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RATINGS: 183   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
madmitch76 (26440) - , 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.

3.4
Travlr (26430) - 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.

3.7
jtclockwork (17654) - , 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 (16689) - 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.

3.7
djd07 (16307) - 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.

3.5
Ratman197 (15628) - 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.

3.8
Tmoney99 (15130) - 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.

3.9
Dogbrick (14326) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Bottle shared by JaBier. The beer is a clear amber color with a medium white head. Sticky top ring of lacing with spots underneath. Aroma of citrusy hops and roasted malt. Medium to full body with a grapefruity hops character and notes of sweet bready malt and honey. The finish is citrusy with a lingering piney hops aftertaste. Solid all around.

4.2
crossovert (14135) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
What this isn’t a doppelbock!? 12 oz brown bottle from a 6 pack purchased in Troy, MI. A Double IPA with Lemon and Orange Zest. That does sound yummy. Pours a hazy brownish amber with light orange on the edges. The head is billowing and foamy and leaves a decent amount of lacing. It is a pretty pure white with a bit of off-white character. The smell is a cornucopia of citrusy hop mania. There isn’t as much malt in this one as you would normally have in a DIPA. The malt is biscuity and sugary. The taste is predominantly hop nectar. it is a hop bomb. There seems to be a unique choice of hops here too. The nose would alert to you citrus but it is much more piny and bitter on the palate. There is also some spiciness in these hops. The malt is there but it provides only a backbone. A great comparison to this one in style would be Dreadnaught from Three Floyds. The citrus intensifies as you go. Overall it is hard to find but highly recommended, a huge and solid DIPA. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-12-2010 20:49:11

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.


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