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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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3.7
bigtaster (969) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Pours a clear orange copper with a light tan head. Nose is caramel and citrus. Body is medium with initial sweet caramel quickly turning into resinous pine hop flavor with good amount of spice.

3.6
Clownoisseur (476) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Pours a hazy golden with orange hue. Nice two finger foamy head that settles into fine lacing. Smells sweet of malts and zesty hops. Tastes very balanced with the sweetness of the malts hitting you first, some roasted nut, a touch of caramel, then the citrus from the hops jumps in. Gives you a nice sharp flair of the nostrils as you get the lemon and orange zest notes. Pungent and bitter, yet delicately balanced with the hefty malt bill. Finishes with the lingering zest of the citrus. Moderately dry. Not my favorite Short’s brew, but a good one.

4.4
574deadzone (1415) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Pours a cloudy amber-orange with a thicker cream-colored head that settles to a ring and a film and leaves some spotty, dripping lace. Nose involves spicy hop notes, heavy citrus (grapefruit), some toasted malt, very fruit forward. Quite sweet flavor, very bitter. Light to medium bodied, oily, bright with hops, average carb, with a long fruity and drying bitter finish. Awesome brew, very flavorful.

3.7
A2kenCdaisyC (51) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2014
on tap at Ashleys- citrusy nose on a rich golden brew with a decent well lacing head- firm caramelly malt backbone but citrusy hops dominate with a solid medium bitter finish- a fine brew indeed!

3.9
bpar73 (1117) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Golden pour with a white head. Lots of citrus and piney hops in the taste and aroma. Another solid IPA from Short’s

4.2
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottled 12/13/13 and drank 12/22/13. Poured into a shaker pint. Appearance: An orange color with maybe a slight haze, though I don’t exactly remember. Poured perfectly into the glass with a two/three finger head on it, and some really nice lacing throughout. Smell: Phew! Pine and fruit. Lots of both of them. Bursting with freshness... it seems pretty obvious to me that this was a newly bottled beer, and the 12/13 date proves it. Really outstanding, and it’s quite potent as well. Taste/feel: Not quite as great as the appearance or smell, but still super tasty. I found it to be very bitter initially, but as I sipped it, it gradually felt like it got sweeter and sweeter with more citrus sorts of flavors and a very solid malt+pine finish. Drying, and begs you to drink more. Not a really high ABV either, so you can enjoy a few of these. Feel is medium with about a medium carbonation as well... not too heavy, which also helps. A touch too bitter for my taste at the start, which keeps it from being what I’d consider exceptional. Excellent beer! I’ve had some of my favorite Short’s beers recently, and they’re showing more and more why they’re probably my favorite brewery. They can make some good experimental brews, but then they can make really damn phenomenal "normal" ones like this one. If you can get it, get it -- worth it.

3.7
alliance100 (1137) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2013
12 oz bottle - pours a deep orange with nice lacing . Big citrus aromas . Taste of citrus rind . Resiny . Good beer . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
b3shine (8795) - Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a mostly transparent vibrant orange with off-white lacing. Smells nice and hoppy with otes of citrus zest and a pale malt backbone. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. A solid DIPA.

3.7
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle, aroma through one nostril is big citrus oil, taste is super bitter and citrus with a big dry finish and sticky

4.2
bedub (4) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2013 does not count
Wonderful piney aroma, striking hop bite with nice citrus tang. Great balance and lasting bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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