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RATINGS: 172   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2528) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Growler at throwdown, courtesy GodofThunder. Huge fresh hop nose: grapefruit, pine and dank. Resiny flavors with a clean bready background. Very bitter finish. Copper color.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 3, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2010 12oz Bottle labeled "The Liberator." Thanks Sean! My last rating of this beer was done in a cold, January parking lot at 11am, from memory. Hopefully, this one will be more succinct. Even from a distance, having only opened the bottle, not pouring it, I can smell a strong prescence of citrus peel. In the glass, the hops chime in, playing equally as loud and deliciously as the citrus rind. A really bold and wonderful aroma. Pours a hazed golden-orange, with plenty of frothy off-white head. Flavors begin with house yeast, spiciness and a hand-over-fist rush of bitter herbal and fruit flavors. Green apple peel, starfruit rind, and prickly pear. As with other hoppy Shorts beers, this comes with a terser, coarser, slightly aged bitterness. The malts are thick, but they need be, to hold up to the real dose of hop bitterness. One of the more intense double IPAs in my book.

Original Rating - 01/03/2009 - 8.4.8.4.16

Pour from a growler. Dank aroma heading into weed fields, pine groves, and olive branches. Spiced, aromatic, and leafy. Nice bronze-coppery amber, a bit clouded, with a thick whitish edge. Flavor is a bit peculiar. There’s some immediate grassy, dry dusty, and slightly celeried profiled. This is a character that seems to pervade the Short’s heavy hop beers. It always ends a bit dusty or celery-like, which ends up bothering me. A puckering edge to the backend. Alcohol very well subdued. Good, not great.


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