Liberty Lunch
Independence Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #5,613
Ranked #33,135
3.71 | pDev: 11.32%
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 58
Photo of CTHomer
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze - some floaters; burnt orange/amber in color; 1+ finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: medicinal for a moment, then fresh ripe apricot;

T: mostly apricot; subtle at first, but comes out nicely from the middle through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: nice flavor; aroma threw me off a bit;

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Photo of Atlas1
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only other IPA from Independence that I've had is the Stash, which is awesome. So I was hopeful for the Liberty Lunch (which was also the name of a great old live music joint in Austin that I used to go to in college) as well.

Pours an amber with golden hues when held up to the light. One-finger head with good lacing. The nose contains lots of pine and citrus. Big on grapefruit with notes of grass and miscellaneous tropical fruits. Really nice. The taste is very crisp with, again, a strong citrus presence, mostly lemon and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing with faint hoppy finish. A lovely beer overall, and so much better than so many other "session" IPAs on the market. Cheers.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a neat take on a session ipa, one of the only ones i have seen thats malt driven as much as it by the hops. it pours an earthen brick red from the tap, and doesnt have a ton of head on it but shows nice clarity for its depth. aroma is nice, its malty without being sweet which i immediately like, and the bready richness of the grain works great with the oily hops they have selected, notes of orange peel in the nose, more bitter in the flavor, but highly compatible with this interesting and substantial grain build. its sort of surprising to see a session hop forward beer be this grain heavy, but thats just it, its not heavy at all despite its robust flavor, toasty and sort of kilned tasting, short of nutty or caramelized, but moving in that direction. because its dry, its able to provide flavor and body but not really retard the drinking speed at all, it stays a session beer through and through, and ends up being something quite a bit different from what else is out there in this category because of its balance and complexity. its not one of those juice box watery hop tea types, its a beer drinkers session beer, and i dug it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent amber with 1 finger of cream colored head.
Nice head retention and lacing

S:Tropical with citrus notes

T: Follows the nose, dry as well up front. Orange peel, dryness and sweet maltiness as this warms, slight grainyness as well. Finishes dry with grapefruit and tangerine

MF : Medium body with firm carbonation good balance

Drinks easy, solid IPA

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Photo of puck1225
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on draft in a pint glass with my fish tacos. Dark yellow color with decent head and lacing. Nice citrus smell. The taste is very lemony with grapefruit and orange. A decent IPA.

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Photo of rorjets
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can, large creamy white head with great lacing. The body of the beer is amber colored. Wonderful citrus grapefruit aroma is quite enticing. Sweet citrus fruit taste in the first sip followed by the hops bitterness that finishes the beer cleanly. Excellent West Coast style IPA.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.51/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is excellent. There is a lot of sediment. Very hoppy, piney aroma. Good amount of grapefruit. Very refreshing. Nice smooth taste. Great malt to hop transistion. Piney resin. Grapefruit hops. Very good beer. Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Appearance: Deep amber glass is a bit hazy, holds an off white head that leaves spotty lacing. There's some particulate matter that has settled out, looks like yeast (whitish) but could be protein coagulation.

Aroma: Grassy pine hop profile could be described as "dank", bit earthy an not overly bitter.

Taste: A hop tea flavor, bit leafy and again earthy, a little wet grain but not any sweetness. The beer is toward bitter but fairly balanced for an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Gritty texture, low carbonation, medium heavy body and oily finish give it just a little chew.

Overall: I normally prefer the citric West Coast hop profile, however this is a pleasant deviation from that pattern. No citric notes here, this is all pine and tastes naturally sourced by indigenous hippies. I bought the can because of pleasant memories of the historic musical venue in Austin. I got a good beer out of the deal as well, and will pick up some more.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.62/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a coppery color with off-white head. Pine, citrus, caramel malt, and some light floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more malt than citrus and pine.

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really love this beer. First, the homage to one of the best punk/grunge-era venues in Austin. But a label don't make it. Packed with flavor, jammy, a little creme brulee, plum and apricot and a soucant of grapefruit. This is one fine beer.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark copper color, extremely clear with plenty of bubbles streaming up from the middle of the glass. The head is thick, fluffy and white with a medium lacing.
Smell: grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, and honey.
Taste: Hoppy, mild malts, lemon zest, medium spiciness and a nice grapefruit aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, crisp and full of carbonation and just mildly dry.
Overall: This is a good IPA, full of flavor and the hops are great tasting and well balanced.

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Liberty Lunch from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 58 ratings