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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

441 Ratings
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Ratings: 441
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 52
Gots: 31 | 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

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Photo of Sparty55
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MIbeer27
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, dated 12/17/14

The bottle pours with a deep amber hue and a quickly dissipating, one finger white head.

The aroma is a huge hit of citrus, namely grapefruit and orange. I also pick up some sweet, resinous pine. Awesome, balanced bouquet.

The taste generally follows the nose with the resinous pine taking the lead slightly to begin with, and the grapefruit jumping in quickly. The finish favors the pine. Sweet malts linger in the background throughout, letting the hops shine.

Mouthfeel is, as previously mentioned, resinous and sticky. Bitterness is definitely on the higher end, but it works well with the grapefruit and pine flavors. Carbonation is medium.

Overall, The Liberator is easily one of the best beers that I have had from Short's! I tend to notice the malt too often in double IPAs, but this beer is just such an awesome display of hops, showcasing the grapefruit, orange and pine flavors that they provide.

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Photo of barnabasdog
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter glass

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.

O- I absolutely love IPA's and found this a little much on the bitterness. A decent double IPA but not my favorite. It did grow on me the more I sipped it.

Photo of ThickNStout
2.71/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle from waston (thanks!). No bottling date. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

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.

Nose is piney, floral and earthy but with an unfortunate note of wet cardboard.

Bitter flavors dominate. Pine, grapefruit rind, lemon zest, earthy, floral, resin, pepper and that cardboard aspect from the aroma that tells me something may have gone awry here. Overly bitter without much hop flavor or malt sweetnness.

Body is a little oily and has a medium feel with highish carbonation. Finishes bitter with floral notes and something I can only describe as old hops.

Either the recipe doesn't agree with my tastes or this is a little too old (when a brewer doesn't bottle date they get zero slack from me in this area) but this is not up to what I know Shorts is capable of. Just seems overly bitter and old. Maybe I just missed what they were going for.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

The Liberator from Short's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.