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The Liberator - Short's Brewing Company

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The LiberatorThe Liberator

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398 Ratings
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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 49
Gots: 15 | 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 cadaugherty


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Stone IPA glass- thanks to kzoobrew for this brew.

Appearance- Pours a bright copper with about 1 finger of very white head. Light lacing.

Aroma- Bunches of grapefruit and tropical fruits from a generous hop addition.

Taste- Man that is bitter! Hops all the way through, citrus burst up front and strong bitter finish.

Mouth- Good carbonation, nice medium body.

Drink- Yeah this would be the only flaw I suppose. It is a wrecking ball of a beer. I couldn't drink more than 2 of these but 1 is enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:52:44 | More by cadaugherty
Photo of kohoutek


4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A nice orange/amber color that is quite clear and bright. Head is a thin, but ever present white cap. Flavors and aromas of c-hops, geranium leaves, lemon, grapefruit, orange, lime, a touch of vanilla and a whisp of caramel, malty toffee. Very, very nice smelling indeed. I wouldn't have known there was citrus zest in the beer without the label telling me so. These citrus aromas overlap with those found in hops so well they really belong. The flavors are nicely integrated. The beer is fresh and hoppy and not hot or solvent-like. The bitterness is very present and stays with you for minutes after you take a sip. Perfect for a dIPA! The beer finishes very clean and refreshing, not too sweet.

A bonus: the imbiber's burps will be pleasantly tainted with citrus.

This is a very, very good beer!

At $11.99 for six beers this is a ridiculous deal!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 20:11:36 | More by kohoutek
Photo of glazeman


3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: The appearance of this beer if quite good. It is a hazy amber color and has a ½ finger off-white head that has excellent lacing and moderate retention.

S: The smell is of apples, oranges, a strange toast smell.

T: As far as the taste goes, this is a hop bomb. There is not much here other than intense bitterness as this beer lacks balance. I don't get hardly any of the lemon or orange zest that this is supposedly made with.

M: Nothing special, but not bad either. Nice viscosity and carbonation.

D: As far as DIPAs go the drinkability here is quite low due to the one-dimensionality of the taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 05:21:45 | More by glazeman
Photo of DrJay


3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a rocky cap of white bubbles. Good head retention with a lot of very sticky lacing. Fruity aroma, tons of hops, grapefruit, spice, pineapple, tangerine rind. Pretty intense, but not sharp or harsh. Sweet fruitiness dominated the flavour too. Citrusy up front, bitter grapefruit mostly, with a little bit of malt sweetness mid-palate, toasted and biscuity. Sturdy hop bitterness lingered in the finish, slightly spicy with a hint of alcohol. Medium to full bodied, lowish carbonation, off-dry, decent texture. Pretty tasty and easy drinking, partly due to alcohol being restrained.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 02:26:26 | More by DrJay
Photo of shivtim


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

On-tap at the Central City Tap House in Kalamazoo.
Served in a pint. Nice golden/copper color. Slight haze. Tiny head is just a frosting of off-white.
Nose is heavy pine hops. Strong pine is complimented by some citrus. Definitely an IPA.
Taste matches the smell. Pine and citrus hops. Lingering hoppiness.
A very good IPA all-around. Nice mouthfeel and drinkability. Very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2010 20:57:24 | More by shivtim
Photo of DannyDan


3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a golden amber color with a decent white head that disappears pretty quickly. It has good retention and nice lacing to it. The smell is of oranges, lemons and grapefruits and the taste is orange, lemons, coriander, and some hops. The aftertaste is a strong grapefruit. The mouthfeel is a sticky feel to the mouth and tongue and leaves a dryness to the mouth. It is pretty drinkable for a medium to full body beer, and seems to be made very well for an IPA, even if it is a double IPA. If your an IPA drinker than give this one a try, I might not again since IPA's are not my style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 08:46:14 | More by DannyDan
Photo of Frosty80


4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours clear, light golden-brown. sits crystal-clear burnished gold with plenty of active carbonation

Smell: assertive piney, citrusy hops with hints of grapefruit, lemon and orange. little bit of caramel malt sweetness

Taste: dry, assertive hop bitterness with piney, citrusy flavor overwhelming a light malt character. finish is mostly dry with medium bitterness and a restrained bready malt character

Mouthfeel: low-medium body with medium-high carbonation

Notes: outstanding DIPA, but i wouldnt say it has any more lemon or orange zest than what is standard for the style

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 02:18:47 | More by Frosty80
Photo of Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for this extra Brady! Just a few hours from box to glass....

Pours a dark orangey color, somewhat opaque leaving some tiny dotted lace, ok retention.

I was getting lots of vibrant citrus peel as I opened and poured the bottle, this continued through the session. Great hoppy nose with the peel contributing a ton of brightness, but there is a touch of an earthy, nearly mineral flavor in the background. Nice, but a bit one-dimensional. The taste follows with a lot of citrus peel flavor, more malt character here lending some sturdiness and body with a good background caramel flavor. Firm bitterness which is seemingly almost all flavored by the peel. The finish is long with a ton of grapefruity-orange peel in it, nearly astrigent. It's brutal, really like licking a peel in that sense. Good medium bodied brew, I liked this one. Hadn't heard much about it and knew there were some infection issues with some of their beers recently, but this one was nice. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 01:24:38 | More by Ineedabeerhere
Photo of nickd717


3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to bring.

Cloudy orangish-amber in color with a small but lasting white head.

Aroma is sweet malt, earth, tropical fruit, and citrusy/piney hops.

Flavor is sweet caramel malt and lots of citrusy hops, with grapefruit, lemon, and orange, adding almost a tartness to it. Some pine as well, and a very slight medicinal note.

Medium body with lively carbonation and brutal hop bitterness on the finish that really kills your palate.

Overall good, but not really great for the style if you call it a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 18:01:55 | More by nickd717
Photo of fear025


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma:Heavy grapefruit and other citrus in the aroma. Also sweetness from the malts.

Appearance:Honey colored, moderate amount of white head.

Taste:This one has huge bitterness in the initial taste. Grapefruit quickly turns to straight hoppy bitterness. The bitterness continues and only slowly starts to fade in the aftertaste leaving behind sweet maltyness.

Mouthfeel:The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Drinkability:This one is a challenging big hoppy beer. It's nicely complex once your taste buds numb to the enormous amount of hops. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 02:04:15 | More by fear025
Photo of WakeandBake


4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A muddy dull amber color pour with a big , lasting offwhite head , lots of sticky lacing left , medium carbonation . Aroma of cirtus fruit and earthy,spicy hops ,caramel malt . Flavor has a nice biscuty caramel malt backbone with lots of citrusy grassy hops , orange peel and pine resin, a faint note of alcohol and lots of spicy hops on the finish , nice level of bitterness , full body , with a thick mouthfeel . Very drinkable and good .

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 13:33:57 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of billab914


2.93/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Redhook shaped pint glass. Poured a copper orange color with a dense one inch white head. Pretty decent head retention and good lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a tropical, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, hoppiness to it. It also has some bitter pine and herbal notes coming through. Some sweet malty, caramel flavors seem to come through a bit as well.

The taste is pretty hoppy and bitter as expected but it has a very herbal, somewhat unpleasant harsh flavor really coming through. Potentially it's the lemon peel that I'm getting and not enjoying given the ingredient list. Both citrus rinds really come through and add to the overall bitterness. Very dry and bitter overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability isn't that great for me, something is going on in the flavor that I really don't care for. If there isn't any herbs or flavoring besides the rinds listed it must be the lemon rind I'm not liking. Hoppiness and bitterness was pretty decent but overall I really couldn't get past that flavor in it that I've never encountered in a DIPA before.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 19:40:06 | More by billab914
Photo of Jayli


4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from gratefulbeerhead so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to my Portsmouth pint glass.

A: This beer pours a ridiculously hazy, ruddy burnt orange with a one finger of khaki colored head. Head recedes quickly leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of grassy hops in the forefront with orange peel in the background.

T: Taste is another hop bomb! Damn. The orange peel hits from start to finish on this one. Seriously, I feel like I have been sucking on an orange peel. Lemon is extremely present as well, mingling with the orange peel nicely. Any malt body is mild and in the background but only really comes through in the finish, but the lemon citrus is what lingers.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp up front with a slightly slick feel.

D: Goes down easily, well balanced, citrus hop bomb... I can't get over just how much this one tastes like orange peel and lemon. No joke. Nice beer to sit with for a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 04:38:30 | More by Jayli
Photo of mgbickel


3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A single finger, alabaster white head formed on top of a hazy, orange/amber body. The foam stuck around for a while and left small trails on the glass walls.

Tons of hops on the nose...seem to be a pretty good mixture of citrus and pine. Tiny, grassy/grainy aromas hide in the background.

Hmm...this is pretty much a hop bomb. The bitterness dominates the palate. Pine resin, grapefruit and lemon zest. As the brew warms, some bready characters poke up and try to balance things...

Medium mouth feel, slick yet astringent with moderate carbonation.

Pretty nice beer. I would prefer a little more balance to the bitterness which hurts the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 15:57:25 | More by mgbickel
Photo of Buebie


4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review taken from notes. Had this last week thanks to a very generous local BA that shared the bottle with me.

Poured into a 4 ounce sampling glass producing just over a finger of white head. Head was fluffy to say the least, leaving a very clingy and thick amount of lace along the walls.
Color is a golden copper, mostly transparent, some mild hazieness to it.

Aroma is pungent with hops. Call it hop infused hops, infused again with more hops. Citrus mostly with pine grapefruit and even more hops infused with hops.
Some sweet caramel malt aroma too.

Insanely intense hop flavor, although the first 2 seconds are relaxed and easy to comprehend, then its a nightmare storm of hops. Potentially lethal to the Bud man, I think he would have a Myocardial Infarction.
Bittering lemon zest becomes a bit much though at times, puckering the pallet like sucking on a lemon.
A little bit of caramel under it all, but lemon rules the world on this one.

I enjoyed the hell out of it and couldnt taste a damn thing after this one. Extra ordinary amount of hops in here and I loved it. But the lemon was a bit cloying and overall drinkability is probably not the best. But who cares? This was badass to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 03:26:20 | More by Buebie
Photo of beerwolf77


3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to Randalld for this beer.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is rusty orange red. Full two fingers of pillowy white head. Thick gobs of lace are left behind.

The aroma is pure juicy citrus. Oranges and lemons abound. I really can't get anything else. I would say one dimmentional but I think this is what Short's was aiming for so kudos to them.

The flavor is super juicy citrus. mouth puckering bitter. A mild malt cracker finish. Again pretty much as advertised.

Medium body. Super dry finish. Light carbonation.

Overall a nice if one dimmentional DIPA. I understand that's the point so I won't down grade for that.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 01:36:52 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange red with off white head. Aroma is bursting with hops - citric and pine along with orange peel coming through. Mellow toasty caramel backbone. Rush of hops upfront citric and piney - good and pungent. Lemon and orange peel come through. Bitter finish, yummy! Smooth, creamy medium body. Good show.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 01:50:08 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Thanks to TasteTester for the bottle.

Dark orange/amber pour. A finger of white foam retains well and sticks nicely.

Big time citric hop nose. Right up my alley. Orange peel, lemon zest, grapefruit and pineapple. Also some herbal, grassy notes. Sweet caramel.

Intense hoppy flavor. Very pithy. Biscuity and sweet caramel malt, then it's all citrus peel...orange/grapefruit/lemon rind. Aggressive herbal bitter finish. Wow, this thing is hoppy.

The 7.4% ABV is never noticeable. Medium-light body, with appropriate carbonation. Surprisingly easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 02:20:42 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of cpetrone84


3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours an extremely hazy dark orange colored beer. The head is off white, tight and creamy with some bubbles on top. The retention is pretty solid and the lace is speckled all over the side of my glass

S-the nose is a little light but it is all hops. Ther is a ton of resignous pine in the aroma, notes of orange zest with virtually no lemon to note.

T-orange zest with a touch of lemon right up front. The piney resignous hops take hold with notes of caramel and brown sugar underneath. Huge piney hop bitterness at the finish

M-medium to full bodied and very syrupy. It is highly carbonated and a little rough on the edges of the mouth. Very smooth, though, up front.

D-the hop bitterness is huge in this, almost too strong. Tons of pine and touches of orange and lemon up front. A little boozy in the back as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 00:17:57 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Kaiser81


4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't remember who traded this to me, but thank you!

Poured from a 12 oz glass into my snifter after sitting in my cellar for about 2 months. I didn't know it was a double IPA!

A - Deep orange with about a finger worth of head that sits there for a while. Some nice lacing is left on my glass. Could use a bit more head.

S - Lots of citrus, especially lemons and ripe oranges. There's a good amount of bready sweetness on the back end as well. Pretty delightful.

T - Lots of grapefruit taste dominates the palate. There other mild citrus tastes in there, and a bit of malt on the back, but this is a grapefruit forward IPA all the way. The lemon lingers just for a bit at the end

M - Creamy with mild carbonation. Very nice.

D - I could easily have 2 or 3 of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 04:57:39 | More by Kaiser81
Photo of dfillius


4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of off-white tight head with great retention. Hazy reddish amber liquid. Perfect head and pretty. Perfect appearance for the style.

S: Very dankly hoppy. Marijuana, garlic, spice, Tropical fruit ester and orange zest comes out late in the aroma, interesting. Man Candy!

T: VERY bitter in a grapefruit rind way. Lemon/orange zest maybe causing that? I wonder how much was added? I didn't really taste the zest otherwise until late in the pint. Some piney notes apparent. Some late grain sweetness. as well. Wowzer, where's the alcohol? - very well hidden, also at the lower end of ABV for DIPAs. This is one of the best west coast style DIPAs I've had in a long while.

M: White fir needle bitterness. Bracing, spot on for the style

D: Good. I'd order another and I immediately went out and bought a sixer since I had only bought a single to sample!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 16:00:58 | More by dfillius
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 00:15:39 | More by largadeer
Photo of kbutler1


3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. A very reddish orange color with a mix of large and small bubble head. Head disappears a little quicker than I would have expected. Strong smell of hops and sweet malt. Pine and orange notes.
Wow, this baby packs a punch. Your first sips your moth is flooded with the sweetness of the malt backbone but then quickly is grabbed by the bitterness of the hops. Pine and floral tastes are very prevalent. Grapefurit type of bitterness hangs on for a while! Medium mouthfeel.
Pretty good but a little tough to probably sit down and drink a bunch of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 23:04:37 | More by kbutler1
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to OHLRangers for this one.

3.5 A: Cloudy light amber color. Two fingers of frothy, yet creamy off-white head. Good retention, tons of lacing, and small particulates floating throughout.

5.0 S: Smells remarkably similar to hopslam...only better. TONS of citrusy hops with lemon zest, orange, grapefruit and some pine to boot. Screw the malts, this nose is all about the hops. Excellent!

4.0 T: Strong bitter backbone to start. Hop bitterness is overshadowed only by the hop flavor. Again, citrusy with mainly lemon and grapefruit. This time there is much more pine. Crystal sweetness balances the bitterness somewhat, but the attempt is quite futile.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good carbonation and creamy. The finish is a bit harsh and leads to a not unwelcomed bitter aftertaste.

4.0 D: Good beer and definitely worth trying. Strong flavors are truly a palate wrecker.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 05:08:46 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of trbergman


4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Slightly hazy orange with one inch of fluffy, off-white head.

S - Unexpectedly dull aroma with hints of toffee and lemon zest.

T - Some alcohol and caramel sweetness, with citrus zest and intense, pithy bitterness.

M - Medium body, a bit high in carbonation.

D - Very good. One is all I need for now, but I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 03:08:19 | More by trbergman
The Liberator from Short's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.