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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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 10-03-2012

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 14
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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 virinow
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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 richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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 HalfFull
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kramerwtmf
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Josh_951
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of RobertConway
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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 memphischas
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of hnandez
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of T_Hass
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Svingjo
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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 drewone
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jessenimmo
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Liberation from Black Market Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 68 ratings