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Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 51
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: surlytheduff on 12-16-2010)
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Photo of WeisGuy

New York

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
Photo of Photekut


4/5  rDev -2%

05-19-2013 01:15:02 | More by Photekut
Photo of JohnnieNepal


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-18-2013 00:15:46 | More by JohnnieNepal
Photo of Stevedore


3.05/5  rDev -25.2%

12oz bottle, indeterminate bottling date. Thanks Kevin. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 4/12/2014.

App- Hazy orange body, small one finger white head with little retention, not much lacing.

Smell- Sticky but faint tropical fruit, a bit of burnt rubber, faint pale malt breadiness and sweetness.

Flavour- Pale malt sweetness up front, a little bit of citrus flavours dance on the palate, receding to a burnt rubber flavour accompanied by an unmistakeable tropical fruit flavour, probably guava or papaya. This is not a very tasty profile for me, but I see what they're trying to accomplish here.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, slightly undercarbonated, resinous body that isn't too bitter. Faint tropical fruit flavours on the backend. Solid.

Overall- Decent pale ale that certainly does incorporate some tropical fruit flavours into the beer, especially the good aspects. However, the faint burnt rubber-like off-flavours is taking a lot away from my enjoyment of this beer.

04-13-2014 02:23:59 | More by Stevedore
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +7.6%

Golden copper pour with barely any head. This is one of the best smelling ipa I have ever had.. Pineapple, mango, minty freshness, guava, honey... Very sweet tropical fruit aroma.
The flavor is a bit bitter as I take the initial sip, then immediately encounter that delightful tropical fruity hop profile. Finishes with a sweet bready flavor. This is delicious.
Medium in body with lower carbonation.
This is one of the best shorts beers I've encountered so far. A lot like half acre's heyoka.. Hmm I wonder...

04-23-2014 21:51:57 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of cadaugherty


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Served in Stone IPA glass- thanks kzoobrew for the chance to try the other version.

Appearance- Slightly cloudy copper, 3 fingers of off-white head. Great lacing.

Aroma- Wow the guava just pops with a lovely sweetness. The hops are there too but that fruit is front and center.

Taste- Fruit juice with a slightly bitter finish. The guava really is the centerpiece here (as it should be), and you can almost feel the rind in your mouth. There is some taste here that is reminding me of something I drank as a kid, can't put my finger on it though.

Mouth- Nice. Good carbonation not too thick or thin.

Drink- I mean seriously you can put this down like fruit juice. I feel like they hit exactly what they wanted to here and I am not complaining. I can't find my notes on the Half Acre version but I am certain that I like this one better.

12-30-2010 04:14:59 | More by cadaugherty
Photo of thebigredone


4/5  rDev -2%

06-08-2013 22:39:40 | More by thebigredone
Photo of Flounder57


3.84/5  rDev -5.9%

Sever in a pint glass at The Rattlesnake in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head reduced head to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Nice light notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange with some toasted bready notes and caramel sweetness.

Taste: Same as above with lingering bitterness in the rear. Really chewy and hops fizzle out quickly.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, lingering bitterness, medium bodied, and medium carbonation. Really chewy.

Overall: Not too shabby, but I dig the Humalupalicious from these guys a bit more.

03-23-2014 17:47:50 | More by Flounder57
Photo of TheBrewo


3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

05-21-2013 02:32:26 | More by TheBrewo
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-27-2014 16:34:16 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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4/5  rDev -2%

05-13-2012 21:29:20 | More by klipper
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

08-24-2013 01:04:16 | More by zekeman17
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

A very interesting brew... After having mango mama i was really excited to try this one. Pours crispy clear and beautiful with a good amount of white frothy head that disappears quickly. Smells like hops and guava. Doesn't tast all that different than daisy cutter with guava added. Fairly subtle but good. A bit weak on the mouthfeel but overall very drinkable

12-20-2010 00:18:55 | More by Urbancaver
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

03-20-2014 21:56:07 | More by Kerrie
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4/5  rDev -2%

04-10-2012 21:43:01 | More by MacStinson
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-13-2012 00:36:27 | More by szmnnl99
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North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -7.8%

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a tulip pint glass. Thanks surge1311!

A - Golden and extremely clear with a small white head that dissipates quickly. A slow but steady rise of small bubbles.

S - Guava, huge at first but then more subtle, with hints of tangerine and pineapple.

T - Follows the smell with guava and tropical fruits. Crisp with a mild bitterness. It's an odd combination but it gets you. I found myself wavering between "that's just too much" and "wow, I like that".

M - Thin with a mild carbonation.

O - An interesting combination of flavors. Not an everyday beer but well worth a try.

06-24-2013 21:47:37 | More by GJ40
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2%

05-17-2013 03:25:32 | More by pmarlowe
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-28-2013 03:29:42 | More by FLBeerGuy
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

06-27-2013 18:45:35 | More by jschott75
Photo of Etan


3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

05-13-2013 23:45:54 | More by Etan
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-15-2011 02:18:11 | More by thebouch01
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-01-2013 01:10:46 | More by Jas45678
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-30-2013 13:19:48 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-05-2014 21:02:53 | More by shehateme
Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
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