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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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3.4
bwa5879 (942) - 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

3.4
malkyore (377) - - 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....

4
Krej (224) - USA - JAN 7, 2015
Very hippy with a nice malt background. The 8% comes through a little but not too bad. Overall very good.

3.2
monkeychugg55 (1090) - 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.

3.9
slowrunner77 (12044) - 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."

3.9
MeisterD99 (38) - 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.

3.5
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.

4
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2014 I love drinking beers that make me say, "Oh fuck, I need to rate this one." Siting here at Crunchy’s in East Lansing and this was the 5th pour on my 8 beer flight. Honey colored pour, no head and no lace. Aroma is grass and verbena. Taste is has the qualities that make you get out your phone, log into Ratebeer, and start typing. Floral and lemony hops abound. Malt is sturdy enough to prop up those big hoppy flavors without getting lost. Very bright and lemony. The ABV is pretty subdued. Very tasty stuff. Best in show this week which included pours of 9 Bells beers, 13 others...and this one tick.

3.7
ChrisSc (464) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2014
12 oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis. Appearance: orange/copper color. Slightly hazy. Very little head. Aroma: very citrusy, some piney hops. Taste: bitter throughout with a mild sweetness laid under. Really nicely balanced. Palate: medium body. Thick texture. Light carbonation. Good flavor retention. Overall: a very drinkable ipa. More balanced than most. More of a citrus, which I prefer.

4.1
superspak (5594) - Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/13/2013. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big citrus peel and citrus hop presence with moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Large amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange/lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice flavors with huge citrus peel and citrus/pine hop flavors with moderate malt balance; with a great malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and very sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, citrus peel, and moderate malt flavors; and nicely smooth to sip on even with the big bitterness that is present. A very enjoyable offering.


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