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Liberation - Black Market Brewing Co.

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84
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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Market Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 10-03-2012

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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 8
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One often best IPA's I've tried so far and the best beer I've had from this brewery. The taste is very moderate to light for an IPA. The color is more of a darker amber with a rich Belgian like feel. Highly recommend this beer.

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3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Very strong floral with pine hop nose. Pours slight hazy reddish orange amber under a 2” foam cap descends to thick ½” foam cap that produces generous lace. The palate starts with caramel malt with some citrus, orange, light plum and then the grapefruit hop flavors turn astringent followed by a return of some sweetness returns before hops and malt mingle in the finish and dry out. Medium carbonation and medium high body. While the beer is big, the elements are well balanced.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I've been on an Inland Empire tear the last few days, but why stop? I have 22 ounces of Imperial IPA on the way. Good thing, because I work early tomorrow. Drink it fresh says the label, but go figure, there's no date on the bottle. On to the beer:

There's nothing pale about the color. It looks toasted orange in color and is topped with a velvet creamy head sitting an inch thick after the pour. Retention is okay, lacing is pretty good. The aroma has pleasant hop cones, yet also has a very fruity character, like fruity esters. Actually, the two together smell pleasant, even if it's not up to the high bar set by the style.

The taste starts fruity. But not from the hops, from esters. The hops add some bitterness and grassiness to the beer, though it's not the dominating factor of the beer, which is unusual per style. There's dry crackery malt, also a note of solvent alcohol, which at 9.5% ABV does hide much of itself. Big bodied and smooth, perhaps this beer's best attribute.

Not a bad beer on its own. The problem is the bar for the Double IPA style is set very high, and being merely "not a bad beer" is going to get you passed.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Liberation from Black Market Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.