AmEricanbrew (6656) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Saucer in Addison, Tx. July 2005
This Liberation has an amber color with an off white head. A strong smell of grassy, fresh cut hay with hop buds was kinda funky skunky. I ask the bar maid about this , she replied the keg had just been tapped that day...hmm, interesting. Itís medium bodied with a smooth texture and lightly carbonated. The taste starts with a good flavor of biscuity pale malts quickly overcome by that funky pungent hop tang in the finish.
A pretty good pale ale here, with a unusual hop flavor.
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 17, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Gingerman Austin,
Aroma of grass and some light citrus. Body is buttery and bready, insanely bad diacetyl finish. Like this thing was steeped with buttered popcorn jelly belly beans. Hops try to cut through, they only slightly make their presence known.
lb4lb (2583) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy light burnt orange colored beer with frothy bright white head. Some lacing. Smell is nice, unique apricot, orange, fruity hops. Taste is fairly bitter all the way through first sip to the aftertaste, but fruity too and nice. A touch of orange juice sweetness in the back, but I wish it cut through the bitterness just a touch more. Not a bad IPA at all, but Iíve had a few that I really like, so this doesnít quite measure up in comparison. Definitely worth a try though.
Dogbrick (11172) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 On draught at Flying Saucer in Houston. The beer is a clear bright gold color with a medium and frothy white head that lasts awhile. Sticky patches of lacing. Hoppy, citrusy aroma. Medium body with a bitter hoppy character. Notes of sweetness become increasingly prevalent though. Touches of malt and citrus show up too. This finish is dry and bitter hops with a touch of sweet malt aftertaste. Although the beer does not stand out in a sea of decent IPAs, it is solidly above average all around.
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Iíve liked all of the beers Iíve tried from Live Oak so far, but this one wasnít for me. The hopping on this IPA seemed very unnatural. I got alot of off flavors in this one.
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange color. Solid floral hoppy with balanced malt flavor. ..............................
Derek881 (1240) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On a trip to Houston, I sampled a 5 oz draft serving of this beer as part of the Texas sampler at The Flying Saucer bar downtown. Came out a golden color with some copper tones and a medium white head. The aroma was strong in hops, as expected, with noticeable citrus and fruit notes, some grain, and a bit of caramel malt too. The flavor was a good mixture of sourness and bitterness, with only a faint sweetness. Slightly fizzy and not very thick on the palate.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours clear golden color with a retained off white head. Aroma is nice and brigh being predominantely citrus hops. Flavor is delightfully bitter; citrus grapefruit, freshly crushed fruit. A really enjoyable IPA.
Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a brilliant clear gold with a medium white head. Aroma is fresh, juicy hops, lots of sweet orange citrus. One of the best noses of any beer Iíve found.
Taste is a very gentile mix of more mandarin orange with a very light malt caramelization. Lightly sweet, then tart, then sweet again. The barest hint of a pine resin flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium-light for an IPA but never oily. Stays crisp throughout, and since it came to town Iíve been drinking the hell out of it.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I ordered this upon the recommendation of a beer aficionado-y-ish guy ("Tim") I met at the Ginger Man in Austin. This was his favorite Texas beer, and while it is a decent IPA, I would defer to the Full Moon Pale Rye as being my favorite. This beer had a rather lack-luster appearance, but a medium-to-heavy dose of (what I believed to be Amarillo?) hops that imparted an appealing flavor of piney and pineapple-y taste notes.
Appearance of this beer a dull, hazy, pale yellow with a decent fingerís worth of head. Right or wrong, natural or artificial, I find IPAs with a "sparkling" appearance to be much more visually appealing than those with a hazy dullness. Aroma and flavor is a blend of both piney-ness and pineapple flavors. Good taste and smell.