The Liberator | Short's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
shortsbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jt31914 on 12-18-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
491
Reviews:
202
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
58
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 491 |  Reviews: 202
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

fresh bottle from Champagne Cellars. Opaque grapefruit coloured body with a small retained white head, leaving lots of lace behind. High IBU aromas, akin to hop pellets. A cup of grapefruit juice, funny how the zest brings it to the forefront. Hits the style, Tingling palate. Very drinkable.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a better hop presence in the aroma in my opinion.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of emerge077
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy burnished orange, murky with micro-sediment. A decent head that recedes to a clump of larger bubbles on one side. Dark orange center, with a more yellow tint at it's edges.

Zesty orange and citrus aroma, sweet, dank, and resiny. As it sits, it has a pleasant woody, leafy, vinous scent that emerges. Really fresh and appealing.

Full bodied and almost viscous, with a strong bitter hop edge. Long residual bitterness on the finish that is very resinous and a little catty even. Citrus, spruce, earthy, pretty much a hop-delivery vehicle. The malt presence balances things somewhat, but the hops are on showcase here. Feels like 100 IBU, wonder what the actual level is. Very potent stuff. A growler of this would be dangerous!

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Photo of largadeer
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by bring; thanks. Cloudy orange in the glass with a small white head. Big citrusy hop nose, orange and grapefruit. Very little perceptible sweetness. The taste lives up to the nose with a big juicy citrus hop flavor. Crisp and dry with a huge bitter kick, this finishes borderline astringent, but it's still enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/13/2013. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big citrus peel and citrus hop presence with moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Large amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange/lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice flavors with huge citrus peel and citrus/pine hop flavors with moderate malt balance; with a great malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and very sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, citrus peel, and moderate malt flavors; and nicely smooth to sip on even with the big bitterness that is present. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few bottles from Holiday Market. Consumed on 12.27.2009.

A: Fairly-hazy peach and mango-colored with a nice bone-white head. A little bit of lacing as it comes down.

S: Strong bittering hops are the initial aroma, along with clear indications of the lemon and orange zest that are touted on the bottle. Lots of citrus, but balanced out by a strong bitterness. The aroma also includes some tropical fruits, namely mango.

T: Nice malty sweetness comes in behind a fairly-overpowering bitterness. Lemon, orange, and mango abound. Perhaps a hint of peach. A little bit of earthy pepper-ness comes through; slightly spicy.

M: Somewhat creamy with a medium body. A little bit of alcohol seems to make its way in with some spice, but nothing that takes away from the character of the beer.

D: Short's is brewed by people who care...and definitely who know what they're doing, especially when it comes to IPA's. I was most looking forward to Cup A Joe when Short's announced that it was bottling, but it was really this one that stole the show for me. An excellent offering and one I hope to have quite frequently.

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Photo of mothman
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to eyebrews for helping me get this one.

I open the bottle and I can already smell the delicious hops. Poured into bud american ale glass.

Pours 1 finger of khaki head. Fades down to a thin layer but sticks around for the duration of the beer, so pretty good retention here. Leaves a lot of sticky splattered lace. Color is a hazed burnt orange.

Aroma: Big floral aroma. Tons of hops here. There is also the typical caramel malt flavors. Nice amount of citrus flavors. The lemon and orange zest are also present.

Taste: The orange zest comes right at the beginning and at the end it finishes with the lemon zest, which I think it pretty sweet. Lots of floral and grassy hops. Caramel malts balance this one out. Very well done dipa.

Mouthfeel: A nice bitter feel to it. Smooth and well rounded. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation for they style. Ends fairly sticky and hoppy.

Overall, I just got liberated. This beer was awesome. Easy drinking DIPA and I am glad I have another bottle. This beer is what a DIPA should taste like. It is definitely up there with hopslam. I highly recommend this one.

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

My first Short's review thanks to ptwnblr

Pours a perfect large almost 2 finger head that just reaches the peak of my glass, and fades at a medium pace, with a bit of lacing, over clear copper toasty orange red color.

Nose brings plenty of fresh hops, lots of pine, some fresh hop resins, a slight bit of citrus with a bit of orange zest and tropical fruit, a bit of a spicy hop edge, and a slight sweet malt under that.

Taste hits fairly strong with bittering hops, some pine, lots of fresh musty hop resin, some light citrus and tropical fruits, a bit of bitter orange peel and very light lemon, a bit of an earthy hop starts to come on strong the more I drink. The bitterness also starts to overpower and hammer my mouth. A bit of malt under it, but the malt seems to fall out from under it and can't balance for the life of it. The orange zest comes out a little more late, as well as a slight sticky finish. A very long lingering bitterness that doesn't even seem to fade as time goes on. My mouth will be remembering this beer next week!

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation, a bit of an oily and sticky resin feel.

DRink is not the best, booze doesn't really play a factor, but a slight sticky feel, and the incredibly heavy bitterness that just besets the whole beer, which isn't very balance with a malt backbone and just ramps to infinity.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Redhook shaped pint glass. Poured a copper orange color with a dense one inch white head. Pretty decent head retention and good lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a tropical, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, hoppiness to it. It also has some bitter pine and herbal notes coming through. Some sweet malty, caramel flavors seem to come through a bit as well.

The taste is pretty hoppy and bitter as expected but it has a very herbal, somewhat unpleasant harsh flavor really coming through. Potentially it's the lemon peel that I'm getting and not enjoying given the ingredient list. Both citrus rinds really come through and add to the overall bitterness. Very dry and bitter overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability isn't that great for me, something is going on in the flavor that I really don't care for. If there isn't any herbs or flavoring besides the rinds listed it must be the lemon rind I'm not liking. Hoppiness and bitterness was pretty decent but overall I really couldn't get past that flavor in it that I've never encountered in a DIPA before.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.51/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Lightly hazed, orangey body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Cutting citrus wafts, though leaning towards grating citric angle instead of something more fruity, more juicy, or more inviting. Some coiled resins and very low hint of bready pale malts.

Taste: Lean bready malts including one single, solitary drop of simple syrup. Head-first launch into the sharply citric, screechy synthetic resins with a hard bitterness. Remains so to the dry finish and beyond (or, at least until you grab for that glass of water).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Liberator has liberated me from hope and good cheer. Tremendously one-note and that note is an utterly unforgiving assault on the tongue. Displeasingly harsh.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of cracking this one open last night, and the word pleasure is really not a strong enough word for me. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/22/2010.

The pour was very nice, golden amber in color with a nice head of white that was about two inches at first but then slowly settled down into a rich lacing that coated the sides of the glass. Such a sweet, sharp citrus aroma coming off of this one, simply amazing. Like pineapple and grapefruit juice mixed in a glass and hit with a shot of orange, it was simply amazing. First sip sucked the moisture from my palate. Lip smacking good. Sharp, biting citrus flavor, pineapple and grapefruit rule the day here as the richness and juiceness is simply overwhelming. Each sip seemed to get sharper, crisper then the one before. I was in heaven.

Overall it was outsatnding, now I drink a ton of grapefruit juice every morning and if you can handle that kind of flavor this beer is right up your alley.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks go to hoppymeal for sending me this one recently. I can't resist a double IPA, so this one was enjoyed today after lunch.

A: The pour into my Stone nonic pint glass is a hazy burnt orange color with a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: I'm immediately struck by very pungent hop aromas. The combination of bitter grapefruit and pine is one of my favorites and this beer certainly delivers there.

T: It doesn't get much better than this. While the beer is not as intensely bitter as many CA IPAs (ie. Ruination and Pliny), it still has plenty of resinous pine. The Front end is very citrusy with the aforementioned pine taking over the finish. Not a trace of malt in the beer.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: These Michigan breweries really know how to make a fantastic IPA. This is just as good (if not better) than certain IPAs made by Bell's, and I would gladly enjoy a few more of these.

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The Liberator from Short's Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 491 ratings.
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