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The Liberator - Short's Brewing Company

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The LiberatorThe Liberator

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very good

406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 50
Gots: 18 | 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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5/5  rDev +25.6%

trginter, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Jefe73, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

johnhenryconway, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received this beer as an extra from my man Bob in a trade, thanks again!

The beer was poured from bottle, without date, to a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a slightly hazy red/orange/copper color with a nice 1.5 finger white head with decent retention and lacing.

S - The first thing I noticed when cracking the beer was the hop character. It was strong with citrus hopes but noticeable pine/earthy tones in the back with an almost onion chracteristic.

T/M - A very unique flavor to the beer unlike any IPA/DIPA I've had. The beer starts out crisp with a slight malt chracter and then very quickly the flavor explodes in a variety of notable tastes: Big hop bitterness (how many IBUs!?), Pepper, Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, Crystal Malts. Very interesting. Full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. The beer finishes with a sweeter flavor on the tongue that lingers. Very complex and very interesting though the peppered onion taste was a little much.

D - The complex variety of the beer makes for a nice experience though 1 is enough.

Overall, this is a beer the lies of which I've never had before. Glad to have tried it and fortunate to Bob. I wouldn't necessarily come back to quickly though.


Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-05-2011 04:12:33

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of cocoapuph
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks TheGr8BeerState for this one!

Opened with a small hiss and poured with a very tiny head. Little bubbles can be seen floating upward through the pinkish caramel color brew.

Smells of pine trees, orange rind and tons of grapefruit.

First sip was very bitter. Made the inside of my cheeks tingle. Tastes of sour lemons and grapefruit. Aftertaste is that of chewing on pine needles.

The body was light to medium and kept the lingering flavors or citrus peels on my tongue. Quite refreshing. Reminds me a little of Pliny... maybe this could be called Piney the Elder. Glad to have tried this.

cocoapuph, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

BMart, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

imperialking, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

lynlikesbeer, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

DiscOn, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of WeisGuy. This one has a bottled on date of 12/6/11 and was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

The Liberator pours an opaque burnt orange. Proper backlighting yields some straight orange highlights, and about a finger and a half of white foam comes together. Head retention is alright, and lacing is good at the apex of the glass, and spotty underneath. The nose is a little tame, but I can appreciate what's there. The usual grapefruit citrus aroma was supplemented by the zest added to the brew, with orange coming though much moreso than the lemon. There's also a bit of mango-peach fruitiness. There's some sweetness at the open, a bit each of biscuit and caramel, that's interrupted by a solid, but not overbearing blast of hop bitterness. The hops on the back end lean a little more towards the fruity end of the spectrum, with some pineapple acting as a bridge to grapefruit and orange notes. The body's not bone dry, there's just a little bit of firmness to it. Carbonation is definitely on the low side, and in my mind helps keep some of the citrusy flavors from really popping. I like the idea of adding some citrus zest to an IPA/IIPA, and The Liberator is is a solid double IPA, but it's also not a great one.

axeman9182, Jan 13, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into Duvel tulip. Medium caramel color and bright orange hue. Completely clear, dusty white froth on the top.

S: Grapefruit, pine, caramel, slight malt aroma, but quickly overtaken by hop profile.

T: Wow, tons of grapefruit and pine mixed together. Bitter to a finely chiseled point but not tannic at all. Fresh hopping profile, love the combination of hops put into here. Citrus peel and lemon zest on top of a caramel malt backbone. Grapefruit rind at the end.

M: Light to medium body for a Double IPA, but the carbonation is very pleasant, making this a very drinkable DIPA.

O: I would definitely get more of these if they were available. I would love to live in Michigan to enjoy this fine brewery in person.

Thanks again to Scoot69!

alpinebryant, Jan 12, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BBP for this bottle.
Bottle date of 12/6/11? (sort of rubbed out). Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Medium orange/amber colour with half a finger of cream coloured head that reduced to a few bubbles.

S - Big citrus bitterness up front full of grapefruit, orange zest and lemon rind with a touch of pine. A very slight malt sweetness is evident in the background.

T - An assertive hop bitterness up front. Grapefruit, orange zest and a touch of lemon with the faintest trace of a malt backbone. Definitely a hop forward DIPA. The massive bitterness lingers seemingly forever in the finish.

M - Medium body and very slightly creamy. Some nice sticky hop oils that coat the tongue. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - A very good DIPA but it needs a slightly bigger malt presence.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

msuspartan22, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Steimie, Jan 06, 2012
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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
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

drh1382, Dec 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

TheMonk41, Dec 28, 2011
The Liberator from Short's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.