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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.

realaledrinker's rating

   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MJPG (10) - Mount Pleasant, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2015
The aroma is excellent. The appearance is as well. It reminded me of PGGB. It hits the palate perfectly. I give it a 100.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle: Copper colored body with a very mild cloudiness. Gray-tinted head fades quick & leaves only small bits of lacing behind. Very floral nose, abundant grapefruit & hop oil with white pepper in the background. Taste is very bitter. Grapefruit pith, bitter citrus rind, intense floral earthiness, rose petals, oily resins, & a heavy pine needled sting that lingers. Huge hemp oily, perfumey, & resinous finish. Lots of white pepper, bitter grapefruit, & botanicals, too. Sharp mouth feel, medium bodied. Good beer, maybe a bit much at times, but still quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4956) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2015
12oz bottle from gimmethefunk, thanks Pat. Poured a good looking honey brown body with an average sized frothy off white head. Aroma of pineapple, guava, mango, grains, dough, bread, and hop cones. Medium body, syrupy mouthfeel, average to softer carbonation and a lingering aftertaste with a slight hint of heat. Flavor of yellow grapefruit, citrus rind, pineapple, hop cones, dry grass, bread crutsts, grains and lemon zest. Definitely digging this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bwa5879 (826) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Healthy orange very clear pour with quarter inch of off-white head. Really great citrus hop aroma, juicy grapefruit and bitter citrus rind. Soft carbonation, tingly oily mouthfeel and above average viscosity, bitter dry finish. Taste is a bitter wallop of hops. Pert bitter rind, juicy citrus and tropical fruit, too, some nuttiness. Very bitter, straightforward DIPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
malkyore (310) - - JAN 7, 2015
Hop hippity hop. Woah... Less full bodied than your typical double ipa but with all the bitter. It kind of burns my whole body and eats the enamel off my teeth... No real flavor to the insane and overpowering bitter.... But yeah it’s pretty lighter and quenchey... Yeah....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Krej (185) - USA - JAN 7, 2015
Very hippy with a nice malt background. The 8% comes through a little but not too bad. Overall very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
monkeychugg55 (972) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Dark Copper with a small white head. The aroma is very malty, with some citrus notes. The flavor is similar, lots of bitterness. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7852) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma, followed by and tempered by lemony tartness abd semi-sweet ornage and malt. not a beer for the timid, but it was quite good."

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
MeisterD99 (28) - Lansing, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Draft snifter pour. Nice tan head. Color is honey and orange. Aroma is all oranges. Wonderful citrus hopping. Bitter, but not crazy like some doubles. Boosted alcohol does not impact flavor. That is my number one concern with a double. A great Short’s Specialty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Poured from a 12oz bottle I got in a trade, thanks Devin! Aroma is lemon, orange, caramel, and a light peppery spicey scent. Flavors are lemon, orange, caramel, English malt, and a hint of rye spice. Actually quite bitter but enjoyable. Overall I like it but wish the fruits they brewed this with were more prevalent in the beer.

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