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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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mikejonze

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-31-2014 16:47:34 | More by mikejonze
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jschott75

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-31-2014 02:19:20 | More by jschott75
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Lynn

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

01-30-2014 16:16:50 | More by Lynn
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kyle86

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-28-2014 08:04:33 | More by kyle86
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/13/2013. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big citrus peel and citrus hop presence with moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Large amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange/lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice flavors with huge citrus peel and citrus/pine hop flavors with moderate malt balance; with a great malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and very sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, citrus peel, and moderate malt flavors; and nicely smooth to sip on even with the big bitterness that is present. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 22:44:04 | More by superspak
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alelover

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-25-2014 19:14:08 | More by alelover
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:12:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
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drbenderdo

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-18-2014 23:06:05 | More by drbenderdo
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-16-2014 21:30:54 | More by Kmlund
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BEERschlitz

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-13-2014 05:24:33 | More by BEERschlitz
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: reddish orange color. hazy and almost opaque. a finger of an off white head that leaves just a little lacing on the edge

Smell: citrus, lemon and grapefruit. super bitter. pale and sweet malts.

Taste: opens with a double dose of bitter from grapefruit hops and lemon zest. weak malt background of sweet caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: not to heavy, but definite warmth from alcohol. long lingering bitterness

Overall: a good super bitter DIPA. good but not quite my type. there are just too many great DIPA's for this one to be buy again beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:52:12 | More by SportsandJorts
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Emnmarko

Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark amber, slightly cloudy. Loads of course sediment. Light soapy head. Minimal lacing, if any.

S- Crisp citrus orange peel and lemons. Playfully bites you in the nose.

T- Overpowering citrusy hop character first, but strong malt re-enforcements quickly back up the attack to form a well balanced force to be reckoned with. A strong hop aftertaste sticks around for a while to make sure there's no funny business.

M- Crisp for a double IPA. But at the same time, heavy and warm.

O- Incredibly potent hop bitterness backed with equally with a fierce malt balance. This could be too much for some, but for me I say bring on the ibu's! Which I believe is this around 140.?. Go big or go home. Good job Shorts!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 21:10:54 | More by Emnmarko
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HardyA

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-11-2014 03:19:44 | More by HardyA
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

01-08-2014 14:44:46 | More by Davepoolesque
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ber12

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-04-2014 23:22:50 | More by ber12
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Norseman

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-01-2014 23:05:33 | More by Norseman
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-01-2014 21:50:43 | More by Beerandboards
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bob_d_j

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-01-2014 14:45:06 | More by bob_d_j
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a burnt orange with a thin white head. Good amount of heavy lacing.

S - Lots of citrus (orange & grapefruit) and pine.

T - Lots of piney bitterness right up front. Slight citrus sweetness comes through in the middle. Finish is orange and lemon zest.

M - Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Sticky and resinous mouthfeel.

O - This is a big bitter DIPA. I thought the citrus would shine more, but overall a very decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 06:13:08 | More by TreyIsWilson
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midlifec

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-30-2013 21:55:31 | More by midlifec
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HopHeadHerman

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-28-2013 09:35:21 | More by HopHeadHerman
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RaulMondesi

California

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll tell you one thing: there must be something in the water in Bellaire, because what I have seen so far, they brew some gorgeous looking brews. (Coincidence that Kate Upton is a Michiganette? Raul don't think so.)

As Raul moves on, he gets a sharp poke of pine in the nose along with a sharp scent of malt. He likes...

Taste is along the same lines as what shows up on the nose. (And let me tell you, my children, just like a fine fine woman, that's a good thang.)

The Liberator ain't blowin' up at me like Disneyland's fireworks every night at 9:30, but that doesn't mean that it's not a mighty fine brew.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 03:00:40 | More by RaulMondesi
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MichiganBrews

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-27-2013 22:54:28 | More by MichiganBrews
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marcb105

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

12-24-2013 14:39:05 | More by marcb105
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/13/13 and drank 12/22/13. Poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: An orange color with maybe a slight haze, though I don't exactly remember. Poured perfectly into the glass with a two/three finger head on it, and some really nice lacing throughout.

Smell: Phew! Pine and fruit. Lots of both of them. Bursting with freshness... it seems pretty obvious to me that this was a newly bottled beer, and the 12/13 date proves it. Really outstanding, and it's quite potent as well.

Taste/feel: Not quite as great as the appearance or smell, but still super tasty. I found it to be very bitter initially, but as I sipped it, it gradually felt like it got sweeter and sweeter with more citrus sorts of flavors and a very solid malt+pine finish. Drying, and begs you to drink more. Not a really high ABV either, so you can enjoy a few of these. Feel is medium with about a medium carbonation as well... not too heavy, which also helps. A touch too bitter for my taste at the start, which keeps it from being what I'd consider exceptional.

Excellent beer! I've had some of my favorite Short's beers recently, and they're showing more and more why they're probably my favorite brewery. They can make some good experimental brews, but then they can make really damn phenomenal "normal" ones like this one. If you can get it, get it -- worth it.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 03:57:26 | More by Alextricity
The Liberator from Short's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.