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The Liberator by Short's Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA
8.00 % ABV

To pay homage to the original hop headed hero of Short’s Brewing Company, this beer was made as a 30th birthday gift for Joe Short. A double IPA, this beast employs a sizable malt bill, but it’s the ridiculous amounts of hops added to the boil every 4 minutes, for 120 minutes, that showcases this beer. A fruity, floral, piney intensity of hops penetrates through the caramelized malt profile. This well balanced, full bodied brew finishes bitter with a punch of fresh citrus from the addition of lemon and orange zest post fermentation. 

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Review by beastiefan2k on 01/28/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2009
From OHLRangers on TBS. When did these start going in 12oz bottles? Also, this is a pretty bad name for a DIPA, good name for a doppelbock but not for an IPA. The beer pours a thick hazy orange-amber color. I like the hazy aspect, its not clear but with the adjuncts in here I am not surprised. In the end its a low clarity. The head is not large but it is strong. The lacing it leaves is medium sticky. Aroma is strong on... guess what... hops. What I like about the aroma is the strong bitterness. Plus, nothing akin to sweet./caramel malts and we are on our way to a good hop-heavy brew. I guess I get a little more citrus aspect but I would just think hops if I did not know there were other citrus adjuncts. There is a bit of sweet hop presence and a leafy-floral thang. Taste is bitter, just the way I like my hop-heavy beers. Some bitter grapefruit skin comes in at the end. The cool part, the aftertaste goes on forever. Just encompassing, bitter dryness just sticks around especially with some spicy food (as I am eating right now). Its not supper clean or bright but plenty bitter and dry at the end.

12oz bottle in a Marin Cuvee Roge tall thinned tulip.

Served In: Tulip

Review by emerge on 01/19/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 17 4 9 0
Hazy burnished orange, murky with micro-sediment. A decent head that recedes to a clump of larger bubbles on one side. Dark orange center, with a more yellow tint at it's edges.

Zesty orange and citrus aroma, sweet, dank, and resiny. As it sits, it has a pleasant woody, leafy, vinous scent that emerges. Really fresh and appealing.

Full bodied and almost viscous, with a strong bitter hop edge. Long residual bitterness on the finish that is very resinous and a little catty even. Citrus, spruce, earthy, pretty much a hop-delivery vehicle. The malt presence balances things somewhat, but the hops are on showcase here. Feels like 100 IBU, wonder what the actual level is. Very potent stuff. A growler of this would be dangerous!

Price: $3.50 Served In: Bottle

Review by Dr. Rockzo on 01/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 17 5 10 0
Big time thanks to Alex for surprising me with this much sought-after Short’s DIPA. Drank at 6:15am on my birthday, poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful glowing amber/burnt-orange color with a subtle copper hue and bit of hop haze with a great 2 finger off-white soapy head that has very nice retention and leaves tons of webby lace along the sides of the glass after receding. Such a gorgeous brew…

S: The smell is chalk-full of both juicy hops and the citrus pith backing from the lemon and orange zest. A powerful combo of orange/lemon, dank floral/herbal hops, and some pulpy grapefruit (with a faint kiss of tropical exoticness) is only barely balanced by subtle toffee, candy sugar, and caramel notes. The hops and citrus rind are explosive and freshly pungent, pretty damn awesome.

T: The taste is almost as great as the aroma, with just a touch of a drop in the tropical complexity. The lemon and orange rind notes blend magically with the uber-dry grassy, floral/herbal, and subtly piney/grapefruity flavors of the hops. Strong, assertive, drying bitterness accompanies the hop flavors and all but wipes out the passive caramel/toffee/candy-sugar malt balance. Right up my alley for a DIPA hop-bomb, but I wish the tropical notes from the aroma were present more in the taste.

M: The mouthfeel is right up there near, if not matching perfection. The body is slightly on the higher side of medium bodied with a great level of moderate backing carbonation. The consistency is oily and slick from the hops but also drying and quite bitter on the finish, which I love. No real trace of alcohol heat present and the finish is mouthwateringly hoppy. Every sip leaves me wanting more than the one preceding it.

D: This beer matches if not surpasses Huma Lupa for me as my favorite Short’s beer. The citrus peel additions complement the huge hopping wonderfully, leaving me more than impressed. Not only that, but it’s ridiculously drinkable for such a potent libation. I feel like I could slam 3 of these in no time before I even notice the pending buzz.

I’m left stunned by yet another amazing brew from Joey S. I only can hope I’m somehow able to score more bottles of this while it’s still deliciously hoppy-fresh. Any hop heads out there need to put this at the top of their wish list if they haven’t tried it yet. A world-class DIPA all the way, kudos on another big winner Short’s@!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Organized Chaos on 12/23/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 18 5 9 0
I've been drinking a few of these new Short's releases but haven't reviewed any of them, I haven't reviewed anything in a while though.

So here goes:

With a semi-aggressive pour into my pint glass, this beer creates a small 1/4" head of tight, tiny bubbles. As you drink the beer, a nice lacing coats the glass. Color is a deep copper and you can barley see through this one.

I'll admit, the more hops the better for me, so I'm glad to smell this one, huge citrus hop nose, this beer smells great!

The taste backs up the smell, immediate bitter hops hit the tongue followed by a strong bitter aftertaste. I've read people say this beer is basically a double Huma, but I think that although it's a hop bomb, it's a little more balanced then the Huma. Very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is what you'd expect from a DIPA, good carbonation and the bitter hops leave your mouth a little numb well after the drink has gone down.

Overall, another good DIPA in MI that rivals some of the stuff I've tried from the West Coast.

Price: $2.50 Served In: Bottle

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