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Northern Liberties IPA - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Northern Liberties IPANorthern Liberties IPA

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170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: beerman207 on 05-14-2010

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Ratings: 170 | Reviews: 54
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Photo of amidabha
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pwoods
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Brenden
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Probably not giving it a fair shot, drinking it out of a plastic cup on their outdoor patio. Not bad, not great.

Photo of Dave128
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of screamking
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of gregshead
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of generalnotsew
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is kind of orangish cloudy fecal matter brown. It does produce a head so some marks for that. It doesn't look very satisfying. Smell is very spicy and herbal. Has a bit of a pilsner quality. Some sweet fruits in the nose as well. This beer is quite bitter for the abv. Didn't really expect that. More of an earthy piney bitterness rather than grapefruit. Yeah it is very bitter with very little sweetness backing it up if any at all. I am impressed with this part especially considering the abv. Hopheads will be pleased. Even if the appearance and smell aren't up to par it sure does make up for it in bold flavor. I will buy this again.

Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours a hazy amber color with golden highlights. It is topped with three inches of rocky, off-white head.

S - I get some citrus. Lemon seems to stand out. I also get some caramel malt to balance it.

T - The taste is a balance of caramel malt and citrus hops. The lemon comes through in the taste. It has a bitter pine finish. It's not overtly bitter, but enough to let you know it's there.

M - Medium

O - It's an above average IPA. I would call it a starter IPA. It is not a hop bomb. It has the characteristics, but nothing that stands out.

Photo of thebeerdoctor
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lively copper coloured pour, with a somewhat hoppy aroma in the nose. Meringue-like foam develops as the head settles.
This is a good presentation. Tangy hops on the palate combined with substantial malt support , make this not an excessively bitter ale. I would say it favors better than Left Hand's 400 pound monkey, in that it is more focused on freshness, and of course, balance.
Very drinkable and worth seeking out.

Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Moerlein name once represented a line of quite good beers, but, over time, the name simply tagged contract brewed beers of average quality. Northern Liberties redeems the name. A quite good IPA, liberally hopped with nicely aromatic hops. Firm and crisp in the mouth, and a very good value, to boot.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Single bottle (no date I could interpret - lots of numbers on the bottle, but meaningless to me) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange-yellow (towards darker orange with hints of brown) beer with an impressively thick and persistent 1/2" light tan head. Plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer. Sheets of lacing or islands of lacing/dense foam here and there as I drank it down.

Smell: When cold, citrus and pine smells, but as it warms up, the pine and citrus begin to fade and are replaced with some faint floral smells. Interesting.

Taste: Bitter up front and the bitterness gets stronger as the beer warms up. The malt attempts to cut through towards the end before the bittern aftertaste comes back. It's an IPA, but when cold I found it more balanced, and upon warming up it becomes very unbalanced in favor of hop bitterness. Sadly it's just a bitter hop flavor - not a lot of range.

Mouthfeel: Despite all the bubbles you see in the glass, there is very little carbonation on the tongue. Otherwise, the beer is very smooth and definitely thicker than water. I hesitate to call it creamy, but it's headed in that direction.

Drinkability: Went okay with a meal (Tuna casserole) but the lopsided bitterness of the beer definitely makes me want to stop at one. I think I would need something stronger in flavor for a meal to go with this one. I'm not sure if I would drink it alone. Good looking beer...just not the greatest AIPA I've ever had.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly cloudy, golden amber. Minimal fizzy head with very little lacing and a flimsy film.

S: Faint, but there is a toasty biscuit quality backed up with what seems like pine hops.

T: Not too bad of a taste, but there is a faint metallic quality that keeps this from being rated higher. Biscuit and toasted malts with the piney, floral hops. Fairly well balanced with a bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied and slightly dry.

O: Northern Liberties is a drinkable enough beer, but I would grow tired of it after two or three. I would probably pass on this in the future.

Photo of cincyfan81
4.49/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i always hated i.p.a's until this one this is a delicious beer

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another gift from my brother.

I got a finger of light beige head over a body the color of apricot candy. There are definitely particles floating around in it. Ok head retention, lace cannot stand up to gravity.

I smell light bread and caramel with a hint of tropical fruit mix.

The taste is a little disappointing after the nose. It has a subdued tropical flavor, that is complimented by the breadiness after the swallow.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Goes down easy, with a little bit of bite from the carbonation. Lightly coats the tongue and finishes dry.

Photo of Groomsy
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- mostly clear orange amber with golden highlights and a frothy off-white head that leaves some tightly knitted lace. retention is ok. looks hoppy.

S- sweet shortbread and pine and grapefruit. some orange peel as well with toast in the background.

T- resinous and nicely bitter. pine dominates until it warms a bit and citrus flavors peek out. toasty whole grain bread. straightforward and not complex. burps have a nice orange flavor, always a plus. finishes hoppy with a respectable balance.

MF- juicy with delicate carbonation. cooling and dry on the cheeks.

D- a rather generic ipa with nothing special about it, but an acceptable brew and better than bad.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 7/16/10

Robust shade of copper with amber highlights. Nice clarity. Over one finger head thins slowly with decent swaths of lace clinging to the inside of the glass. Swirling keeps a thin layer; splotchy lace throughout.

This is an earthy smelling IPA; prevalent floral wisps, grassiness & a touch of pine. Modest hints of lemon zest & orange peel. Substantial malt backdrop with notes of biscuit, caramel & sweet bread. Yeasty undertones.

Similar to the aroma, the taste is very floral with a grassy twist. Piney bitterness is more apparent to taste; offering enough dryness to offset the malts. Malts are prominent but not eschewing balance. Caramel & toasty bread notes. Doesn't seem like citrus is a large piece of the equation.

Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation - just enough to keep things moving. Some grittiness. Piney bitterness & toasted caramel linger briefly on the finish.

Drinkability is fine. It's definitely balanced for an American IPA, but never tips the scale toward the malty side of things (in my opinion, it's more of an English IPA). In any case, it's tasty & easy to drink. I didn't even know Moerlein had an IPA. Thanks to my Uncle Todd for bringing some Moerlein brews when he drove up for the Dream Theater concert.

Photo of Josiah2729
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass...

Appearance: Clear copper orange with decent effervescence. Two finger yellowish-orange head. Decent lacing throughout.

Smell: Strangely sweet with a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Taste: Bitter hops up front, then sweet bread, finishes with bitter hops again.

Mouthfeel: Smooth drinking with a lingering hop tingle.

Overall: Interesting experience, not at all what I was expecting. Will try again.

Photo of keeganfrank
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick, creamy looking liquid the color of iced tea. A sudsy head that hardly seem to be dissolving. Tons of lacing left behind as the ale leaves the glass. Smells really hoppy. Sweet, pungent grapefruit and roasted toffee are the dominant flavors. Very hoppy flavor as well, but not excessively bitter. Actually has quite a bit of sweetness to it. Tastes of toasty grapefruit and sweet lemongrass. A really well-rounded IPA.

Photo of brown2cu
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - good looking golden amber tea color. Voluminous head with lots of staying power and lace.

Aroma - sharp and pungent hops with just a trace of sweet citrus. A little more fruit on setup, pretty nice balance!

Taste - some initial biscuity malts on the opening. The hops, far more pungent and bitter when fresh, are still knocking it pretty stiff but they have tamed somewhat. Still very piny and in better balance with the malts several months after purchase. Good resiny aftertaste and dry finish.

Mouthfeel - smooth feel. If you let it sit, the amped up carbonation burns off and makes for a crisp but mellow feel.

Drinkability - very tasty session IPA. Worth checking out.

Photo of DeFaz
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper with a short head. In the smell is fruit and bread--it smells pretty nice but not much like an IPA. The taste is general bitterness. There's some fruit and bread in there as well, but not much of the hop flavors that I enjoy, and everything, other than the bitterness, is pretty mild. The mouthfeel is thin, but the beer is crisp and easily drinkable, making it a good session choice. Overall, this isn't very good, especially for an IPA. It just isn't very flavorful.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle on 1-21-12

A - Pours a darker, cloudy orange with a smallish cream colored head. Good retention.

S - Grass, orange, and some carmel.

T - Oranges and sweet carmel.

D - Average body and decent carbonation. Bitter.

O - Ok, more malty than hoppy. Pretty underwhelming all-around.

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Northern Liberties IPA from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.