Northern Liberties IPA | Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Northern Liberties IPANorthern Liberties IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
christianmoerlein.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beerman207 on 05-14-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
186
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
12.99%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 53
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very unusual choice comming out of such a conventional brewing company that favors German styles.

Northern Liberties pours with a standard copper or heavy gold color. High carbonation fuels a froathy but volitile head that fell to stillness mid way through, with only a floating pocket of lace here and there. Farily standard but I like better head character from high-hopped beers. A mild haze from dry hopping is evident.

Citrus and pine resins take precidence while mild caramel malt flavors support but don't interrupt the hops. Lightly phenolic, the beer has a mild medicinal taste that at times seem plasticy. Bitterness is high and strays from the smooth citrus start and towards a grassy, straw-like or hay-like astringent bite in the finish.

The otherwise crisp beer has a well-attenuated character that leaves it less creamy early but dry late. If not for a leafy, stemmy, grassy finish the beer would fare much better.

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
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 LXIXME
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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 chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
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 millerbuffoon
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Eziel
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jzeilinger
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barczar
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
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 mrfrancis
3.01/5  rDev -15%
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 Brenden
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of masterofsparks
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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 shirtless_mike
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Brew33
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Northern Liberties IPA from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 186 ratings.
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