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Northern Liberties IPA - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Northern Liberties IPANorthern Liberties IPA

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beerman207 on 05-14-2010)
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Reviews by brown2cu:
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3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

It pours a clear copper color with a small head that leaves a very fine froth. minimal lacing was noticed which was suprising considering that most ipa's I have had are positively overrun with it. Just seems a bit dull and listless compared to some other brews in this style.

Not bad smelling. I am detecting a fair amount of sweet fruit with a layer of citrusy fruit topped off with a good amount of pine and grass. I would prefer it to be a little more pungent for the style. It seems closer to a pale ale than an India pale ale.

A bit watered down in my opinion. it is close to balanced but the hop profile wins out it seems. I noticed a good amount of caramelly malt and a cloying amount of floral hops that lays waste to the malt character somewhat sucessfully. a good bit of biscuty character is present at the front, this is again however, short lived.

This beer has a good mouthfeel. Nice and crisp, suprisingly so for an ipa. it cleanses the mouth after each swallow and leaves you wanting for another sip. Leaves a citrusy tang behind as well.

If you are looking for a sessionable ipa look no further. It has the right amount of flavor to be continuously quaffable over a period of time. The ABV is masked masterfully in this as well which boosts its' sessionable capabilities. It left me wanting though; I would have greatly enjoyed this is the flavor were more pronounced.

01-03-2011 20:21:48 | More by brown2cu
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

05-14-2014 02:57:06 | More by ValpoExpo
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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
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-11-2013 14:47:57 | More by juicebox
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-30-2013 02:37:09 | More by Cynic-ale
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South Carolina

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
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

05-13-2014 22:40:02 | More by Rosethoj
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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
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-21-2014 17:18:09 | More by Iparedman
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

05-08-2012 16:56:59 | More by OtsegoHive
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-29-2013 15:22:47 | More by norinco
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

02-04-2014 01:30:32 | More by misterkew
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

08-06-2014 22:16:51 | More by bkonk10
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

11-16-2012 03:27:06 | More by Jasoncolliver
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

12-17-2012 00:43:26 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

02-05-2012 00:50:17 | More by stampfler07
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-08-2014 22:02:24 | More by XUJOE


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

08-28-2014 03:02:37 | More by SPLITGRIN
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

02-08-2012 16:29:08 | More by LJWalker
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-08-2012 02:19:02 | More by Highstplz
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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
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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
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

09-16-2013 01:51:41 | More by Rod_J
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Northern Liberties IPA from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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