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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 116   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UnionBeerCzar (82) - 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?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reynolds314 (2988) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1609) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9102) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Thanks to mike for being my secret santa. Large zest notes, malty body, off.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2272) - 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.

   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

   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 (534) - - 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

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