1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

The Liberator - Short's Brewing Company

Not Rated.
The LiberatorThe Liberator

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

443 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 443
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 53
Gots: 34 | 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:
Beer added by: jt31914 on 12-18-2009

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 443 | Reviews: 200
Photo of buddyvelt
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mzeld
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of andrewjraab
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange with big fluffy head. Nice sticky webbing and film that clings to the glass. The nose on this brew is quite amazing. Bold citrus, orange and lemon zest, grapefruit. The taste follows the nose quite well. Huge hoppy and citrus flabors that have a smack you in the mouth zest. The big hop aroma and taste are kept in check just enough to make this highly and dangerously drinkable.

This is the second year I've had this and will continue to look forward to this seasonal release every year.

Photo of mrebeka
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of indiskret
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MPiper
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Scparks
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of beergorrilla
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of rolandboy
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of taigor
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of porcelli426
2.76/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into tumbler

A- Dark Orange with a finger head. Beautiful copper haze.

S-Light floral and orange smell

T-Strong lemon with citrus notes. Fairly strong bitter presence.

M-Nicely carbonated and well balanced

O- Overall decent DIPA. I would have liked a bigger hops presents up front. Clearly they were going for more lemon and orange flavors which they did pretty well.

Photo of cestlavie
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of danp14
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of antoines15
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dtx00
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of szmnnl99
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of TimP2115
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dlello2
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden and bubbly. Not much head. Smell is quite good. Citrusy and a bit dry. Lemony and fresh. Taste hits hard on first sip in as pleasant a way as possible. Then comes lemon lemon and more lemon. Finish is smooth but with a definite bitterness from the zest. Pretty good balance. Overall a decent double ipa!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.51/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
The Liberator from Short's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.