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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottled 12/13/13 and drank 12/22/13. Poured into a shaker pint. Appearance: An orange color with maybe a slight haze, though I don’t exactly remember. Poured perfectly into the glass with a two/three finger head on it, and some really nice lacing throughout. Smell: Phew! Pine and fruit. Lots of both of them. Bursting with freshness... it seems pretty obvious to me that this was a newly bottled beer, and the 12/13 date proves it. Really outstanding, and it’s quite potent as well. Taste/feel: Not quite as great as the appearance or smell, but still super tasty. I found it to be very bitter initially, but as I sipped it, it gradually felt like it got sweeter and sweeter with more citrus sorts of flavors and a very solid malt+pine finish. Drying, and begs you to drink more. Not a really high ABV either, so you can enjoy a few of these. Feel is medium with about a medium carbonation as well... not too heavy, which also helps. A touch too bitter for my taste at the start, which keeps it from being what I’d consider exceptional. Excellent beer! I’ve had some of my favorite Short’s beers recently, and they’re showing more and more why they’re probably my favorite brewery. They can make some good experimental brews, but then they can make really damn phenomenal "normal" ones like this one. If you can get it, get it -- worth it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (613) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2013
12 oz bottle - pours a deep orange with nice lacing . Big citrus aromas . Taste of citrus rind . Resiny . Good beer . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5203) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a mostly transparent vibrant orange with off-white lacing. Smells nice and hoppy with otes of citrus zest and a pale malt backbone. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. A solid DIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
devman171 (912) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle, aroma through one nostril is big citrus oil, taste is super bitter and citrus with a big dry finish and sticky

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bedub (4) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2013 does not count
Wonderful piney aroma, striking hop bite with nice citrus tang. Great balance and lasting bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle. Clear dark gold. Huge off white head. Huge citrus aroma. Awesome. Taste isn’t as citrusy more hop but pretty smooth and enjoyable.

-- rated with beerbasher

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2013
bottle. Deep golden with one finger head. Big citrus/grapefruit hops. Delicious. One of those beers where the hops almost seem smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpongeRuiner (676) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2013
I dont remember this beer very much. I am transferring my beer advocate rating. I should try this one again because I definitely liked the session version of this one that I had more recently.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (546) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
On draft at HopCat in East Lansing Pours a dark gold, hints of orange. Decent head, essentially no lace. Smell is typical of an IPA. Lack of detection on the nose is a little disappointing. Somewhat sour at first contact, lemon zest immediately present. Flows through the butter tones and finishes very dry. Mouth feel is clingy, moderately thick for style. Intense dryness finishes it off with the orange zest taking prominence.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Pours a slightly opaque amber color with a very small head that’s settles to a film. Smell is caramel malts, bit of alcohol and some grapefruit and citrus notes. Taste follows as this is malt forward... Good bitterness and slightly sticky aftertaste


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