PhillyBeer2112 (2528) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 - 22.214.171.124.16
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.