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5th Dimension - The Livery

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5th Dimension
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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 18.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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The Livery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: sholland119 on 05-03-2009)
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Livery bottle courtesy of Jale (thanks Jim!!). This one is a slight gusher, not explosive, rather a slow bubbling over about 2 seconds after popping the cap. The beer is a hazy orange, surprisingly low light transmission for such a light colored liquid. An initial finger of foam recedes rapidly to a thin ring.

The nose is nice, oaky and a bit acidic, maybe a hint of acetone. Not unlike the smell from some of the sours I've tried from Ann Arbor Brewing, notably Demetrius (which I've now tried 4 times, I'm one of the few who love this beer). Some mild hops beneath the oak, and a little Belgian yeast as well.

It tastes exactly as advertised, a Belgian IPA aged with bugs in oak barrels. The hops taste aged and have that "Belgian IPA" quality which, while I don't appreciate as much as citrusy American IPAs, is well executed for the style. Moderate acidity on the back end leading to a low belly burn. Nice overall, but there's an acrid feel in the aftertaste that I could do without.

Low carbonation despite the bottle gush, appropriate feeling for a barrel aged beer. And it should be noted that the Livery recommended bottle buyers wait a few months to open them to allow for carbonation to develop. This particular bottle was released a little over 1 month ago so maybe it's a little early.

Overall I liked this more than other reviewers who tried it on tap or from growlers. Thanks again Jim!

Serving type: bottle

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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Livery's first release courtesy of standardcherry. Thank you immensely!

This was shared with a stellar Indy crew. This pours a light bodied polished copper in color with a half finger white head. The nose is bright and tart with Brett and a moderate yet defined light acidity. It does have some legitimate oak and some red wine barrel characteristics. The flavors are earthy and funky with a light tartness and an off dry, hoppy finish. It has an interesting, tannic fruit character that is different and earthy. It has a moderate Brett presence. It drinks a little light in body but has nice, yet very unique. Overall this was a pretty solid beer. I don't have anything to really compare it to but it was a nice tart wild. I would definitely drink it again.

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On tap during my visit on 10/23/2011, this was may favorite during the visit. The imperial was a cloudy gold with a finger-head. It possessed a sweet hoppy aroma that foretold what was to come. The smooth caramel initial taste coated the tongue before fading into citrus and sour apple flavors. It went down very smooth despite the thick texture and cloudiness of the appearance. The hoppiness was not present until the aftertaste. It was hoppy enough to make the style obvious, but did not overwhelm the other aspects of the beer. It is nicely balanced and paced so that no aspect of the flavor can be dismissed.

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2.38/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

growler purchased at the brewery april 29/2011 and kept refrigerated. sampled may 8/2011. this batch was listed at 7.75% ABV.

pours deep coppery orange with a small cap of fine white head. the head quickly drops to a layer on top of the beer and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is odd... super peanuty. bit of almond. grain and whole wheat bread. actually, reminds me of a 7-grain bread with all the seeds and such in it. bit of cracker. bit of caramel. light alcohol.

taste is neat. the peanut character is definitely in the forefront, but it's got more to balance than in the aroma. earthy and woody. multi-grain bread. grain. cracker. almond and pecan. perhaps a hint of sourness. medium-low bitterness level. bit of astringent character. not much belgian or ipa here...

mouthfeel is nice. just under medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is okay. it's mostly balanced, but nowhere near fitting the style, and the peanut character is nowhere near expected for either belgians or ipas, let alone the combo. I've enjoyed most everything else I've tried from the Livery, but this one seems to miss the mark.

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05-08-2011 22:27:42 | More by grub
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1.8/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

On tap at The Livery.

Pours a pale golden color that is very hazy. A thin white head sticks around for just a bit before falling away. The nose is really odd and smells mostly like peanut oil. Other than that, there's a bit of graininess in the background. All the same in the flavor, which is really quite odd. Nutty and very reminiscent of peanut oil, plus some tannic, grainy bitterness. No hops or Belgian character anywhere. Not a fan at all.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 18:23:50 | More by Thorpe429
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a dark golden color with a brown hue to it.

Aroma: Lots of oak flavors, citrus, herbal notes, and spice flavors.

Taste: Lots of oak and more spice flavors with citrus. Kind of boozy. A bit of funk to it. Floral/grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter with a medium body and a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a funky aftertaste, fairly clean.

Overall, a very unique beer, but not something that is overly drinkable. Still, something that is worth a try.

Serving type: growler

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4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hoppymeal for this one.

Pours a deep, hazy amber with a short-lived soapy white head that recedes to a thin collar and leaves streaky legs on the side.

Whole lot going on in the nose with citrus hops starting things out - lemons and orange rinds. Maybe come evergreen hints but also with an oaky barrel character with some spiciness. Definitely a little funk as well.

The taste is more of the same with thick citrus and resinous hops forming a backbone for all the barrel characteristics. Spicy yeast in the middle with some vanilla sweetness before the dry oak and bourbon burn finish things off.

The mouthfeel is slick and on the fuller side of things with a soft carbonation. Given it's a growler, I'd say the carbonation is a little lower than intended but really doesn't affect the quality of the beer.

This is my first Livery beer and I'm thoroughly impressed. I'm normally not a fan of barrel-aged IPA's but this one pulled it off. Thanks Derek!

Serving type: growler

08-08-2010 23:19:03 | More by gford217
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to Derek for a growler of this one. Shared at the Bruery last night.

A: The pour is a nice golden amber color with a fluffy white head and some mild lacing.

S: The nose has some nice citrus hops along with a subtle tartness to it. A touch of funk and yeast, and a seemingly oaky smell that I was not expecting.

T: A mild tartness, apples, pears, and not really any hop character like the nose would make you believe. Not all that complex, surprisingly.

M: The body is medium with a pleasant carbonation and a bit dry.

D: I don't really know if this was supposed to be sour, and I don't think it was. But, the tartness actually worked pretty decently.

Serving type: growler

08-08-2010 01:45:08 | More by womencantsail
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to t0rin0 for picking up this growler at RBSG. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Pours with a half-finger of quick-dissolving off-white foam that settles to a incomplete collar and light haze - no lace. Hazy amber color that's mostly opaque. Needs more foam, but this might be due to the growler fill.

S - Spicy wood and bourbon - tons of oak here. There's a touch of funk and red wine vinegar acidity. There's a tiny bit of estery yeast, but barrel is clearly in charge here. Some solvent alcohol too. Interesting, but a little harsh

T - Taste is less complicated, with a little more sweetness and tart apples mid-palate followed by some tannic and light sour notes in the finish.

M - Very dry finish, but with some enamel-coating oils as well. Somewhere between a sour and a dry IPA, which I actually kind of dig. Low carbonation, but I'm guessing that's from the the growler fill.

D - I was afraid to open this, but it was better than I expected. I actually went back for a second pour when all was said and done. Not amazing, but worth a try at least.

Serving type: growler

07-28-2010 01:00:08 | More by MasterSki


4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour served in an elongated chalice.

A: Pours with one finger of stark white foamy head. Mediocre retention yields a sudsy film and collar. The body is golden yellow-orange and basically clear with just a little chill haze. The head and collar are sticking to the glass so far. Down the road the lacing is much less impressive. There are a few active streamers along the glass producing slow rising bubbles but besides that, there is minimal carbonation visible.

S: One of the most intriguing noses I've come across on a Belgian IPA. Floral hops, lightly grassy. Malts of hay and grain and an earthy yeast with a touch of barnyard. The vinous character comes through on the nose, albeit somewhat timidly. (The Fifth Dimension spent 5 months in Merlot casks and was then blended.) This added a subtle but beautiful depth to the nose and palate. But I wouldn't have minded if the FIFTH Dimension spent SIX (or eight or ten) months instead, amping up the intensity of flavors and aromas that I was so impressed with.

T: Follows the nose very closely, just not quite as remarkable.

M: Light, crisp, flavorful and refreshing. Low to medium bitterness. Finishes dry. The mouthfeel is improving steadily as the temperature of the brew increases. The carbonation started out somewhat soft but is now fizzy with a respectable prickle on the tongue.

D: I sought this beer out because of a recommendation from a fellow BA. I'm glad I did. Most impressive Belgian IPA I've had in a while. Send some more brews to PA Livery!

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 01:05:48 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room the other day. This was my first experience with this brewery and to say the least, I was quite impressed.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, somewhat tannish orange color with good head retention and lacing. This beer looks impressive, but it smelled/tasted considerably better. On the nose, I get some light funk and sour (there's definitely something of a wine aroma to this beer), along with some underlying citrus. It's an intriguing combination and is not something I come across too often. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but I was impressed by the amount of flavor this beer delivers. Initially there's something of a sour funk, tropical fruit flavor, but then the hoppy bitterness comes on strong. As a result, the beer finishes with a fairly dry, hoppy finish that I really liked. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with the alcohol barely noticeable. So drinkability is pretty good in this hoppy Belgian style ale.

Very impressive. Hopefully I'll see more stuff from this obviously talented brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 15:12:43 | More by John_M
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5th Dimension from The Livery
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