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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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seaoflament

California

2.38/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to my buddy hoppymeal for this beer in the latest massive assault.

Pours a dark golden color with some reddish overtones and almost an inch of foam on top that doesn't seem to last too long but leaves a bit of lacing. A quick swirl brings back about half an inch of foam back to life and the beer maintains a nice ring of foam throughout the whole session.

Opens up with a big burst of various citrus fruits like orange, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, mango, and pineapple. Aside from the citrus sweetness there is also a noticeable citrus acidity in the background. The beer has a "heavy" crystal malt aroma and meaty that could be either from the grain bill or the yeast. Not bad, the aroma is quite deceiving at hinting at a sweeter beer instead of a bitter/astringent mess.

Bitter and slightly astringent upfront with a long lasting bitterness. Citrus flavors pass by quite rapidly and are engulfed by the bitterness and grassiness. Bittersweet orange, citrus peel bitterness, lemon, medium-high caramel malt profile with some dry toast in the finish. Initially, the beer isn't too bad it starts off with the citrus bitterness and the malt tries to come through but quickly finishes in a long lasting dry bitterness that overwhelms almost anything else with a dry, grassy, piney, and intense citrus bitterness and a bit astringent as well. Definitely too astringent, my mouth feels like I've sucked on a tea bag after swallowing.

Moderate to high carbonation with a soft texture at first and then a very dry finish that, combined with the astringency, is not very refreshing.

Not really impressed by this one, the aroma was decent but the taste is lacking complexity and finness, mostly due to the aforementioned problem of the astringency/bitterness combination.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 02:48:57 | More by seaoflament
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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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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.

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