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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 162
Photo of
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, dark gold fluid. Large ivory colored head.

Aroma tells you it is an IPA. Hops come right through, and malt files in behind them. Hops are citrus like in character.

Taste follows aroma. Hops show floral and citrus characteristics, and moreso than aroma would initially indicate. Malt is also more assertive than the aroma would have you expect, and balances the hops rather nicely. Comes through as a bread/yeast type flavor. Finish is spicy.

Medium in body, with similar carbonation. Fairly drying.

Overall, a very nice IPA. I tried this right after the Great Divide Fresh Hop, and thought this had a greater hop presence and a better flavor.

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Photo of Mickelswit
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Ginger Man in downtown Austin.

The pint had the expected amber haziness and foamy head of an IPA. It smelled fairly strongly of malt and piney hops. In the first sips, the hops were very assertive. Throughout the pint, the hop flavors subdued to allow some malt complexity to show through. There were hints of caramel, a nice level of carbonation, and a rich spectrum of hops. This was a very good IPA that I would have again, by itself or with some Texas barbecue.

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Photo of Duttonic
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 09/30/10, on tap at Dancing Bear Pub.

A- Light copper, 1cm head, lots of lacing, really bubbly.

S- Hops, malt backbone, sweet and sticky.

T/M- Hoppy goodness, medium/heavy body, rich, sticky and a bit puckering.

D- Really great, a bit of caramel and toffee buried in there. I like it and I will be drinking it again.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at Crickets, 1 Mar 2012. Served in a shaker pint.

Medium sized beige head. Lightly carbonated. Clear dark orange in color. Aroma is light, malty and citric. Starts similarly, slightly citric with a sweet malty background. Medium creamy body, moderate ethanol. Well balanced throughout. Finish and aftertaste are moderately hoppy bittersweet.

Tasty and easy to drink but just a bit light on the hops.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The Ginger Man in Austin

A - Pours hazy copper with about one finger of head, very nice retention and lacing.

S - Bright citrus hops and sweet caramel malts dominate. Pine, grapefruit, lemon and mango all come to mind.

T - Pine and citrus hops are big at first, but then the caramel sweetness really takes over this one. Grapefruit, biscuit, and other fruit notes are present.

M - Slightly thin and dry, but pretty well balanced.

D - This is indeed a good IPA, however it is a little on the sweet side for my liking.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper, creamy off-white head. The nose is bright, fruity, and floral. However it's a little subdued for an IPA. The flavor opens up with sweet citrus followed swiftly by an assertive bitterness that hangs on through a medium finish, imparting a borderline astringency to the mouthfeel. The mellow aftertast includes a touch of pear. Mid-pint, the flavors become decidedly fresh and fruity. Overall a quality entry. Check it out.

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Photo of Durge
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at The Draught House Pub in Austin this cask IPA is a near copper
amber color, clear, with a big "bubbled" head that's somewhat sparse but holds with
good lacing. The aroma offers a pointed grapefruit/lemon hop, a bit of fruit
nougat and apple vinegar caramel. Very nice. The taste buds receive a more
flowery delivery of citrus hops with a sweet grassy edge. Plenty of bitter hops
while securing a perfumey overtone, sort of lilac-lavender or some such thing.
It's good and brings a solid medium bodied, heavy-ish feel with the standard
low carbonation expected of most cask ales. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of skillerified
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Med-dark caramel brown color. Very clear. Bright white half finger head, creamy and bubbly. Very sticky, good lacing.

Strong on citrus, lemon and lime, slight orange. Some very distinct pine notes. Slight malt undertones.

Not a lot of distinct flavors. A sort of vauge fruity sweetness. Not particularly bitter for the style, but not overly sweet either. Does seem to sweeten with warmth. Risidual grapefruit bitterness at the back of the tongue.

Not too bad, but there are definitely better IPAs out there.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Austin.

Very attractive looking brew with a creamy head that hangs around for several minutes, leave good lacing on the glass. Pine and citrus dominate the flavor and aroma, and it has a surprising amount of sweet caramel and biscut flavors to it, a solid malt backbone and medium body. Overall, pretty drinkable, quite enjoyable. Not the greatest IPA, but a good sessionable brew.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy coppery color with one finger frothy head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Citrus hops but not as dominate as many IPA. Stronger sweetenss in the aroma as well.

T - Strong citrus hop taste with a sweetness underlying. Tastes like a west coast IPA but a little too sweet for my liking.

M/D - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

another solid beer from this brewery. a tad light in color but maltiness is substantial. on tap it freshness is grassier and citrus fruit is drier. there is a steady balance of great hops in there but the finish was a bit too husky. instead of having a nice bitter zest of lemon and dry pepper, which it did have. there was also a lingering of some stale hay starchy finish. will have again none the less but not the best i had in town. still better than anything in dallas.

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Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at Opal Divine's on 6th in Austin. This felt and drank more like a pale ale and had a much cleaner, smoother hop character. There was some balance from bready malt and then an almost juicy citrus character. Very drinkable but not too light, give it a try.

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Photo of JDV
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light burnt orange colored beer with frothy bright white head. Some lacing. Smell is nice, unique apricot, orange, fruity hops. Taste is fairly bitter all the way through first sip to the aftertaste, but fruity too and nice. A touch of orange juice sweetness in the back, but I wish it cut through the bitterness just a touch more. Not a bad IPA at all, and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ttu94
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Gingerman in Dallas.
This beer looked great! It was a hazy pale yellow with a great head that left tons of lace. Smell was also solid with nice mix of pinny hops and a slight cirtus. Solid tasting A IPA, not as powerful tasting as some others but very well blended flavors. Left with a nice bitter dry aftertaste.

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Photo of obrike
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had one on tap at Flix Brewhouse in Round Rock.

Poured a cloudy, dull orange. a very subdued head...not much to look at really

Nice, fresh, pine needle scent...malt was buried a bit, as was the citrus.

Hmm...interesting, tasted the pine, malt took a back seat, got a kick of spice in it...kind of similar to a Celebration Ale in flavor. Good.

Nice carbonation, went down quite easily at 6.3...not quite as oily as i like my ipas, but good nonetheless.

I liked this, but it didn't stand out as a must have Texas IPA. I prefer 512.

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Photo of CONOR8832
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a wonderful worn copper hue to its appearance, white creamy head that disipates over time. Great hop aroma, nice pine scent with a touch of citrus bite that graps your nose. Mild sweet scent from the malts but definatley a good hoppy beer. The taste is has a good blance of pine, citrusy hops with a taste of sweet, but light carmel maltiness to it. Exceptional mouthfeel, good carbination, does not fry you taste buds like some IPA's tend to do. Overall a great beer, goes well with a big juicy burger.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Draught House in early May 2010.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the floral hops and I almost get some grape-like notes. The flavor is floral hops with some more grapes as well as some light citrus notes. Medium bitterness, medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel. As much as I wanted to like this beer, I just couldn't get past the big floral notes.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Flying Saucer in Houston. The beer is a clear bright gold color with a medium and frothy white head that lasts awhile. Sticky patches of lacing. Hoppy, citrusy aroma. Medium body with a bitter hoppy character. Notes of sweetness become increasingly prevalent though. Touches of malt and citrus show up too. This finish is dry and bitter hops with a touch of sweet malt aftertaste. Although the beer does not stand out in a sea of decent IPAs, it is solidly above average all around.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold amber with a slight chill haze and small dense head. No lace. No predominant hop aroma, balance between the malt and hops. Very east coast flavor profile. Some sweetness up front and the majority of the bitterness on the back end. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of mltobin
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at The Crown & Anchor in Austin.

Appearance is copper with a decent sized white head. The smell has citrus hops, pine, fresh. Its` taste contains grapefruit, acidic, a bitter finish. MF is medium, fairly smooth. All in all, a pretty good IPA and if you are visiting Texas as I was, you should try it.

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Photo of imstimpy
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber, yellow-gold in color draft-poured into a frosty pint glass.

Subtle, flowery nose.

No heavy hop, citrus or bitterness; some of each though. It is not your traditional big american IPA, just a light, balanced, and easy to drink ale.

Medium to light feel with a decent finish.

I usually go for the big IPAs but this is a very safe and enjoyable selection.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, light golden color, with a moderate white head, thick lacing, and little carbonation.

Aroma: Strong wave of herbal at grapefruit hops in the nose. The malt is struggles to assert itself at all.

Taste: Pine tar hops dominate the aroma, with a slight sweet malt presence, but the hop bitterness overshadows all else. Finishes with a lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: The hop usage seemed a bit heavy-handed, even in light of the style, leaving little room for the other characteristics of this example.

Sampled at The Draught House in Austin, Texas.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. on tap at Ginny's Little Bighorn on Sun., 12/28/2014 (Chicken Shit Bingo), unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into plastic cup, drank over 30-45 minutes

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I ordered this upon the recommendation of a beer aficionado-y-ish guy ("Tim") I met at the Ginger Man in Austin. This was his favorite Texas beer, and while it is a decent IPA, I would defer to the Full Moon Pale Rye as being my favorite. This beer had a rather lack-luster appearance, but a medium-to-heavy dose of (what I believed to be Amarillo?) hops that imparted an appealing flavor of piney and pineapple-y taste notes.

Appearance of this beer a dull, hazy, pale yellow with a decent finger's worth of head. Right or wrong, natural or artificial, I find IPAs with a "sparkling" appearance to be much more visually appealing than those with a hazy dullness. Aroma and flavor is a blend of both piney-ness and pineapple flavors. Good taste and smell.

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Photo of champ103
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A two finger, tightly packed, white head forms with good retention. Some patchy lace is left behind.
S: A big resiny, and piny hop aroma up front and center. Floral and citrus aromas come through. Some bread and biscuit malt for balance with some butter diacetyl as well.
T: The piny hops are still front and center. Some malt for balance with to much buttery diacetyl. A lingering bitterness as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little on the thin side. Not hard to drink at all. I finished my pint, and could have quaffed some more with ease.

This is a good IPA. A little to much diacetyl for my tastes, but still very enjoyable. Worth a try if you happen to come across it.

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Live Oak Liberation Ale from Live Oak Brewing Company
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