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Liberty Brewing Summ!t IPA

Liberty Brewing Summ!t IPA
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Liberty Brewing Company
Formerly brewed at Hallertau Brewbar & Restaurant

Style: Imperial IPA
Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Summ!t IPA is in the style of an American Imperial IPA. It predominantly uses a new variety of hop from the States called Summit. It is a dwarf variety that grows on a low trellis and has to be hand-picked, because the conventional harvesting methods don’t work on this growing system. The result is a hop that doesn’t get bruised, therefore preserving the essentially clean characters of the hop as it was on the plant.

The beer itself is 8.3%abv and is calculated to have 125IBU. For the purposes of not overstating the bitterness I have rounded this down to 75IBU. I used Golden Promise malt as a base with light and dark caramel specialty malts. To help flavour the beer I used Centennial and Simcoe hops to give a little more depth in flavour and aroma. A very small amount of Riwaka was also used to help sharpen the edge of the palate.

-Joseph Wood (brewer)

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
reviled (13) - Auckland, - JUN 29, 2010
Oh my this is an amazing beer!! Such a pungent, oily, resinous hop aroma with an overpowering citrus character. Initially sweet up front but after a few sips the bitterness accumulates leaving me with a bitterness that cuts into my cheeks like a knife!! Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (1361) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2015
From memory, this was an excellent brew that was aptly named. Lovely hop forward balance with a full body and clean sustained finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 13, 2012
First of all, there’s IPA and then there’s interpretations of IPA. IPA (if you’re a purist is mellow, elegant and restrained. Possible a shadow of what the original was but are how the style developed over time in the old world. This beer sits squarely in the new world interpretation of the style where there is a nod to the fresh hopping and sizeable alcohols of the original method. Fresh aromas hops predominate with scents of pine resin and spruce. These are apparent in the flavour which gives long bitterness and fresh spicy hops. My one bugbear? Why is it over 8%?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 22, 2010
Draft at Hashigo Zake. Woah! This is in your face hops. Orange and pine on the nose, big grapefruit in the mouth. Perhaps a bit too much for my palate, but it sure gets your tongue racing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 28, 2010
Very strong hops, very earthy. Simcoe?
Strong malt, strong everything! A lot of beers like this are emerging recently, but this is one of the better examples.

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