Beer Review: Liberty Brewing Co. The Rusty Sheriff vs. The Blank Stare


This is a beer from Liberty Brewing Company, who I often drink but have yet to review. The style is a combination of a UK style brown ale and a West Coast IPA (aka hops, hops, and more hops). I have to say that those two styles seem like an odd combination. Just a quote note on the bottle, the artwork is very well done and works well with the name of the beer, which is always appreciated.

The nose is rich with notes of chocolate but a strong smell of hops, which is a bit of an odd combination. The taste is bitter with hops but also dry with a malty texture and with chocolate notes again. To finish the beer is bitter again with those dry malts coming through.

Overall this is quite an unusual beer, and the flavors are not what you would expect when you first open the bottle. Having said that, they compliment each other well and at no point did I think that a flavor didn’t belong. This is a very drinkable beer, but at 8% ABV this can be a dangerous thing, but not necessarily a bad thing. I don’t think this is around many places anymore, but if you find it, give it a go.

Who: Liberty Brewing Company, New Zealand

What: India Brown Ale

Nose: Chocolate, hops

Look: Clear brown

Taste: Malts, hops, chocolate, dry

Finish: Dry, bitter, malts

Form tried: 500ml bottle

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