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The Liberator - Short's Brewing Company

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The LiberatorThe Liberator

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BA SCORE
89
very good

411 Ratings
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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 50
Gots: 19 | 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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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.

Sammy, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

t0rin0, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

spycow, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a better hop presence in the aroma in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +0.5%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few bottles from Holiday Market. Consumed on 12.27.2009.

A: Fairly-hazy peach and mango-colored with a nice bone-white head. A little bit of lacing as it comes down.

S: Strong bittering hops are the initial aroma, along with clear indications of the lemon and orange zest that are touted on the bottle. Lots of citrus, but balanced out by a strong bitterness. The aroma also includes some tropical fruits, namely mango.

T: Nice malty sweetness comes in behind a fairly-overpowering bitterness. Lemon, orange, and mango abound. Perhaps a hint of peach. A little bit of earthy pepper-ness comes through; slightly spicy.

M: Somewhat creamy with a medium body. A little bit of alcohol seems to make its way in with some spice, but nothing that takes away from the character of the beer.

D: Short's is brewed by people who care...and definitely who know what they're doing, especially when it comes to IPA's. I was most looking forward to Cup A Joe when Short's announced that it was bottling, but it was really this one that stole the show for me. An excellent offering and one I hope to have quite frequently.

Thorpe429, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

GRG1313, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of cracking this one open last night, and the word pleasure is really not a strong enough word for me. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/22/2010.

The pour was very nice, golden amber in color with a nice head of white that was about two inches at first but then slowly settled down into a rich lacing that coated the sides of the glass. Such a sweet, sharp citrus aroma coming off of this one, simply amazing. Like pineapple and grapefruit juice mixed in a glass and hit with a shot of orange, it was simply amazing. First sip sucked the moisture from my palate. Lip smacking good. Sharp, biting citrus flavor, pineapple and grapefruit rule the day here as the richness and juiceness is simply overwhelming. Each sip seemed to get sharper, crisper then the one before. I was in heaven.

Overall it was outsatnding, now I drink a ton of grapefruit juice every morning and if you can handle that kind of flavor this beer is right up your alley.

mikesgroove, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks go to hoppymeal for sending me this one recently. I can't resist a double IPA, so this one was enjoyed today after lunch.

A: The pour into my Stone nonic pint glass is a hazy burnt orange color with a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: I'm immediately struck by very pungent hop aromas. The combination of bitter grapefruit and pine is one of my favorites and this beer certainly delivers there.

T: It doesn't get much better than this. While the beer is not as intensely bitter as many CA IPAs (ie. Ruination and Pliny), it still has plenty of resinous pine. The Front end is very citrusy with the aforementioned pine taking over the finish. Not a trace of malt in the beer.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: These Michigan breweries really know how to make a fantastic IPA. This is just as good (if not better) than certain IPAs made by Bell's, and I would gladly enjoy a few more of these.

womencantsail, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.45/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Lightly hazed, orangey body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Cutting citrus wafts, though leaning towards grating citric angle instead of something more fruity, more juicy, or more inviting. Some coiled resins and very low hint of bready pale malts.

Taste: Lean bready malts including one single, solitary drop of simple syrup. Head-first launch into the sharply citric, screechy synthetic resins with a hard bitterness. Remains so to the dry finish and beyond (or, at least until you grab for that glass of water).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Liberator has liberated me from hope and good cheer. Tremendously one-note and that note is an utterly unforgiving assault on the tongue. Displeasingly harsh.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

SocalKicks, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of largadeer
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by bring; thanks. Cloudy orange in the glass with a small white head. Big citrusy hop nose, orange and grapefruit. Very little perceptible sweetness. The taste lives up to the nose with a big juicy citrus hop flavor. Crisp and dry with a huge bitter kick, this finishes borderline astringent, but it's still enjoyable.

largadeer, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy burnished orange, murky with micro-sediment. A decent head that recedes to a clump of larger bubbles on one side. Dark orange center, with a more yellow tint at it's edges.

Zesty orange and citrus aroma, sweet, dank, and resiny. As it sits, it has a pleasant woody, leafy, vinous scent that emerges. Really fresh and appealing.

Full bodied and almost viscous, with a strong bitter hop edge. Long residual bitterness on the finish that is very resinous and a little catty even. Citrus, spruce, earthy, pretty much a hop-delivery vehicle. The malt presence balances things somewhat, but the hops are on showcase here. Feels like 100 IBU, wonder what the actual level is. Very potent stuff. A growler of this would be dangerous!

emerge077, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -24.6%

JAHMUR, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one seems to show the alcohol a bit too much for me. Burns somewhat. There are some good character points here, but it's not really coming together in the way that it should, or that it could. Decent, but not altogether working. Eh. Not really working for me.

RblWthACoz, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first Short's review thanks to ptwnblr

Pours a perfect large almost 2 finger head that just reaches the peak of my glass, and fades at a medium pace, with a bit of lacing, over clear copper toasty orange red color.

Nose brings plenty of fresh hops, lots of pine, some fresh hop resins, a slight bit of citrus with a bit of orange zest and tropical fruit, a bit of a spicy hop edge, and a slight sweet malt under that.

Taste hits fairly strong with bittering hops, some pine, lots of fresh musty hop resin, some light citrus and tropical fruits, a bit of bitter orange peel and very light lemon, a bit of an earthy hop starts to come on strong the more I drink. The bitterness also starts to overpower and hammer my mouth. A bit of malt under it, but the malt seems to fall out from under it and can't balance for the life of it. The orange zest comes out a little more late, as well as a slight sticky finish. A very long lingering bitterness that doesn't even seem to fade as time goes on. My mouth will be remembering this beer next week!

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation, a bit of an oily and sticky resin feel.

DRink is not the best, booze doesn't really play a factor, but a slight sticky feel, and the incredibly heavy bitterness that just besets the whole beer, which isn't very balance with a malt backbone and just ramps to infinity.

jlindros, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to eyebrews for picking up a sixer of this for me. Served in my trusty Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - Two fingers of creamy orange-tinged foam with superb retention and tons of sticky lacing. Hazy red-amber body with some bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass.

S - The label doesn't lie - plenty of lemon and orange zestiness, but also some pine and dank weed hoppiness. Not sure of the ABV, but it's quite well-hidden. The malt backbone is sugar cookie-ish, and stays in the periphery.

T - The taste is citrus zest, a touch of sugary malt, then pine and earthiness, followed by some pretty impressive bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Just the right balance of depth versus smash your palate hoppy goodness.

M - The carbonation isn't overly biting, but there's a graininess/chalk to the body that I don't care for much - could be a little smoother. Finishes dry with nice residual oiliness. A bit of heat shows up as well.

D - The first bottle went down in under 10 minutes - I know I was missing the hoppy beers while in Canada, but this is ridiculous! However, it's a bit too palate-numbing to be perfect. Still, it's one of Joe Short's finest creations!

MasterSki, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aren't doppelbocks the beers that are suppose to end with an "or"?

Poured from a bottle into a becher. Beer is amber and orange and has a slight haze to it. Forms an off white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Aroma is full of grapefruit and pine. Some pinapple in there as well. Smells good.

Beer is insanely bitter, overly bitter and finishes dry. Beer is lighter in body than I expected, carbonation helps the beer travel down the palate but overall its just OK as far as flavor. Not a lot of sweetness, not a lot of hop character. The bitterness overwhelms me and blanks my tastebuds. Its just OK.

drabmuh, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev +0.5%

beernads, Jul 03, 2013
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.

Mora2000, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

drewone, Apr 17, 2013
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The Liberator from Short's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.