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The Liberator - Short's Brewing Company

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The LiberatorThe Liberator

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89
very good

400 Ratings
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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 49
Gots: 17 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jt31914 on 12-18-2009)
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Reviews by kagent777:
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kagent777

Utah

3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Another6Pack for this beer!

A 12 oz bottle poured into my goblet.

Appearance: A golden hazy beer sits under a one finger tall off white head. A little lacing is left from the bubbles that now surround the outside edge of the glass.

Smell: As expected a nice citrus tinged bitterness escapes from the glass. Grapefruit and some pine are the hops scents. They pretty well mask the malt backbone smells.

Taste: This beers is very dry and tastes like the smell. Some citrus flavors up front, light malts in the middle, and bitterness down the back end. Not really balanced at all, I do like a slightly sweeter IIPA. If I did not know this was brewed with lemon and orange zest, I am not sure that I would be able to pick them out, maybe if it were more fresh.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a long bitter finish. The carbonation is fine as well as the body.

Overall: I am not sure I love this beer, it is pretty one sided and does not offer anything new that I picked up on. That being said it is well made and a step up from beer available at a grocery store, or most ballparks; and I am glad that I was able to try it. I am not sure I would choose this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 05:19:50 | More by kagent777
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A- Reddish Orange rusty color, zero visibility, small head with little retention.

S- Bread, pine, and citrus

T- Grapefruit up front with a hint of orange, sweet malts, hints of caramel, and a TON of hops and bitterness.

M- Little carbonation, heavy and chewy, a tad creamy.

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12oz bottle from waston (thanks!). No bottling date. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours a semi cloudy orange amber with a half finger off-white head. The froth recedes to a mild haze and a decent sized ring, leaving a fair bit of lace.

Nose is piney, floral and earthy but with an unfortunate note of wet cardboard.

Bitter flavors dominate. Pine, grapefruit rind, lemon zest, earthy, floral, resin, pepper and that cardboard aspect from the aroma that tells me something may have gone awry here. Overly bitter without much hop flavor or malt sweetnness.

Body is a little oily and has a medium feel with highish carbonation. Finishes bitter with floral notes and something I can only describe as old hops.

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The Liberator from Short's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.