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Liberty Yakima Monster

Brewed by Liberty Brewing Co
Style: American Pale Ale
Auckland, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Get those images of Godzilla and Mothra out of your head! I know you were thing it, but this beer has nothing to do with Japan whatsoever. Yakima is actually a region in the state of Washington USA where some of Joseph Woodís favorite hops are grown. This monster of a Pale Ale showcases several of those hops. "Itís a easy drinking beer, flavorsome enough for your father ín law to exclaim "wow - thatís fruity!" yet complex enough for any green blooded hop-head to appreciate." - Joseph Wood, Liberty Brewer. Gold medal 2012 Brew NZ Awards

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kiwichurchie (12) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2014
Big hop aroma up front, pine dominating, pours golden orange with thin white head. Lacing. Strong lasting bitterness, good though, caramel malt to pull it all together. An approachable monster

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (410) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle - Conflicted much! After a couple of other APA (from Tuatara) this was a shock in a couple of ways. Less IBU but then the bitterness was through and through and all of the profile. Much lighter than the recent APA I had too, So much adjustment. However this was all in all a nicely delivered and steady and predictable beer. I though may have needed a food to make it a beer to have more than one of, but then, as you drink more it just settles and becomes that much nicer. (Iíve had this on tap too, and I liked it then, just as much)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joe19612 (1897) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
Tap. Pours a dark orange colour with a thin white head, aroma is fruity and floral, taste is bitter with a fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hop_Hedonist (253) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2014
Strong herbal malty aroma - good herbal/resiny hop thrust in the mouth with herbal/fruity aftertaste - well balanced with biscuity malt - lovely bitterness - the more I sip the more I like it - very good NZPA, near to outstanding - would be if it was more fruit driven - definitely an enjoyable drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hoploader (11) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2014
A very light and clean beer, light on the nose good session beer even at the higher abv

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pfhyde (56) - Davis, California, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Iím an American with six yearsí NZ beer experience under my belt. I recall thinking--once upon a time ago--that Epic was NZís best option. That dates me, since itís a clearly dated view. Liberty is so many orders of magnitude greater than Epic, now, that itís hard to imagine how far NZís beer has come since I first arrived. Liberty is the quantum leap. I can finally say thereís a beer here--not just the Monster but Citra, too, and hopefully others I havenít tried yet--that makes me forget about all the beers I miss so much back in the states. Thank you Liberty for inducing amnesia--or beernesia or whatever, I forget. Oh, and the beer--yes, itís so drinkable and full and--it just calms me down with goodness so I forget what to say. A simple thank you will have to suffice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gramoit (358) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2014
Great APA. Loves of fresh hops flavour (surprisingly as I have had this bottle sitting around for a while. Pours a clear yellow, with a big fluffy white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (699) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2014
Wow, packs a fruity hops punch like not many beers do. Strong sweet floral aroma, with rich fruity flavours that slap you in the face. Itís an interesting beer thatís worth a look if you love strong fruity hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marom92 (47) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2014
500ml Bottle. Golden tinted hazy orange beer, with a thin, white head. Strong floral, pine aromas and notes of caramel malts and passion fruit, with hints of straw. Flavour is fruity hops, with notes of pine, peach and sweat, caramel malt and grass. Medium bodied and relatively dry. Rising bitterness with a lovely pine flavour for the finish. Great pale ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8203) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2014
A beauty of a hoppy pale ale from Liberty. Fragrant pineapple and papaya peach and orange floral notes with only a pinch of pine tar. Medium body, extremely soft delivery of fine carbonation and bakery-fresh pale malt, balanced grain sweetness and savoriness with the oily and juicy hoppiness in the mouth, to me it feels like a lot of late boil and flameout hops. Among the cleanest and most interesting hop-focused beers I had in New Zealand, brought to a higher level of enjoyment by the stunningly soft body and the rich, natural caramelized grain sugar character of the malt. I can see why this beer garners such high numbers in New Zealand, and I think if it were imported to the states it would find wide approval.

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