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Northern Liberties IPA - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

Northern Liberties IPANorthern Liberties IPA

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%

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:
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(Beer added by: beerman207 on 05-14-2010)
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Photo of DeFaz


3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 04:17:28 | More by DeFaz
Photo of J_P


2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The appearance was to be expected. A light amber with a frothy and foamy top. Nothing exciting to the presentation. Certainly average for an IPA. No appeal to the looks.

It started out with a charismatic aroma blend of a plasticy grainy malt. lazily hopped and lethargic greeny smell.

The taste was nickle and orange combined. The hoppyness of it was diminished by a flat aftertaste of back-of-your-mouth unexactness. it had neither a strong sharpness or a pingy clarity that I expect with an IPA. It was a let down but not so bad that I will never drink one again. The plasicness of the taste was not as appealing as it sounds. Honestly one of the most well rounded IPA I have had taste wise but that is not the reason you drink an IPA. It just was not interesting enough to be a repeat drinker.

It has a sense of lacking of excitement but came around with a clean dry mouth and crisp feel.

Overall it was too modest. It is something that I will have in a couple of years maybe to remind me why other IPAs (Hopnotch, Great Lakes, Flying dog, DFH, and Sierra Nevada included) are more my taste.What was nice about it was that it seemed easy to drink and relaxing.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 07:53:33 | More by J_P
Photo of barczar


3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a frothy cream head that lingers.

Citrus, pine, resin, and fresh cut grass ride a bed of slightly sweet, bready malt. The balance is fairly resiny. Herbal notes surface as it warms.

Bready, lightly toasted, slightly sweet caramel malt forms the backbone, with a fairly resiny, decidedly bitter finish rounding things out. Underlying flavors of muted citrus, grapefruit and tangerine, add intrigue.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a harsh, astringent hop finish. There's a touch of alcohol warmth.

Way too resiny and bitter for my liking. Malt was a touch sweet. The citrus character was pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 01:26:20 | More by barczar
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 22:39:14 | More by chinchill
Photo of WagonJumper


4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up from the Kroger brewmaster's choice sampler while on vacation at Marblehead OH. No date on the bottle or label, and coming from a grocery I'm not sure of the age. Bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light amber in color with a nice frothy off white 2 finger head. Lacing started within minutes. Really nice lacing with concentric circle down the glass.

S: Sweet with a hint of cirtus and floral. Really nice balanced smell.

T: Sweet, Bitter, Sweet! Nice, I get a nice citrus sweet followed immediately with a nice bitter hop and finishes with a mild sweet malt.

M: Good medium body with enough carbonation. Enjoyable.

O: Very nice IPA! Not overbearing in the hop department, but does offer a good hop flavor. Light enough, but could be a bit filling.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 16:19:47 | More by WagonJumper
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 03:08:26 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of Farewell_Transmission


2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a. light golden color. Nice head that fades away quickly.
s. Super subdued hops smell.
t. this is weak for a IPA. It just tastes off. It tastes bitter, but with no real flavors, the bitter.
m. nice and liquidity.
o. this is not a great IPA, this is not an Okay IPA. It is just sorta a IPA flavored water.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 22:56:34 | More by Farewell_Transmission
Photo of screamking


3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 02:38:22 | More by screamking
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off white head. Lace walls down the entire glass. Color is a pale copper hued gold.

Flavors of biscuity and caramel malts. Come grapefruit and citrus fruit. Pine flavored hops. It is also kind of weedy.

Mouthfeel is very sticky. Bitter as well. Medium bodied. Ends sticky.

Overall, an okay ipa, but nothing crazy. It was drinkable, but nothing I'd seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2013 17:09:08 | More by mothman
Photo of buschbeer


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 00:16:51 | More by buschbeer
Photo of Josiah2729


3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 03:44:30 | More by Josiah2729
Photo of slassy


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark marigold...almost urine colored (appetizing right?). Very foamy, light tan, finger-sized head.

S: Mostly malt...something else very subtle going on as well- I'm picturing red berries?

T: Initial taste is a blast of hops, then very biscuity flavors, then the hops take over once again and linger on the tongue.

M: Medium carbonation for a second or two that fades very sharply into an extremely smooth swallow. All I can say...it's fun to drink, whatever exactly that means. A different sensation, I suppose.

O: I am pleasantly surprised overall. Not one of those IPAs that punches you in the face with hops, nor one of those that leaves you wanting a little more of what makes an IPA and IPA. Not sure if it's something I could drink more than one of in a row, but either way a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 03:12:51 | More by slassy
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a proud head that refuses to give way; the color of the liquid was a slightly hazy amber

Smell: Balanced between the caramel and the hops, but the hops brought on minty and piney tones

Taste: Caramel, up front, followed by the piney hops; floral and minty elements develop by mid-palate, but the caramel hangs around through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More of a hoppy amber than an IPA, but still a decent beer from a brewery that doesn't appear to get much respect around here

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2012 19:15:41 | More by brentk56
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 04:01:43 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of b3shine


3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the new Moerlein Lager House in downtown Cincinnati. Looks good; orange with normal head and carbonation. Smells average; hops are pretty subdued. Tastes decent; nothing too special, but a good local brew. Mouthfeel is good too. Overall, a good local brew that I'll definitely have again when I come back to the Lager House (which is SWEET!).

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 16:43:48 | More by b3shine
Photo of sixerofelixir


2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Julian code on neck.

Pours a hazy deep-golden. Whitish ring. Smell is sweet and perfumy. More chemical likeness (as from the aroma) in the taste. Oily hops. Finishes pithy and very bitter. Not a whole lot of desired balance. Odd & "off" overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 05:47:31 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of schoolboy


2.45/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm. I'm not sure if I have ever had a good beer from this company. This is no exception. It's not good. To be fair, it is following an exceptional tasting, but thiere isn't anything I like about it. I'd rather have a Bud (and I am an IPA person).

It has an unrefined, uninteresting bitterness that overpowers everything. The nose is similar. This is one to avoid, and I will avoid the brand in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 23:55:57 | More by schoolboy
Photo of titosupertramp


3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:55:52 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of amidabha


3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 03:51:07 | More by amidabha
Photo of wisrarebeer


3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Given to me by Purplecloud. Thanks dude.

A: amber, clear, light creamy head
S: milder nose - fruitier grapefruit with good malt base
T: decent with malt and good bitter finish with some astringency that's distracting
M: astringency isn't right, metallic

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 15:36:17 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of Brenden


4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 15:21:13 | More by Brenden
Photo of nrbw23


2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a pretty clear orangish amber color with a thin off white head. Head has great retention and leaves some really nice lacing.

S- Aroma is pretty floral. A solid malt back bone with some sort of metallic smell as well.

T- Follows the nose pretty well. Very floral, a bit of pine, and a strong malts. Again the metallic taste is here.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- With all the other IPA's out there I find this one to be average at best.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 05:36:07 | More by nrbw23
Photo of gregshead


3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 05:46:07 | More by gregshead
Photo of keeganfrank


3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 17:36:47 | More by keeganfrank
Photo of hustlesworth


3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 00:23:00 | More by hustlesworth
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Northern Liberties IPA from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.