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Northern Liberties IPA - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Northern Liberties IPANorthern Liberties IPA

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very unusual choice comming out of such a conventional brewing company that favors German styles.

Northern Liberties pours with a standard copper or heavy gold color. High carbonation fuels a froathy but volitile head that fell to stillness mid way through, with only a floating pocket of lace here and there. Farily standard but I like better head character from high-hopped beers. A mild haze from dry hopping is evident.

Citrus and pine resins take precidence while mild caramel malt flavors support but don't interrupt the hops. Lightly phenolic, the beer has a mild medicinal taste that at times seem plasticy. Bitterness is high and strays from the smooth citrus start and towards a grassy, straw-like or hay-like astringent bite in the finish.

The otherwise crisp beer has a well-attenuated character that leaves it less creamy early but dry late. If not for a leafy, stemmy, grassy finish the beer would fare much better.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 05:03:24 | More by BEERchitect
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2%

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

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +19%
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
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Brent

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 13:49:20 | More by Brent
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 02:20:46 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5%

09-18-2012 22:37:17 | More by Molson2000
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nrbw23

Ohio

2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
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
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2%
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
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +5%

07-03-2012 22:16:45 | More by macrosmatic
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 22:27:10 | More by Ryan011235
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barczar

Kentucky

3.39/5  rDev -5%
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
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Lukass

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +19%

12-22-2012 17:57:13 | More by Lukass
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5%

12-03-2012 23:53:28 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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LJWalker

Alabama

3/5  rDev -16%

02-08-2012 16:29:08 | More by LJWalker
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5%

11-15-2013 23:09:42 | More by DIPAFAN
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MacStinson

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

11-08-2013 16:46:49 | More by MacStinson
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12%

01-12-2014 02:21:07 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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schoolboy

Ohio

2.45/5  rDev -31.4%
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
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stampfler07

Colorado

3/5  rDev -16%

02-05-2012 00:50:17 | More by stampfler07
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pwoods

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 04:37:46 | More by pwoods
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -9%

07-26-2013 04:01:58 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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Northern Liberties IPA from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.