Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
2012 vintage. 12 oz. bottle poured into a large, tall tulip.
A: Pours a nice, deep goldenrod orange with a slight haze and with a finger of fluffy white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving some lacing behind. A decent amount of sediment is floating around near the bottom of this glass.
S: Musty funky fruit mixed in with a healthy dose of both citrusy and earthy hops. Something is kind of off-putting about the nose, but there is something very intriguing about it as well.
T: A healthy dose of that musty and funky fruit flavor hits you first, but it is brought up nicely by both the citrusy and bitter hops on the back end. The earthy notes almost remind me of some type of bread, except unlike with most Belgian-style ales, it is pretty bitter. Easily the most interesting IPA I have ever had, and incredibly tough to describe.
M: This beer is silky smooth on the palate with a nice lingering juiciness. The guava gives this beer a nice juicy mouthfeel that many IPA's just don't have.
O: This is one of the most unique IPA's that I have ever had. So many unique flavors that I have never had in an IPA, or any beer for that matter, before, and that makes it very difficult to review. This beer is not for everyone. It, however, is a very well-executed IPA from Short's, and I will pick up a few bottles any time it is released.
04-19-2012 02:54:44 | More by travMI13
4/5 rDev -2%
Thanks to RBlaszak for sending this bottle my way.
The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity. I get a lot of guava as well as some papaya and apricot. The aroma is very interesting overall.
The flavor is fruity, but what really stands out is how dry the beer is. The fruit is guava and some other tropical fruit such as papaya and mango. Low bitterness. The flavor is also a little bit tangy. Once again, very interesting.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
A unique take on an IPA. Bravo.
02-05-2011 03:19:26 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev -2%
I was totally unaware that Short's bottled a version of this as well - Thanks to Erik for sending me one of these! Poured into pint glass, color is a slightly hazy apricot golden with a one finger white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Smell is a lot different from the Half Acre version - much spicier, lots of fruity hops, bread dough, and a slight malt sweetness in the background. Taste is similar, but much fruitier. Guava stands out in a big way, tropical fruit hops, bread crust maltiness, bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium/light carbonation, slightly coating and semi dry. Overall a great beer. I prefer the half acre version to this, but it is always fun to taste the regional differences in ingredients. Hopefully each brewery will brew this again next time Ween is in town.
01-06-2011 02:26:36 | More by nkersten
4/5 rDev -2%
Slightly orange fruity coloured with loads of white foam that later leaves a lace trail. Very floral citrus hops,and remarkably the fresh guava. Still, smells like an IPA. Very smooth mouthfeel, the guava flavour is pronounced and dominates though it does not overpower, and is blended with hop oils. Hop bitterness blast in the sediment. Very drinkable and a good one.Bottle from Steve. This was cellared somewhat and would not be as appreciated by pure hopheads. Certainly reminds me of CC Guava Grove.
05-14-2012 23:36:11 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev -2%
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Stakem for splitting this one with me!
Pours a clear copper, with a thin covering of bright-white foamy head. This maintains a nice robust look, leaving back a rich foamy cascade that hangs in thick swathes down the sides of the glass. The guava is fairly forward here in the nose, with what I can only describe as a grassy or herbal juiciness in the nose. More floral and peppery tones give this some airiness in the nose, whiles sugary malts provide some tangy supportive sweetness in the nostrils.
The taste is bitter with green pith, spice, and herbal tones, which is then backed by the earthy juiciness of the guava and sweeter notes of bread and caramel from the malts. Raw bitternessand earthy fruit really sticks to the tongue and lingers for a good bit in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness that is carried along by a good bit of underlying oily slickness that keeps this staying smooth in the mouth.
While I didn't get to enjoy this as fresh as I did the Half Acre version last summer, I could still definitely tell that, unlike that version, this Short's take seemed to favor more of the hop character over the guava addition, which was more of a supporting force here. I liked that this brought a little something different to the table than the Half Acre version did. Solid.
03-10-2011 18:01:13 | More by Kegatron
4/5 rDev -2%
Thanks to Peter for this one. Dated 03/30/12, so about 5 months old. Will keep that in mind. Poured in to tulip.
A - Dark yellow with a tinge of amber and a small layer of off-white head.
S - A huge guava aroma up front with some lighter peach notes present. The bitterness seems as expected given the freshness and a touch of sweetness is evident in the background.
T - A fairly prominent bitterness up front, which is welcome given the freshness. A massive guava flavour is present, which compliments the bitterness well. The malt base, and perhaps the guava as well, contribute a sweetness that is a little too prominent but I would image that when fresh, this balance would be quite a bit different. The guava takes centre stage here, as advertised.
M - Medium body. Light carbonation.
08-22-2012 00:57:38 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4/5 rDev -2%
12oz bottle from Plum Market. Bottled 11/24/10.
Pours a hazy, deep golden color with a two-finger white head. Head retention and lacing are moderate to good. The aroma of guava jumps out of the glass along with other tropical fruit and citrus smells. There is also a considerable biscuit malt aroma. Moderately sweet guava and tropical fruit flavors up front with a strong grainy, biscuity malt flavor cutting the sweeter hops on the midpalate. The finish is quite bitter and dry with lots of lingering tropical fruit/guava and lighter biscuit malt notes. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. The intensely bitter finish limits drinkability somewhat, as does the interesting, but not very complex, flavors. Overall, a really good IPA from Short's and Half Acre. The guava really comes through, and the flavors, while not complex, are pleasant and refreshing.
12-19-2010 22:39:31 | More by WeisGuy
Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.