Northern Liberties IPA - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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Reviews by Groomsy:
3.65/5 rDev +2.5%
12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic - can't vouch on how fresh this is since there's no freshness date in view. Review taken from notes.
Appearance: The body of the beer is actually fairly dark for an IPA - a pleasant, deep copper with some hints of fiery orange, fairly hazy but no sediment in suspension. An aggressive pour yielded a 1.5 finger head of ivory white foam which slowly faded to a cap of wisps and left behind spotty lacing.
Smell: Bold, but balanced. There are the obligatory notes of citrus, particularly grapefruit and just a little bit of lemon; but there are also some notable floral/herbal scents in there accented by some pine resin, all backed by just a pinch of either pale or caramel malt, providing a slightly sugary scent to the beer.
Taste: A fairly rich beer. Citric hops dominate with flavors of orange rind and grapefruit, underscored by a backbone of floral and herbal spiciness on the middle of the palate, which carries into some pine resin notes in the finish. There's a small but substantial backbone of malt flavors, sweet and sugary, to provide some balance for the beer. Nice balance between very American and European hop characteristics. A good thirst quencher, and a balanced IPA that still knows how to kick it.
Mouthfeel: Medium body overall, not too highly carbonated. Lingering flavors from the hops create a slightly drying finish leaving me thirsty for another sip. Alcohol is well-hidden, even though the ABV is a little low for this style in this brew.
Overall: Pretty good IPA, a little bit of a surprise from Moerlein, who generally specializes in Euro-style beers. Good balance and drinkability, but nothing to get crazy excited over. This isn't a super-assertive IPA - in fact, I would venture to say it's either a very mild IPA or a slightly souped-up APA. If you want to support your locals and want a good beer with some character, check this out. Sessionable but not fantastic.
04-18-2011 04:40:06 | More by Groomsy
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev +9.6%
served in a sam adam's perfect pour glass on a 60 degree night. like many of the new morlein beers this one is a nice recipe especially for the price.
northern liberties pours a fairly nice and slightly hazy appearance with a decent amount of carbonation and head. the smell and taste compliment each other in a very nice. the hops and malt are work together for a nice balance. this might be a bit too thick of a beer for a hot night but perfect for a cool evening.
this is probably not my go-to ipa but overall i think this is a great ipa for the price that falls in line with sam adams.
09-06-2011 03:51:07 | More by amidabha
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
12 oz bottle from 12-pack sampler case purchased in Ohio. Served in a Sam Adams glass.
A: Orange-amber in color with a large, frothy off-white head. Superior lacing and retention.
S: Sweet with citrus and floral notes, and a bready malt base.
T: More fruity and appealing than the aroma. Mildly bitter hop finish.
M: Excellent medium body and medium+ carbonation. Near creamy smooth..
O: A mild IPA. More like a pale ale in terms of hops load and bitterness, and perhaps a bit light even then, but tasty and highly drinkable.
08-17-2013 22:39:14 | More by chinchill
3.7/5 rDev +3.9%
6er purchased at Krogers, 12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.
A: Pours an average amber color with some coppery hues. Good clarity. A finger or so worth of thick white head forms and holds for a bit. Good lacing.
S: I'm thinking this wasn't dry hopped. Some American hopping in there with a bit of fruit and citrus, with a touch of pine in the back. More of the grassy and floral Euro hopping, though. A likely sweet cereal malt bill in the back to balance things.
T/M: A decent bitterness level but not very clean... has a bit of chalkiness on the back end. The American hopping comes out a bit more in the flavor but it still has an assertive English hop profile. The malts are nice in this, not too sweet and adds a bit of complexity. I'd say the malts would be perfect with a slight boost in IBU's and more big American hops in a late addition/whirlpool and dry hopping. Body is medium or so and the carbonation adds a bit of a creamy feel.
D: Good ABV and pretty drinkable. I had high hopes with this beer, and I'm not completely let down as it's a pretty decent beer. I just think Cincinnati is ready for a big 'West Coast Style' IPA. I wish someone would give it a try!
06-03-2010 04:37:46 | More by pwoods
4.25/5 rDev +19.4%
This beer is an opaque, heavy amber. Sticky lacing clings heavily from a thick foam left after a nearly white head two fingers high drops. While the head doesn't die too terribly quickly it could last longer, but the lacing is just astounding.
A definitively cannabis/hemp character comes out of the aroma right off. It's followed by some extremely herbal and floral hops bitterness and precedes a bit of citrus rind. A bit of bread and caramel from malts adds a touch of balance to this hoppy brew.
Pine resin bitterness and some raw, leafy and herbal hops characteristics are strongest in the flavor, with a bit of grassy earthiness to it. Malts add balance but allow for a heavy hop bill to shine, so that the light caramel and biscuit notes are that much more necessary and appreciated. Citrus rind follows, and a bit of lemon and orange peek out as this beer warms.
A medium body with moderate carbonation make for a very nice combination of creamy smoothness and gentle crispness. The smooth, even feel gives way to dryness about halfway through.
This is a great beer from Moerlein and I've heard people say they had some problems with medicinal, mineral or other off-flavors and wonder if the brewery had any quality control issues with previous batches. This, to me, is excellent.
08-25-2011 15:21:13 | More by Brenden
3.6/5 rDev +1.1%
Poured into a mug from a 12oz twistoff bottle. Uh oh!! popping the top has the beer spewing a fifth of its contents onto my desk even tho its been sitting there for half an hour to bring down to a better temp.
A - Actually pretty darn nice looking. Great head. very cloudy amber in color. Sheets of lace run down the glass.
S - Faint piney smell. not many strong aromas.
T - Tastes pretty strongly of pinecone. There is a tiny hint of citrus flavors, but they are shortlived and the bitterness comes around. Its not too strong in general, but a little strong considering there is not a huge amount of malt backbone.
M - Highly carbonated. Super fizzy. medium mouthfeel but harsh carbonation.
O - Not bad. Suffers from averageness. Could use a little more balance and less carbonation.
Edit: I just discovered the bottle I bought as a single was about a year old so take this review with a grain of salt.
04-22-2011 03:50:32 | More by Dave128
3.19/5 rDev -10.4%
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.
Pours brown with a thick off white khaki head. Lacing is hanging on for its life around the edges Very dark for a IPA, but looks like a typical Moerlein brew. The smell is rather malt heavy, not a lot of citrus in there. Taste is rather the same as the aroma. This one style they need to rethink. I could totally see this as a beer they retire, there is no need to keep it around. Okay, that might be a little harsh. IPA's are becoming the biggest thing in craft beer lately and there are so many good ones out there. This is well below most.
05-16-2013 02:38:22 | More by screamking
3.33/5 rDev -6.5%
Received in a trade from sdsurfer217 (thank you). Enjoyed on 4/2/11. Reviewed from notes:
A: Half finger o'head. Amber light color
S: some bready malts his my nose first. Picking up some pine hops but not a lot on the nose
T: Good level of pine astringency up front. A large malt backbone to back it up.
M: Nice strong carbonatino on the tongue. A medium thickness/feel.
O: A average to good IPA. Nothing to cry home about but still enjoyable.
05-09-2011 05:46:07 | More by gregshead
Northern Liberties IPA from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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