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The Liberator - Short's Brewing Company

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The LiberatorThe Liberator

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441 Ratings
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Ratings: 441
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 52
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: jt31914 on 12-18-2009

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Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to hoppymeal for the bottle.

The Liberator pours a nice looking tangerine color. It's surprisingly hazy. I wasn't expecting haze, but this one's loaded with it. An off-white head covers it and rises to about a finger and a half in depth. It's relatively slow to recede and leaves thick, sticky waves of lace in its wake.

The nose kicks off with a healthy dose of hop-induced citric notes. Grapefruit, lemon, and mango scents are strong. I like that...a lot. There's also an earthy/floral element to them, as well. It smells a little sweet and slightly sugary. There's a malty side to it that smells like a mix of pale and caramel varieties. Caramel sweetness doesn't seem too imposing, but I'll reserve judgment for the moment. So far, it smells like hops win the day. Alcohol is blended well and isn't all that noticeable. This is really nice smelling DIPA. I'm impressed.

The Liberator is indeed a nice DIPA. I like it quite a bit. It certainly has a nice hop flavor. That's easily its strongest asset. That features an array of delicious, citric grapefruit, lemon, orange, and mango flavors. There's a little bit of a floral/earthy flavor that permeates throughout. The malt anchor is a mix of pale and caramel malts. The caramel variety adds a little bit of a sweet flavor and negates some its bitterness. It's hop forward and has a good, bitter kick, but it is diminished a little. Not bad altogether though. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn't seem too strong. I don't really question the DIPA classification, but it's a close call. It's not a DIPA by much. It finishes dry and bitter.

The body here is medium. It is smooth through the assistance of light carbonation. Not bad at all in that department. Drinkability is good. I like the flavor. It's nice and bitter, and fits within my preferred style of DIPAs. It's not among the elite in the style, but it is good.

I really hope Short's extends its distribution to Ohio in the near future. I really like their beer. The Liberator is a nice, hop-forward DIPA that isn't so hop heavy that it offends anyone. Nonetheless, it has enough hop flavor and bitterness to keep the hopheads happy. I like it. Easily recommended. Thanks a ton, Derek.

Photo of claminat420
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a nice caramel color with a nice thick foamy white head. heavy lacing

S- citrus hops with a squirt of lemon.

T- same as smell but with some caramel malt hidden in the background.

M- medium bodied. good carbonation.

D- could drink 4 or 5 out of the 6 and i'm good.

Overall- a different double ipa. the whole lemon and orange thing kinda works with this brew. no huma lupa tho.

Photo of Jmoore50
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Sitting in front of me as I type.

The appearance is a golden muddled amber color with a tan head. It has a medium lacing and light alcoholic legs. There is a faint clarity around the edges, but I did pour the whole bottle in pretty aggressively.

The smell is of hops, lemon, and lots of marijuana.

The taste has BITE. It has some lemon and oily hop sweetness going on, but most of all the bitterness! Damn! It is almost too much. There is lemon and citrus flavors going on, but I am distracted by the bitterness. Too much.

Mouthfeel is oily and perfectly carbonated. It is drinkable and pretty tasty. Just too much bitterness for this to be a highly ranking DIPA. Maybe it is the age? Don't know.
J

Photo of JToad
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Michelob Celebrate goblet.

A cloudy copper, with huge frothy white lacing on the sides of the glass.

Citrus. For a minute there I thought I had mistakingly poured a glass of Tropicana. Notes of Tangerine, Lemon and other Citrus smack you in the face.

Hops. Thats all you taste. But not in an extremely bitter, over the top way, just sharp hops, that force you to sip and enjoy slowly. Little to no malt, just highly carbonated hop juice. Which is a good thing to a hop head like myself.

Very viscous, Liberator is a pretty heavy IPA.

I would love to try this on draft, to notice the difference. But a fantastic DIPA. My favorite style of beer, so I might be a tad biased. But this is as good as anything Ive tried before. It does however take you a while to finish the beast, so I must knockdown its drinkability a tad. I can't imagine drinking more than two of these in one sittings before your tastebuds fall apart.

Short's is 3 for 3 with me.

Photo of tpd975
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jale for another Short's brew.

A: Pours a cloudy orange hue with a tall foamy white head. Excellent retention with some light spotty lace.

S: Wonderful hoppy aromas. Lots of lemon and grapefruit. Hints of fresh cut grass and Florida orange juice. All hops no malt.

T: Malt is present in flavor. Nice caramel with hints of sweet biscuit. Bold citrus, earthy grass, orange pith, very floral, very hoppy.

M: Medium in body, smooth, excellent carbonation.

D: Good, tasty beer.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

kbeals shipped me a ridiculous box... This was one of the many outstanding extras!! Too much homeboy... too much.

2 finger off white head.. the brew is only slightly hop-hazed honey.. crusty lace dries and tattoos the inside of the glass.

Nose is far and away the most citrus centered DIPA I've certainly ever had.. tons of orange, lime, tangerine, grapefruit, ETC... pith .. Absolutely no malts break up the Citrus blitzkrieg... Christ.. seriously.. a full frontal assault with no apologies..

Huge bitterness.. boat loads of citrus zest .... resinous and unholy oily.. I am seriously amazed.. I can't tell when the hops leave and the citrus zest begins.. just incredibly citrusy... the malts are here, but only very in the background.. the sweetness delivers the citrus front and center..

I think I need to clean up .. I swear, the oils are covering my face.. This is bruising .. my only regret is I wish I had done my research with this beer and shared it with the boys.. The teeth need new enamel.. and the inside of my mouth may need a couple of days to recover.

Kevin is my main man in Michigan.. no kidding ... no shit ... I want more of this one for sure just to let my friends know I am not making it up.

4/4.5/5/4/4

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tastetester for sending this bottle.

Pours a hazy light orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong orange with lemon at the end. The flavor is orange, lemon and a good bitterness. The lemon is the dominant flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An interesting take on using fruit in a DIPA that I think works very well.

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

2nd time trading for this. Bottles courtesy of jopl and gratefulbeerhed..thanks joel and eric.

Poured from 12oz bottle inot golden mokey tulip glass. Piured a really nice bright copper/glowing orange color. Big fluffy head with nice lacing left on the glass. On the bottle it says "with lemon and orange zest" and you can certainly smell it. A lot of citrus in the nose and its very pleasant. Not much pine at all. Taste is nice and the citrus dominates again with a hint of maltiness. Nice mouthfeel with good carbonation. Very drinkable in my opinion. Not sure what the abv% is but it's not really an issue. Glad I traded for it and I would like to try this on draft is possible. Doesn't hang with hopslam, dreadnaught or double trouble in the midwest but it's certainly a nice dipa offering from short's.

Photo of callmemickey
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber bronze body with quite a bite of cloudyness. Massive, frothy egg-shell colored head. Solid retention with thick, creamy lacing.

S: Bright lemon, orange and grapefruit citrus notes coming flying out of the gate. Some floral and pine as well. A slight undercurrent of sweet caramel malt.

T: Dies down a bit compared to the nose. The citrus notes are not as bright and clean, but are still pleasant on the tongue. Nice and bitter. The malt also amps up a little more than the nose would suggest. Fairly balanced for a double IPA with such a massive nose. My guess is the lemon and orange zest used in the brew contributed much more in the nose than in the flavor profile.

M: Medium bodied with lively, but appropriate carbonation. Toward the back end the feel kind of dies down and is a bit light before a strong bitterness strikes and lingers past each sip.

D: All said, a very solid dIPA. Not quite the top tier, but a very respectable effort that I would certainly revisit and would love to check out on tap.

Photo of illidurit
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle courtesy iceicebaby, poured into a pint glass. Murky bronze color with a great fluffy beige head that leaves some sticky lacing. Aroma just jumps out of the bottle, and even more so from the glass. Very lemony but not sour, the citrus peel is immediately apparent and it complements the bright tropical hops (Simcoe perhaps?) perfectly. I can also smell a bit of crystal malt, which I usually hate, but it's pretty subtle here. Onto the flavor. You know when you eat a grapefruit and after you're done spooning out the flesh, you squeeze the rind to get the last remaining drops of juice and any missed drupelets into the bowl? Well this beer tastes like that, almost startlingly so. Huge unripe citrus and herbal resins with no malt at all. Absurd lingering bitterness begs the next sip. Upon warming there's a minor caramel note that creeps in but this is not some Midwest sugarbomb euphemized as "well-balanced." This is a tongue-bruising west coast-style hop monster, and at only 7.4%. Unfortunately, Shorts overlooked the fact that citrus peel is naturally astringent, and this comes through in the mouthfeel, which is a bit overdry and chalky. But that's a negligible gripe at this point. This beer is epic.

Photo of knight84
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful hazy dark orange color with a frothy finger of dirty khaki-colored head.
N: Hops are assaulting my nose before I even bring the glass to my face. Very promising. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, and orange. A little candied sugar and caramel in the malt profile, some pine resin hop character too. The smell is almost overwhelming, and this after drinking a fresh Bell's Hopslam!
T: Lots of preserved lemon and orange zest. Very hoppy, incredibly fresh tasting. The bitterness really lingers and sticks to the palate. There is a tiny honey sweetness up front but nothing close to Hopslam.
M: Nice robust mouthfeel, good carbonation, doesn't detract from the hops at all. Not syrupy either which is nice.
Overall a top-notch beer. Very drinkable and the hops make this quite an experience. I'd definitely categorize this as an extreme beer because of the level of hoppyness, but still incredibly drinkable.

Photo of nickadams2
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Burnt orange color with a foamy white head.Lacing coats glass.

S_Strong citrus upfront. Lots of grapefruit, orange and pine.Good amount of hops.

T_ The citrus hits first and is finished off with a tart crisp wave of hops. Has a nice hop kick to it..

M_Full bodied and sticky. Makes you smack your lips.

D_Goes down easy each sip make you anticipate the next.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into an over-sized wineglass. Has a light golden-copper hue with an almost 1-finger head the disappears quickly. Nice, thin lacing as the beer goes bye bye.

S: The orange and lemon zest really jump out in the aroma and mingles with grapefruit, floral, and grass smells. Hop-py.

T: Bitter grapefruit and pine upfront, which gives way to a very earthy, grassy finish. The hop and zest bitterness overpowers any malt flavor. A good hop flavor, to be sure, but combined with the zest, it really leaves a dry, resiny flavor at the end.

M: It giveth and then it taketh away. I really like the full citrusy feel at the beginning of a sip, but instead of exploding and dispersing on the palate, the beer kind of dies on the tongue with a zest bitterness. Really good feel to start, not great to end.

D: One of the drier beers I've tasted. The lack of a malt balance and the hop/zest combination made it less drinkable than other DIPAs I've had, but it was still enjoyable.

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

A big thanks to kzoobrew for this great beer. Cheers friend!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a brilliant cloudy dark orange color. About two fingers of dense white head that dissipate relatively quickly but leave insane amounts of lacing (as in the entire sides of the glass are completely covered).

Smell - Whoa...tons of hops/citrus hit my nose as soon as I inhale near the beer. Slight citrus characteristics (mainly unripe grapefruit) hit the nose. Almost no malt/sweet characteristics to speak of.

Taste - Damn! An extreme amount of hops hit my tongue. An inordinate amount of hop bitterness. This gives way to a most definite taste of pine and oily resin from the hops. This one is a tongue destroyer for sure. I taste a faint bit of grapefruit citrus, and then oddly enough I feel this beer ends on a malty note.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, creamy, oily from the hop resin, and decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Honestly, a very bitter beer. I am having this with spicy Mexican food tonight and it is actually doing pretty well with it. I don't think I could have more than one of these in a sitting because the extreme bitterness just leaves your tongue panting for a breath of fresh air. There is definitely a lingering bitterness after each sip. I will admit, I enjoy the Hopslam kzoobrew sent me over this, but again, a good extreme beef from Short's (I am beginning to love this brewery).

Photo of DefenCorps
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bunch of Short's beers from schro126, thanks Nathan!

The pour is quite attractive, a mostly clear deep copper with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and some lacing. I then proceeded to dump some dregs (by mistake), clouding it up a bit.

The nose is interesting, with plenty of fruity citrus, with the orange zest and lemon being quite obvious. Behind it is a pretty big caramel malt backbone lending a sweetness that intensifies the juicy character of the citrus. Some grapefruit is present as well.

The palate opens with a rather bruising bitterness with grapefruit and orange rind attacking the entire palate, leaving a character not unlike bitter fruit pulp. The flavor is nowhere close to what the nose would suggest, with an almost complete lack of hop flavor. The lack of an oily, resiny character is a little distressing too. Sweetness is not as prominent as on the nose, lending a mildly sugary sweetness. Drying and quite bitter on the finish, this beer is a little too harsh for my liking. Medium in body moderately high amount of carbonation, this beer is OK. Not something I'd want too much of.

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

The pour isn't that exciting but the color is unique. There is almost a strawberry red color when held up to light. Slight head on the sides as to be expected for a DIPA.

A fruit bouquet awaits the sniff of this bugger. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, and lime. In addition to the fruit are some earthy hops such as grass, pine, and seaweed.

Wow this beer packs a punch of bitter hop explosion. Hints of lemon dominate before the shock of bitter hops. A slight orange and grapefruit taste after the bitterness subsides.

Medium mouthfeel. The bite of the hoppiness takes away from the feel a bit.

Drinking this is similar to a mild punch to the head. You can only take so many before you give up. It is a bitter explosion.

Not the best DIPA I've had, not very balanced. There needs to be some malt backbone to balance the hop overkill.

Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from hoppymeal.

Pours a deep murky amber brown with a huge creamy off-white head that has excellent staying power and leaves thick clumps of lacing on the sides. Great looking beer.

The aroma is dominated by sweet citrus, especially lemons and oranges with maybe some grapefruit as well. There is a bit of sweetness as well from the caramel malts though I also get a slightly herbal hop presence behind the massive citrus.

The taste is all about the citrus as well with the sweetness of the fruit coming through but with a scathing bitterness that lingers after each sip. There is a lightly toasted malt presence underneath it all with some floral in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and maybe just a tad more watery than I was hoping for.

This is a super hoppy and extremely bitter DIPA, a little too out of balance for my liking, but still very good. The astringent bitterness limits the drinkability so one of these goes a long way.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date or info.

Thanks to Sweemzander for this DIPA!

A - A little haze comes over the beautiful light amber color with golden highlights. The head is a little low though. Moderate creamy retention and a collar of lace.

S - Bursting with bold, pungent aroma, pouring this beer certainly liberated one hell of a strong nose. This is just massive hops and malt to the brim. Honey sweetness behind some sweet malts, maybe a bit of caramel. The hops have a strong citrusy nose of grapefruit and lemon with a pine needle accent. Really resiny.

T - That's a fast hops punch to the face. Lots of lemon and grapefruit citrus blast to it with a bold lingering bitterness that dries out the palate. The strong malty nose is a bit weaker in the flavor making it feel a bit lop-sided.

M - Medium-full bodied and bold with a sharp citrusy bitter burst that totally dries the palate out, it's a strong level of IBUs.

D - Powerful hops are great here but not backed up with malt as well as I'd like to see. A strong beer all around that's very attention-demanding. One is plenty for me and it'll take a little bit to finish tonight.

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

Aren't doppelbocks the beers that are suppose to end with an "or"?

Poured from a bottle into a becher. Beer is amber and orange and has a slight haze to it. Forms an off white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Aroma is full of grapefruit and pine. Some pinapple in there as well. Smells good.

Beer is insanely bitter, overly bitter and finishes dry. Beer is lighter in body than I expected, carbonation helps the beer travel down the palate but overall its just OK as far as flavor. Not a lot of sweetness, not a lot of hop character. The bitterness overwhelms me and blanks my tastebuds. Its just OK.

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

Thanks Telix (I know, I know, it's getting repetitive).

A: The DIPA is a full-bodied golden orange color, darker than Kind Ale for a point of reference. This ale generated the largest head, nearly 1/2 a finger, with the most resultant lace.

S: Pow! The ale has a powerfully strong hop aroma, bogged down by citrusy intensity. Citrus rinds rule the nose, bitter but so powerful.

T: The hops are far more vegetal in the body than in the nose. The leafy hops are strong, with citrus flavors gradually emerging. Peppery heat matches the citrus peel flavors, a zesty counterpoint to the fruits. A streak of mint, from the hops, runs through the ale too. The hop profile takes on added complexity the further into the ale that I get.

M: The ale is sharp, hop-forward and unashamed of it. Pepper, mint and orange peel all conspire to rile up the tastebuds. An appealingly complex DIPA.

D: The weight of the ale is never an issue, hiding behind the wealth of hop flavors. Short's is too good at the hop-centric ales...

Photo of mattcrill
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Lots of fresh, pithy citrus fruit up front. Some light pine resin notes appear as it warms up. A touch of orange juice-like sweetness that goes right along with the fresh citrus punch.

Appearance: Cloudy brick red pour with a sticky white foam stand. Lacing sticks to the glass throughout.

Flavor: Big fresh grapefruit flavors up front. Strong resiny hop bitterness that has just a touch of bready maltiness to it to keep it from being punishingly bitter. Balance is firmly to the bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slight carbonic bite, and moderately high carbonation. No alcohol heat noted on the palate.

Overall impression: Wow! A bitter IPA. I'm not sure that it's a double as the label suggests but it's bold. I love my IPA's hoppy and bitter and this one has that in spades. Could stand up to the usual West Coast brutes without any problem. I'd pair this with salmon or grilled chicken as I think the citrus zest of this beer would really compliment those dishes well. Strongly recommended.

Photo of jrallen34
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a very dark orange with a lot of brown mixed in. The head is white rising a good 2 fingers, but falls quickly to leave a soapy head. The lacing is good leaving a soapy head all the way down the side of the glass, great lacing.

The aroma is very citrusy, lots of sour citrus, lemon with a lot of hops at the end. The aroma is very complex and balanced.

The taste is super citrusy sour with a ton of lemon that comes at you with a huge amount of hops. I don't really like the double hit of bitter, a little too much for me to take.

The feel is ok, drinkability is a little to limited because of how bitter it is.

Overall, this is ok, but way to bitter to make it crushable.

Photo of womencantsail
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks go to hoppymeal for sending me this one recently. I can't resist a double IPA, so this one was enjoyed today after lunch.

A: The pour into my Stone nonic pint glass is a hazy burnt orange color with a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: I'm immediately struck by very pungent hop aromas. The combination of bitter grapefruit and pine is one of my favorites and this beer certainly delivers there.

T: It doesn't get much better than this. While the beer is not as intensely bitter as many CA IPAs (ie. Ruination and Pliny), it still has plenty of resinous pine. The Front end is very citrusy with the aforementioned pine taking over the finish. Not a trace of malt in the beer.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: These Michigan breweries really know how to make a fantastic IPA. This is just as good (if not better) than certain IPAs made by Bell's, and I would gladly enjoy a few more of these.

Photo of jampics2
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle at a random store when up in Ann Arbor for the Jolly Pumpkin Lambicus Release. Dark, cloudy orange-ish brown body with a bright white head. Looks great!

Smell is something new - wow! I can actually get a clear sweet/sour lemon smell from this that cuts throught the tropical hops. This smells awesome - really nice perfume and citric hops.

Great range of hoppy and bitter tastes. There is a kiss of caramel malt, but this is and a lot of the nuances are overshadowed by a rush of bitterness. The lemon is there, now joined with a slight orange juice taste that couples well with the tropical hops. Just a slam over the head in terms of it's bitter nature..

Mouthfeel was nice but a tad heavy. My notes say "Awesome at first but now I feel like every sip is a punch in the face". Just a bit out of control in the bitterness, but unique in the nose and taste with the citrus additions.

Photo of cavedave
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to a great trader, kzoobrew, spreading the Short's love!

Disclaimer: If you don't like hop/citrus IBUific major palate scrapers, skip this review and this beer.

Forget the usual format. This beer is way past describing in formal terms. It has the look of a regular DIPA, cloudy golden amber, topped by an off white thin cap. The smell only begins to tell the story of this brew. Lots of citrus in the nose, not just hop resinous citrus, actual limonene, like squirting a grapefruit rind near my nose. Forget look and smell. This brew is about TASTE. From the first sip this beer is a full-on Armageddon of hoppiness and citrus. Balance? Forget it, there isn't any. Complexity? Nope, not here. It's a complete annhilative attack of dank hoppiness, surging citrus excess, and blatant bitter. Bitter as a Haitian orphan's tears. Yeah. That bitter. The finish is dry on the order of July Fourth in Death Valley. It is staggeringly hoppified, and crests with whip lashes of limonene for a flavor that makes the descriptive "tongue-raker" seem inadequate. I could drink this until the vapors peeled the whites from my eyes, and my tongue ran away from my mouth. I mean this in a good way. This beer pushes the limit.

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