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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

55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 156
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

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 Morris729
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with a slight tint of orange and a fluffy white head. Nose is floral citrusy hops and orange blossom along with a bit of sweet malt in the background. Taste begins with juicy ripe orange citrus followed by some dry bready notes. A strong hop bitterness comes across towards the end with notes of orange rind and fresh grapefruit. A solid malt backbone supports the hop bitterness throughout the tasting. Another winner from Live Oak. Sampled on-tap at the Addison Flying Saucer.

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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 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 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 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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Live Oak Liberation Ale from Live Oak Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.