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Beer – #652 – Liberty – Pacific Rim

Winner beer, winner music, winning numbers and winners party

As the Japanese say, “Hayaku”(hurry up)…

From the fill station, a keg only beer, giving me 1 litre of a beer that is 6.4% ABV, making this  5.0 Standard drinks per litre – this is around the 190 calories a serve size.

Brewed by Liberty Brewing Co in the style that is India Pale Ale (IPA) and they’re based in Auckland, New Zealand

So juicy is the hop flavour and aroma, you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for a fresh hop brew.

Limited Edition selfie

Limited Edition selfie

This Limited Edition American style IPA continues Liberty’s tradition of taking on exciting craft beer projects, blending hops from New Zealand and America with the rare, but distinctive Sorachi Ace hop from Japan.

Packed with fresh tones of lemon grass, dill and tea, this bone dry beer has incredible length of bitter flavours and a slightly salty finish making you want to reach for the salt and pepper squid.

As the Japanese say, “Hayaku”    (hurry up).

So what could possibly go wrong?  The beer was an overnight success, taking out the People’s Choice at the highly regarded 2015 West Coast IPA Challenge.

Sweet rich sugary pop on flipping that lid, and not a lot else escapes, although to be fair I can smell a grassiness that I expected.

It is quote a pale looking drink, light orange golden, and it pours with a nice head what is mostly just air, but also seems to be quite persistent.

Much more bang for you hop aroma in the glass, resinous almost.

Liberty Pacific RimLess bitter than I was expecting, but a full hop grassy taste profile and a towards dry-ish finish, some interesting transient flavours zipped by on the first mouthful.

I’ll go with passion fruit, because that’s what I thought it was, and whilst it seems to be complex and many layered I think it isn’t that, I think the flavours have a particular long length of drinking, they’re not peaky.  A full fruity experience, the bitterness relegated to the edges as the fullness of the middle takes over.

The finish too is somewhat delicate and non-intrusive, making this quite a nice drinking beer that you can enjoy without analysing the flavours, except they are quite bold and the flavours are the thing, if you like a bang of tropical fruit type things then this is for you.

The question then is Sessionable?, given the low bitterness, and high fruitiness?  Session meaning for me could you rick up to a pub and sit there for a session with just this.

For the record for me ‘a session’ translates back to the traditional English pub opening hours, which I remember as being 11am-3pm when they shut for a couple hours and then 5-11pm. I’ve done a few sessions in the past. Sunday luck session were shorter, from memory 11-2. I digress.

In modern terms though I think session might mean could you go a couple hours drinking just this in both the alcohol content effect and the taste profile. Waffle waffle

I’d have to say that the this might just veer the wrong side of the line, whilst I’ve been pontificating and moving about the house the beer has warmed and the dryness has become more apparent. Added to the bright tropical flavours I think that you might get the better of you. Not that it wouldn’t be a lot of fun getting there.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. It is very good, almost very very good, and you can appreciate that it won a competition of beers, it is very appealing, has depth, length, mouthful, persistence, looks great and drinks well.

Pretty pleased I got some got some of this to be honest.

The double dip review

  • Am I enjoying it? I am, it has a lot of bright middle flavours and nice bitterness edge and soft finish.
  • Would I have another? I would indeed, I could enjoy this a few times.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? It’s nice, this would be a great dinner accompaniment, easy going, middle of the road, quietly doing it’s thing.

Music for this; “Slowly Rolling Camera” their album  ” Slowly Rolling Camera” on spotify.  ‘Is this triphop, jazz or electropop? Slowly Rolling Camera formed in Cardiff in 2013.   This is ‘ outside’.


India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine.


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