Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company
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3.13/5 rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours a semi-cloudy dirty gold color with a loose and settled 1/4" off-white head. Even though I can see through the liquid, there is no visible uprising carbonation whatsoever. Lots of smattered splotches of sticky lace all the way down.
Evenly balanced tropical fruits are very up front. Because I'm not acquainted with the precise smell of Guava, and this IPA is made with pure guava, I'll conceed that it smells exactly like guava. This fruitiness, mixed with the earthy prevailing hoppy notes, eminates a sensual female odor.
A funky, fruity and hoppy combination greets the palate with a white peppery lining. An interesting salty undercurrent finishes this peculilar and flavorful experience. Another gulp or two and I perceive more of a pronounced salt and pepper backdrop. This is a very perplexing melding of flavors here.
Mouthfeel is almost medium bodied with a cask-like texture. Not a lot of carbonation, but what's there is prickly and welcomed.
Drinkability is okay. I'm trying to keep an open mind while drinking this, but mind is somewhat reeling from these odd and quirky flavors.
To say Shorts is 'at it again' is an understatement. I get the fruit and hop combo, but this salt and pepper element is downright interesting. I can't say I'd run out and buy more, but I would try it on tap. The smell on this thing is fun and funky. Good job on an interesting fruity tweak on an American IPA.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2010 22:09:57 | More by malty
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