Liberation | Black Market Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Black Market Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 10-03-2012

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Photo of Mattias
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonCorbett
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy-clod of light brown copper with a decent frothy light beige head. Slowly dissipating in irregular patterns that leave good chucks of tight creamy foam icebergs floating on the surface and soapy foam lace clinging to the glass.

Aromatics: Tropical and fruity - citrus grapefruit, mango, hints of pine and resin with a little bit of doughy yeast, sun-warmed hay, and slightly sweet caramel malts.

Taste: I think it is slightly sweet forwards, I start with a silky caramel and sweet bread, and sweetness slowly migrates to the background but stays present as the earthy pine sap lays itself out over top. There is a slight breath of booze at the tail-end that is more aesthetical than outright alcohol vapor.

Mouth: Good solid medium body, though the carbonation is still fairly present - a perfect balance actually, it has a wonderful smooth creaminess. Into the finish line which is dry and has an undulation of bitter and sweet combo linger.

Overall: Another great beer by Black Market. My favorite so far being Invasion, but this is real close. It ticks off almost all the boxes for me - Creamy, Rich, Lace, Sweet, Bitter, and kick-ass ABV. Qualities that don't seem to appear in a single IPA these days. Sure you will get 3 or 4 but this one has just about every aesthetic component one could ask for. Top notch imho.

Pairing: Movie - "The Big Sleep" (1946). Time of day - 9pm (sundown). Lights out, house quiet. Perfection. I really enjoy Black Market's brews with old noir films - they have so many great qualities on their own they don't "need" to be paired with much of anything more than ambiance. If I did go food, it would need to be delicate and elegant. Grilled Salmon or Tilapia with a fresh fruit-based salsa (pineapple-basil-avocado or peach-corn-black bean) And crust/rub spices should be subtle and specific to the fish, and non acidic (no lemon) or heavy flavour like cilantro - so basil, rosemary, thyme, dill, chipotle (in moderation) would all be great.

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Photo of Oidmoe
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little too malty for my personal preferences, but a nice representation of a Cali IPA. You get the wicked dank hops, a bit of pine resin and dankness. Pretty nice

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Photo of Beer-Ed
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black Market Brewing 'Liberation' @ 9.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $9
A-pour is a funky gold from the bottle to a hazy amber in the glass with a medium size fluffy white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-malt & hops +
T-big boozey DIPA , with more malt than hops , dry finish
MF-ok carbonation , big full body
Ov-big beer be careful , ok DIPA
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Svingjo
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly translucent orangy copper colour with a finger thick white head. The nose leads with a tropical citrus fruits, pine resin, caramel and breads. The flavour leads with sweet malt characters, followed by the hops where the piney notes step in front of the citrusy notes leaving a nice bitterness on the tongue. The carbonation is strong but not overpowering and balances out the sweet malts.

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Photo of likeablepaper
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SublimeZero
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is very bright and brilliant. Very strong and aggressive up front and finishing bitter. This beer does not linger on the palate. This beer is an intro to an east coast IPA . Despite being brewed in Cali, known for great west coast IPAs, Liberation has notes and feel of an east coast IPA like, Dogfish head or Avery. Bought this on a whim and glad I did.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jooler
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kramerwtmf
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmat10
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slongie
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle - quite the military theme going on with this outfit's brews.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium bronzed amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some layered bands of sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of fresh, pungent tropical fruit - pineapple, papaya, and juicy kiwi - some sugary, pastry-like caramel malt, a twinge of yeast, further overripe white grapefruit and orange fruity notes, a soft earthy pine cone bitterness, and hovering, cold steely alcohol. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, still peppy south seas tropical fruit (the very same from the nose), orange cream, laid-back pine resin - one thankfully devoid of dank - and a grassy, sort of herbal simmering booziness.

The carbonation is not too big, not too low, but just right (the Goldilocks Ideal, or G.I. - get it?) in its supportive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, the hops and alcohol knocking, but not really intruding, as such. It finishes on the sweet side, both the heady malt and fruity nature of the hops equally culpable.

A pleasantly engaging, and tasty DIPA, the hops chosen more for their fruity, rather than bitter essences, which is a-ok once in a while. Fairly balanced overall, with a duly respectful big ABV - what's not to like, after apparently living under an oppressive, hop-hating occupying force?

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Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobertConway
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Totalpackage411
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One often best IPA's I've tried so far and the best beer I've had from this brewery. The taste is very moderate to light for an IPA. The color is more of a darker amber with a rich Belgian like feel. Highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Very strong floral with pine hop nose. Pours slight hazy reddish orange amber under a 2” foam cap descends to thick ½” foam cap that produces generous lace. The palate starts with caramel malt with some citrus, orange, light plum and then the grapefruit hop flavors turn astringent followed by a return of some sweetness returns before hops and malt mingle in the finish and dry out. Medium carbonation and medium high body. While the beer is big, the elements are well balanced.

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Photo of Josh_951
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of T_Hass
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of tally
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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Liberation from Black Market Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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