Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Anchor Brewing Company - Liberty Ale

Purchased From: Sonoma Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a Mark Twain pint glass

Liberty Ale, from the San Francisco-based Anchor Brewing Company, is a refreshingly delicious american pale ale. The beer pours a bright glowing orange body with a moderate-sized off-white head. The foam has a minor hop oil sheen too it as it begins to fade. The retention is solid, but the lacing is a bit thin overall. The aroma has a spicy sweetness with plenty of fresh-smelling citrusy hops.

The flavor has a distinct dryness, but is understated on the whole. While not as pungent as many pale ales, Liberty has a subtle depth of flavor. The hops are high on aromatics with plenty of floral tones. Citrus and fruit also make it in to add to the range. Finally The grainy malts wind up the beer with a mild and pleasing honey sweetness. The aftertaste is long-lived and rewarding.

Final Verdict: A

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