Brewed by Liberty Brewing Company
Style: Imperial IPA
Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Jimthechap's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - APR 16, 2013
From what I have seen of other reviews this is a rave beer. A rock star of double IPAs, this beer sends reviewers in paroxysms of delight. From what I have been enjoying over the last fifteen minutes there may be good reason for this. Deep orange amber colour with little enduring head, I have seen prettier beers. Aromas of massive hoppy tangerine, chlorophyll, green spruce cones and undertones of amber malts. My feeling is that the malt aromas play very much a second fiddle to the hops in this style but there are examples of balance (see Middlemiss Hodgson IPA). The flavour is just a massive surge of bitterness all at once. A cascade (forgive the unintentional hop pun) of hop driven flavours all struggling to make themselves felt at once like a hoard of children finding easter eggs. Tastes significantly of oranges, tangelo and tangerine with some gooseberry with the malt, while taking that back seat, making gentle suggestions that it too is there. Is it rave-worthy? Probably. I found it nice enough and I think my rating is justifiable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UjoKlobasa (785) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 19, 2017
Bottle. Amber color, hazy liquid, white head. Aroma of grapefruit, zest. Medium heavy bitter. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmeup (663) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2017
330ml bottle BB 5.5.17.Nearly clear and more golden than orange, decent clingy head. Strong sweet malts, mandarin and orange zest, tangy lime, some savoury and spiciness, not snappy and has long bitterness on the tongue that will not wash away. Quite an alcohol presence though very nicely covered with the malt and big hops but oohh! look out, Liberation maybe a danger:))

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KeefOz (1699) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2016
Poured a crystal clear mid-amber with a two-finger beige dense foam head that retained very well diminishing to a nice cap and laced well. Carbonation high and fine. Aroma of grapefruits with topical fruits, pine and pale malt; strong and pleasant nice IPA aroma; alcohol well hidden. Taste of sweet citrus/orange upfront plus tropical fruits with the sweetness balancing the slight alcohol presence; moderate to strong bitterness; not as much citrus as expected. Medium body. Smooth with a moderate to strong bitterness and slight alcohol presence on the finish. Becomes very much standard IPA-like as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skarecrow (499) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 28, 2016
500ml bottle. Light amber color with good head. Full on citrus hop aroma with grassy and grapefruit notes. Medium bitterness with a clean crisp zesty tang finish. The 9% ABV lurks in the background. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
explosivedog (663) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 19, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2016 500ml bottle (also had on tap). Crisp, with lots of citrus and some tropical notes. Quite full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8652) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2016
[8190-20160505] 500mL bottle. Orange citrus leaf hops aroma. Clear, bright orange body with a medium-lasting creamy white head. Bitter citrus lemon peel and orange juicy flavour. Medium-full body is quite bitter. Good. (7/3+/8/4/16) 3.8
(@ Brothers brewpub, Auckland, NZ)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (10145) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2016
2016-05-05. Crisp orange-amber body with a nice off-white head that fades. 3++ Aroma is hoppy, moderate resin and greenery. Flavour is moderately hoppy and bitter throughout, moderate citrus gives way to greener hop character that is less to my liking. Green veg character grows as you go. Average plus bodied palate, moderate carbonation. 3+ More citrus on the label than in the beer unfortunately. Maybe not fresh? No date on the bottle, which seems to be the norm in NZ so it makes it tough to decide what is on purpose vs. freshness issues. 7/4/7/3/14 Bottle at Brothers, Auckland, NZ.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (16053) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2016
500mL bottle, pours a cloudy golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma brings out heaps of tropical fruits, some slightly dank hoppiness and caramel malt. Flavour is along the same lines, with rich resinous hops, caramel malt and tropical fruitiness. Wonderfully balanced, with a pretty pungent fruitiness. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Samtzu (304) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 1, 2016
500ml bottle. Well deserving of its renown. Always enjoy a single hop beer and when the variety is Citra you know its going to be great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (1769) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2016
Gold pour, small white head. Aroma of mango, apricot, lemon, grass, and hay. Flavor of mango, big grapefruit, notes of caramel and chocolate but very bitter. Full and sharp. Fantastic.

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