Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company
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4.55/5 rDev +11.5%
A: brilliant gold/orange clear color, thick foamy white head, splotchy foamy lacing
S: nice fruity bouquet with lots of tropical guava, peaches, and citra hops. It's difficult to distinguish between the hops and the fruit because they marry quite well. Very nice aroma.
T: bright fruity flavors up front: guava, peach, orange, and grapefruit. Some bready malts come into play mid palate, and some ho bitterness on the finish. Very nice balance. Wish I had gotten a chance to try the Half Acre version.
MF: medium body, spritzy carbonation, refreshing
D: this beer has remarkable drinkability, nice and crisp, good fruity notes, balance well with the bitterness.
02-16-2011 06:11:42 | More by homebrew311
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
$2.30 for a 12oz single @ Jacks. No ingredients listed on the website. A collaboration with Half Acre Beer Co in Chicago.
Pours out to a clear light amber forming a modest white head with average retention and sparse lacing. Mild carbonation. The aroma is sweet with spicy resinous hops with a touch of that skunky Amarillo and the mango of Centennial. Very nice. Sits on top of a sweet malt nose. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium body. The taste is very very good. I get the skunky MJ of Amarillo with a nice flash of white pepper (since they are going for the Ween thing here), and a touch of some acidic fruit...I dunno if it's Guava or not, but it lightens the body and adds a peculiar fruity sourness. The bitterness is a little sharp, above medium. The finish is dry. Aftertaste of grapefruit pith.
This is a decent IPA with some peculiar qualities. I might buy it again in a pinch.
12-18-2010 18:43:22 | More by Mitchster
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
01-25-2013 01:20:05 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
A- Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a fairly thin white head. Head has good retention, forms a layer of bubbles on the top and leaves some spotty lacing.
S- The aroma of this beer is like no other IPA. Tons of tropical fruits, a bit of pine and caramel malts too. The guava is pretty crazy smelling and outstanding.
T- Again this is completly different than most IPAs. Tropical fruits are no joke and up in your face. A bit of pine and a good malt back bone. There also seems to be some sort of spice here too that I can't make out. Very good and different at the same time.
M- Medium in body and carbonation.
D- This is a very interesting brew and incredibly easy to drink.
01-02-2011 05:32:48 | More by nrbw23
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
I picked up a single of this at the store the other day since I haven't seen this beer around before and it's ratings were pretty good, so I decided to give this brew a try. The idea of a fruit infused IPA intrigues me. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a ping glass.
A- I like the label art on this beer, looks nicer and different then the other shorts labels. This beer poured a nice golden orange color with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thing ring that left some lacing.
S- The aroma of this beer is utterly dominated by tons of citrus hops. I pick up tons of grapefruit along with some guava, as advertised.
T- The taste is that of a fruit basket that is filled with half citrus fruits and half tropical fruits, topped with a whole bunch of hop cones. The guava sticks out nicely in this brew along with some grapefruit and mango. There is a nice light malt back bone that helps tie everything together. There was a nice bitter bite at the end that went great with the all the fruit flavors in this beer.
M- Medium bodied with good carbonation and a crisp finish.
D- The alcohol is hidden very well in the brew, along with all the nice flavors and great balance. If I had two more I would drink both of them.
Overall I thought this was one awesome and different IPA. I really never thought about a fruit infused IPA, but after drinking this one I think it's an avenue more brewery's should explore. This was my first collaboration beer and it's an idea that I think is pretty cool. Great job shorts, you guys steady blow my mind.
01-19-2011 03:00:48 | More by StoutHunter
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
Had at Sunset Grill and Tap 3/10
Served in a pint glass.
A: This beer pours an extrodinarily hazy, orange copper color. One finger of bone white head sits on top that recedes to leave spider webbed lacing.
S: Nose is holy guava citrus spice batman! A light mild, caramel malt character is also present.
T: This is legit a guava bomb!! Lots, and lots of guava with almost a chew of fresh mint from the garden flavoring. There's a lot of mint in the fore front mingled with the guava before the guava really takes over. The guava and mint hold through the whole beer though the finish tends to lighten a bit with a pale malt and bready flvaoring.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation, very dry at first with a sticky finish.
D: Goes down somewhat easily, somewhat tasty, not too filling, interesting twist on the style. I like it but it's a one and done kind of beer for me.
03-13-2011 17:54:07 | More by Jayli
3.83/5 rDev -6.1%
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Alexander. The last in a trio of great IPAs/DIPAs this generous midwestern trader sent along to me, all consumed as quickly as possible for maximum freshness. Poured in to a cervoise.
Appearance: An attractive penny tangerine, sandy and well toned, moderately hazed but not enough to hide a great deal of quick moving effervescence. Head retention and lacing are above average - the full finger of ecru head fades in to a half finger and then a quarter, though never fades completely, replenished continually by the mercurial carbonation. The lacing is blotchy, sticky but also runny in spots, leaving wispy patterns strewn along the sides of the cervoise.
Aroma: Incredibly fruity, though not sappy or sticky or saccharine-like. The guava definitely dominates, mingling with a hop profile that seems more minty and leafy than fruity, though I suppose that works in a complimentary way - why double down when you can diversify. The malt foundation is simple, crackery, or perhaps gingersnap-like, providing balance but not detracting from the (completely nonastringent) hops and the (surprisingly dry) fruit notes.
Taste: An interesting flavor profile. Don't ever let it be said that Short's didn't know when to kick you in the teeth with some additive (no one would ever say that, I don't think). Famous for throwing weird stuff in their beer and making sure you know they've thrown weird stuff in their beer as soon as you sip it, this one is no different, except in perhaps how well it works. This one is relatively dry, slightly roasted, with hints of floral honey and caramel in the base. The hop bitterness is assertive if not intense - I'd give it a 4/10, amplified slightly by the dryness and mineral quality of the malt foundation. Hop notes are mostly light and floral, with a nice amount of grassy mintyness and a fair amount of lighter citrus, lemon and orange zest. It's these latter few notes that dovetail nicely with the guava juice. You know, I don't drink guava juice, and I don't even think I'd know what a guava was if someone chucked one at me. Nonetheless, the flavor here is familiar - maybe I met you once in a V8, guava - and its deep sweetness, a little reminiscent of mango, pineapple, even passionfruit, mingles nicely with the leafy and floral notes as well as (unsurprisingly) the citrus.
Mouthfeel: One of this beer's best attributes. An incredibly soft and creamy mouth almost makes for a smoothie-like feeling at some points, blending very nicely with the fruit juice notes present in the flavor profile. It's sorbet-like, really, with small, minuscule bubbles in a thicker body making for a velvety smooth and slick mouth, thickened by fruit sugars and slick-ened by the hop oils. Very nice, though almost a little too smooth at the end (that is, too flat).
Drinkability: This beer is good, and it works ... well, well. But it doesn't quite blow me away, and I'm not sure why. Maybe I'm just not a guava fan. This beer did drink in many ways like a fruit beer, because the fruity notes really do dominate the taste, particularly as this one warms - the hops here compliment it nicely but can barely hold their own. It's not a bad beer, by any stretch - and at 7.0%, if it's your thing, feel free to drink up - but this one hints at the possibilities possible with combining fruit juices with hops without actually quite bringing the idea to ... fruition. Gnyuck gnyuck gnyuck.
01-25-2011 04:27:35 | More by CrellMoset
3.96/5 rDev -2.9%
Thanks Boilermakerryan for this one!
A - Pours a bright orange, somewhat hazy but very vibrant in color. Decent near white/light tan half finger head, retention is so so, lacing is fantastic!
S - Smells fantastic, pine and a pretty hefty caramel malt aroma. Mild grainy aromas.
T - Lots of APA fruity flavors - apples/pears, mildly bitter pine flavor, slightly peppery and grainy with a fantastic sweetness at the finish. Not very bold, a little too weak imo - bottled about 2 months ago so perhaps past its prime.
M - Light bodied, super refreshing, appropriate/slightly light carbonation.
O - Pretty decent, very refreshing, just not very bitter/hoppy
06-19-2013 23:26:29 | More by MacQ32
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
A big ole thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew) for this great beer I have heard about via Half Acre but now get the Short's version! Woot woot! Cheers friend!
Appearance - Pours a golden hay color into my SA Perfect Pint with about two fingers of head that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving some nice looking, full lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell - Wow, what a great odd mixture of not so much bitter grapefruit (I'm so used to bitter grapefruit citrus aromas), orange, and hops all up front. But I'll be damned if the main aroma is just NICE ripe grapefruit. A refreshing and new aroma to me to be honest. Slight malty backbone.
Taste - DAMN close to the aroma. A wonderful, RIPE grapefruit flavor up front with just a hint of orange rind (still oddly sweet rather than bitter in that respect) which then flows to a bitter hoppy and hint of pine. Slight malt, but honestly the citrus shines here. Holy (excuse my language) shit. This beer completely surprised me.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, finishes a hint dry.
Drinkability - IU could drink this all night long. This is an absolute pleasant surprise. A freaking fantastic brew from Short's that I would buy six packs of all day long. Damn good.
02-10-2011 03:43:49 | More by SpdKilz
4.16/5 rDev +2%
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.
04-26-2013 02:04:00 | More by brewandbbq
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured from 12oz bottle.
A- Pours a hazed golden orange color. One finger white head shows light retention. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass when I drink this one down.
S- Nice big citrus aroma in the front of this with also a fresh grapefuit undertone to the hops. The malt backing in the aroma is sweet and caramel like. The guava come in the backing which I thought would be a little more in the front
T- Guava comes straight off the get go. The fruit in this beer just shines and I like it. Light malt backing in the middle follows to the end which is another blast of guava juice. Inbetween the guava there is a lot of hops exploding on the palate. Citrus and grapefruit are the key hop flavors I taste.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Guava and citrus hops left on the palate. Big dose of guava juice in the aftertaste with a short alcohol burst. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were well blended for the style. No off flavors were present at all.
D- This was a very good drinking beer. The alcohol doesn't show up at all which lends to the drinkability. Short's always impresses me with their beers and this one is no exception. Nice job with their version. Half Acre's version I thought was a little more flavorful in certain aspects but still a great beer.
01-18-2011 00:11:46 | More by alleykatking
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter. Somehow I missed this at EBF this year and heard consistently that it was a highlight of the fest. Glad to get a chance to try it.
A - Pours a pleasantly clear and bright orange amber color. A finger of just off-white foam with pretty good staying power sits atop the liquid for a minute or two. Pretty sheets of lacing left on the glass as the foam falls.
S - This is a pretty great smelling IPA. Spicy and loaded with fruity hop aromas. The guava does its job well lending an intense tropical aroma here. Some grapefruit is noticably present as well as some light pineapple.
T - Bitter up front with some earthy hop flavors, dirt, toasted malt, bread. Hops are fairly intense in bitterness and also lend some fruitiness as well in the form of grapefruit mainly. The guava doesn't go unnoticed at all...I just wish that it was as intense as it is in the aroma.
M - Lightish medium body with equivalent carbonation level. Tropical and bitter overall and both leave lingering and lasting impressions after the swallow.
O - Overall...I like this. This is a good IPA - I had extremely high expectations for this (which were probably unrealistic)...so not unexpectedly, it is a bit of a letdown. But!...it is still a pretty good IPA, one that I could be very happy with a six pack and someone to share it with on a relaxing evening. I'd gladly have this again - one to go way out of your way for...maybe not, but if you do find this one, definitely give it a shot.
04-01-2011 01:10:46 | More by portia99
3.75/5 rDev -8.1%
Huge thanks to browna71 (Alex) for a sixer of this fine brew in a recent trade! 12oz bottle poured into a chalice.
Pours a faintly hazy dark copper/orange with a thin half-finger width white head on top. Some spotty lace clings to the glass. The nose is bursting with scents of fresh-squeezed oranges, pineapple, guava. Slightly peppery, with a faint alcohol singe on the back end.
Good full-bodied IPA with plenty of carbonation zip. There's plenty of bitter hops to go around with this beer, but my overall impression is pepper and spices. I expected more of a fruity-tasting IPA, but this one is herbal, earthy, and spicy. Part of this reminds me of Saison Du BUFF (any version) with the herbal notes, but it is definitively an IPA. Some citrus sweetness rounds it out, and there's a crisp bitter finish. As far as drinkability is concerned, the spiciness may wear on me after awhile, but it is a pleasure to sip one. A good bitter beer that will cure my hop-fix any day.
01-07-2011 19:47:32 | More by Onenote81
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
A- An ever so slightly hazy bright orange liquid with a creamy white head that has some pretty good retention.
S- Guava, honey, pine, citrus, and mint. Very aromatic. Stunning.
T- Guava, pine, mint, and some citrus. There is enough sweetness to keep the bitterness from becoming overbearing. Unique and very tasty.
M- The body has some bite to it, both from the bitterness and carbonation. The finish is a tad oily and mostly dry.
D- A delicious take on an IPA. Very enjoyable.
01-01-2011 05:41:39 | More by david131
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.