Liberty Ale from the Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco, California pours a slightly hazy pencil yellow colour with a frothy white head that burns off after a few minutes, getting retained as a small collar and leaving some spotty lace behind. This American pale ale has a grainy and grassy aroma sweetened by a honey-like tone. A strong floral character, a piny note and a tea-like smell really freshen this beer up: it’s very appealing.
The taste of Liberty Ale is mildly sweet at first with a toasted grain character. It is quickly met and balanced by a crisp, grassy bitterness. Notes of green tea, mild berries and grasses precede a dry, peppery finish. The ale is medium-bodied with a mild, but persistent carbonation creates a bread or biscuit feeling on the tongue. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with a floral character, a slight oily sensation and a hint of sourness.
A deep burgundy colour is used as the backdrop for the packaging of Liberty Ale. The Anchor Brewing Company’s iconic logo is joined by patriotic images of a stars and stripes shield and a bald eagle, as well as images of barley and hops. A description of the beer is found on the neck label and pertinent information, including clearly-stamped freshness dating, can be found on the back label.
Liberty Ale is a very drinkable beer that has enough character to be satisfying and a refreshing crispness. It has the qualities of some of my favorite English ales and paired quite well with pizza and spicy foods in my experience. Liberty Ale makes a great pick for special meals or parties, but it’s a tad pricey to consider as a day-to-day beer.
You can find liberty ale in limited supply at select LCBO locations and the beer sees regular distribution to western Canada, most of the USA and to parts of Europe including the UK.
Type: American Pale Ale
Region: California, San Francisco
Brewery: Anchor Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 6 x 355 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.9%