umich03jm (1309) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 Cloudy orange color with no head. Big citrus and floral aroma. Orange and lemon for sure but maybe grapefruit too. Also some sweet malt comes through. Taste is a citrus explosion at first that turns bitter and ends slightly dry. Really makes you want to keep drinking more. Really like this double IPA. Re-rate 12/16/12. Need to bump this beer up higher. I absolutely love this beer and wish it was available year round. I have nothing to add to my review really only that I think this beer seems to get better each time its released.
Johnsense (600) - - MAR 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour, nearly 2 fingers of head. Good lacing throughout. Floral hop aroma - Grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine. Taste is a bit of a letdown after smelling this - Pine resin, Lemon zest and caramel malt. Medium body, good carbonation for the style. I like it but Shorts could have really had something special here.
pellegjr (390) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours ruddy amber w/ sticky off-white head, aroma is mineraled resiny hop, nutty malt with a lighlty oily finish, big bitter wave on finish, slightly peppery, interesting
dresden (644) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Johnsense for this one! Pours a slightly hazy ruby orange colour with a big fluffy head. Smells outstanding. Tons of orange lemon and grapefruit. Harshly bitter, not really great balance, but still really good. There is some bready malt going on, but i wish there was more citrus in the taste. Still, I wouldnt say no to this beer.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Appearance: Lightly hazed, orangey body with a wispy, white head.
Smell: Cutting citrus wafts, though leaning towards grating citric angle instead of something more fruity, more juicy, or more inviting. Some coiled resins and very low hint of bready pale malts.
Taste: Lean bready malts including one single, solitary drop of simple syrup. Head-first launch into the sharply citric, screechy synthetic resins with a hard bitterness. Remains so to the dry finish and beyond (or, at least until you grab for that glass of water).
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.
Overall: Liberator has liberated me from hope and good cheer. Tremendously one-note and that note is an utterly unforgiving assault on the tongue. Displeasingly harsh.
Beerman6686 (3536) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2012
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
This poured a somewhat hazy orange color with a normal sized eige head. Aroma was of orange peel, and some citrusy hops, light caramel too. Flavor was very very bitter, like biting into a lemon peel but no nice hop flavors to balance it out. Not good.
jbeatty (846) - New York, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to WeisGuy, 01/29/2012. Caramel amber pour, little head. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, caramel orange, spicy citrus. Taste full of grapefruit hoppiness, orange zest, long bitter finish. Palate is medium, slight resinous feel. Decent double IPA, nice bitterness, but a bit more pop in the flavors would make it really great.
Travlr (9822) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Bright clear golden color, large tan head with poor retention. Aroma of pine!! And gras. Taste is pine resin.and grass. Straightforward.
wmubronco1992 (562) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle dated 12/06/11. Pours a cloudy caramel color. Creamy of white head. Very nice lacing. Strong grapefruit aroma. Tons of bitterness, however with enough offsetting sweetness to give it very nice balance if that is possible for something 300 IBUs. Palate is thick but no super sticky. One of the most intensely bitter mouthfeels Iíve experienced. Wow, this is really good stuff. One of the best DIPAs Iíve had.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of mikem409 - Pours a hazy amber color with a half finger thick off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is citrus and floral hops. The flavor has a little more lemon to it. Finish is fairly bitter and a little astringent. Medium body. A good beer. Thanks Mike.