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Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 474
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 19.85%
Wants: 65
Gots: 52 | 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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Beer added by: surlytheduff on 12-16-2010

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Reviews: 130 | Hads: 474
Photo of kzoobrew
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"talkin' to some joe
hangin' out shootin' shit
tries to tell me somethin'
i play it off legit"

Poured down the center of the DFH signature glass. Bone white head, standing two fingers tall, works its way back at a moderate clip. The sides of the glass are cakes by a sheet of moth eaten lacing. A nice cap remains throughout. Body is clear and bright, orange in color. Near text book appearance for an IPA.

Pure Guava. Fruit just oozes from the glass. Even with the glass sitting at arms length the Guava, citrus and tropical fruit scents are overwhelming my nose. The fruit does not become too overwhelming, a healthy dose of pine and pith help even out the hop bouquet. Subtle pale malt aroma falls beneath the massive blanket of hop.

With such a pungent hop aroma, it is a forgone conclusion the the hops will absolutely dominate the palate. While this is absolutely correct, how the hop flavor is presented is a bit surprising. Strong pine and pith flavors sting the tongue as the beer rolls across the tongue. The guava and citrus flavors emerge from beneath, as roles are seemingly reversed from what can be observed in the nose. You can really pick up similarities to other beers from the breweries involved. Familiar flavors from Daisy Cutter and Huma Lupa are standing out to me at various times as I enjoy the beer.

Medium bodied. There is a bit of an oily texture left on the tongue. The bitterness balances the sweetness rather well creating a bit of a drier finish.

I am a fan of this beer. Easily my favorite IPA that is coming out of Short's. I hope we see this one annually. Freedom of 78 is just a pleasure to drink. It would be no problem to drink a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottling date slightly rubbed out like all Short's bottling dates are but seems to be 02/25/14

A- Pours a light copper, medium gold with a small white head. Good degree of clarity.

S- Got that evergreen pine that many Short's IPAs have. A bit floral as well and then there is a medium tropical guava aroma from the added guava juice. Slight honey character.

T- Similar to aroma but the guava comes in a bit more. Floral notes as well, less pine then in the nose. Some slight citric sourness. Finishes with a medium-light malt. A bit watery.

M- Carbonation is correct, this beer is a bit watery in the finish.

O- This beer is not too bad, it's a bit overpriced IMO as it's more on the higher end price range compared to most Short's offerings. I don'think the sprucey pine really works with the fruit nectar but it's dialed down to where it's not offensive. Actually expected this to be sweeter given how sweet some of Short's other beers with added fruit are.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a slightly hazy light copper orange with a one finger head, good retention, and nice lacing. On the nose there is a peculiar citrus flavor I'm not familiar with, which I'm guessing is the guava. A strange nose, quite different than the grapefruit/orange standard for the style. In the mouth there is a good deal of orange flavoring but there is a nuttiness underneath that, again, probably the guava. It's a medium bodied beer and the hop bitterness makes for a long finish, with some of that nuttiness carrying over also. This is a peculiar DIPA, the first unique one I've had in a while. I'm not sure how I feel about the guava, but it certainly is different and that's welcome in a world of grapefruit bombs.

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kdub87 for this bottle.

Pours clear orange into a pint glass, producing two fingers of just barely off-white head. This fades gently, settling into a thin cap.

One moment I think I smell a classic IPA, citrus hops with a touch of pine, then I am sniffing a glass of tropical fruit juice. Very interesting aroma here, and quite pleasant.

I don't think the flavors come together quite as well as the smell does. Again we have hops and tropical fruit, but I almost feel like the hop bitterness is fighting the sweetness, rather than complementing it. Certainly not bad, but it seems a little messy.

Light to medium body, with nice carbonation, this is a pleasant feeling beer.

Drinkability is fine, just limited a bit by the unusual flavors. One is good, but I'd prefer to follow it with a more traditional IPA.

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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.

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Photo of beerhan
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet. Some carbonation and a thin white head that leaves fairly quickly but some froth remains. A white lace lines the glass.

Smells very much like guava. It is very very present as well as lots of pine and some orange peel.

Oh wow taste is pretty insane. There is a nice prickly hop forward blast followed by lots of guava and citrus. Tastes very woody and carbonation is hidden but felt.

The alcohol is very hidden and overall this is pretty drinkable except for the fact that its a palate killer. Another unique brew from shorts. Not my favorite but a very nice change from your typical IPA. I can see the half acre influence on this one.

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Photo of malty
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Photo of lsummers
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden copper orange that's somewhat cloudy. Not much of a head on this with no retention. Looks nice in color lacks a bit of character.

Smells very different then any typical east or west coast IPA. A peppery spicy hop note comes first. Lots of pine and bready rye.

Taste is so much different and refreshing. This has all the ipa bitterness but blends it well into a spicy, peppery pine note. There's tropical fruity note that blends well and definitely lets you know this was brewed with fruit.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with some sticky quality. Chewy and round.

Overall, this is a great, refreshingly different ipa. Something I could see myself craving every once in a while and would love to try this on tap.

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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.

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

Picked up a sixer of this tonight. Drank from big Duvel tulip. The beer poured a dark honey/amber color, with a solid two fingers of frothy eggshell-white foam. Given five minutes, the head died down but left some very bubbly lacing on the side of the glass.

The beer smelled absolutely fantastic. I've had my share of citrusy-hoppy IPA's, but this scent was just phenomenal. It's like being in the islands mon. There were chords of fruity aromas striking in my nose. Detected barely a hint of pineyness.

Taste is very guava-forward. Almost acidic. There is a very pleasant sour (sour like eating a grapefruit without sugar) quality. The hops catch up eventually though and provide some nice bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a good amount of carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. Three thumbs up!

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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.

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Photo of BeRanger
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Short's Pint glass.

A: Light amount of white head, pours typical orangish color. Not a whole lot of lacing going on here.

S: Grapefruit and other tropical fruits, with some sweetness coming from the guava. Also get a little bit of the pine/hops coming through.

T: Very nice meld of the typical IPA tropical and citrus flavors with a bit more sweetness due to the guava. It finishes very nice, the hops are on the backbone but its not very strong.

M: Light bodied, good carbonation.

O: This is a fantastic IPA from Short's. They weren't kidding when they said I'd love this one. I'll be heading up to the store for another sixer to stash before they run out. Well done Short's!

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Photo of trappistlover
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle courtesy of rayl101!). Pours a hazy apricot color with a massive off-white head. This thing was almost a gusher. Nice, active carbonation. Aroma has a nice, bright citrusy guava nose with some mango and a little bit of wood. Taste is very bitter that is like a citrus peel. It’s also peppery and somewhat herbal. There isn’t a ton of sweetness from the malt, or its been over powered by the bitterness. Medium bodied with oily texture and dry, bitter finish. The herbal notes were a bit distracting, but otherwise a pretty good beer.

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Photo of glazeman
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The short's version...poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter

A: I would have liked a little more head on this beer and a little better retention. The beer is light amber in color and has a white ½ finger head.

S: There's not too much to the smell here. I get a little bit of kiwi and some other piney hops.

T: The guava in this beer actually comes through in the citrus hop taste better than I had expected it to. The bitterness at the finish of this beer is very nicely balanced and gives it a crisp clean finish.

M: Near perfect for this style. This beer sits on the tongue nicely and has a perfect viscosity. The beer also has a perfectly balanced aftertaste.

D: I thought this was a very easy drinking, good tasting IPA. I'm really glad it comes in 6 packs of 12 ounce bottles.

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Photo of StormKing47
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just received fresh from regular trading partner erikkoppin. Thanks Erik, had the Half Acre version beyond excited for the Short's version. Love everything they do let's see how this one is...

A- A very sexy and appealing light amber color with a pale golden hue. Simply spectacular looking, but is missing an expected head. It's a very thin white head that has almost no fluff to it. Even so I can hardly wait to dive in.

S- Wow! God Damn I love the smell of this one it's simply amazing. It gives off a very sweet aroma of guava, kiwi and strawberry. It's making me drool and reminds me of a mild summer day on a beach. The tropical aromas have transported me. As it warms I am getting more and more strawberry, guava, kiwi and fruit skins with a light lemon rind followed by some subtle piney hops and a touch of caramel malt. Unbelievable smelling concoction.

T- An explosion of guava is spectacular and loved the whole way through. It's an undeniable tropical take and Short's has nailed it. The guava is right in your face and has a great sweetness reminiscent of succulent strawberries and kiwi fruits. At the finish I pick up a great bitter hop taste that is piney and detectable. After some warming I get a touch of caramel sweetness that melds with the tropical/citrus and piney hops to create a knock out beer from the masters of fruit.

M- Has a nice stickiness to it and and a great all around coating that isn't syrupy, but smooth. A great tongue sitter that lets you taste all of the nuances of this one. Love the feel and it has a nice faint tingle, but I would have liked a little more it's a little on the light side.

D- Absofuckinglutely! It's astonishingly smooth and light enough to session. The abv is masterfully hidden and gives off no heat. All day and night and twice on Sunday.

A home run in my opinion from a very under rated brewery that catches shit for no reason. They brew some killer beers and continue to push the envelope each time they bottle a new one. Come on agave wheat 12ozs! Thanks again Erik.

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Photo of jale
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Eric (turdfergison) for this bottle.

A: Pours a clear amber with a finger of light tan head. Lacing lingers for a few minutes.

S: Initial grapefuit hop aroma with a little guava and maybe some pine.

T: Guava upfront followed by grapefuit, alot of grapefruit. Has a dry finish. The aftertaste reminds me of those grapefuit cough drops. not in a bad way but a good way.

M: Great carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

D: The citrus in this makes you want to skip your O.J. for breakfast and drink this. I would drink several more.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into trusty tulip. Color is a bright, shiny orange with a bubbly white two finger head that dissolves to a soapy cap with some lacing. The smell of guava is the first to reach the nose (more prominent this year than last, if my memory serves) then coppery pine, citrus. Grass and floral notes.
The taste, not surprisingly, is juicy guava; sweet, juicy guava and citrus. There's a hoppy bite on the end to let you know it's an IPA. Delicious, refreshing, and makes you wish it was sub-5% so as to be sessionable. The aroma coming from the empty bottle alone is enough to water the mouth.

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Photo of levifunk
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from Alexander. Thanks bud.

a - pour is a light light golden color with minimal head.

s - big pine hops. fruity sweetness from the guava.

t - very interesting flavor. a pretty big hop bomb, but then there is a slightly tartness coming from the guava....but then there is also a sweetness from it. Its similar to Mango Mama for the fruity-sweet and hops combo. Not sure if that tartness really melds with the beer though.

m - lighter body with a bitter dry finish

overall - Short's has always been a let-down brewery for me, but this one was actually pretty good.

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

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.

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Photo of kagent777
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Another6Pack for this beer! 12 oz bottle poured into my IPA goblet.

Appearance: Crystal clear light golden beer with a frothy white head that settles quickly and leaves enough foam to lace a little.

Smell: Pine mixed with indistinct tropical fruits.

Taste: Distinct guava zap on the first sip. The tartness of the fruit combine very nicely with the bitterness of the significant amount of hops in this beer to make a really potent combination. The malt backbone stays out of the way in the taste of this beer.

Mouthfeel: This is on the lighter side of body with prickly carbonation that accentuates the potency of the tart/bitter combo mentioned above. The finish is long bitterness.

Overall: This is a very good beer, and I am thankful that I am able to try it. I wish I could get it more often.

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Photo of justinp444
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip, this IPA has a quickly dissipating white head with a hazy orange body. You can easily smell the citrus and guava from this beer from afar with tons of grassy notes as well. It has a extremely guava taste with a slight bitter aftertaste but a nice shock of citrusy hops and a piney resin, sweet but not too sweet.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes made on 12/16/10.

The Freedom of two years after the freedom pours orange with a tint of pink into a large snifter. The brew is completely see-through and that adds a nifty flair to the overall appearance. A tiny, tiny pure white head burns off immediately and leaves a speiderweb of film atop the body. The lacing is elegant and coats the glass in spindly clumps and lines of small dots. The carbonation bubbles are miniscule and journey at a medium jaunt through the beer.

The smell is what results when guava and hops get it on. It is a seriously wicked scent, ripe with off-the-chart tropical fruit and sweet citrus aromas. The bitterness of the hops hides way behind the sweet fruit smells. There is a bit of crusty bread in the scent profile and the guava calls to mind delicious girly lotion.

Mmmm, hop bitterness is certainly not buried by the sweet fruits in the taste. In fact, bitter grapefruit hops really shine through all of the other flavors, with the guava addition lingering behind the bitter hop taste. Caramel malts give just enough of a boost to hold up the middle of the sip, but an all-out assault of grassy and grapefruit hop bitterness slams my palate at the finish.

Never more than light to medium-bodied, the mouthfeel is all about how the bitter hops attack my palate and suck all moisture from my mouth. Scratch that. There is a decent amount of creaminess in the middle of a pull, but then sucking nothingness at the end. The carbonation is effervescent and complements the bitterness well.

This is a seriously interesting IPA and ranks high up there for me in the hierarchy of Short's PA/IPA line. The guava makes the aroma really unique, while the hops really carry the flavor. I hope they release this yearly, as I really enjoy it. It is so bitter that it would be difficult to session, but one per sitting would be very satisfying.

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Photo of claminat420
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a hazy copper color with a nice frothy white head. medium lacing.

S- grapefruit hops dominate. what an ipa should be. not too crazy or over the top but good.

T- the bitterness is what an american ipa should be. the grapefruit hops come out alil but more of some piney notes hit ya unlike the smell. the guava doesn't hit you at first but once you drink this brew day after day the guava tends to be abit much.

M- medium bodied. good carbonation.

D- i hope my beer store has more of this!! once again tho.. great brew but after awhile the guava starts getting to you.

Overall- a solid ipa built for a guava lover.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanx to AlleyKatKing

A:Poured a hazy orange color with a nice white head, moderate lacing is left down the glass

S:Citrus and tropical hops come thru the nose with a slight caramel backbone as well

T:Same as the nose with citrus hops come thru first with some caramel malt in the middle, the only thing different would be the guava taste that came thru on the back. Very interesting

M:Pretty nice body all together with hops and guava hanging around on the palate

D:This ended up being really easy to drink with some interesting taste to go along with it. Guava taste kinda thru me off but was very delightful. Would definitly drink this again

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Photo of nickadams2
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours amber/gold in body with a frothy bone white head. Splotches of lacing cling to the glass.

S_Pungent hops,grapefruit and the guava is pretty noticeable.

T_Same as nose. Good combination of bitter and sweet. The guava is fairly easy to pick up and pairs well with pine and citrus flavors of the hops. Overall pretty damn hoppy.

M_Mouthfeel is a little thin,slick and sticky on the lips.

D_Very enjoyable. I've been finishing these fairly quickly.

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Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.