5th Dimension | The Livery

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Brewed by:
The Livery
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by sholland119 on 05-03-2009

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 15
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Photo of grub
2.39/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

growler purchased at the brewery april 29/2011 and kept refrigerated. sampled may 8/2011. this batch was listed at 7.75% ABV.

pours deep coppery orange with a small cap of fine white head. the head quickly drops to a layer on top of the beer and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is odd... super peanuty. bit of almond. grain and whole wheat bread. actually, reminds me of a 7-grain bread with all the seeds and such in it. bit of cracker. bit of caramel. light alcohol.

taste is neat. the peanut character is definitely in the forefront, but it's got more to balance than in the aroma. earthy and woody. multi-grain bread. grain. cracker. almond and pecan. perhaps a hint of sourness. medium-low bitterness level. bit of astringent character. not much belgian or ipa here...

mouthfeel is nice. just under medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is okay. it's mostly balanced, but nowhere near fitting the style, and the peanut character is nowhere near expected for either belgians or ipas, let alone the combo. I've enjoyed most everything else I've tried from the Livery, but this one seems to miss the mark.

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2/5  rDev -47.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of claaark13
4/5  rDev +5%

4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour served in an elongated chalice.

A: Pours with one finger of stark white foamy head. Mediocre retention yields a sudsy film and collar. The body is golden yellow-orange and basically clear with just a little chill haze. The head and collar are sticking to the glass so far. Down the road the lacing is much less impressive. There are a few active streamers along the glass producing slow rising bubbles but besides that, there is minimal carbonation visible.

S: One of the most intriguing noses I've come across on a Belgian IPA. Floral hops, lightly grassy. Malts of hay and grain and an earthy yeast with a touch of barnyard. The vinous character comes through on the nose, albeit somewhat timidly. (The Fifth Dimension spent 5 months in Merlot casks and was then blended.) This added a subtle but beautiful depth to the nose and palate. But I wouldn't have minded if the FIFTH Dimension spent SIX (or eight or ten) months instead, amping up the intensity of flavors and aromas that I was so impressed with.

T: Follows the nose very closely, just not quite as remarkable.

M: Light, crisp, flavorful and refreshing. Low to medium bitterness. Finishes dry. The mouthfeel is improving steadily as the temperature of the brew increases. The carbonation started out somewhat soft but is now fizzy with a respectable prickle on the tongue.

D: I sought this beer out because of a recommendation from a fellow BA. I'm glad I did. Most impressive Belgian IPA I've had in a while. Send some more brews to PA Livery!

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Photo of buschbeer
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of aasher
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Livery's first release courtesy of standardcherry. Thank you immensely!

This was shared with a stellar Indy crew. This pours a light bodied polished copper in color with a half finger white head. The nose is bright and tart with Brett and a moderate yet defined light acidity. It does have some legitimate oak and some red wine barrel characteristics. The flavors are earthy and funky with a light tartness and an off dry, hoppy finish. It has an interesting, tannic fruit character that is different and earthy. It has a moderate Brett presence. It drinks a little light in body but has nice, yet very unique. Overall this was a pretty solid beer. I don't have anything to really compare it to but it was a nice tart wild. I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of Shagtastic
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
1.84/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

On tap at The Livery.

Pours a pale golden color that is very hazy. A thin white head sticks around for just a bit before falling away. The nose is really odd and smells mostly like peanut oil. Other than that, there's a bit of graininess in the background. All the same in the flavor, which is really quite odd. Nutty and very reminiscent of peanut oil, plus some tannic, grainy bitterness. No hops or Belgian character anywhere. Not a fan at all.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to Derek for a growler of this one. Shared at the Bruery last night.

A: The pour is a nice golden amber color with a fluffy white head and some mild lacing.

S: The nose has some nice citrus hops along with a subtle tartness to it. A touch of funk and yeast, and a seemingly oaky smell that I was not expecting.

T: A mild tartness, apples, pears, and not really any hop character like the nose would make you believe. Not all that complex, surprisingly.

M: The body is medium with a pleasant carbonation and a bit dry.

D: I don't really know if this was supposed to be sour, and I don't think it was. But, the tartness actually worked pretty decently.

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Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room the other day. This was my first experience with this brewery and to say the least, I was quite impressed.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, somewhat tannish orange color with good head retention and lacing. This beer looks impressive, but it smelled/tasted considerably better. On the nose, I get some light funk and sour (there's definitely something of a wine aroma to this beer), along with some underlying citrus. It's an intriguing combination and is not something I come across too often. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but I was impressed by the amount of flavor this beer delivers. Initially there's something of a sour funk, tropical fruit flavor, but then the hoppy bitterness comes on strong. As a result, the beer finishes with a fairly dry, hoppy finish that I really liked. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with the alcohol barely noticeable. So drinkability is pretty good in this hoppy Belgian style ale.

Very impressive. Hopefully I'll see more stuff from this obviously talented brewery.

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Photo of Deuane
4.64/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Belgian IPA aged in a Merlot barrel and finished off in a "generic" Bourbon barrel!

A-Hazy, golden tinted orange copper with a thin white head that left minimal spotty lace.

S-Sweet bourbon notes overlying toasted biscuit malt. Orange bitters waft in behind, VERY sharp.

T-Complex notes of deep red wine woodiness and sweet bourbon. Spicy, bitter orange rind hop kick in the background that comes fighting through all of the woody astringency and Bourbon sweetness--->Very nice!

M-Medium body and surprisingly crisp. As it warms it build to a VERY dry finish. Long lasting lingering flavours.

D-Whoa! So much flavour! This is an amazingly well constructed sipping brew to be enjoyed slowly. A testament to Steve Berthel's knowledge and experimentation of barrel aging. Well done sir!

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Photo of jemarent
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of klipper
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of gford217
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hoppymeal for this one.

Pours a deep, hazy amber with a short-lived soapy white head that recedes to a thin collar and leaves streaky legs on the side.

Whole lot going on in the nose with citrus hops starting things out - lemons and orange rinds. Maybe come evergreen hints but also with an oaky barrel character with some spiciness. Definitely a little funk as well.

The taste is more of the same with thick citrus and resinous hops forming a backbone for all the barrel characteristics. Spicy yeast in the middle with some vanilla sweetness before the dry oak and bourbon burn finish things off.

The mouthfeel is slick and on the fuller side of things with a soft carbonation. Given it's a growler, I'd say the carbonation is a little lower than intended but really doesn't affect the quality of the beer.

This is my first Livery beer and I'm thoroughly impressed. I'm normally not a fan of barrel-aged IPA's but this one pulled it off. Thanks Derek!

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Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loved this on tap at the brewpub nine months ago, let's see how the bottle has developed.

A-Cloudy apricot with a huge foaming white head. Looks like some brett has been at work here. No lacing.

S-Apricot, biscuit malt and peppery brett. Some nice citrus hops too.

T-Lemon, apricot, tangerine and some peppery funk. Some sweetness and Belgian yeast in the finish.

M-Medium bodied and very aggressive in carbonation. I think this is the brett at work. Glad I opened this before it exploded.

D-Yeah, man. I did not expect this to be so awesome in the bottle. What a great surprise!


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Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mothman
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a dark golden color with a brown hue to it.

Aroma: Lots of oak flavors, citrus, herbal notes, and spice flavors.

Taste: Lots of oak and more spice flavors with citrus. Kind of boozy. A bit of funk to it. Floral/grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter with a medium body and a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a funky aftertaste, fairly clean.

Overall, a very unique beer, but not something that is overly drinkable. Still, something that is worth a try.

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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at hopcat.

A: Pours a amberish hue a bit hazy with a nice white head. Okay retention with light lace.

S: Aromas of bread, light caramel, belgian yeast, and oak.

T: Light winey grape like notes. Belgian yeast, with hints of bread. Light citrus with a nice oak presence as well.

M: Medium in body, smooth, I liked this one quite a bit.

D: Very good a tasty brew, really caught me by surprise.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap during my visit on 10/23/2011, this was may favorite during the visit. The imperial was a cloudy gold with a finger-head. It possessed a sweet hoppy aroma that foretold what was to come. The smooth caramel initial taste coated the tongue before fading into citrus and sour apple flavors. It went down very smooth despite the thick texture and cloudiness of the appearance. The hoppiness was not present until the aftertaste. It was hoppy enough to make the style obvious, but did not overwhelm the other aspects of the beer. It is nicely balanced and paced so that no aspect of the flavor can be dismissed.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A barrel aged Belgian IPA? Sounds good to me! Thanks to Deuane for bringing this back from MI. Shared with psycohops. Wow, killer aromas are filling the room immediately upon opening. Poured into twin standard shaker glasses over at Bob and Tori's place. After stirring up the yummies at the bottom of the bottle, the ale appears a cloudy muted golden amber color akin to unfiltered apple cider. Two fingers of pillowy off white foam appear with the pour before settling to a thin layer within a few minutes. Notes of mint, huge amount of wood, freshly milled oak and sawdust that was slightly burnt by the blade, over ripe oranges, citrus oils, sourdough bread, wood resins, slightly peppery, spicy yeast. Carbonation is just about perfect for the style, but the body seems a tad thin. I was really surprised to learn this is 9.5% as the alcohol isn't noticeable. A great beer overall.

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