The second of the month’s duo comes from Anchor Brewing. And the difference is clear, at least according to this helpful chart…
Liberty Ale – has a lovely dark orange color. Got some heat to it too. Some orange peel notes in the taste close to orange pekoe in the aroma. Liberty is quite zippy and quite dank. Almost close to being a session barleywine.
Liberty IPA – On the fence with this new Liberty. Not super digging it. The aroma is a bit harsh and medicinal to me. Has bitternesss to spare but the taste gets worse as it warns up. Some minor tropical notes in the background. Hint of guava and pineapple that the IBU’s quickly supercede.
First Anchor Brewing came out with an IPA and now they are doubling up their iconic Liberty Ale. Literally doubling the hops and the IBU’s according to the flavor notes from the Brookston Beer Bulletin. And I hope that I can find the regular Liberty so that I can taste compare the original to the updated double.
Wow! I had the pleasure of sampling this on Sunday and I was blown away. I am not a big fan of the whisky/bourbon aged beers. To my palate the vanilla and oak tastes tend to obliterate the actual beer. But this was something else. It is a mix of Old Foghorn, Liberty Ale and Anchor Bock. And it is almost like dessert. Roasty and whiskey notes dominate but not overpower and at around a skosh over 8% abv it is not going to drop you under the table.
It is our patriotic duty to get our economy humming again by celebrating the diversity of American beer. A declaration of beer independence so to speak. Here are some choices that will go great on a hot 4th of July afternoon…..
Full Sail Session Lager (or Session Black) – great beer that you can have more than one of as the sun beats down.
Pikeland Pils – celebrate the true American pils not the watered down rice/corn stuff.
Mama’s Little Yella Pils – another great canned pils.
Haymaker Extra Pale – light, refreshing with a spicy, citrusy finish.
Liberty Ale – a beer from the dawn of the craft brewing age.