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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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very good

54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 154
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-15-2003

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at Crickets, 1 Mar 2012. Served in a shaker pint.

Medium sized beige head. Lightly carbonated. Clear dark orange in color. Aroma is light, malty and citric. Starts similarly, slightly citric with a sweet malty background. Medium creamy body, moderate ethanol. Well balanced throughout. Finish and aftertaste are moderately hoppy bittersweet.

Tasty and easy to drink but just a bit light on the hops.

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Photo of Duttonic
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 09/30/10, on tap at Dancing Bear Pub.

A- Light copper, 1cm head, lots of lacing, really bubbly.

S- Hops, malt backbone, sweet and sticky.

T/M- Hoppy goodness, medium/heavy body, rich, sticky and a bit puckering.

D- Really great, a bit of caramel and toffee buried in there. I like it and I will be drinking it again.

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Photo of Mickelswit
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Ginger Man in downtown Austin.

The pint had the expected amber haziness and foamy head of an IPA. It smelled fairly strongly of malt and piney hops. In the first sips, the hops were very assertive. Throughout the pint, the hop flavors subdued to allow some malt complexity to show through. There were hints of caramel, a nice level of carbonation, and a rich spectrum of hops. This was a very good IPA that I would have again, by itself or with some Texas barbecue.

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Photo of
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, dark gold fluid. Large ivory colored head.

Aroma tells you it is an IPA. Hops come right through, and malt files in behind them. Hops are citrus like in character.

Taste follows aroma. Hops show floral and citrus characteristics, and moreso than aroma would initially indicate. Malt is also more assertive than the aroma would have you expect, and balances the hops rather nicely. Comes through as a bread/yeast type flavor. Finish is spicy.

Medium in body, with similar carbonation. Fairly drying.

Overall, a very nice IPA. I tried this right after the Great Divide Fresh Hop, and thought this had a greater hop presence and a better flavor.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Seco2d in Austin May 30, but worried this could be an old keg since availability is Dec-Apr. Pours a cloudy orange gold with small head in a tulip glass. Big grapefruit aroma with malty bready backbone. Hops are still there so thats good. Pine prickle up front fades into sweet malt and a lasting bitter on the palate. Massive lacing and a big slick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Pushes the malt bill of an impy even at only 6%. Pleasantly surprised here. Really been impressed with Live Oak while here in Austin.

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Ginger Man in Austin.
Orange and a little hazy, topped by a whitish cap that hung around for a while. Spotty lacing. The hop aroma was assertive, a little abrasive with resin and citrus zest taking charge. There was a bit of malt sweetness, caramel, but this was in the background. Hops were also prominent in the flavour, grapefruit pith with some pine resin, mild sweetness and caramel, sturdy bitterness that wasn't overdone. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, off-dry, nice texture. A solid IPA with a slightly aggressive character, but enough balance to keep it drinkable.

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Photo of jamescain
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the Whip In.

Appearance: Golden yellow with a white head about an inch thick that resides into a thin lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Mostly piney aromas with a slight citrus tinge, but pine dominates the nose.

Taste: Bitter up front and bitter on the finish but the middle is balanced with a nice malty backbone. A lot of west coast style IPA will lack malty flavors, but this one still provides this balance.

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderately high carbonation and a dry finish and lingering bitterness.

Overall: This is actually a really good IPA and I’m glad I got to try it since it was retired. I was probably my favorite central Texas IPA, but now I’m not sure due to all of the other challengers.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow gold with a thick 3/4" white head made up of small bubbles. There aren't many bubbles rising, but the head manages to stick around for some time anyway.

Aroma: The aroma has lots of fresh citrus hops that are absolutely in charge. There is a subtle bready contribution from the yeast, along with some esters from the same. There is a very reserved malt presence that comes out with a little bit of toastiness and some light caramel sweetness, but this is all inn the shadows.

Taste: The flavor is completely dominated by the hops from the flavor to the aftertaste. This is much greater than I expected from the aroma. The hop bitterness takes over the citrus hop flavor to lead into the finish, and stays put on the back of the throat long after the finish. There is a subtle alcohol presence, but it is not strong and I would guess was in the neighborhood of 6% ABV.

Opinion: The beer is pretty good, but I am not a serious hop-head. I think that it is a little heavily hopped even for an American IPA. The beer is clean with no off flavors, but just a bit heavy on the hops for my taste.

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Photo of briman
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into standard pint glass.

Pours a nice golden amber color, slightly hazy, with about a quarter inch fluffy white head...good retention, settling into quite
a bit of lacing.

Aroma is hoppy with typical Cascade pine & citrus notes. Nice, and not overpowering.

Taste is just what I expected. Starts out a with some orange notes with just enough malt sweetness to keep it well balanced, and finishes with a grapefruit tinged hop bitterness which lingers nicely.

Medium body, very clean & crisp all the way through. Certainly could see myself drinking quite a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper penny color. 1/2" off-white head. Good retention and thick fresh lace.

S - Lemon and lime citrus. Tea leaves ~ herbal. Fresh.

T - Orange peel bitterness. Lightly sweet caramel malt. Very well balanced. Tastes very fresh.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

D - Very good drinkability. I look forward to having this again.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After sampling this beer I believe it is an IPA and not an APA. The color is copper with a nice-sized, off white head. Aroma is very hoppy with citrus and oily smells. The taste starts with a burst of citrusy hops and is joined by a balancing malt body. Hop flavor is very fresh and enjoyable. I could drink quite a lot of the beer, I hope Live Oak begins to bottle their beers soon.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/28...on tap in Round Rock. Pours a clear orange yellow color. Sharp soapy pine nose bursts. Clean hoppy bitter taste. Lots of flavor. Well carbonated. Tasty IPA.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Gingerman in Dallas.

Clear light walnut-color, good head. Aroma is a little disappointing. There's a nice hop nose, but it's fairly faint. The taste, however, gives a full compliment of bitterness and hop flavor, the latter spicy & citrus-like. Malt underpinnings have a very nice nuttiness. Finish is, of course, bitter-dry. Creamy texture and moderate body round it out nicely.

A good IPA, though nothing stands out as particularly unique about it. But a great way to finish out a night of lighter session beers, without getting too heavy.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a golden caramel color. Very grassy hop aroma, similar to the pils. Great grassy hop flavor and what a finish. Hoppy yet balanced, without being a tongue-scraper. Either dry hopped or just exceptionally well done I don’t know but its delicious. Well done, gang.

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Photo of roodie
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Gingerman in Houston

Poured into a pint glass from the tap

A: pours a clear orange brown with 2 finger head low retention but moderate lacing.

S: pine and citrus and mango with floral notes. Very pleasant

T: hoppy bitterness accompanies the piney citrus but a floral flavor rounds out the sip

M: very smooth, no bitterness linger which is a nice change from other IPAs

O: very solid beer, only found on tap here so I will grab it whenever it's at my local pub

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Photo of kbub6f
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gingerman, Austin.

This is Live Oak's foray into hoppy American ales. (According to the brewer, it differs from Live Oak Pale Ale in that it's dry hopped and it's stronger... about 6.5%abv).

The beer is a clear, amber color with a compact, white head. Some caramel and sweetness in the nose, but there's no doubt this is about the hops. Middle is very nicely balanced: the malt is never underrepresented in a Live Oak. Smooth and full. Finish is hoppy enough to satisfy even the greenest-haired San Diegan. (Ok, that may be overstating it).

All-in-all, an excellent, malty, hoppy pale ale from a brewery known for its outstanding lagers (and its Bavarian-style hefe). Definitely not to be overlooked.

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Photo of Melchizedek
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio. Pours an amber/orange color with a single finger of foam that lasts a while. Solid lacing is left on the glass. Smell is of citrus hops - not over-the-top, but really well balanced, and backed up by some malty sweetness. The taste is really well balanced, with a strong citrus flavor from the hops blending with a nice malty, caramel backbone. Mouthfeel is crisp, with a slightly dry finish. This is a solid IPA, and one I would be happy to drink again.

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Photo of TheBCrew
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Cricket's in Waco.

Appearance: Very lightly hazy copper with an off-white head that thins to a patchy film.

Smell: A bit of toasty malts, but the aroma is dominated by a wonderful citrusy and grapefruity hop aroma.

Taste: Toasty upfront with some light citric sweetness and tartness, followed by a bit of peppery spice. The finish is a nice grapefruit and grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, low carbonation with a smooth oiliness.

Drinkability: Nicely balanced with a great grapefruit character.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Opal Devine's Freehouse, Austin TX.

Waiter brings me an attractively clear, golden-copper brew with a livid carbonation level. Bubbly torrents rise up to fuel a well-retained, thin cap of white foam that clings to the pint glass as the beer level drops. Aroma is quite unlike any IPA I've come across--and in a good way. Pine and lemon peel combine with a fresh, pungent hop aroma that coats the olfaction. A distinct presence of juniper berries, mango, and cranberry is thrown into the mix for good measure; I can't wait to try this thing.

The taste is well-balanced, as pale malts leave a crisp, discernible biscuit note. Impressive, especially when one considers the plethora of hops that must have been thrown at this beer, providing an onslaught of pine sap, juniper, orange juice, citrus peel, and an organic floral presence. Body is light in consistency and nicely carbonated, leaving a creamy, sticky mouthfeel that finishes with a phenomenal bitterness that lingers. The hops stick around just long enough to keep the finish clean. Excellent drinkability, as this beer will likely become a staple of mine once I've relocated to Austin.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth, TX.

Nice mellow American IPA. Not a hop monster but pleasantly just right.

Clear light amber liquird with smallish white head. Malty aroma.

Flavor is very well balanced. Reminds me more of a British style IPA or maybe Celis' Pale Bock. Fairly malty for an IPA with just the right amount of hops. Nice prickle on the tongue with a nice full velvety mouthfeel.

Quite drinkable. I Liked this one. Definitely more of a British style IPA.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this on tap tonight at Opal Divines.

Pour was clear kind of amber yellow color. The beer left a good amount of lacing on the glass as it was consumed.

I smelled mostly a strong citrus hop flavor with just a touch of sweetness. The taste started off with just a mild sweet flavor to get things going but immediately fades to a very powerful blend of bitter fruit hops. This bitterness lasts all the way to the end and leaves a good amount of after taste as well. Mouthfeel is almost perfect for the stlye. Very substantial body, but not too much there.

Like most IPAs, this brew is not for the "I only drink light beer guy". However, it is a very sessionable IPA, and I am actually not a normally strong beer drinker myself. Like most IPAs, it is best sipped slowly, and drank around 50 degrees to fully appreciate all of its complex flavors. Best of all, it's brewed fresh here in Austin, and therefore tastes its best right here in its hometown. If you are paying a visit or live in Austin, seek this one out.

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Live Oak Liberation Ale from Live Oak Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.