Liberty Ale - BOTTLELiberty Ale

Brewery info:
Anchor Brewing Co.

California, U.S.A


Alcohol: 5.9%
Standard drinks: 1.7

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $4.99 AU

Label info: ‘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 smalles 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 that 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 our cellars. This unique process creates Liberty Ale’s distinctive bouquet and uncommonly delicate, entirely natural carbonation’. 

What the label really means: I repeat what I said previously RE Anchor Steam’s label: Looking at this beer you’d be forgiven for not believing all this text fits on the bottle. Look carefully at the neck label and there it all is. Great detail, great history.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: This is a label that reeks of national pride, strength, and integrity. It’s traditional in appearing to be a label that hasn’t changed for 200 years. A massive eagle has its wings spread out behind the Anchor Brewing anchor. The anchor sits atop a US-flag shield while hops and barley flay out around the sides. Yes it’s over the top in its symbolism, yes it’s in your face, but I love it. I love it for the over all design and for the staunch literal portrayal of liberty. Don’t go changin’, Anchor.

I give it a label rating of 8 out of 10.Liberty Ale - GLASS

AROMA:  Hoppy, florally fun.

Taste: GLASS – A heavy meaty brew that delivers a fine smack of hoppy bitterness and a lasting dry finish. While this is not as great as Anchor Steam (and comparisons will always be drawn against their flag-ship brew), this is still one hell of a finely crafted brew whose excellence in creation is evident in every sip. 

I give it a beer from glass rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Some other mellow banana-esque flavours are now popping up that only serve to enhance the tasting experience. Even from the bottle this remains one very fine brew.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Something salty…olives, haloumi…

Best season to appreciate: More of a cooler weather brew due to the darker tones.

All-nighter beer? For me, it’s just not a session beer.

NEXT WEEK: Haymaker (as promised in my last review)

  1. Ditzio Foozini says:

    Looks like the sort of gluggable one might glug whilst gawking at a burning tyre in the fireplace on a midwinter’s evening, and pondering patois possibilities such as if flatulence was a competitive sport with robot umpires then the term ‘artificial fart official’ would probably be used to describe ’em.


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