Brewed by Liberty Brewing Co
Style: American Strong Ale
Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
My original records for this beer date back to a batch of home brew in June 2007. It was a beer called IPA Massacre. It was brewed three times under this moniker with minor tweaks along the way. The most significant tweak I made to the recipe was changing to use hops grown in Washington USA. Accordingly, in January 2011 the name was changed to Yakima Scarlet. There were no less than seven iterations of this beer brewed before releasing what you hold in your hands right now. I still donít what style of beer it is, but I can tell you that it is hoppy and it is red.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1200) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2013
From a 500ml bottle on 25/9/2013. Pours a slightly cloudy reddy amber with a medium head which dissipates quickly. The aroma features lots of fruity hops and heaps of toffee. The flavour is quite unusual with caramel and toffee malt, sweet dark and citrus fruit, some nuttiness, a bit of honey, and a firm bitterness with a bit of grapefruit in the mix. The body is quite full, with the texture quite slick, and the carbonation moderate. I wasnít entirely convinced by this at the start, but it won me over by the finish. Very nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sockless (21) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2013
Deep amber colour, with an off white, creamy head. Toffee, pine aroma. Medium carbonation. Pine, caramel and biscuit taste, somewhat sweet. Very smooth and drinkable, well bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle from BlackHearts&Sparrows. Great balance. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, and strawberries. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and very long length. Palate is creamy and full bodied. Brown with a frothy head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 25, 2013
a very good and pretty standard american ale, with strong pine and citrus hops balanced by chocomalts. very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShaneJ (756) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Deep reddish-amber, amazing toffee characters, nice piney/citrusy hops, grapefruit, rich caramel sweetness. Another really great beer from Liberty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3681) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2013
Misty rich scarlet pour medium creamy head carbonation medium aromas piney floral richness toffee hoppy fruit mix citrus some biscuit and caramel malt the flavours piney medium bitter honey toffee grapefruit apricot rich caramel floral sweetness biscuit malt mouthwatering morishing ale good body the finish best tastes hoppy fruit sweet rich malt piney bitter lingering finish lovely stuff alround

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DylansDad (471) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 24, 2013
Beautiful dark ruby red with a thin head that quickly disappears into an espresso type of head. Totally american hop aroma, pine, resin, citrus. Mmmmmm. Unfortunately, the delicious taste under-stays its welcome. It comes on all delicious with a nice hour-glass figure, all malt and hops, then suddenly itís gone and youíre like, "Whatís wrong? What did I do? Have I got bad breath or something? Come baaaaaack!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Baz7778 (58) - SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2013
Big hoppy nose and a great caramel color. This beer is a IRA has big hop and malt. Little off balance but still a good brew, try one! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (940) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 26, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2015 Restrained pine aroma in a copper brown pour. Balanced taste of hops and malt with a surprisingly laid back finish. Another excellent brew from the good folks at Liberty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chefinvt (19) - Blenheim, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 24, 2013
Cool, my first taste of Liberty Brewings offerings. Carbonation is ok, I think it could benefit from a little more co2. Pours bright, its kinda reddish, with mahogany shine. Off white head with light lacing. Huge nose of USA hops, earthy, bitter and resinous. A aroma compound elludes me, and there is a note in the aroma that is musty, but not as a fault but just a shit load of hops. It drinks superb with a nice fruity start, lending to bitterness of the hops to a malty aftertaste of biscuit and toffee. Dare I say it is reminicent of 8 Wired Tall Poppy(when it has US hops in it), one of my favorites. All around this is an excellent beer, I am looking forward to more great beers from Joe.

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