Northern Liberties IPA | Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

Northern Liberties IPANorthern Liberties IPA
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Northern Liberties IPANorthern Liberties IPA

Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beerman207 on 05-14-2010

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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 53
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 Dapperticus
5/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of MacStinson
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of cincyfan81
4.49/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i always hated i.p.a's until this one this is a delicious beer

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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 TheyCallMeYukon
4.32/5  rDev +21%

Photo of beachbum1975
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For the record, I am VERY happy that a Cincinnati-based brewer finally made a SOLID IPA... I don't live in Michigan or Cali, so brewers that make a good IPA in Cincinnati are rare (to non-existent!

Pours a crystal clear, dark honey into my traditional pint glass. The head is 1/2 inch after an average pour. Great, sticky lacing seen on the sides of the pint glass. Looks good!

I get light, sweet malts and citrus on the nose, like oranges and some grassiness.

Wow! Bitter citrus up front a moderately complex malt bill, characteristic in most Moerlein beers. This certainly feels like "Over-The-Rhine's (Pale Ale)" bigger brother. Less earthy hops though and an overall, larger hop presence. This is a nice example of an IPA.

Great, high carbonated mounthfeel with a touch of bitterness, but not overwhelming.

If you are a fan of well-balanced IPA's, you must give this one a try! Very nice. Looks like I have a new, local IPA to enjoy!

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Photo of ziggyzoggy
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of bayner34
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of cincybranr
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of beerme626
4.25/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Brenden
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an opaque, heavy amber. Sticky lacing clings heavily from a thick foam left after a nearly white head two fingers high drops. While the head doesn't die too terribly quickly it could last longer, but the lacing is just astounding.
A definitively cannabis/hemp character comes out of the aroma right off. It's followed by some extremely herbal and floral hops bitterness and precedes a bit of citrus rind. A bit of bread and caramel from malts adds a touch of balance to this hoppy brew.
Pine resin bitterness and some raw, leafy and herbal hops characteristics are strongest in the flavor, with a bit of grassy earthiness to it. Malts add balance but allow for a heavy hop bill to shine, so that the light caramel and biscuit notes are that much more necessary and appreciated. Citrus rind follows, and a bit of lemon and orange peek out as this beer warms.
A medium body with moderate carbonation make for a very nice combination of creamy smoothness and gentle crispness. The smooth, even feel gives way to dryness about halfway through.
This is a great beer from Moerlein and I've heard people say they had some problems with medicinal, mineral or other off-flavors and wonder if the brewery had any quality control issues with previous batches. This, to me, is excellent.

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

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 Brent
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Moerlein name once represented a line of quite good beers, but, over time, the name simply tagged contract brewed beers of average quality. Northern Liberties redeems the name. A quite good IPA, liberally hopped with nicely aromatic hops. Firm and crisp in the mouth, and a very good value, to boot.

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Photo of rembrant
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wrote a review months ago and it was among quite a backlog I'd yet to post Now with a revisit...I'm not tasting the same beer anyhow. Either my first was a bit old and faded or Moerlein upgraded this beer
Looks-If you've seen Hopslam and Nugget Nectar...same look Rich orange.a bit hazy,even a hard pour yields just a bit of offwhite head.
Aroma A scent of caramel maltand some mixed fruity citrus.. As I'd found previously there's a slight yeasty hint as though they wanted to have a hint of lager in it. This, however,has much better hops to it.
Taste The Malts only get a moment and then the hops take command,yet this is not a one-note. The malts do maintain some influence,the yeast add a little to the complexity. I'm not getting a single dominant hop ttaste,not a discreet fruit. It's like grapefruit,pineapple,green apple,pine cone,orange and lemon all have a voice in there. In the end, a German -like Nobel hop appears with a dry woodiness that joins the fruits for the finish.
In the past I'd felt it was more like a Pale Ale labeled as IPA. Now it's not just an IPA for real,but a good one. As I had my first of Hopslam and Nugget Nectar just lately..that says something
I like an IPA to be BEER,to have more than just a bang of grapefruit.
Mouth- The Orange-Haze look and the hop-slimed glass gave warning this should have good substance and indeed it does.
Carbonation is right. Aftertaste doesn't linger long relative to the hop flavor but is a clean and nice finish
Drinkability is quite drinkable. Elsewhere it's not seen much,but here it's available and budget friendly. Not in any way abrassive or weak,real quenching and complex enough to stay interesting

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Photo of trevorreg
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Copper with a cascading head that dissipates to a small coat quickly and then sticks around for the whole session. A thin lacing is left on the glass.
S. Malt with subtle hop profile.
T. Sweet malty goodness up front with a hop backbone. The characteristic Moerlein malt profile is instantly recognizable. The hops come into the game late and stick around through the initial aftertaste only to once again make way for the sweet malt (and some sweet citrus- orange) in the ending.
M. Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation.
D. One of the more complex IPAs that I've tried recently. It's not terribly bitter, which helps make it a great session beer. Moerlein has made me smile again.

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of thebeerdoctor
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lively copper coloured pour, with a somewhat hoppy aroma in the nose. Meringue-like foam develops as the head settles.
This is a good presentation. Tangy hops on the palate combined with substantial malt support , make this not an excessively bitter ale. I would say it favors better than Left Hand's 400 pound monkey, in that it is more focused on freshness, and of course, balance.
Very drinkable and worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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Northern Liberties IPA from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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