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RATINGS: 186   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 116   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.9
Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Courtesy of TampaBrew. It pours deep gold with copper core and thin white head. The first whiff of the aroma I get spicy hops and sugary sweetness blending into citrus and a growing level of pine in the background. Another tug brings up floral notes too. The taste pulses with various hop notes that are competing for flavor dominance. I get floral hops, citrus hops (that lean toward an acidic lemon note), pine, spiciness and grassiness. Nice. It has a pleasing yet subtle malt sweetness in the background.

4
MeadMe (1652) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Thanks to Jale for another Short’s brew. A: Pours a cloudy orange hue with a tall foamy white head. Excellent retention with some light spotty lace. S: Wonderful hoppy aromas. Lots of lemon and grapefruit. Hints of fresh cut grass and Florida orange juice. All hops no malt. T: Malt is present in flavor. Nice caramel with hints of sweet biscuit. Bold citrus, earthy grass, orange pith, very floral, very hoppy. M: Medium in body, smooth, excellent carbonation.

3.7
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Thanks to tastetester for sending this bottle. Pours a hazy light orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong orange with lemon at the end. The flavor is orange, lemon and a good bitterness. The lemon is the dominant flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An interesting take on using fruit in a DIPA that I think works very well.

3.6
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2010
bottle thanks to Deyholla. Pours a dark, cloudy amber with a big, fluffy, off-white head. Nose is of grass and lemon. Taste is of grass and lemon. Mouthfeel is bitter, but not powerful enough for me.

3.9
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle generously shared at Pre-Sex. Having enjoyed many a bottle of Huma Lupa Licious, I was intrigued to see what Shorts would do with a DIPA. And I was mightily impressed. Deep orange body with a lively carbonation to it, thick creamy head. The nose is initially dry and grassy hops in abundance, slowly revealing just a bit of malt and all that inviting citrus. Thick and creamy mouthfeel like a good cousin from San Diego, but with enough liveliness to satisfy. Lemon rind and orange peel really bring out the complexity of the hop profile, which seems to cycle through from fruity to grassy and back. Really very good.

4
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Thanks to deyholla for this one! It pours an unclear orange with a small, creamy orange head that settles down to a thin layer. The aroma is very woodsy with pine, spruce, orange, caramel, and grapefruit. It smells very fresh. The flavor is the same woodsiness with fruit and caramel. Huge bitter hoppy finish that lasts. I really liked this one. Very powerful.

3.7
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Poured a hazy light amber color with an off white head. Big hop forward aroma with notes of citrus, pith and pine. Some caramel malt pokes through. The flavor is a mix of hops, malt and hop bitterness from front to back. The bitterness outlasts all for a very long dry citrus finish. Just short of a medium body.

4.2
illidurit (2327) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2010
12 ounce bottle courtesy iceicebaby, poured into a pint glass. Murky bronze color with a great fluffy beige head that leaves some sticky lacing. Aroma just jumps out of the bottle, and even more so from the glass. Very lemony but not sour, the citrus peel is immediately apparent and it complements the bright tropical hops (Simcoe perhaps?) perfectly. I can also smell a bit of crystal malt, which I usually hate, but it’s pretty subtle here. Onto the flavor. You know when you eat a grapefruit and after you’re done spooning out the flesh, you squeeze the rind to get the last remaining drops of juice and any missed drupelets into the bowl? Well this beer tastes like that, almost startlingly so. Huge unripe citrus and herbal resins with no malt at all. Absurd lingering bitterness begs the next sip. Upon warming there’s a minor caramel note that creeps in but this is not some Midwest sugarbomb euphemized as "well-balanced." This is a tongue-bruising west coast-style hop monster, and at only 7.4%. Unfortunately, Shorts overlooked the fact that citrus peel is naturally astringent, and this comes through in the mouthfeel, which is a bit overdry and chalky. But that’s a negligible gripe at this point. This beer is epic.

4
emacgee (4674) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Pours a hazy gold with a tan yellow head. The nose is fruity and sweet, citrusy, resinous, hoppy for sure. Flavor is citrusy and resinous, lemon, mango, grapefruit rind. Palate shows a citrus rind bitterness.

3.5
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2010
12oz bottle from hoppymeal. Pours a deep murky amber brown with a huge creamy off-white head that has excellent staying power and leaves thick clumps of lacing on the sides. Great looking beer. The aroma is dominated by sweet citrus, especially lemons and oranges with maybe some grapefruit as well. There is a bit of sweetness as well from the caramel malts though I also get a slightly herbal hop presence behind the massive citrus. The taste is all about the citrus as well with the sweetness of the fruit coming through but with a scathing bitterness that lingers after each sip. There is a lightly toasted malt presence underneath it all with some floral in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and maybe just a tad more watery than I was hoping for. This is a super hoppy and extremely bitter DIPA, a little too out of balance for my liking, but still very good. The astringent bitterness limits the drinkability so one of these goes a long way.


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