RATINGS: 184   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Shared at a tampa crew tuesday tasting. thanks mark! Solid IPA. lots of hoppy aromatics with light citrus backing. nicely balanced bitterness and sweetness. enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
svandyke (189) - USA - MAR 18, 2016
12oz bottle- pours a deep golden color. Pretty good hops scent but doesn’t promise too much. Wow, lots of nicely balanced hops. No medicinal flavor. Doesn’t quite feel like an 8% and has none of the lemon or orange zest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Criz (355) - - MAR 1, 2016
Decent ipa. Deep resinous notes of pine followed by bitter citrus. The palate on this one is extremely bitter, a tongue torcher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackflag321 (650) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Draft. Hazy, dark gold. Malty, piney aroma. Malty, bitter, bitter palate. Not a citrusy, hoppy IPA. Not complex, just simple well-done bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ebone1988 (1484) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Aroma is malty, orange peel, lemon, pine, some kind of spice. Appearance is rust orange, light light beige head. Taste is spice, a weird savory spice that is immediately off putting, some pine, bitterness, tons of malt, not good. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, crisp carbonation, that horrible saltiness is lingering. Overall, this is completely missing the mark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9411) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2015
Pour on tap at Crunchy’s, slightly hazy golden orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of nice orange, grapefruit, some slight pine, grass into some biscuit. Taste was a mix of sweet orange, grapefruit, some slight pine, grass, touch of bread, finishing very bitter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MJPG (10) - Mount Pleasant, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2015
The aroma is excellent. The appearance is as well. It reminded me of PGGB. It hits the palate perfectly. I give it a 100.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle: Copper colored body with a very mild cloudiness. Gray-tinted head fades quick & leaves only small bits of lacing behind. Very floral nose, abundant grapefruit & hop oil with white pepper in the background. Taste is very bitter. Grapefruit pith, bitter citrus rind, intense floral earthiness, rose petals, oily resins, & a heavy pine needled sting that lingers. Huge hemp oily, perfumey, & resinous finish. Lots of white pepper, bitter grapefruit, & botanicals, too. Sharp mouth feel, medium bodied. Good beer, maybe a bit much at times, but still quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5728) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2015
12oz bottle from gimmethefunk, thanks Pat. Poured a good looking honey brown body with an average sized frothy off white head. Aroma of pineapple, guava, mango, grains, dough, bread, and hop cones. Medium body, syrupy mouthfeel, average to softer carbonation and a lingering aftertaste with a slight hint of heat. Flavor of yellow grapefruit, citrus rind, pineapple, hop cones, dry grass, bread crutsts, grains and lemon zest. Definitely digging this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bwa5879 (909) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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....

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