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The Liberator - Short's Brewing Company

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The LiberatorThe Liberator

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very good

411 Ratings
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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 50
Gots: 19 | 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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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.

TreyIsWilson, Jan 01, 2014
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midlifec, Dec 30, 2013
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HopHeadHerman, Dec 28, 2013
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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.


RaulMondesi, Dec 28, 2013
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MichiganBrews, Dec 27, 2013
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marcb105, Dec 24, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. I'm gonna stamp this with a 3.75/5 overall though because it's so bitter that I doubt I'd want more than one at once.

Alextricity, Dec 24, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours a bright slightly hazy burnt orange amber with a medium white head that dissipated to a ring. Good head retention on the glass.

S- Bright pine with some bitter citrus. Not much in the way of malt in this one.

T- Similar to nose with big bitter pine and slight bitter citrus. Also getting a slight toasted malt character but this one is all bitter hops.

M- Medium mouthfeel a bit light of an Imperial IPA.

O- Lots of bitterness in this one but it is a bit of a one note beer. Not much in the way of malt and pretty light at 7.4% for an Imperial. I've had several beers labeled as single IPAs with a higher ABV, not that ABV is everything. Was expecting more lemon and orange as it is labeled as being brew with zest of both. With all the other Short's beers and IPAs to choose from I might not pick this one up again for a while.

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The Liberator from Short's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.