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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 116   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Liberator was made as a 30th birthday gift to Joe Short. As a double IPA, this beast employs a sizable malt bill, but it is the crazy amount of hops added to the boil every 4 minutes, for 120 minutes, that really make this beer special. Fruity, floral, and piney hop flavors penetrate throughout the caramelized malt profile. Liberator is a well-balanced, full bodied brew that has a bitter finish due to the post fermentation addition of lemon and orange zest.

The original batch brewed on the Bellaire system had 42lbs of hops in it, compared to Huma, which has around 20lbs of hops per batch. Today’s Elk Rapids batches have up to 138lbs of hops. The name, Liberator, came from Joe’s name for the Short’s employees who carry out our company’s mission statement as “Beer Liberators”, freeing the masses from their misconceptions surrounding beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2010
12 oz bottle. Misty orange brown with a sudsy white head. Vibrant nose of orange and lemon peel with caramel. Resiny medium body with a tingle. Taste is grapefruit zest, lemon and orange before kicking in with juniper and grass; quite bitter. Lingering peppery hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3585) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2010
From OHLRangers on TBS. When did these start going in 12oz bottles? Also, this is a pretty bad name for a DIPA, good name for a doppelbock but not for an IPA. The beer pours a thick hazy orange-amber color. I like the hazy aspect, its not clear but with the adjuncts in here I am not surprised. In the end its a low clarity. The head is not large but it is strong. The lacing it leaves is medium sticky. Aroma is strong on... guess what... hops. What I like about the aroma is the strong bitterness. Plus, nothing akin to sweet./caramel malts and we are on our way to a good hop-heavy brew. I guess I get a little more citrus aspect but I would just think hops if I did not know there were other citrus adjuncts. There is a bit of sweet hop presence and a leafy-floral thang. Taste is bitter, just the way I like my hop-heavy beers. Some bitter grapefruit skin comes in at the end. The cool part, the aftertaste goes on forever. Just encompassing, bitter dryness just sticks around especially with some spicy food (as I am eating right now). Its not supper clean or bright but plenty bitter and dry at the end.
12oz bottle in a Marin Cuvee Roge tall thinned tulip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a hazy deeper orange with a medium creamy off white lacing head. Aroma of lemon pledge, dish soap, orange zest, caramel and floral notes. Flavor of dish soap, strong bitterness, pine, grapefruit, light caramel and floral notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of honey, lemon, mentholyptus, caramel malts, floral hops, citrus, and toast. Taste of citrus fruits, pine, lemon, orange peel, caramel malts, and a moderately bitter hop finish. Thanks to Steve for sharing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBeer45 (1436) - Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Bottle from Champanes, has a burnt orange copper pour with a white and off-white average size head and some tiny floaties swirling around that gives the beer a haze, the head fades to a thin cover and ring, left generous lacing on the glass, this beer is not filtered the bottle had some light brown sediment on the bottom, has a good dose of citrus and floral hops along with aromas of orange, grapefruit, toasted malt and caramel, flavors of hop pine bitterness mixed with lemon citrus, toasted malt and caramel, drink starts with some malt sweetness but finishes dry, and there is residual hop bitterness trailing after the finish, mouth feel is a little light for a IPA2 but according to the BA site the alcohol is 7.4%, I thought it was more not from the aroma or taste but how I felt, so, this IPA2 is at the lower end of the alcohol spectrum, this ale was easy for me to drink, I can see this beer sneaking up on me, a nice drink with a good dose of hop pine and resin on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Copper pour with a big, pillowy, white head. Bright spicy and zesty citrus nose dominates over a faint hint of toffee sweetness. The flavor is a bit of a letdown. Not nearly as citrusy as the nose suggests. There is some notes of orange, lemon, and grapefruit with a big lingering piny bitterness. The malt is more perceptible in the flavor and lends notes of nuts, biscuit and toffee. The mouth feel is full and oily with a soft but plentiful carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Pours a very cloudy dark golden coppery orange/amber color with hints of dark golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source. Two finger frothy yellowish head that slowly fades into a lasting cap. sporadic chunks of soapy lacing are left behind. Sweet citrus hop aroma with lots of earthy pine in the nose along with some sweet alcohol and biscuit malt. There’s also a spicy peppery zest character but the aroma is dominated by the prominent citrus notes. Chewy resinous medium body that’s on the fuller end of the spectrum. Very dry with a huge bitter and earthy hop presence up front that is very piny. Spicy ans zesty with a nice peppery flavor to it which balances out the very sweet citrus presence. Lots of orange and lemon peel notes as well as some grapefruit and possibly mango. There’s also a strong malt backbone with hints if biscuit and caramel but the hops profile is so strong it isn’t lessened much at all. Strong sweet alcohol heat toward the end of the swallow and some warmth in the bitter dry finish. This beer is incredibly bitter and much fuller bodied than I expected. Not the best example of the style but decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2010
from a 12 oz bottle. The aroma has lots of citrus hops, oranges, pineapples, and tropical fruits. It pours a slightly hazy amber with a large off-white head that quickly disapated. The flavor starts with a quick dose of tropical fruits that end up completely dominated by a huge fresh grapefruit and light pine hops in the finish along with big grapefruit aftertaste. Light-medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle! Pours hazy orange-gold with a moderate off-white head. Aroma smacks of hops, predominantly pineapple and grapefruit. Malt might be there, but it’s begging for attention like a middle sister at a family reunion. Taste is all about the juicy, citrus hops, but the caramel backbone provides enough respite and balance. Moderate carb and a slick, oily mouth feel. Beautiful IIPA from one of my favorite brewers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10213) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2010
On tap at HopCat awhile back. Poured a clear amber with a bit of orange and a medium off-white head. Aroma had a nice citrus aroma, mainly citrus and lemon. Flavor built in hoppiness throughout with a nice strong orange finish.

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