Northern Liberties IPA
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

Northern Liberties IPANorthern Liberties IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #6,664
Ranked #42,850
3.57 | pDev: 12.89%
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
Northern Liberties IPANorthern Liberties IPA
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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of this from a mixed 12pck I got from my local meijer. The beer poured a hazy orangish with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had faint bitter citrus notes. The taste was a conflict between sweet malt and bitter citrus hops. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's an ok beer.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smells like a lager or a pilsner. Tastes fairly hoppy and bitter, but something seemed off. Wondered if it is old -- had a couple of iffy beers from Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati. A little tastier as it warmed and consumed with food. Not the best IPA in the local market.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber with a thin, off-white head that does not make a point of sticking around very long.

S: Aromas of herbs, pine, grass, biscuit, and caramel are present on the nose, but not particularly assertive.

T: Somewhat muted notes of herbs, grass, pine, spruce, bitter orange, lemon, lime, brown sugar, caramel, cream, and biscuit flit across the palate. The finish is clipped for the style, offering fleeting notes of caramel, pine, and lemon.

M: On the lighter side of medium and slick. Carbonation is oddly harsh. I am not finding this one easy to drink compared to many other IPAs I have tried.

O: Personally, I think my review here is a little bit generous, as this is really lacking for an IPA. It also should be noted, however, that I encourage those who read this review to take it with a grain of salt (as one should do with any review of this type). Looking at some of the more recent reviews for this ale has caused me to note the disparity between my experience and that of others. Perhaps Moerlein changed the recipe, perhaps the IPA fad has become so pervasive that others are simply unwilling to give a very mediocre example of the style a bad review, or perhaps I stumbled across a bad bottle. Who knows? At this point, all I can say is that I may have to revisit this one in the not so distant future.

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Photo of car2052
4.46/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to Stella Artois goblet.

A: Slightly hazy medium orange. 1/2 in. off-white head that leaves a small ring on the edge of the glass.
S: Strong piney hops with just as strong grapefruit aromas. Hints of berry, pomegranate, and earthy notes.
T: Very strong earthy hop flavors, especially pine and grapefruit. Some nice flavors I usually get from DIPA's. Bready malts and a hint of yeast balance the hop-forward bitterness and finish the palate. Finishes crisp.
M: Medium feel, nice crisp finish.
O: A curiously well-hopped IPA with strong hop flavors and a full malt body. I really like the dank, earthy hop flavors I usually find in Double IPA's. Seems a bit more alcoholic than it actually is, which isn't bad.

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Photo of blakelyhallrQY
4/5  rDev +12%

A welcome change to the Hop bombs coming from the west coast, this is a more delicate take on the style. Complex hop aroma and bitterness with a dry finish.

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Photo of Matthew_Feist
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer's new recipe formulation is a huge step forward. Aromatics resemblant of tropical fruits like pineapple and mango bounce off the nose, likely from the Centennial and Simcoe dry-hops. Pale/copper color with good head retention, medium mouthfeel, firm bitterness, and smooth finish.

It is no wonder that this beer has received honorable mentions at GABF and World Beer Cup since the recipe reformulation.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper with a short head. In the smell is fruit and bread--it smells pretty nice but not much like an IPA. The taste is general bitterness. There's some fruit and bread in there as well, but not much of the hop flavors that I enjoy, and everything, other than the bitterness, is pretty mild. The mouthfeel is thin, but the beer is crisp and easily drinkable, making it a good session choice. Overall, this isn't very good, especially for an IPA. It just isn't very flavorful.

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Photo of J_P
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The appearance was to be expected. A light amber with a frothy and foamy top. Nothing exciting to the presentation. Certainly average for an IPA. No appeal to the looks.

It started out with a charismatic aroma blend of a plasticy grainy malt. lazily hopped and lethargic greeny smell.

The taste was nickle and orange combined. The hoppyness of it was diminished by a flat aftertaste of back-of-your-mouth unexactness. it had neither a strong sharpness or a pingy clarity that I expect with an IPA. It was a let down but not so bad that I will never drink one again. The plasicness of the taste was not as appealing as it sounds. Honestly one of the most well rounded IPA I have had taste wise but that is not the reason you drink an IPA. It just was not interesting enough to be a repeat drinker.

It has a sense of lacking of excitement but came around with a clean dry mouth and crisp feel.

Overall it was too modest. It is something that I will have in a couple of years maybe to remind me why other IPAs (Hopnotch, Great Lakes, Flying dog, DFH, and Sierra Nevada included) are more my taste.What was nice about it was that it seemed easy to drink and relaxing.

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Photo of barczar
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a frothy cream head that lingers.

Citrus, pine, resin, and fresh cut grass ride a bed of slightly sweet, bready malt. The balance is fairly resiny. Herbal notes surface as it warms.

Bready, lightly toasted, slightly sweet caramel malt forms the backbone, with a fairly resiny, decidedly bitter finish rounding things out. Underlying flavors of muted citrus, grapefruit and tangerine, add intrigue.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a harsh, astringent hop finish. There's a touch of alcohol warmth.

Way too resiny and bitter for my liking. Malt was a touch sweet. The citrus character was pleasant.

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from 12-pack sampler case purchased in Ohio. Served in a Sam Adams glass.

A: Orange-amber in color with a large, frothy off-white head. Superior lacing and retention.

S: Sweet with citrus and floral notes, and a bready malt base.

T: More fruity and appealing than the aroma. Mildly bitter hop finish.

M: Excellent medium body and medium+ carbonation. Near creamy smooth..

O: A mild IPA. More like a pale ale in terms of hops load and bitterness, and perhaps a bit light even then, but tasty and highly drinkable.

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Photo of WagonJumper
4.21/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up from the Kroger brewmaster's choice sampler while on vacation at Marblehead OH. No date on the bottle or label, and coming from a grocery I'm not sure of the age. Bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light amber in color with a nice frothy off white 2 finger head. Lacing started within minutes. Really nice lacing with concentric circle down the glass.

S: Sweet with a hint of cirtus and floral. Really nice balanced smell.

T: Sweet, Bitter, Sweet! Nice, I get a nice citrus sweet followed immediately with a nice bitter hop and finishes with a mild sweet malt.

M: Good medium body with enough carbonation. Enjoyable.

O: Very nice IPA! Not overbearing in the hop department, but does offer a good hop flavor. Light enough, but could be a bit filling.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another gift from my brother.

I got a finger of light beige head over a body the color of apricot candy. There are definitely particles floating around in it. Ok head retention, lace cannot stand up to gravity.

I smell light bread and caramel with a hint of tropical fruit mix.

The taste is a little disappointing after the nose. It has a subdued tropical flavor, that is complimented by the breadiness after the swallow.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Goes down easy, with a little bit of bite from the carbonation. Lightly coats the tongue and finishes dry.

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Photo of Farewell_Transmission
2.57/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a. light golden color. Nice head that fades away quickly.
s. Super subdued hops smell.
t. this is weak for a IPA. It just tastes off. It tastes bitter, but with no real flavors, the bitter.
m. nice and liquidity.
o. this is not a great IPA, this is not an Okay IPA. It is just sorta a IPA flavored water.

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Photo of screamking
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours brown with a thick off white khaki head. Lacing is hanging on for its life around the edges Very dark for a IPA, but looks like a typical Moerlein brew. The smell is rather malt heavy, not a lot of citrus in there. Taste is rather the same as the aroma. This one style they need to rethink. I could totally see this as a beer they retire, there is no need to keep it around. Okay, that might be a little harsh. IPA's are becoming the biggest thing in craft beer lately and there are so many good ones out there. This is well below most.

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Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off white head. Lace walls down the entire glass. Color is a pale copper hued gold.

Flavors of biscuity and caramel malts. Come grapefruit and citrus fruit. Pine flavored hops. It is also kind of weedy.

Mouthfeel is very sticky. Bitter as well. Medium bodied. Ends sticky.

Overall, an okay ipa, but nothing crazy. It was drinkable, but nothing I'd seek out.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours a hazy amber color with golden highlights. It is topped with three inches of rocky, off-white head.

S - I get some citrus. Lemon seems to stand out. I also get some caramel malt to balance it.

T - The taste is a balance of caramel malt and citrus hops. The lemon comes through in the taste. It has a bitter pine finish. It's not overtly bitter, but enough to let you know it's there.

M - Medium

O - It's an above average IPA. I would call it a starter IPA. It is not a hop bomb. It has the characteristics, but nothing that stands out.

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Photo of Josiah2729
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass...

Appearance: Clear copper orange with decent effervescence. Two finger yellowish-orange head. Decent lacing throughout.

Smell: Strangely sweet with a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Taste: Bitter hops up front, then sweet bread, finishes with bitter hops again.

Mouthfeel: Smooth drinking with a lingering hop tingle.

Overall: Interesting experience, not at all what I was expecting. Will try again.

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Photo of slassy
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark marigold...almost urine colored (appetizing right?). Very foamy, light tan, finger-sized head.

S: Mostly malt...something else very subtle going on as well- I'm picturing red berries?

T: Initial taste is a blast of hops, then very biscuity flavors, then the hops take over once again and linger on the tongue.

M: Medium carbonation for a second or two that fades very sharply into an extremely smooth swallow. All I can's fun to drink, whatever exactly that means. A different sensation, I suppose.

O: I am pleasantly surprised overall. Not one of those IPAs that punches you in the face with hops, nor one of those that leaves you wanting a little more of what makes an IPA and IPA. Not sure if it's something I could drink more than one of in a row, but either way a solid brew.

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a proud head that refuses to give way; the color of the liquid was a slightly hazy amber

Smell: Balanced between the caramel and the hops, but the hops brought on minty and piney tones

Taste: Caramel, up front, followed by the piney hops; floral and minty elements develop by mid-palate, but the caramel hangs around through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More of a hoppy amber than an IPA, but still a decent beer from a brewery that doesn't appear to get much respect around here

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle on 1-21-12

A - Pours a darker, cloudy orange with a smallish cream colored head. Good retention.

S - Grass, orange, and some carmel.

T - Oranges and sweet carmel.

D - Average body and decent carbonation. Bitter.

O - Ok, more malty than hoppy. Pretty underwhelming all-around.

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Photo of b3shine
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the new Moerlein Lager House in downtown Cincinnati. Looks good; orange with normal head and carbonation. Smells average; hops are pretty subdued. Tastes decent; nothing too special, but a good local brew. Mouthfeel is good too. Overall, a good local brew that I'll definitely have again when I come back to the Lager House (which is SWEET!).

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Photo of sixerofelixir
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Julian code on neck.

Pours a hazy deep-golden. Whitish ring. Smell is sweet and perfumy. More chemical likeness (as from the aroma) in the taste. Oily hops. Finishes pithy and very bitter. Not a whole lot of desired balance. Odd & "off" overall.

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Photo of schoolboy
2.51/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm. I'm not sure if I have ever had a good beer from this company. This is no exception. It's not good. To be fair, it is following an exceptional tasting, but thiere isn't anything I like about it. I'd rather have a Bud (and I am an IPA person).

It has an unrefined, uninteresting bitterness that overpowers everything. The nose is similar. This is one to avoid, and I will avoid the brand in the future.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly cloudy, golden amber. Minimal fizzy head with very little lacing and a flimsy film.

S: Faint, but there is a toasty biscuit quality backed up with what seems like pine hops.

T: Not too bad of a taste, but there is a faint metallic quality that keeps this from being rated higher. Biscuit and toasted malts with the piney, floral hops. Fairly well balanced with a bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied and slightly dry.

O: Northern Liberties is a drinkable enough beer, but I would grow tired of it after two or three. I would probably pass on this in the future.

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Photo of amidabha
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a sam adam's perfect pour glass on a 60 degree night. like many of the new morlein beers this one is a nice recipe especially for the price.

northern liberties pours a fairly nice and slightly hazy appearance with a decent amount of carbonation and head. the smell and taste compliment each other in a very nice. the hops and malt are work together for a nice balance. this might be a bit too thick of a beer for a hot night but perfect for a cool evening.

this is probably not my go-to ipa but overall i think this is a great ipa for the price that falls in line with sam adams.

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Northern Liberties IPA from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 189 ratings