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Anchor Brewing Company

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1705 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, California 94107, USA
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Anchor Liberty Ale Type: Pale/IPA ABV: 5.9%
Original gassiness and well formed, enduring spongey head spark confidence amid the lightly golden amber body. Aroma shows fruity esters and bubble gum, accompanied by PNW citrus hops, while deeper fruits arrive later hinting at apples or pears. It's lightly fizzy on the palate with an essentially smooth mellow medium bodied mouthfeel.  The hop fruitiness is prevalent throughout, with light bubble gum malts. It turns dry later in the palate with a tangy citric finish, rounding into a well balanced blend of bittersweet citrus. The aftertaste holds together well. 

A nicely hopped and easily drinkable ale, reminding me very much of my local AleSmith X. I wouldn't quite call this an IPA as many do, maybe an Extra Pale Ale or a California Pale Ale. A wonderful brew whatever you want to call it.

Ratings: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 8/10 Palate: 5/5 Taste: 8/10 Overall: 16/20 Score: 4.1


Anchor Porter Type: Porter ABV: 5.7%
"Aesthetically pleasingĒ, thick and full, very dark, black with something of a ruby red hue. The beige foam is dense and requires very little encouragement in the pour, and is extremely enduring. Thereís an initial chocolate aroma that quickly escapes the bottle, although after pouring I did find this character somewhat harder to detect. Itís malty for sure, in fact I really didnít get much hops, thereís a slight nuttiness and even a mild vinuous fruitiness. The special inviting character, however, has to be a strong port-like aroma. A light carbonation greets the tip of the tongue, but overall itís a very smooth texture, nicely comforting and warming. It does border on the lighter side for a porter, medium-bodied, which might make you drink this a little quicker than the flavor and character demand. The port-like character is confirmed right at the front of the palate. Thereís a firm maltiness, and a fruity estery bubble-gum middle. The traditional dry coffee-like flavors entertain the latter half of the palate, while the initial chocolate I got in the aroma also appears but very briefly, requesting little attention. Thereís a slightly sharp bitter dryness to the finish, more espresso-like than the citrus that many west coast brewers opt for, while it does round out with an impressive smokiness and comforting alcohol warmth in what is a long lingering aftertaste. This is a fantastic robust porter with a rich malty nose and palate. The port flavor and aroma enhance the brew, while the dry finish strikes up a perfect balance. Any porter drinker or anyone who is serious about their beer should certainly give this wholly satisfying brew a go.
Ratings: Appearance: 5/5 Aroma: 9/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 9/10 Overall: 18/20 Score: 4.5


Anchor Steam Beer Type: Steam (hybrid) ABV: 5%
This beer certainly carries a complexity that attracts a lot of interest. It transcends the style of both an ale and a lager. Itís comparable to an amber ale in some ways but maybe even more complex than that. As a lager it certainly carries a good full body as well as a nice blend of flavors. Hoppy, malty, fruity, dry. A must try.
Ratings: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 7/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 8/10 Overall: 17/20 Score: 4.0


Anchor Wheat Beer Type: Wheat ABV: %
A wonderfully crisp, refreshing wheat ale that draws upon many of the fine qualities of a pilsner, while adding a subtle ale character. Wheat malt, subtle lemon and apple fruitiness as well as a little honey precede  a great crisp dry finish. It looks great too with impressive carbonation, clear filtered body and solid white foam. A quintessential summer brew.
Ratings: Appearance: 5/5 Aroma: 7/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 8/10 Overall: 15/20 Score: 3.9

Last Updated: 12/21/2001

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