The Liberator - Short's Brewing Company
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4.11/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
12-24-2013 03:57:26 | More by Alextricity
3.79/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
12-22-2013 04:25:19 | More by PaulyB83
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
A - Dark reddish orange that looks a bit like copper. Clear reflective body with a small white head on the sides
S - Orange, pine, grapefruit, and sweet candied orange peel.
T - Pine hop bitterness up front. Strong grapefruit comes in the middle to give a bite to it. Orange and lemon zest come in near the end to give it a light citrus and a zesty bitterness.
MF - Sticky and resiny hops that leaves a hop resin in the tongue. Rather astringent finish from the bitter hops
O - Big, bitter, and sticky hop beer that gets an additional level of bitterness from the zest
08-16-2013 21:46:59 | More by jeonseh
The Liberator from Short's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.