Liberation | Black Market Brewing Co.

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Black Market Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 65
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I've been on an Inland Empire tear the last few days, but why stop? I have 22 ounces of Imperial IPA on the way. Good thing, because I work early tomorrow. Drink it fresh says the label, but go figure, there's no date on the bottle. On to the beer:

There's nothing pale about the color. It looks toasted orange in color and is topped with a velvet creamy head sitting an inch thick after the pour. Retention is okay, lacing is pretty good. The aroma has pleasant hop cones, yet also has a very fruity character, like fruity esters. Actually, the two together smell pleasant, even if it's not up to the high bar set by the style.

The taste starts fruity. But not from the hops, from esters. The hops add some bitterness and grassiness to the beer, though it's not the dominating factor of the beer, which is unusual per style. There's dry crackery malt, also a note of solvent alcohol, which at 9.5% ABV does hide much of itself. Big bodied and smooth, perhaps this beer's best attribute.

Not a bad beer on its own. The problem is the bar for the Double IPA style is set very high, and being merely "not a bad beer" is going to get you passed.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I pour the Liberation from a 22 oz. bottle into a large wine glass, Pours a deepish caramel with a nice frothy cap of foam. The caramel color doesn't bode well and puts this IPA 300 miles from San Diego even though it's just across the border.

Really enjoy the Bavarian Hefe from these guys but this beer is a bit of a mess. I took a chance....I lost. Potent caramel crushes the decent hop aroma that might have been. This beer might catch a breath in the NorthWest but not here in the SouthWest. Malty and 'fudgy'. To think this came of the same ilk as Blind Pig is catastrophe. It's too dark and it's too malty, yet nondescript.

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Photo of antibeersnob
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My least favorite of Black Market's brews, which doesn't say may much because they are all, including Liberation, really good beers.

The appearance is great. I need more prevalent hop aroma in my IPAs though and the taste and mouth feel are just too sweet for my liking.

Don't let this scare you away though, Liberation is a very good Double IPA.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, tropical, citrus, pine, and grassy hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts and a touch of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness and sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, pine and grassy hops come through with some more resiny bitterness and a touch of biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with some resiny bitterness, sweet caramel malts, and a hint of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good overall balance with a nice hop profile and bitterness throughout.

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Photo of mactrail
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tremendously rich and spicy brew. A really interesting style of DIPA that is full of aromatic hops with all the flowers and spices, rather than the lately common variety of dank murk and bitter swamp. The aroma is sensational.

Pours a clear orange in the tall tulip, excellent foam and lacing, and a sudsy mouthfeel. Sharp and hot, prickles the tongue, and with all the alcohol, pickles it as well. Hugely fragrant flowery hop aroma. Lots of malt, but it's more thin and less mellow than other big beers. My favorite big IPA this year so far. I think Black Market is one of the better Southern California breweries.

This is not quite a sipping beer, you want to treat it more like booze. Take a gulp, feel your mouth grow hot, exhale the spiciness, and feel the glow down your throat and into your chest. Woof! From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with some honey and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Liberation from Black Market Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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