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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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
salvaticas (435) - - 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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3480) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (2496) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle gifted by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike! A: The Liberator appears slightly hazy and light orange in color. The head is an off-white hue and measures in at about a half inch thick. Although it fades to a thin, wispy layer within a couple of minutes, it does generate numerous thick ringlets of lacing around the perimeter of the entire pint glass. S: Aromas include tangy citrus fruits, hops, and malt, respectively. T: My first reaction is that I am drinking a delicious and complex beer. My second sip confirms my initial supposition. The Liberator is a terrific double IPA. This beer doesn’t have hints of grapefruit, it tastes as if I just squeezed fresh grapefruit juice into my beer. The lemon zest is wonderful, complementing a full bouquet of tart citrus. The malt component is just prominent enough to support the myriad of fruit and hop flavors that abound in this delectable brew. M: Medium bodied, with a lasting tart and tangy aftertaste. D: What a great beer. Short’s hit their mark with this one. I definitely recommend it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-05-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2012
19th November 2010
Cloudy amber beer. Fluffy off white head. Semi crisp and semi dry palate, turning softer. Deep rich hops with nicely balanced creamy malt. Zingy minerals before a bitter finish with the orange and lemon peel coming through. Very drinkable DIPA - could sink a few of these.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
umich03jm (1934) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (791) - - MAR 10, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2012
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (829) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 5, 2012
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.

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