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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
Travlr (24875) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Bottle. Bright clear golden color, large tan head with poor retention. Aroma of pine!! And gras. Taste is pine resin.and grass. Straightforward.

3.9
madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2012
19th November 2010
Cloudy amber beer. Fluffy off white head. Semi crisp and semi dry palate, turning softer. Deep rich hops with nicely balanced creamy malt. Zingy minerals before a bitter finish with the orange and lemon peel coming through. Very drinkable DIPA - could sink a few of these.

3.7
jtclockwork (16600) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Rating 1750. Bottle thanks to Styles. Pours cloudy orange. Nose and taste of peppercorn, orange zest, pine, citrus and spiced hops. Interesting.

4.2
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
A: The pour into my Stone nonic pint glass is a hazy burnt orange color with a thin layer of off-white foam. S: I’m immediately struck by very pungent hop aromas. The combination of bitter grapefruit and pine is one of my favorites and this beer certainly delivers there. T: It doesn’t get much better than this. While the beer is not as intensely bitter as many CA IPAs (ie. Ruination and Pliny), it still has plenty of resinous pine. The Front end is very citrusy with the aforementioned pine taking over the finish. Not a trace of malt in the beer. M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation. D: These Michigan breweries really know how to make a fantastic IPA. This is just as good (if not better) than certain IPAs made by Bell’s, and I would gladly enjoy a few more of these.

3.5
Ratman197 (14848) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, pine, orange zest, grapefruit rind and light lemon zest. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, grapefruit, pine and orange zest with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.

3.7
djd07 (14523) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong lemon zest and floral hop. Thin mouthfeel with a strong citrus hop and resin. Light bitterness on the finish hiding alcohol well. A verey good IIPA from Shorts.

3.8
Tmoney99 (14494) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear copper color with an average fizzy off-white head that diminished with little lacing. Moderate to heavy citrus and earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good brew that exceeded my expectations.

3.3
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2013
Draft. Large beige head that leaves nice lacing atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, light herbal. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/herbal, some lemon peel. Medium body, low carbonation, some resin.

3.4
BeerandBlues2 (13323) - 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.

3.8
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a hazy orange body with a medium white head. Aroma of grapefruit, light menthol, pine, lemon, and orange. Flavor of lemon, grapefruit, toffee, florals, and caramel with a bitter finish.


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