The American | Liberty Street Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Liberty Street Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by nickadams2 on 10-30-2010

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Reviews by nickadams2:
Photo of nickadams2
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Liberty Street Brewing Co. Plymouth MI.

A_Hazy straw yellow with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a thin,frothy ring. Spotty lacing.

S_Grapefruit,pine and a touch of sweet malt.

T_Grassy/earthy hops, grapefruit,pine and sweet malt.A bit sweeter than most IPA's.

M_Medium bodied,slightly sticky and wet.

D_A formidable session IPA to say the least.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Raime
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Liberty Street Brewing Company The American IPA.

This one was pungent onions with an acceptable caramel maltiness. Didn't feel like fully reviewing it to due the fact it is so fucking standard. All 3s..

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Photo of DanGeo
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mzeld
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of bobbyr5
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Beejay
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A hazy yellow color with a white head that rapidly turns to frog eyes and falls into itself.

S: Light citrus and pine with some light straw and bready notes.

T: Nice bitterness with grapefruit and resin. Bitterness is very assertive.

M: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

O: Overall an interesting brew.. not overflowing with tropical hop aromas, but certainly some assertive bitterness. A more classic interpretation.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank from the bottle.
On par with most IPA's I've had in taste. It has a hoppy, and somewhat fruity smell to it, with the strong-bitter tastes, and even stronger aftertastes that I find familiar with other IPA's. Mild carbonation that goes down smooth.
The aftertaste lingers in your mouth for a few minutes.

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Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Emnmarko
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

L - It is amber with some golden highlights. It is topped with a beautiful, luscious, thick pile of fluffy eggshell foam. It clings to the side of the glass.

S - The smell is floral and soapy. Not at all what I expected.

T - The taste is bitter with some funk. It tastes more like a saison.

F - Medium with high carbonation.

O - I wonder if this bottle was infected. This beer is more like a saison than an IPA. That being said it was interesting and enjoyable. It tasted absolutely nothing like the description on their website. This may be a case where infection was a good thing.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HardyA
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of StoutHunter
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of Liberty Street's The American IPA a couple days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I haven't had the best of luck with Liberty Street. but I haven't given up on them yet and I hope this IPA turns out to be good, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it looks like a black and white photo of some old aristocrat or something, it's not that eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy golden straw color that took on more of a gold hue when held to the light with five fingers worth of very fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left lots of sticky lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, the color was nice, but the head seemed a little out of control.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with lots of sweet, pale, and grainy malts with a stale malt aroma in the background. Up next comes some hops which impart citrus rind like aromas with some piney and spicy hops in the background. The aroma was pretty average, the malts were pretty dominant and the hop aromas weren't that memorable.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness followed by loads of malts that have a pale malt, grainy and stale malt like flavor. Up next comes the hops that impart just a light spicy and earthy flavor with a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a grainy and slightly buttery aftertaste. This beer didn't taste too good, it was heavy on the malts with no much hop flavor other than bitterness and there were too many off flavors.

M- Not that smooth, a little sticky, crisp, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but i think the carbonation could have been a little lower.

Overall I didn't like this beer and I thought it wasn't a good example of the style, the malts seems to stick out the most in every aspect of this beer and combined with the off flavors it made for a pretty poor IPA. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't that smooth and the taste did a pretty bad job at holding my attention, there's no way I would want to drink another and it was a bit of a chore to finish the whole bottle. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it didn't look that bad. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, there was just way too many things that were wrong with it. I wouldn't buy this beer in bottles again, I might try it on draft if I knew it was fresh, but there's pretty much no way I would revisit this in bottles. I wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone. All in all this was another crappy beer from Liberty Street, when I first tried their beers on draft a couple years ago I thought they were a fairly solid brewery, but ever since they started bottling their beer there hasn't been a single one that I have liked or would revisit. I have one bottle left from them to try, but so far I don't have the highest hopes. Liberty Street is going to have to really step their game up if they want to compete with all the other in state brewerys, this beer needs some major work.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Giggy
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of BellsFan
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smb4087
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of marcb105
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ssimpson89
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Blackop555
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours golden and orange. Thick, short, white head that lasts shortly. Good lacing.

Smells malty, Citrus, earthy

Taste similar to smell. Bready malt and Light Citrus and Earth. Finishes dry and a bitter linger. Lower medium body and fizzy higher carbonation.

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Photo of TurboBrew
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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The American from Liberty Street Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 49 ratings