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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 116   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
milewide (1499) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 Overpowering hop smell and bitterness! Orange and lemon zest missed me, but I loved the hops so much that I don’t care! Cloudy orange color and medium body. Rerate: I bought a case of this, and only have one six pack left! It is now my number one double IPA. The aroma and taste is tangy and herbal, without the sweetness of some DIPAs. Alcohol is modest. Bitter aftertaste lingers!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3345) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Pours an opaque orange amber. Big hoppy aroma with strong citrus. The Lemon and orange zest comes out strong. Flavor is strong hops and nice citrus. Malt is there enough to compliment the strong hoppy flavors. Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation. Overall, pretty great DIPA from Shorts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours a murky and dark amber with little head and aromas that are a pleasant mix if citrus and tropical fruit with a little bit of a wet dog hair edge to them. Mostly the dog hair smell is absent, but ever now and again... Flavor is better... lots of resin and pine hops flavors drive the show with enough of a honey and fruit sweetness to keep it from spinning off into hop craziness. At times it has flashes of brilliance, but other sips seem a bit lacking. Not bad at all, just seems like a small tweak would push this to excellence.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Bottle. Pulpy, fiery orange-red body, thick tight buff head. Potent hoppy nose with notes of citrus rind and pine. The body begins with a quick touch of lemon before the hops explosion, which coats the palate with classic big, bitter citrus rind and pine panache. Lemon again becomes apparent in the long, bitter finish. This is a hefty IPA, but lacks the power of the "big" double IPAs on the market. Still, this is a bold and successful beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1104) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber orange with a nice off-white head. Pine and citrus hop aroma with spice. Interesting flavor, I’m getting tons of pine and grapefruit, some sharp lemon and orange, and a lot of spice and bitterness after the finish. Flavor comes together more and more as I drink more. Definitely has a certain appeal.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (4768) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Bottle: The aroma has lots of citrus hops, oranges, pineapples, and tropical fruits. It pours a slightly hazy amber with a small soapy off-white head. 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2009
From the Bottle at the Marriott Hotel, Denver 26/09/2009 Floral malt aroma. Amber coloured very strong in alcohol and hoppy with a little dryness in a crisp malt finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9597) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2009
GABF 2009. Pours clear dark yellow with an average, fizzy white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, hay, straw, cereal, meal), heavy hop (flowers, perfume, grass, pine), average yeast (sweat) with notes of apple and honey. Medium bodied, mineral texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 GABF 2009, then later a 12oz bottle thanks to bring on BA. Cloudy orangish-amber in color with a small but lasting white head. Aroma is sweet malt, earth, tropical fruit, and citrusy/piney hops. Flavor is sweet caramel malt and lots of citrusy hops, with grapefruit, lemon, and orange, adding almost a tartness to it. Some pine as well, and a very slight medicinal note. Medium body with lively carbonation and brutal hop bitterness on the finish that really kills your palate. Overall good, but not really great for the style if you call it a DIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 14, 2009
Courtesy GodofThunder. Orange-brown color with a thin white head. Grassy earthy hop aroma, slight malt backbone present, some mild sweetness suggested. Nice aggressive grapefruit hops on the taste, less sweet than aroma, some lingering hops, but not a whole lot. Pretty good overall.


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