RATINGS: 186   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Bottle: The aroma has lots of citrus hops, oranges, pineapples, and tropical fruits. It pours a slightly hazy amber with a small soapy off-white head. The flavor starts with a quick dose of tropical fruits that end up completely dominated by a huge fresh grapefruit and light pine hops in the finish along with big grapefruit aftertaste. Light-medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2009
From the Bottle at the Marriott Hotel, Denver 26/09/2009 Floral malt aroma. Amber coloured very strong in alcohol and hoppy with a little dryness in a crisp malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12766) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 27, 2009
GABF 2009. Pours clear dark yellow with an average, fizzy white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, hay, straw, cereal, meal), heavy hop (flowers, perfume, grass, pine), average yeast (sweat) with notes of apple and honey. Medium bodied, mineral texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4521) - Sofia, BULGARIA - OCT 12, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 GABF 2009, then later a 12oz bottle thanks to bring on BA. Cloudy orangish-amber in color with a small but lasting white head. Aroma is sweet malt, earth, tropical fruit, and citrusy/piney hops. Flavor is sweet caramel malt and lots of citrusy hops, with grapefruit, lemon, and orange, adding almost a tartness to it. Some pine as well, and a very slight medicinal note. Medium body with lively carbonation and brutal hop bitterness on the finish that really kills your palate. Overall good, but not really great for the style if you call it a DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 14, 2009
Courtesy GodofThunder. Orange-brown color with a thin white head. Grassy earthy hop aroma, slight malt backbone present, some mild sweetness suggested. Nice aggressive grapefruit hops on the taste, less sweet than aroma, some lingering hops, but not a whole lot. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
That1Guy (2223) - Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra at BSAF. Nast, infected hops on the nose. A big bitter, spicy hop flavor saves it. Ok, but I was very disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2009
on tap at EBF. Pours a nice hazy orange with a thin but lasting sticky head. Aroma is surprisingly powerful with all kinds of hops- mostly resinous, piney and NW citrusy hops with a good amount of tropical mango character. Hop juice int he flavor- an ok big malt backbone but it is all hops- tangerine, orange, pine needle, and white pine sap with a nice resinous and tacky bitter finish. I wasn’t really expecting a great DIPA here from Shorts, but this was really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2009
On tap at BSAF. Poured a clear orange-copper color with a half-inch, frothy off-white head that left some spotty lacing. Fresh, resiny, leafy hops in the aroma with some earthy spice, a hint of pine and cannabis, and some faint citrus undertones. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some soft caramel leads into a leafy, moderately piny hoppiness with some dry resin and a moderately bitter finish. Low carbonation with a decent hoppy bite. The aroma was very promising, but the flavor wasn’t really anything out of the ordinary or exceptional. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Draft at EBF. Pours an amber body with a white head. Big pine and grapefruit hoppiness. Caramel malt bill i could do without. But overall the pine and citrus were enough of a treat.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Thanks to Northernbrews for getting me this special brew in a growler! Aroma is fantastic. Lots of piney hops in the aroma. Pretty flawless Double IPA aroma. Flavor is bitter, with a little sweetness from the malts. Flavor is good, but nothing out of this world. However, the aroma is perfect.

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