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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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 164
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 jujubeast6000
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/7/2007 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a golden colored body, cloudy, darker on the top. Has a frothy foamy white head, with good lacing, and small bubbles. A nice hoppy aroma. Has a bitter acidic taste. A bit unbalanced hoppy. Sharp bitter taste. Bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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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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 TheBCrew
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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 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 ruckzuck
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap this evening.

A - amber, nice head

S - fruity, some hints of malty sweetness

T - really fruity, not a lot of bitterness...fruity really is the operative word here

M - light-medium body, nice carbonation

D - eh...a bit too fruity and not hoppy enough for me. Not sure I'd get it again

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Photo of beerdiablo
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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 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 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 HardTarget
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On draught at the Draught House in Austin

Aroma: Mild citric note, orange like. Hard to get good nose in a bar.

Appearance: Hazy gold glass holds a ¼ finger white head a long time leaving lace.

Flavor: Mineral elements hit me first, followed by full, firm hops. Classic IPA profile, crystal sweet malt supporting hoppy goodness. Some yeast notes come through as well.

Mouthfeel: Light body seems a bit off, that and a low carbonation level leaves it a bit watery.

Overall Impression: Yeasty, minerally, watery, still, a pretty good brew. Almost a lawn mower IPA.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper penny color. 1/2" off-white head. Good retention and thick fresh lace.

S - Lemon and lime citrus. Tea leaves ~ herbal. Fresh.

T - Orange peel bitterness. Lightly sweet caramel malt. Very well balanced. Tastes very fresh.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

D - Very good drinkability. I look forward to having this again.

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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 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 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 Melchizedek
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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 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 EPICAC
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
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
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 brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +17%
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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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow gold with a thick 3/4" white head made up of small bubbles. There aren't many bubbles rising, but the head manages to stick around for some time anyway.

Aroma: The aroma has lots of fresh citrus hops that are absolutely in charge. There is a subtle bready contribution from the yeast, along with some esters from the same. There is a very reserved malt presence that comes out with a little bit of toastiness and some light caramel sweetness, but this is all inn the shadows.

Taste: The flavor is completely dominated by the hops from the flavor to the aftertaste. This is much greater than I expected from the aroma. The hop bitterness takes over the citrus hop flavor to lead into the finish, and stays put on the back of the throat long after the finish. There is a subtle alcohol presence, but it is not strong and I would guess was in the neighborhood of 6% ABV.

Opinion: The beer is pretty good, but I am not a serious hop-head. I think that it is a little heavily hopped even for an American IPA. The beer is clean with no off flavors, but just a bit heavy on the hops for my taste.

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Photo of briman
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into standard pint glass.

Pours a nice golden amber color, slightly hazy, with about a quarter inch fluffy white head...good retention, settling into quite
a bit of lacing.

Aroma is hoppy with typical Cascade pine & citrus notes. Nice, and not overpowering.

Taste is just what I expected. Starts out a with some orange notes with just enough malt sweetness to keep it well balanced, and finishes with a grapefruit tinged hop bitterness which lingers nicely.

Medium body, very clean & crisp all the way through. Certainly could see myself drinking quite a few of these in a sitting.

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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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