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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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87
very good

54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 153
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-15-2003

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Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy amber color and a billowy head that leaves sheets of lacing

Smell: Distinct citrus floral aroma with wafts of pineapple and orange pith

Taste: Big citrus flavors up front followed by a subtle caramel malt aspect underneath; after the swallow, pithy bitterness bursts forth and sets the tone; in the finish, a final touch of residual sweetness makes an appearance on the tip of the tongue followed by a final slug of bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; the beer dries out the mouth on the finish

Drinkability: Wonderful, citrus fruit San Diego style IPA here in the heart of Texas - kudus to Live Oak (681 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at the Local Pub & Patio on Guadalupe St in Austin, Texas. Reviewed from notes. A pitcher cost $10.50

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Body colour is a clear copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Nectary hop character. Floral, with an edge of pine. Pale malts lend it a sweetness. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. A clean and inviting aroma of mild strength.

T: Has an aggressive hop bitterness with piney, floral, and some nectary hop character. Pale malts give it some sweetness. Nice little balance for what it is. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. I do like it, but the choices of hop don't seem ideal. Doesn't have a unique profile to make it stand out in comparison to other IPAs.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely crisp. Slightly overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile well in a general sense, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Not oily, hars, gushed, or hot.

Dr: Drinkable and likable, but not exemplary for the style. It's no paragon. I might get it again, but Live Oak does better work. I'm glad I got to try it, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners.

B- (1,266 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (266 characters)

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. (593 characters)

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. (383 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at The Draught House Pub in Austin this cask IPA is a near copper
amber color, clear, with a big "bubbled" head that's somewhat sparse but holds with
good lacing. The aroma offers a pointed grapefruit/lemon hop, a bit of fruit
nougat and apple vinegar caramel. Very nice. The taste buds receive a more
flowery delivery of citrus hops with a sweet grassy edge. Plenty of bitter hops
while securing a perfumey overtone, sort of lilac-lavender or some such thing.
It's good and brings a solid medium bodied, heavy-ish feel with the standard
low carbonation expected of most cask ales. Very enjoyable. (612 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A two finger, tightly packed, white head forms with good retention. Some patchy lace is left behind.
S: A big resiny, and piny hop aroma up front and center. Floral and citrus aromas come through. Some bread and biscuit malt for balance with some butter diacetyl as well.
T: The piny hops are still front and center. Some malt for balance with to much buttery diacetyl. A lingering bitterness as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little on the thin side. Not hard to drink at all. I finished my pint, and could have quaffed some more with ease.

This is a good IPA. A little to much diacetyl for my tastes, but still very enjoyable. Worth a try if you happen to come across it. (725 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Flying Saucer in Houston. The beer is a clear bright gold color with a medium and frothy white head that lasts awhile. Sticky patches of lacing. Hoppy, citrusy aroma. Medium body with a bitter hoppy character. Notes of sweetness become increasingly prevalent though. Touches of malt and citrus show up too. This finish is dry and bitter hops with a touch of sweet malt aftertaste. Although the beer does not stand out in a sea of decent IPAs, it is solidly above average all around. (496 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at The Crown & Anchor in Austin.

Appearance is copper with a decent sized white head. The smell has citrus hops, pine, fresh. Its` taste contains grapefruit, acidic, a bitter finish. MF is medium, fairly smooth. All in all, a pretty good IPA and if you are visiting Texas as I was, you should try it. (315 characters)

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. (528 characters)

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. (561 characters)

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. (163 characters)

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. (271 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (633 characters)

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. (411 characters)

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. (1,156 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On draught at the Draught House in Austin

Aroma: Mild citric note, orange like. Hard to get good nose in a bar.

Appearance: Hazy gold glass holds a ¼ finger white head a long time leaving lace.

Flavor: Mineral elements hit me first, followed by full, firm hops. Classic IPA profile, crystal sweet malt supporting hoppy goodness. Some yeast notes come through as well.

Mouthfeel: Light body seems a bit off, that and a low carbonation level leaves it a bit watery.

Overall Impression: Yeasty, minerally, watery, still, a pretty good brew. Almost a lawn mower IPA. (568 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light burnt orange colored beer with frothy bright white head. Some lacing. Smell is nice, unique apricot, orange, fruity hops. Taste is fairly bitter all the way through first sip to the aftertaste, but fruity too and nice. A touch of orange juice sweetness in the back, but I wish it cut through the bitterness just a touch more. Not a bad IPA at all, and definitely worth a try. (388 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy coppery color with one finger frothy head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Citrus hops but not as dominate as many IPA. Stronger sweetenss in the aroma as well.

T - Strong citrus hop taste with a sweetness underlying. Tastes like a west coast IPA but a little too sweet for my liking.

M/D - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Very drinkable IPA. (363 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I ordered this upon the recommendation of a beer aficionado-y-ish guy ("Tim") I met at the Ginger Man in Austin. This was his favorite Texas beer, and while it is a decent IPA, I would defer to the Full Moon Pale Rye as being my favorite. This beer had a rather lack-luster appearance, but a medium-to-heavy dose of (what I believed to be Amarillo?) hops that imparted an appealing flavor of piney and pineapple-y taste notes.

Appearance of this beer a dull, hazy, pale yellow with a decent finger's worth of head. Right or wrong, natural or artificial, I find IPAs with a "sparkling" appearance to be much more visually appealing than those with a hazy dullness. Aroma and flavor is a blend of both piney-ness and pineapple flavors. Good taste and smell. (758 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

another solid beer from this brewery. a tad light in color but maltiness is substantial. on tap it freshness is grassier and citrus fruit is drier. there is a steady balance of great hops in there but the finish was a bit too husky. instead of having a nice bitter zest of lemon and dry pepper, which it did have. there was also a lingering of some stale hay starchy finish. will have again none the less but not the best i had in town. still better than anything in dallas. (474 characters)

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. (1,141 characters)

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. (414 characters)

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