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Live Oak Liberation Ale | Live Oak Brewing Company

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Live Oak Liberation AleLive Oak Liberation Ale

Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 10-15-2003

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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 56
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy amber color and a billowy head that leaves sheets of lacing

Smell: Distinct citrus floral aroma with wafts of pineapple and orange pith

Taste: Big citrus flavors up front followed by a subtle caramel malt aspect underneath; after the swallow, pithy bitterness bursts forth and sets the tone; in the finish, a final touch of residual sweetness makes an appearance on the tip of the tongue followed by a final slug of bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; the beer dries out the mouth on the finish

Drinkability: Wonderful, citrus fruit San Diego style IPA here in the heart of Texas - kudus to Live Oak

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Morris729
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with a slight tint of orange and a fluffy white head. Nose is floral citrusy hops and orange blossom along with a bit of sweet malt in the background. Taste begins with juicy ripe orange citrus followed by some dry bready notes. A strong hop bitterness comes across towards the end with notes of orange rind and fresh grapefruit. A solid malt backbone supports the hop bitterness throughout the tasting. Another winner from Live Oak. Sampled on-tap at the Addison Flying Saucer.

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Photo of mwbbq
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerdiablo
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

“Don’t look for Live Oak at 7-11 anytime soon” remarked brewer Chip McElroy when asked if his draught only offerings were going to be bottled.

Focus is a good thing.

Live Oak’s Liberation IPA is another quality beer that is well balanced with enough malt to support the hop prescence that an IPA brings with no heavy hop oil residue or sandpaper on your tongue effect.

This beer features an excellent balance of hops that is sublime.

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Photo of senatesan
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmbranum
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth, TX.

Nice mellow American IPA. Not a hop monster but pleasantly just right.

Clear light amber liquird with smallish white head. Malty aroma.

Flavor is very well balanced. Reminds me more of a British style IPA or maybe Celis' Pale Bock. Fairly malty for an IPA with just the right amount of hops. Nice prickle on the tongue with a nice full velvety mouthfeel.

Quite drinkable. I Liked this one. Definitely more of a British style IPA.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this on tap tonight at Opal Divines.

Pour was clear kind of amber yellow color. The beer left a good amount of lacing on the glass as it was consumed.

I smelled mostly a strong citrus hop flavor with just a touch of sweetness. The taste started off with just a mild sweet flavor to get things going but immediately fades to a very powerful blend of bitter fruit hops. This bitterness lasts all the way to the end and leaves a good amount of after taste as well. Mouthfeel is almost perfect for the stlye. Very substantial body, but not too much there.

Like most IPAs, this brew is not for the "I only drink light beer guy". However, it is a very sessionable IPA, and I am actually not a normally strong beer drinker myself. Like most IPAs, it is best sipped slowly, and drank around 50 degrees to fully appreciate all of its complex flavors. Best of all, it's brewed fresh here in Austin, and therefore tastes its best right here in its hometown. If you are paying a visit or live in Austin, seek this one out.

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am not trying to start a flame war, but this IPA serves as an answer to many of the West Coast IPAs that set the standard. My favorite IPA belongs to Stone, but this is right there with it.

A: Murky/Hazy amber with a big fluffy head that sticks around for the show. Good lacing.

S: Big floral punch with citrus notes and orange rind.

T: Follows the smell word for word. Big floral and citrus notes up front. Caramel malts on the finish create a sweetness to tango nicely with the hoppy bitterness. Fantastic!

M: Medium body and sparkling carbonation that is refreshing. A hair, and I am being picky here, on the dry side.

D: God why?! Why must this be on tap only?!?!?!

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Opal Devine's Freehouse, Austin TX.

Waiter brings me an attractively clear, golden-copper brew with a livid carbonation level. Bubbly torrents rise up to fuel a well-retained, thin cap of white foam that clings to the pint glass as the beer level drops. Aroma is quite unlike any IPA I've come across--and in a good way. Pine and lemon peel combine with a fresh, pungent hop aroma that coats the olfaction. A distinct presence of juniper berries, mango, and cranberry is thrown into the mix for good measure; I can't wait to try this thing.

The taste is well-balanced, as pale malts leave a crisp, discernible biscuit note. Impressive, especially when one considers the plethora of hops that must have been thrown at this beer, providing an onslaught of pine sap, juniper, orange juice, citrus peel, and an organic floral presence. Body is light in consistency and nicely carbonated, leaving a creamy, sticky mouthfeel that finishes with a phenomenal bitterness that lingers. The hops stick around just long enough to keep the finish clean. Excellent drinkability, as this beer will likely become a staple of mine once I've relocated to Austin.

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4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Cricket's in Waco.

Appearance: Very lightly hazy copper with an off-white head that thins to a patchy film.

Smell: A bit of toasty malts, but the aroma is dominated by a wonderful citrusy and grapefruity hop aroma.

Taste: Toasty upfront with some light citric sweetness and tartness, followed by a bit of peppery spice. The finish is a nice grapefruit and grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, low carbonation with a smooth oiliness.

Drinkability: Nicely balanced with a great grapefruit character.

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4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBCrew
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Ginger Man in Austin. Pours a hazy dark yellow/light orange with 2 fingers of white head. Head dissipates slowly leaving moderate lacing. Great hop aroma with a lot of complexity - grapefruit, peach, and a hint of pine. Taste is fruity as well with a strong pale malt presence to keep things balanced. Finishes dry. Somewhat heavy mouthfeel leads to moderate drinkability.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Live Oak Liberation Ale from Live Oak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 168 ratings
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