Live Oak Liberation Ale | Live Oak Brewing Company

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Live Oak Liberation AleLive Oak Liberation Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States
liveoakbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 10-15-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
167
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio. Pours an amber/orange color with a single finger of foam that lasts a while. Solid lacing is left on the glass. Smell is of citrus hops - not over-the-top, but really well balanced, and backed up by some malty sweetness. The taste is really well balanced, with a strong citrus flavor from the hops blending with a nice malty, caramel backbone. Mouthfeel is crisp, with a slightly dry finish. This is a solid IPA, and one I would be happy to drink again.

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Photo of Melchizedek
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the FW Ginger Man.

Goldish-amber, with a thick, white, sticky head that remains as a nice dense cap, supported by slow, steady carbonation. Smells of grapefruit, blueberry, raspberry, with a hint of fresh pine needles. Mmm...

In the mouth, light and smooth on the tongue, not too oily, with lots of tartness up front, fruits and floral aromas still come through, and a healthy dose of bittering hops with a mild sweet malt background and a slight alcohol spice.

This is delightful, in the vein of BridgePort or St. Arnold's Elissa, very aromatic, well-balanced and crisp. It's a good beer for nice sunny-but-cool weather like we had yesterday, and certainly a go-to IPA.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Saucer in Addison, Tx.
This Liberation has an amber color with an off white head. A strong smell of grassy, fresh cut hay with hop buds was kinda funky skunky. I ask the bar maid about this , she replied the keg had just been tapped that day...hmm, interesting. It's medium bodied with a smooth texture and lightly carbonated. The taste starts with a good flavor of biscuity pale malts quickly overcome by that funky pungent hop tang in the finish.

A pretty good pale ale here, with a unusual hop flavor.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gingerman, Austin.

This is Live Oak's foray into hoppy American ales. (According to the brewer, it differs from Live Oak Pale Ale in that it's dry hopped and it's stronger... about 6.5%abv).

The beer is a clear, amber color with a compact, white head. Some caramel and sweetness in the nose, but there's no doubt this is about the hops. Middle is very nicely balanced: the malt is never underrepresented in a Live Oak. Smooth and full. Finish is hoppy enough to satisfy even the greenest-haired San Diegan. (Ok, that may be overstating it).

All-in-all, an excellent, malty, hoppy pale ale from a brewery known for its outstanding lagers (and its Bavarian-style hefe). Definitely not to be overlooked.

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Photo of roodie
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Gingerman in Houston

Poured into a pint glass from the tap

A: pours a clear orange brown with 2 finger head low retention but moderate lacing.

S: pine and citrus and mango with floral notes. Very pleasant

T: hoppy bitterness accompanies the piney citrus but a floral flavor rounds out the sip

M: very smooth, no bitterness linger which is a nice change from other IPAs

O: very solid beer, only found on tap here so I will grab it whenever it's at my local pub

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Photo of elNopalero
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a golden caramel color. Very grassy hop aroma, similar to the pils. Great grassy hop flavor and what a finish. Hoppy yet balanced, without being a tongue-scraper. Either dry hopped or just exceptionally well done I don’t know but its delicious. Well done, gang.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Gingerman in Dallas.

Clear light walnut-color, good head. Aroma is a little disappointing. There's a nice hop nose, but it's fairly faint. The taste, however, gives a full compliment of bitterness and hop flavor, the latter spicy & citrus-like. Malt underpinnings have a very nice nuttiness. Finish is, of course, bitter-dry. Creamy texture and moderate body round it out nicely.

A good IPA, though nothing stands out as particularly unique about it. But a great way to finish out a night of lighter session beers, without getting too heavy.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/28...on tap in Round Rock. Pours a clear orange yellow color. Sharp soapy pine nose bursts. Clean hoppy bitter taste. Lots of flavor. Well carbonated. Tasty IPA.

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Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of dankabier1
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft on-tap at the Gingerman, Dallas.
Bright, clear amber/orange color with a half inch of white foam. Foam settled quickled, left thin stringy lace. Smell has lots of citrusy hops, sharp yet fresh smelling. Flavors is blod, very hoppy, yet not out of balance. Enough malty sweetness to keep the hops in check. Flavorful, bitter, lots of citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish. A very good IPA.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Live Oak Liberation Ale from Live Oak Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 167 ratings.
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