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RATINGS: 177   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
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 (521) - 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 (3576) - 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 (884) - 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 (874) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11913) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2013
Draft. Large beige head that leaves nice lacing atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, light herbal. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/herbal, some lemon peel. Medium body, low carbonation, some resin.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersak (91) - akron, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Amber in color with white head. Aroma is very good. Very strong bitter aftertaste. Not a very sweet IPA...not as citrusy as I was hoping for since it said on the front "made with lemon and orange zest". ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UnionBeerCzar (81) - Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2013
12 oz. Bottle to DFH pint glass, pours a very amber almost red with a thumbs worth of barely off-white head. Nose is zesty citrus mixed with piney resin-ey notes. As to be expected the taste follows suit... Very citrusy, very very bitter, much more bitter than I remember this being (to much orange and lemon zest in this batch?) I love the bitter, but this is borderline that bad chalky feeling in your mouth. Not so bad that I don’t like it, just abrasive in that way that sets it apart from other DIPA’s out there. Maybe I am a freak and I like abrasive sometimes. Mouthfeel is mediumish and carbonation ways on the heavy side. That super dry chalk feeling comes at the very end of the palate and last for a while. Overall I remember being much more pleased with this last year, that being said this beer isn’t bad it’s just needs a tweak I feel, joe less lemon zest?

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reynolds314 (2728) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Abrasively bitter and oddly sweet all at the same time. Not very good at all. As with most Shorts beers its just oddly sweet and not clean tasting.


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