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


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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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 don’t what style of beer it is, but I can tell you that it is hoppy and it is red.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DylansDad (295) - 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 it’s gone and you’re like, "What’s 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (358) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 26, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2013 Another great beer from the folks at Liberty. Not as balanced as their Yakima Monster to my taste but well worth drinking none the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chefinvt (17) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
newlagerbrewer (6) - Gulfview Heights South Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2013 does not count
500ml bottle, Adelaide. Great hop aroma when opened, nice colour. The head quickly fades but does lace well. Big hoppy hit on the back of the palate but very little up front. Tasted better but this is still very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (2787) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2013
Solid hoppy ale. Very resinous and quite bitter. A little sweetness goes well. Loads and loads of grapefruit and citrus. Good without being amazing ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (276) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 5, 2013
This is a bit of alright. Hops galore and the malts play an early part, but are soon pushed to the back. Fantastic colour beer, nice to drink. yes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DRummery (5) - Whangarei, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 20, 2013 does not count
I love red beers and I love hoppy beers, so naturally I absolutely loved this one! Great aroma when poured, good colour, and just a bit more oomph than the average amber IPA/APA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2013
This was fantastic! Huge hop presence that is wonderfully balanced by the malt. This is a great beer which ticks all the boxes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerGeekconz (22) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2012
Aroma of lots of american hops with a subtle underlying malty base. Appearance is RED. thin hop tinged head with good lacing. Flavour is malty upfront, quickly dominated by the hops rolling through to a long bitter finish. Soft on the palate with moderate carbonation, very nice mouthfeel. A very good California style red ale, the malt is dominated by the hops and I would like to taste a little more of that glimpse of that promising underlying malt.

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