Liberty Bell Ringer is an American Double IPA that’s brewed by Victory Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a 16 oz. can.
Packaging art for the Liberty Bell Ringer by Victory Brewing Company
What You Need to Know
The Downingtown, Pennsylvania-based brewery releases the Liberty Bell Ringer during the Spring as an ode to Philadelphia’s place in the American Revolutionary War. Each year the brewery showcases a different hop varietal in this seasonal brew and this year they double dry-hopped Cashmere to pair with the Centennial and Simcoe varietals.
The DIPA pours a somewhat cloudy golden hue and is topped by a thick cap of puffy, white foam that shows excellent retention. The head’s reduction leaves a smattering of residue on the sides of the glass.
The aroma mixes sweet tropical fruit and honeysuckle. As the beer warms, a scent of booze becomes more apparent.
The palate is led by a mild dose of floral hops over doughy bread that transitions to a sharper bite of citrus. A taste of booze follows and the session is rounded out with sweet tropical fruit.
Label art for the Liberty Bell Ringer by Victory Brewing Company
The feel is soft and smooth with a medium body and matching carbonation. The finish is dry with a moderate astringency. The high alcohol content imparts warmth.
The presentation of the Liberty Bell Ringer is solid and the aroma, while enticing at first, becomes a bit too boozy once the beer loses its chill. There’s a lot to like about the palate with its citrus and tropical fruit flavors. But the taste of booze is just a bit much. The feel is a little too warm from the booze but is otherwise within the style expectations.
Overall, the Liberty Bell Ringer is delightful brew and really the only drawback (or perhaps it isn’t) is the high alcohol content, which isn’t masked particularly well. Otherwise, there’s plenty of bite for hopheads and a lot of fruit flavor for everyone else.
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