The Liberator - Short's Brewing Company

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416 Ratings
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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 49
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jt31914 on 12-18-2009)
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Reviews by BrianOhio:
Photo of BrianOhio
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was thrilled to stumble upon this bottle from a colleague who is in a beer trade club. When I told him Short's was my favorite Michigan craft brewery, he gave me the bottle. Given my love for Huma-Lumpa, expectations were sky high. (maybe too high.)

Pour is a very cloudy amber, with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. Aroma initially struck me as hop bomb...I was excited.

The taste was extremely sharp - pine, grass, and very peppery. The only real citrus taste I could pull out was that of tart grapefruit.

I still love Short's and can't wait until I get up to Bellaire next time, but this one just isn't for me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color, mild haziness, only slightly transparent at the edges of the beer. Gray-ish, off-white head fades quick and leaves only little bits of lacing on the way down. Very floral nose, abundant grapefruit and hop oil with some light white pepper acting in the background. Taste first hits with a heavy splash of grapefruit and citrus but quickly turns into a myriad of hop flavors; florals, roses, oils, resins, heavy pine sting on the end of the tongue. The latter half of the sip is 100% full of HUGE oil, perfume, pine, and resin with a hefty dose of white pepper playing secondary to everything but remaining for the entirety of the sip. The first half carries over a bit of its grapefruit and citrus into the end, but the aftertaste is made up mostly of hop bitterness and spiciness with only a slight, reminiscent flavor of grapefruit left on the tongue. Medium body, medium-high carbonation.

Definitely a decent DIPA, lots of perfume aromas and flavors, including a huge floral and pine essence. Grapefruit is abundant on the nose and in the first moments of the sip, but the oils and resins take over quickly and certainly maintain their staying power. It's fairly low at 7.4% ABV, too, which is typically a good thing.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into an over-sized wineglass. Has a light golden-copper hue with an almost 1-finger head the disappears quickly. Nice, thin lacing as the beer goes bye bye.

S: The orange and lemon zest really jump out in the aroma and mingles with grapefruit, floral, and grass smells. Hop-py.

T: Bitter grapefruit and pine upfront, which gives way to a very earthy, grassy finish. The hop and zest bitterness overpowers any malt flavor. A good hop flavor, to be sure, but combined with the zest, it really leaves a dry, resiny flavor at the end.

M: It giveth and then it taketh away. I really like the full citrusy feel at the beginning of a sip, but instead of exploding and dispersing on the palate, the beer kind of dies on the tongue with a zest bitterness. Really good feel to start, not great to end.

D: One of the drier beers I've tasted. The lack of a malt balance and the hop/zest combination made it less drinkable than other DIPAs I've had, but it was still enjoyable.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange red with off white head. Aroma is bursting with hops - citric and pine along with orange peel coming through. Mellow toasty caramel backbone. Rush of hops upfront citric and piney - good and pungent. Lemon and orange peel come through. Bitter finish, yummy! Smooth, creamy medium body. Good show.

Photo of nickadams2
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Burnt orange color with a foamy white head.Lacing coats glass.

S_Strong citrus upfront. Lots of grapefruit, orange and pine.Good amount of hops.

T_ The citrus hits first and is finished off with a tart crisp wave of hops. Has a nice hop kick to it..

M_Full bodied and sticky. Makes you smack your lips.

D_Goes down easy each sip make you anticipate the next.

Photo of warnerry
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 2/1/11

A - Pours deep orange with two fingers of head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S - Citrus heavy up front with some notes of pine also present. Lots of orange, not really getting any malt.

T - Orange zest is predominant in the taste, with lemon zest coming behind. One of the most citrusy DIPAs I've ever had. Nice hop bite up front, with bitterness and citrus carrying all the way through. Nice.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, but not really in a bad way. Crisp and clean, finishes somewhat bitter and dry.

O - For such a bitter beer, the drinkability is high. Nice flavor profile and not overly heavy. A good one from Short's.

Photo of SAxDRC5
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tastetester for sending this bottle.

Pours a hazy light orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong orange with lemon at the end. The flavor is orange, lemon and a good bitterness. The lemon is the dominant flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An interesting take on using fruit in a DIPA that I think works very well.

Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of mikejonze
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of larkor
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Hophood
1/5  rDev -74.9%

Photo of mikerap100
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of rudylaw
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

More Short's goodies thanks to eyebrews!

Pours a cloudy amber with an eggshell head. Thins out to a soapy rim.

Smells juicy and delicious! Orange and lemon zest, as is claimed, are stamped all over this beer. Grass, pine, citrus!

Tastes like Huma x2! Hoppy, juicy, piny, flat out awesome. Perfect carbonation with a dry finish. Could easily polish off a sixer of this at any given time. Short's does it again... and again and again!

Photo of FrognutUnl
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden amber in color with a single finger of slightly off-white head. Quite a bit of lacing and decent head retention.

S - Piney and resinous with large amounts of citrus and a hint of peaches.

T - A TON of hop bitterness reaches out and grabs one by the cohunes. Very resinous in flavor with a good amount of grapefruit coming through as the glass diminishes. Very subtle sweetness provided by the malts.

M - Medium in body, not much else to say

D - Pretty good beer that should satisfy any hop head. I wish it were a bit more balanced, but outside of that I can't find a thing wrong with it.

Photo of jeonseh
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark reddish orange that looks a bit like copper. Clear reflective body with a small white head on the sides

S - Orange, pine, grapefruit, and sweet candied orange peel.

T - Pine hop bitterness up front. Strong grapefruit comes in the middle to give a bite to it. Orange and lemon zest come in near the end to give it a light citrus and a zesty bitterness.

MF - Sticky and resiny hops that leaves a hop resin in the tongue. Rather astringent finish from the bitter hops

O - Big, bitter, and sticky hop beer that gets an additional level of bitterness from the zest

Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of goast8127
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of lynlikesbeer
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of freehafe
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of pwoods
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Main Party Shop in Ann Arbor, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a lightly copper tinted hazy orange. Decent sized head with some retention and decent lacing.

S: Loads of citrus and pine with plenty of resin. Lots of acidic grapefruit, lemon, orange, pineapple, and maybe some mango. Maybe a touch of mint. Malts try to balance a touch with a bit of sweetness from light caramel and some biscuity malts.

T/M: Nice bitterness level. More of the massive citrus with the strong acidic line. Pine and oily resin's are also prominent. Malts thicken up a bit and are almost chewy but they don't give as much sweetness or biscuity notes as I'd have expected. Body is medium full with average carbonation.

D: ABV is very manageable but it is a very bitter beer.

Photo of GRE680
2/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of Magpie14
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Butchs Dry Dock

A: reddish copper wonder with soft orange tones at the rim and bottom of my glass. Minimal lacing (just a ring of soapy suds) and not much activity

S: crisp citrus and bright earthy hops. Plenty of malts and sweeter notes as well. A very well done amalgamation of flavors in the nose

T: big crusty green cone goodness. This buddy is bitter and more malt whiffs in the nose. The late end of each sip has peppery notes. Lots of citrus and fruity tastes (grapefruit!) in the hops. Mild hints of biscuit malts and sweet caramel. Overall, this is a tongue wrecker

M: smooth and clean within the bitter tastes. Medium body with carbonation at the forthright. Totally drinkable and oh so bitter

D: not for the faint of hop heart. Pretty bitter and yet very tasty. Another winner from Short's. I find that I have to be in a super hop mood to drink a full sixer. Me like

Photo of nkersten
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Erik, thanks! Pours a peach skin orange with a thin off white head that sicks to the sides of the glass here and there before fading to a collar. Smell is intensely hoppy, this beer has a little bit of every hop characteristic. Tropical fruits blended with sweet citrus, orange dreamsicle, a bit of pine and floral aroma as well. Taste is not nearly as complex but still very good. Bitter and piney up front, spicy, earth hops follow with a good malty sweetness to help with a little bit of balance. Body is medium with a medium/light carbonation and a semi dry finish. One of the best Short's beers I have tried so far, a very tastey DIPA.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

fresh bottle from Champagne Cellars. Opaque grapefruit coloured body with a small retained white head, leaving lots of lace behind. High IBU aromas, akin to hop pellets. A cup of grapefruit juice, funny how the zest brings it to the forefront. Hits the style, Tingling palate. Very drinkable.

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The Liberator from Short's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.