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Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 129
Hads: 469
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 63
Gots: 51 | FT: 5
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Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew was served from the tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It arrived in a generic tulip, glowing a golden honey coloring. It held a one finger head of off white bubbles, showing good retention, and leaving patterned lacing around the glass. The beer was hazy, but without sediment. Carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma was fresh and fruity, with overt guava, strawberry, pineapple, and grapefruit. The malts were pale and fire roasted, while the hops were bright, citric, and syrupy. With warmth came vanillas, icy coolness of herbs, and honeysuckle. Our first impression was that the flavoring showed excellent fruit up front that was not overwhelming, and nicely clean hoppiness to balance. As we sipped, the taste began with sweet guava juice, apricot, and pineapple sitting against a lightly toasted pale malt base, citric and floral hops, honey, wet wheatiness, and mustiness. The middle showed a more simple side, with bittered grain of pales, black pepper spice, floured dough, wet leafiness, and herbal hops. Washing through the finish was that same herbal hop, eucalyptus, guava flesh, soured lemon bite, sugar dipped dried mangos, and gritty yeastiness. The aftertaste breathed of herbal and citric hops, ethanolic pepper, guava, grapefruit, tangerine, and bittered lemon rind. The body was medium, and the carbonation was high, with prickle to the lip. Each sip gave good pop, foam, froth, and smack, with limited slurp and glug. The mouth was left crisply dry following a wet, cooling coating. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the elegantly included tropical fruitiness through both the nose and the flavoring. At most points the guava came across as highly authentic, and the sweetness actually helped quite nicely to match the prominent malt profile. The hops added lightness, but were a bit simplistic and underdone. When closer to tap temperatures the sip was bigger and much frothier, but with warmth it muddled, making for a slower drinking beer. This is a refreshing warm weather beverage, nicely fruited, and full, but the final balanced just never quite came together for us, as things felt, at times, disjointed and awkwardly superimposed. (2,252 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from GRDave (thanks man!). No bottling date. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours hazy amber with a full finger white head that fades fairly quickly and leaves a nice bit of lace.

Smells of tropical fruity hops. Orange, guava, papaya and candy.

Taste bursts with juicy guava followed by grapefruit, peel, a little sugar and cracker. The guava dominates.

Slick light medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry grapefruit finish.

Shorts was not kidding about the guava. It's a very unique and juicy IPA. (522 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear light brass with a small white head.

S: Perfumy guava juice dominates the nose with a hint of oily hops and alcohol.

T: Taste brings guava mixed with piney, earthy hop bitterness. Mild notes of tobacco, light fruity acidity, caramel malt.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with very light carbonation.

O: The guava came through nicely. The combination of guava with the hops used wasn't amazing, but it's drinkable and decent. A bit under-carbed, though. (496 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up the LAST bottle at Copper Vine in Grandville. Poured in a SAPP glass.

Pours a golden amber with good clarity. Fluffy white head quickly dissipates. Decent lacing and stick to the glass.

Smells amazing - big citrus aroma, mixed with a sweet smell of caramel?

T - mouth watering citrus hop juiciness. Finishes with an off balanced bittersweet. Brown Sugar?

O - This was highly drinkable and I'm glad I got a chance to taste it. I wish I could have gotten my hands on more. This is an really solid collaboration and well done summer IPA. (550 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, guava, citrus, and weed aromas. Taste is much the same with guava and weed flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors. (557 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks go out to Andygirl for this bottle, bottled April 9th, 2013.

A- A clear light golden colour, 2" head of foam that shrinks slowly leaving some nice lacing behind.

S- Exotic tropical fruits of all kinds in the smell. Also, a wet hop like bitterness shines through, pine, grapefruit.

T- Guava in the name and, by heck, guava in the taste, big time. Nice sweet notes from that fruit that balances the hoppy, pine bitterness very darn well. After a few sips in, it's so easy to drink and i have to watch myself so I won't finish it too quickly. Pleasant long lasting aftertaste. Me likes!

M- Lowish level of carbonation and fairly light bodied, nice, very nice mouthfeel.

O- A very tasty and satisfying drinking experience here. My first Short's brew and a winner in my book. Yeah, I quite fancy the way Guava was executed here. (835 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a deep orange with decent clarity. small white head that leaves a little bit of a lacing

Smell: very fruity, citrus and tropical fruits, noticeable guava nectar. the hoppiness is noticeable too

Taste: again very fruit, citrusy hops with notes of tropical fruits and guava nectar. not quite as balanced as i would like. a little touch of sourness in a slightly off way

Mouthfeel: a strong bitterness that i did not quite expect, pretty sticky, not as refreshing as id hope for

Overall: definitely an interesting and tasty take on an ipa but just not quite as good as i'd hope for form shorts and undershot my expectations. (637 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours clear copper with a half inch head of bone. A fine beam rims the glass with a few dots of lacing throughout.

Aromatics are filled with tropical, exotic fruits and hop resins. Grapefruit, guava, mango, and pine.

Medium bodied with a slickish mouthfeel.

Lush, ripe, tropical fruit with piney hops running under start the palate. A mild bitterness and malt to balance follow through.

Finishes with lingering but slightly strange fruit.

A very fruity beer but a bit odd. (491 characters)

Photo of stooge
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

As others have pointed out, this is most definitely not retired, it is a collaboration between Shorts and Half Acre that is released annually in the spring. I remember missing out on getting any last year, and jumped on two six packs this year when I found some. This was my first time tasting this brew, and I was not disappointed.

A- Deep orange, slightly hazy at first, with a nice head that vanishes quickly. Very little lacing, low carbonation present.

S- Tropical fruit aromas, guava, pineapple, and citrus provide a quite pleasant nose and make you desire that first sip right away!

T- The presence of guava and slightly sweet fresh tropical fruits explodes on the tongue, followed by an herbal piney hop flavor. There is no harshness, just a nice smooth blend of guava, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and piney hop flavors. The initial sweetness quickly transitions to a nice mellow hop finish. Delightful!

M- Low carbonation level, a bit on the thin side.

O- Absolutely love this beer, smells and tastes great. Would prefer a bit more body and carbonation, but the balance of tropical fruits and hops are truly delightful. I will be stocking up on this, as it is only available in limited quantities on a seasonal basis. Highly recommended! (1,253 characters)

Photo of tsmokin
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first of all this beer is not retired!! they have this every year since its creation.(2010)

bottled 4-9-13
poured 4-17-13
this is one of my top 10 from short's if not top 5. the smell of this beer is amazing. nothing quite like it. the taste is fruity from what i can only asume is guava. not your traditional IPA for sure. I can only say good things about this brew and company. if there is a bad reveiw of this beer they either 1. got an infected bottle(which doesnt happen much anymore)2. they dont like the taste of guava 3. or they got a really old bottle that wasnt refridgerated.

but as for me i think this beer is just outstanding.

also thanks half acre, dont know much about you guys but hopefully that will change (727 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Saisonrichbiere for the hook up on this bottle

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange a white head that dissipates quickly...into nothing. There is no lacing or sediment. The nose is ripe with sweet tropical/citrus fruits and a touch of pine. The sweetness comes on a bit harsh; definitely a stronger sweetness than I'd prefer. Honestly, it's very similar to mikkeller's tigerbaby in appearance and nose, but has a bit more bite from the hops. The taste is also rather similar to tigerbaby with a huge presence of sweet tropical fruits (guava, grapefruit, mild pineapple), but there is a touch of malty graininess involved as well. The mouthfeel is relatively medium bodied with way too much sweetness. I would have liked a subtle, drier mouthfeel with a crisp, lingering hoppiness. Great beer that meets my expectations from its description and the two collaborating breweries. Definitely worth trying. (917 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a color best described as light-amber and deep-gold; highly translucent with a good amount of clarity to it, especially once the chill haze subsides. A creamy white head forms and dissipates pretty quickly leaving some moderate lacing behind. Had this one a little over a year ago and loved it. Pretty excited to have it again, super-fresh.

The aroma is a beautiful collaboration of "tropical" and "hoppy". Intense guava aromas are the most notable simply due to the fact that you don't often find guava in beers. Juicy, ripe, and insanely sweet guava, also giving off some mango-esque notes, too. The hops are full force as well, sitting perched withing the web of fruity goodness; weedy and grassy with some lightly resinous pine. Mild bready malt is apparent in the finale, yet still plays a tertiary role.

I take a sip and I'm in heaven for a moment. This seemingly flawless execution of a guava-nectar injected India Pale Ale is even better now than I remember. The guava jumps out immediately, sending a rush of sweet, tropical fruits all across your palate. Gushing with juiciness and packed with flavor, the guava meshes perfectly with the hops; the grassy, perfume-like, and light pine characteristics happen to pair excellently.

A little bit of a bitterness spike happens halfway through, as if to remind you that you're drinking an IPA and not a cup of guava juice. Malts are a little heavier on the back end, bringing a nice bread and butter flavor to the table. Medium bodied with an ample amount of carbonation, giving a crispy mouth feel. The finish has a nice guava character with a stingy, yet balanced piney hop bitterness.

One of my favorites from Shorts. I don't know if the guava addition could have been executed any better. Definitely a treat to drink anytime of the day. I wish they made this stuff year round. (1,845 characters)

Photo of KDawg
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours an orange/gold color with a small head.

Succulent aromas of hops, citrus, navel oranges, guava, and a touch of florals.

Medium bodied with a lot of freshness to the flavors of guava, resin, hops, oranges and citrus. The feel is good, but slightly lacking a little bit on the mid.

This is a real fun IPA. Has the hop forward characteristics, but it isn't too overpowering. (420 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (795 characters)

Photo of srv33
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey pour, almost no head, great lacing. Smells of grapefruit, guava, citrus, and pomegranite. Tastes of guava, pineapple, grapefruit, and lime. Very well balanced, an incredible IPA, its somewhat similar to hopslam really, though a little fruitier, and slightly less balanced. Would drink again. (297 characters)

Photo of Drk93TT
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A staple in my brew rotation !

Poured into a regular ol pint glass at the casa.

A: Light Orange with minimal head on the pour.. has some lacing but nothing crazy.

S: Can smell the bitter fruit and alcohol scent is apparent.. up front smells like dark fruit.

T: Wow. Hits you right away with bitter fruit and fresh pineapple notes (delicious)/citrus/then you can pick up the guava fruity-lingering flavor

M: Complex and fruit flavored, definitly picking up the different flavors in this brew.. balanced rather well with the hops.. Blown away but the complexity in this bottle! Grapefruit, tangerine, orange/lemon effervescence-ish delishiousness

O: Awesome. Another A+ Beer for an already impressive brewery.. Will definitely pick it up again next time ! Its a must try! Not a staple of the American IPA style, but a brilliant and well put together brew. (862 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at SAVOR 2015. 4.0 - Great Amarillo hops, but pretty one dimensional. Belgian yeast would compliment its character nicely. As is, this brew is a little flat. (165 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lighter bodied, moderately cloudy tangerine orange in color with just a slight off white lacing around the glass. It looks the part. The nose is in your face guava and bitter, piny hops. There is plenty of fruit character, making it easily the most appealing aspect of the beer. The flavors are fruit first, hoppy bitterness second and both come together in the after taste. It's almost juicy and makes your mouth water. It's really interesting. The guava just works really well with the style and could be even better if they used a more fruit friendly hop varietal. It drinks light and off dry. The lingering after taste is nice. Overall this is a really nice IPA. It definitely strays from the norm but is both flavorful and unique enough to keep you coming back. (784 characters)

Photo of MichPaul
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't think I have ever had a straight up 4.5 review, this is my first.
This pours a cloudy orange with minimal head or lacing. I could use more head/lacing but I won't knock it on that. It's still beautiful.
What a great aroma! I can almost smell it as I pour. That guava and the hops mix so well. Very citrusy, enough to make it a perfect Summer beer.
Taste is a mix of sweet, sour bitterness and has an aftertaste that lingers in a good way.
About medium on the carbonation, gives it a nice mouthfeel that goes down quite smooth.
Overall, this beer is bitter sweet in two ways. Taste, and the fact that it will probably not be back for quite some time. I loved this beer and can't wait for the next time I will see it. (723 characters)

Photo of silentjay
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 3/30/12. about 6 weeks old.

translucent pale copper color with a decent sized almost white head that quickly recedes and leaves chunky lacing.

Holy Guava, batman. very distinct tangy aroma of tropical fruit. behind that is some more tropical fruit. after that comes a bit of grapefruit and more tangy tropical fruit.

again, guava! tangy and sweet. begins with some hop bitterness before the tangy fruit flavors come in and attack the palate. malts add some sweetness on the backend and a bittersweetness lingers.

thinner side of medium bodied with ample carbonation.

well.... I'm not a fan of guava fruit, but in this iteration combined with some bitter grapefruity hops and a touch of malt sweetness makes this a good beer. a novelty, maybe, but I enjoy it. (772 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (504 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 3/30/2012. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, floral, herbal, citrus peel, light pine, earth, and slight peppery spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas, with good strength and complexity. Taste of big grapefruit, tart/bitter citrus rind, bread, herbal, pine, orange zest, pineapple, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of earthy and tart citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, herbal, pine, mango, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a while. Great balance of flavors with the guava character and hop bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel. Very easy and smooth to drink at 7%. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a great and very interesting IPA collaboration from Shorts and Half Acre. Great balance of flavors; and very smooth and enjoyable. (1,113 characters)

Photo of tophers
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy straw with a little bit of particulate matter floating throughout. No big deal - used to this with Short's brew (e.g. Key Lime). Smelled delicious....mix of apricot and oranges. Tasted just the same with quite a kick of bitterness. A bit of a woody hop taste that is noticeable. I would have preferred the apricot and orange taste to shine a little more.

Another very good beer from Short's!! (405 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to michibrew for hooking me up with this one. 12 oz bottle poured into tulip. Bottled 3/30/12.

A - Pours a golden color with a bright white one finger head. Slightly hazy but translucent for the most part. Good lacing.

S - Tangy aroma loaded with citrus and tropical fruit. Some citrus hops and herbs.

T - The flavor begins a little bit tart with some huge citrus rind flavors. Big citrus hops give a dank orange rind flavor. Great bitterness on the finish and the guava is really noticeable in the aftertaste. Fantastic flavor.

M - Tingly carbonation and a light-medium crisp feel.

O - This was probably one of the best single IPA's I've ever had. The guava and other tropical fruits combine perfectly with the citrus hops to create a unique, complex, and delicious flavor. I wish this one could be found in my area. (837 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1233rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Thanks to ErikKoppin for this one

App- A standard IPA color with a ton of bubbles and floaties in the bottom. A small white 1/2" head with zero cling. Pretty normal looking really.

Smell- A bit of a candy sugar aroma with a pungent fruit aroma. Had a lot of bitter pine and resin behind the nose. Has that undeniable Shorts yeast aroma.

Taste- Now thats's guava. I appreciate the fact they say its an IPA with Guava. Very fruit forward with like the nose a good blend of piney resin. Still has like the nose as well that Shorts specific flavor. It's to me a very unique IPA. You get many flavors behind it but none quite dominate. The guava is a bit sweet with the hops being a bit bitter.

Mouth- A medium body with a lot of Guava and resin on the residual flavor with a semi flat and low bubble carbonation.

Drink- Undeniably shorts. Tasty, semi balanced and sweet. Couldve been a touch better but I enjoyed it. Would like to see it a bit more thin. (997 characters)

Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.