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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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 165
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 Morris729
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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 kbub6f
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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 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 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 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 jmbranum
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
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 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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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 jamescain
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the Whip In.

Appearance: Golden yellow with a white head about an inch thick that resides into a thin lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Mostly piney aromas with a slight citrus tinge, but pine dominates the nose.

Taste: Bitter up front and bitter on the finish but the middle is balanced with a nice malty backbone. A lot of west coast style IPA will lack malty flavors, but this one still provides this balance.

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderately high carbonation and a dry finish and lingering bitterness.

Overall: This is actually a really good IPA and I’m glad I got to try it since it was retired. I was probably my favorite central Texas IPA, but now I’m not sure due to all of the other challengers.

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Photo of roodie
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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 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 beerceller99
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 DeathbySexyBT
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
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 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 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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Live Oak Liberation Ale from Live Oak Brewing Company
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