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Live Oak Liberation Ale - Live Oak Brewing Company

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Live Oak Liberation AleLive Oak Liberation Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

127 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-15-2003)
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Todd, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jason, Nov 19, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of TxHopHead4
4.25/5  rDev +9%

TxHopHead4, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Draught House in early May 2010.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the floral hops and I almost get some grape-like notes. The flavor is floral hops with some more grapes as well as some light citrus notes. Medium bitterness, medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel. As much as I wanted to like this beer, I just couldn't get past the big floral notes.

Mora2000, May 29, 2010
Photo of skillerified
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Med-dark caramel brown color. Very clear. Bright white half finger head, creamy and bubbly. Very sticky, good lacing.

Strong on citrus, lemon and lime, slight orange. Some very distinct pine notes. Slight malt undertones.

Not a lot of distinct flavors. A sort of vauge fruity sweetness. Not particularly bitter for the style, but not overly sweet either. Does seem to sweeten with warmth. Risidual grapefruit bitterness at the back of the tongue.

Not too bad, but there are definitely better IPAs out there.

skillerified, May 14, 2007
Photo of Melchizedek
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the FW Ginger Man.

Goldish-amber, with a thick, white, sticky head that remains as a nice dense cap, supported by slow, steady carbonation. Smells of grapefruit, blueberry, raspberry, with a hint of fresh pine needles. Mmm...

In the mouth, light and smooth on the tongue, not too oily, with lots of tartness up front, fruits and floral aromas still come through, and a healthy dose of bittering hops with a mild sweet malt background and a slight alcohol spice.

This is delightful, in the vein of BridgePort or St. Arnold's Elissa, very aromatic, well-balanced and crisp. It's a good beer for nice sunny-but-cool weather like we had yesterday, and certainly a go-to IPA.

Melchizedek, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

javlin624, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at Opal Divine's on 6th in Austin. This felt and drank more like a pale ale and had a much cleaner, smoother hop character. There was some balance from bready malt and then an almost juicy citrus character. Very drinkable but not too light, give it a try.

tempest, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Jdgarcia24
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Jdgarcia24, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +2.6%

zonker17, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Beertracker, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

JamLand, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of TheBCrew
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Ginger Man in Austin. Pours a hazy dark yellow/light orange with 2 fingers of white head. Head dissipates slowly leaving moderate lacing. Great hop aroma with a lot of complexity - grapefruit, peach, and a hint of pine. Taste is fruity as well with a strong pale malt presence to keep things balanced. Finishes dry. Somewhat heavy mouthfeel leads to moderate drinkability.

TheBCrew, May 29, 2008
Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +2.6%

gtermi, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of mcdsports
4/5  rDev +2.6%

mcdsports, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of notalumberjack
4/5  rDev +2.6%

notalumberjack, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of CLBizzle
4/5  rDev +2.6%

CLBizzle, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of StevenLaValley
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

StevenLaValley, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Canada_Dan
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Canada_Dan, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of VoodooBrew
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper, creamy off-white head. The nose is bright, fruity, and floral. However it's a little subdued for an IPA. The flavor opens up with sweet citrus followed swiftly by an assertive bitterness that hangs on through a medium finish, imparting a borderline astringency to the mouthfeel. The mellow aftertast includes a touch of pear. Mid-pint, the flavors become decidedly fresh and fruity. Overall a quality entry. Check it out.

VoodooBrew, Mar 07, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

jkoogler, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, light golden color, with a moderate white head, thick lacing, and little carbonation.

Aroma: Strong wave of herbal at grapefruit hops in the nose. The malt is struggles to assert itself at all.

Taste: Pine tar hops dominate the aroma, with a slight sweet malt presence, but the hop bitterness overshadows all else. Finishes with a lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: The hop usage seemed a bit heavy-handed, even in light of the style, leaving little room for the other characteristics of this example.

Sampled at The Draught House in Austin, Texas.

Pegasus, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft on-tap at the Gingerman, Dallas.
Bright, clear amber/orange color with a half inch of white foam. Foam settled quickled, left thin stringy lace. Smell has lots of citrusy hops, sharp yet fresh smelling. Flavors is blod, very hoppy, yet not out of balance. Enough malty sweetness to keep the hops in check. Flavorful, bitter, lots of citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish. A very good IPA.

BigBry, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Karibourgeois
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer has a cloudy dark gold pour with a small white head. Has a floral aroma with some hints of citrus. The medium body has a really well balanced grapefruit and pine hop flavor backed by just a bit of bready malt. Finishes with a mild piney bitterness.

Karibourgeois, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of beerceller99
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Saucer in Addison, Tx.
This Liberation has an amber color with an off white head. A strong smell of grassy, fresh cut hay with hop buds was kinda funky skunky. I ask the bar maid about this , she replied the keg had just been tapped that day...hmm, interesting. It's medium bodied with a smooth texture and lightly carbonated. The taste starts with a good flavor of biscuity pale malts quickly overcome by that funky pungent hop tang in the finish.

A pretty good pale ale here, with a unusual hop flavor.

beerceller99, Aug 16, 2005
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Live Oak Liberation Ale from Live Oak Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.