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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1523) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Nice DIPA. The lemon and citrus are present in the aroma and the initial taste. The beer finishes quite bitter though. If the aftertaste could be improved this would be one of my favorites.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (7960) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2013
12oz bottle, thanks to umich03jm. Hazy darker orange color. Thin light khaki head, leaves decent loose lace. Citrus zest in the nose. Some piney hops. Orange - lemon citrus flavor. Good citrusy hop profile, lighter caramel malt. Medium to bigger body. Light carbonation. Sort of crisp texture to it. Mostly dry finish. Very tasty and easy to drink. Light bitter, good zesty taste, particularly in the finish. Freakin’ great DIPA. Intensely drinkable... Sure, it was the first beer of the night, but I went through this in all of 10 minutes. Could have happily chugged it. Markedly more drinkable than the Mikkeller DIPAs I’ve been trying lately. Shorts delivers again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernesto987 (4378) - Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Thanks to mike for being my secret santa. Large zest notes, malty body, off.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2013
12oz bottle, pour is a medium hazy orange. Taste is piney hops and citrus, aftertaste that really wallops the palate with bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2263) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
355ml bottle shared by jsprime. deep orange with a soapy off white head. big nose of hops and zest. the body is lean which accentuates the big bitter finish. this is a sipper.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Great hoppy aroma and dark golden pour with a balanced citrus taste and decent lingering mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
realaledrinker (35) - Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2012
On tap.Pours light orange in color with a white head that is gone immediately with almost no lacing. Grapefruit is the dominant character in this beer that I find less intense than many other DIPA’s. Good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
salvaticas (509) - - DEC 22, 2012
On tap. Good, mild for a DIPA, but strong and good flavor. A nice happy medium, would definitely have again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dkilburn (8) - - DEC 12, 2012 does not count
Pours golden orange, almost no head. Quite hoppy, hints of lemon, a little on the bitter side. I would like it to be a little more balanced, but still an excellant beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (5039) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong lemon zest and floral hop. Thin mouthfeel with a strong citrus hop and resin. Light bitterness on the finish hiding alcohol well. A verey good IIPA from Shorts.


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