor Brewing Company Liberty Ale. 

From the Anchor Brewing Company website: “Hoppy. Well-balanced. Revolutionary. 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 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 beer that started a revolution.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with a huge white head and loads of sticky lacing.
Aroma: Citrus hops, sweet and biscuit malts and a certain earthiness that I can’t place.
Taste: Begins with citrus hops (Cascade galore) followed by bready and sweet malt. Nice balance.
Overall: Anchor Brewing Company’s Liberty Ale is easy drinking and enjoyable.  At 5.9% ABV this is one I can enjoy a few of. Another solid Anchor Brewing Company beer.


Mark Harvey

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