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Half Acre / Short's / Piece Freedom Of '78 - Half Acre Beer Company

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 35
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 08-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed in collaboration with Short's Brewing, featuring Jonathan Cutler of Piece. This beer was made in honor of the band Ween. We loaded up a Citra Hop forward IPA with some wheat and 1000 lbs of Guava Fruit from Ecuador.

You should check out Ween.
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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 58
Reviews by malcontent:
Photo of malcontent
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Spinal meningitis got you down? Half Acre's Freedom of '78 is here to help!

Pours a brilliant shade of golden-orange with just a smidge of head to its credit.

The aroma of this beer is nothing short of a knockout. A vibrant citrus scent emanates from the glass, tugging me closer with every sniff. Tropical citrus at its most intense.

Well, yeah, it's delicious. Huge hop punch right up from with a softly sweet finish that ends up finishing mercifully clean. No lingering hoppy cloyingness (a la Shewolf) here.

The only knock on this beer is that there is a surprisingly high degree of oiliness on the finish, which is a real shame given how clean the actual taste is. If HA can figure out a way to tweak this (like they have done with Gossamer) this could be an all-time great.

I'm almost done with the growler, is that an indicator of drinkability? One of the best to come out of Half Acre, and that's saying something. Gumballhead has a very local competitor for the title of best hopped-up wheat beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this guava infused collaboration brew! Pours into my glass a brilliant orange/peach hue with a quarter inch of bubbly white head. Whoa, really interesting aroma....quite a melding of bright guava alongside a great citric hoppiness. A crisp wheat tinged caramelized malt backbone is there as well. A bit floral to boot. I really enjoy how the guava shines through here, lush and tropical.

First sip brings a blast of citrus goodness upfront. A cavalcade of guava meets citric hops alongside a light floral/grassy undertone. Crisp wheat malt ties it all together as it flows down. Guava brings a nice tang along with a bitter hop kick as it finishes dry. Awesome brew and the guava is a great addition!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit crisp from the wheat malt. Good carbonation makes this quite a refreshing brew and great for the heat of summer in August. An awesome collaboration and I wish I had another bottle as I'm sad to finish this one. Worth getting your hands on if you have the ability. Thanks to emerge for the hook up.

Photo of rudylaw
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bomber from the brewery, served into a pint glass.

A beautiful clear pour! Golden orange in the glass with a thick head which quickly recedes.

Massive hops in the nose. Citrus and lovely, sweet guava!

The taste is mostly guava in betwixt wet hops. It's such a unique taste that it almost dominates the beer for me. I can pick up some orange, peach and mango too but I get guava up front and in the aftertaste.

Low carbonation with good drinkability. I wish this was more prickly. It has a slightly oily feel. That detracts from the overall score here.

Photo of nkersten
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened up at a bbq two days after its release from the brewery. Pours a bright orange with a slight red tint, half finger white head and good lacing. Smells of tropical fruit, bitter hops and cane sugar. Taste is sweet guava, fruit hop bitterness, and pale malt. Alcohol is very well hidden in the smell and taste. Mouthfeel is very full and sweet. Wheat was almost undetectable in appearance, taste and mouthfeel. I love the sweet fruit/bitter hop balance and could drink these all night, but some of the guys i shared it with felt it was a little too sweet. As the hops fade I have a feeling this one will go downhill fast- drink it soon if you have one.

Photo of dirtylou
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, was fortunate enough to be making one of the many summer weekend chicago trips on the release day

appearance: awesome label - IPA journey motif, liberty bell (cracked in half). I dont see the ho on south street or any little girls pickin up sticks. Poured into my delirium chalice - really bright orange body - oily beige head with very minimal retention, very clear

smell: tons of bright orange citrus (tangerine, orange), guava, passionfruit. really nice and really fresh

taste: very interesting depth of flavors - the guava is quite unique, bright orange flavors, mango, passion fruit, dry wheat. A unique summer brew and a terrific salute to the fantastic record that is - Ween - "Pure Guava"

mouthfeel: dry finish, oily

drinkability: lovely

Photo of mikey711
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for hooking me up with this one!

A: nice golden hue with very good clarity. very sparse/almost non existent head on it so there was no lacing.

S: Pure Guava! Loads of citrus fruit and i love it. peach apricot, mango and of course guava. There is also a bit of sugary sweetness present too

T: Again, tons of citrus and guava and apricot are the main flavors. There is a bit of a tang to this one that i am really enjoying that is different than other ipas out there

M: Slightly rough around the edges and a bit of heat that is noticable, also there is quite a bit of acidity going on with this one too

D: This beer is not without flaws, but it is a great citrus forward IPA that I am happy to have tried and cant wait to drink again

Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from EchoCharlieEcho

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ Fingers of fluffed up cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Pineyness, grapefruit, tropical fruit, honey

T: Much tropical fruit, lemony & grapefruitty hops & a woody dryness, reminds me a bit of cedar. Much pineapple more dryness & bit of lemon, apricot & mango as this warms. Finishes with a touch of sweetbread, honey, apricot, mangoes & other tropical fruit, plus woody dryness. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation & good balance

Drinks very easy, a touch too dry for perfect marks, but a super IPA that is only dragged down by its appearance...

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear medium colored copper, topped with a tight finger of bright-white frothy head. Swirling fires this up to nearly a ½ finger of richness that throws a big creamy cascade of lacing up on the sides of the glass. Great look here. The guava jumps out immediately (especially as this warms), with a juicy smelling sweetness that is cut with more bitter smelling grapefruit notes, giving this a sharp green tang in the nose. Floral, piney, and herbal textures work their way into this as well. There is some sweet grainy malt support across the back of the nose but I'm really digging the nice full brightness of the flavors here, which really cut through the nose.

The guava is once again VERY strong here in the taste, bringing an earthy sweetness and juicy stickiness to the profile. Some bright grapefruit adds most of the bitterness here, while grainy malts soak the back and offer up some balancing sweetness. The finish is dry, resinous, and bitter, with lingering pithy grapefruit being the main culprit here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft creamy prickliness to the carbonation but there is also a LOT of silky slickness that just moves this effortlessly here across the tongue with an oily feel. There is some very light warmth in the body but it's overall very well hidden and this overall drinks pretty great.

Even though I would have liked a little more bitterness to the flavor, I really loved the extra juicy layer of complexity that the guava added to this, and the body and drinkibility were pretty darn great for a 7% beer. I'm really digging these Half Acre collaborations.

Photo of thagr81us
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to mikesgroove for giving me this bottle. Served from bottle into a Warsteiner mug. Poured a slight red-orange with a fluffy four finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, orange zest, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, orange zest, tangerines, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Definite huge citrus/orange aspect going on in this one. Pretty nicely balanced despite this making it quite enjoyable. Also had a really good aroma going on as well. A definite must try!

Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing orb of bright golden orange. High clarity, apparently it was worth the extra week's wait to let the guava settle out. About a finger of foam with an even pour, settles to a ring with a wispy cirrus skim. It doesn't lace all that much.

As it warms there's a building resiny cattiness, leafy hops and earthy guava notes give it some depth. When cold it's harder to pull out these aromas. Some pale malt and possibly wheat are low in the mix, but present. Sticky, floral, citrusy all at once.

Guava gives this a unique tropical flavor, augmented by a hefty dose of moderately bitter hops. Grapefruit rind, slick resin, dry herbals in the finish. Soft wheat and pale malt surface midway through also. Clean up front with the fruit hitting first, followed by a building bitter crescendo that lingers into the long aftertaste. Feels a bit light, juicy even, but ample carbonation reminds that this is an IPA. Finishing a growler will be no problem, though I plan to share it.

Half Acre continues to impress with creative brewing, and solid delivery. Freedom of '78 is a great concept, and I hope the streak of collaborative brainstorming continues...

Photo of Frosty80
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours clear, light golden-brown. sits brilliantly clear gold with a light brown hue

Smell: extreme amounts of rough, piney hops followed by the guava, which imparts a tropical fruit aroma simlar, and in addition to, the grapefruit from the hops. malt takes a limousine back seat

Taste: just like aroma. lots of prickly, piney hops along with a slightly tart guava and grapefruit character. bitterness is somewhat subdued until the finish, which is pretty bitter and moslty dry with a little bit of lingering tropical fruit. bitterness hangs around for a long time

Mouthfeel: slightly dry, low-medium body with medium carbonation

Notes: what a treat! no-holds-barred pine trees and guava/grapefruitiness.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

chilled out with this one this afternoon before a busy day of running around. served cold and poured into a pint glass.

nice pour with a great amber color and a smooth, even head of white that rose to about two inches before fading back down and coating the glass with a good amount of lace.

aroma of deep citrus hops, loads of grapefruit and orange, hints of lemon and pineapple, really a well made ipa. smooth and medium body let the flavor really hit home nicely and a nice smooth finish was loaded with resin filled citrus flavors and loads of dryness that soaked the water out of your palate.

overall really nicely done and a very solid ipa. i was quite impressed with how drinkable it actually is.

Photo of TJBurgess
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#22
22oz into a Perfect Pint.

A: Nice mellow/yellow and orange with 2 fingers of quickly disappearing white fluffy head. 4.0

S: Like a hop bomb. Wet hops, a little citrus, fairly strong overall scent. 4.5

T: The strangest of all...this is hoppy and fresh citrus taste up front, with the fastest clean/refreshing aftertaste I've ever encountered. Not sure of this being due to the guava, but regardless, its good! 4.0

M/D: Fresh, light, carbonation with really good drinkability. Its definitely different in a good way. I would have it again for sure.
4.0/4.5

Cheers!

TJ

Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: a shaker pint's all I've got on hand - clear and coppery color, topped with a one-finger white head that quickly falls back to a thin layer on the surface

s: pretty killer in the hop department - vivid green pine and red grapefruit juice, red fruit punch, passionfruit, pale malts with a dose of sweet caramel, the guava is obvious but doesn't really open up until warming

m: body ranges towards the lighter side, moderately carbonated, seems a touch thin but the lighter malts really let the fruits/hops come out, so forgiveness is in order

t: an easy drinking pale malt base with a light addition of caramel sets the stage, big tropical hop flavors meld seamlessly with the guava pulp, more obvious here than on the nose, tropical fruits (lots of passionfruit) run through the middle as a sappy pine bitterness elbows into the finish

d: easy breezy, the abv is somewhat elevated, but it's tasty enough to keep it moving

thanks dirtman - my second Half Acre, really dig what they're putting out

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber shared by nickd717. Thanks.

Perfectly clear pale gold with a small white head that dissipates completely. Guava isn't great for head retention, I guess? Still, the color is nice.

Smells very strongly of guava, sweet and sour. Citrusy hops reside beneath the dominant fruit. Nice natural fruit aroma.

Taste is good, but a step down from the aroma. Citrusy, grapefruity hops are somewhat more prominent on the palate, but the sweet-tart guava character is still dominant. Light-bodied and slightly metallic, the finish exhibits a moderate bitterness that manages to extend beyond the fruit. This is fairly enjoyable, but the fruit overwhelms the base beer to the point where it comes across as more of a fruit beer than an IPA with fruit.

Photo of oline73
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a bright cloudy amber color with just a layer of off white head. The head doesn't stay around for long.

Smell: First I notice a fruity sweetness from the guava along with some malt. There is also an herbal smell from the hops. Overall this is a nice smelling beer.

Taste: Bitter herbal hops are the dominant flavor, but there is also a lot of the fruit as well. The hops and the guava mix quite well. There is a sweetness from the malt, but it is definitely in the background. The finish is bitter and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate bubbles that coat the mouth. The carbonation goes quite well with the flavor and body.

Overall: I liked this beer quite a bit. The fruit and the hops went together very well. Well thought out, and I would have another.

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours an exceedingly clear amber/gold color. Sitting on top is about one finger of bright white foam. Retention was fleeting and lacing was minimal but carbonation was on the active side. Steve and I were told at Half Acre, a week ago Friday, that the beer was still opaque and they delayed the release a week to let it settle out. The crystal clarity of this shows that a tremendous amount of settling occured in the last week.

S: As soon as I pryed off the crown top an incredible hoppy aroma oozed out of the bottle. It only got better as I poured. Big, sticky pine and pineapple with snatches of peach, mango, and of course guava. The guava is bright and tart with some dry and toasty wheat shining through, briefly. Some fresh cut sugar cane came on right at the end of the bottle.

T: Just as above. Big time tropical hops walk hand in hand with the slightly tangy guava. As I worked my way through the bottle the guava definitely became the star of the show.

M: Some sips were sticky with resinous hops. Some were loaded with sweet tropical fruit. And some featured, prominently, the slightly tangy guava and dry/toasty wheat. One thing all these sips had in common is that they were all awesome!

D: Half Acre continues to amaze. Matt summed it up quite nicely in his review...I hope the collaborative inspiration continues, because these bottle releases of theirs have been pretty stellar!

Photo of bifrojm
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip a week after bottling.

A- A nice orange, the kind you can't get any "oranger" without artificial coloring. Reminds me of push pops once they melted in the plastic casing. Decent quickly fading cream head, no lacing.

S- Wow, intense guava up in yo face. Some pine, bits of tropical citrus.

T- Nice twist on a IPA, with lots of sour fruit from the guava. Finishes bitter with a lot of hops remaining on the palette.

M- Creamy with light carbonation fading over time.

D - Very drinkable upfront, but I don't want more than the bomber. Definitely not a session beer for this guy.

Photo of samie85
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear auburn honey color with a two finger head. Leaves minimal lacing behind

S-Tart guava with some floral notes, some orange and a bit of pine.

T-Tart guava with and a bit of pine with orange, and pineapple on the finish.

M-Prickly and moderately carbonated with medium body with an oily almost grainy/gritty mouthfeel.

D-Really easy drinking, almost finished off a growler in one night. The grittiness in the mouthfeel went away after awhile. Overall, a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of psiweaver
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bottle into a Reidel Stemless Red Wine Glass

pours a slightly pinkish yellow with a small white head

smells of slight hop bitterness with lots of guava sweetness and aroma.

It's pretty tasty. the first few sips I was unimpressed with but that may have been the temperature it was at. As its warming up it's getting much much better.

good mouthfeel and drinkability, would be wonderful on a hot day.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jrallen34 for sending this out my way.

Pours a britt orange with somewhat of a copper tint. The initial whiff is straight guava. Quite strange and pungent, but I like it. Earthy hops make their way in along with some citrus notes. The hops don't come out in the flavor as much, whih is really dominated by the guava. Mouthfeel is nice and dry. Love the feel on these tropical fruit IPAs. Drinkability is not on the high side. 4-5 ounces would be enough for me.

Photo of HosP
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a box of winnings from crushedvol. Huge thanks for this, as I've been wanting to try more of both Half-acre and Short's brews!

A- Pours nice hazy gold color. Thick one finger head, down to a nice thin white cap. Leaves nice rings of lace down the glass.

S- Great nose to this drink. Very inviting but not overpowering. Lots of fruit aromas which I guess is the guava. Touch of lemon, citrus hint at the end.

T- Taste kind of flips a little. Some lemon, pine hop flavors up front but only for a quick second. The fruit, guava taste takes over pretty quick. Very strong flavors that are a little tangy at the end of the drink. Still very smooth fruit flavor.

M- Medium body with good carbonation. A little oily in the mouth.

D- Very drinkable and pretty unique. Love the big hop flavors that are balanced well with guava. Would love another bottle of this!

Photo of AgentZero
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of interesting, felt like I had to get this beer as cause of the name "Freedom of '78", and what with me being born in '78. I picked up to bottles, and the price? $19.78, how fitting.

A - Pours a clear, gold color with minimal head and no lacing. Looks a lot like a beer out of a BMC commercial but with less head. It doesn't look bad, but definately doesn't look intimidating in any sense.

S - Well damn, they didn't lie about the guava. Huge guava presense melds nicely with the grapefruit and citrusy hops. A little bit of pine resin in there as well. I think the guava actually cuts into the grapefruit nicely, giving this a very sweet smell.

T - Has a nice hop profile with a bitter finish, but it is not overpowering. They guava really takes hold in this one, and it's deep taste creates almost a syrup like quality to this beer. Even though it is a strong guava taste, there is nice grape fruit notes and I find this to be very balance. Very well done for something that could have went horribly wrong.

M - Light, little syrupy, nice amount of carbonation works on this one.

D - Very refreshing and appropriately sweet and bitter. I liked this beer quite a bit and would happily drink it again.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is one I received in my 4th excellent in person trade with RTrain12-- thanks again for grabbing me one of these bud!

Pours a nice orangey golden color-- brilliantly clear with a white head. Minimal lacing and below average retention-- which I'll blame on the fruit! Few fruited beers have great retention-- and I wonder if this should be categorized as a fruit beer?!

Smell puts forth a nice malt base-- sweet and bready malt notes and then citrusy hop notes and guava/tropical fruit. The taste starts out sweet before the citrusy (orange and grapefruit) hop notes kick in... Then comes guava and lime flavors that bring us to a sweet and fruity finish. Surprisingly refreshing without being cloyingly sweet. This would score better as a fruit beer than as an IPA I think (at least with most reviewers), but I really think that the guava adds enough flavor and highlights the normal IPA flavors enough to where this beer really does stand on its own. I imagine you could offer this to lots of people and more than 60% wouldn't think this beer was fruited.

The body is lacking a bit in carbonation, and so the medium-fullness comes across as slightly syrupy. Overall though, the beer is relatively decent and nice to drink. I am trying not to be biased based on the fact that this is a collaboration between a few brewers that I like, but I feel Ive offered enough of a viewpoint on the overall characteristic to give out some numbers...

As a fruit beer this would get-- 4/4/4/4/4.5
But since I am reviewing this compared to IPAs, I'll need to tighten up the belt and hand out a fair, unbiased review... of all 5's!! (just kidding).

Photo of Bubba83
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Kegatron.

Appears light orange in color with a solid white head on top. Dissipated fairly quickly and leaves a thin ring of head behind. Not much lacing to speak of. Clarity is good and I can see bubbles rising.

I can smell the guava for sure, and there is a nice floral hop quality that marries well with the fruityness of the guava. Some light breadiness is underneath, but it's hardly noticeable. Fairly mellow smell, but I love its complexity.

Wow, I didn't imagine the guava would also be so present in the flavor. I had guessed the bitterness of an IPA would takeover and I would get a lot of hops, but there is a LOT of guava here. I like guava, so it's nice. I had hoped that by the end of the sip though that I'd get a nice smack of hops but honestly I don't really, there's just more guava. There's a bit of a lingering bitterness behind everything but it's hard to get to.

Mouthfeel is well done, it's feeling somewhere between thin and medium, has good carb levels and has some oilyness to boot.

Drinks well, the fruityness of the guava makes it refreshing. I can't taste the 7% alcohol even a smidge. Interesting little beer, recommended to try, but you might tire of the guava by the end of the bomber if you're drinking it alone like me.

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Half Acre / Short's / Piece Freedom Of '78 from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.