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Freedom Of '78 | Short's Brewing Company

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Freedom Of '78Freedom Of '78
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Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by surlytheduff on 12-16-2010

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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 509
Photo of justintcoons
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Blonde with 1 finger of tight white head. Good clarity with lively carbonation.

Nose
Guava, pineapple, and candied lemon.

Taste
Loads of guava juice. Eucalyptus, bright florals, and pine with lesser notes of pineapple and lemon zest. Slight biscuit maltiness. Finishes with resin, potpourri, and garlic.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, juicy, smooth, and dry with a moderate bitterness.

Overall
The guava juice really defines this beer. There is a nice balance between the juice and the hops.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/23/2016. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, papaya, guava, mango, light pepper/pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops, guava nectar, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, papaya, guava, mango, light pepper/pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/herbal/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, papaya, guava, mango, pepper, pine, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops, guava nectar, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and fairly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruited IPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops, guava nectar, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced bitterness. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall an interesting beer for sure. The guava is strong and give it a fruity and tropical taste, masking the hips a bit. Not my favorite but interesting.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/27. Poured into a tulip glass.

It is very cloudy, and a deep, glowing orange color. It has an egg shell white foam that disappears entirely, but leaves some lacing on the way down.

The first thing that jumps out at me is it smells very musty/earthy. Very melon like. Also some pink lemonade, grapefruit, and some florally hops. Any malts/grains are hidden.

That musty flavor is there front and center. Kind of rye like. Musk melon, red grapefruit, lemon, a touch of orange, and a Kool Aid mix sort of sugar sweetness. Finishes with some flower petal tasting hops with a significant bitterness that borders on aspirin and a piney and slightly grainy aftertaste. The first hint of any malts.

Medium bodied. Nice balance. A bit airy/fluffy. Easy to drink.

The advertised guava seems to really shine in this beer. Sweet and rustic flavor at the same time. Excellent ipa

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Photo of BB1313
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a collaboration with Half Acre. Bottled on 5/27/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing golden with a fluffy white head that slowly falls leaving great bubbly retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are very floral with some earthy notes. Lots of citrus. The guava is present. The flavors seem to follow the nose. The flavors are bittersweet and slightly spicy. Some flower pedals in the mix. More citrus. Guava, orange, tangerine and grapefruit is present. Possibly some rye or black pepper in the mix. Finishes juicy and slightly syrupy. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy and smooth. Refreshing and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid IPA. It's pretty unique as well. I like it.

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey with a slight cap of head that quickly recedes to a ring. So that's what guava smells like...prominent in the nose. Taste follows nose...very interesting, slight bitterness in the end. Very nice.

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Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra. I think the bottle date was 03/03/15...which...hopefully isn't true. But...taste and nose will tell.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a hazy orange hue with a one finger white head that fades to leave a thin thin head.

S- Aromas of light sweet malts, caramel, good tropical guava, earthy, almost musty, light citrus rind (mostly grapefruit).

T- Taste is sweet caramel malts, light bitterness, decent tropical notes, guava being the primary one. The guava is more candied and paste as opposed to fresh. Not much hop notes really just a fair amount of guava.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, makes it feel a bit sticky.

O - Overall, this was a fun beer. Drank more like a guava ale, as the hops were a bit lacking, however, all around a decent beer.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of buschbeer
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in tulip glass

This beer pours amber in color with golden highlights. It is hazy and copped with a couple inches of off-white head.

It smells like grapefruit juice. There is a lot of citrus going on here.

The taste is loaded with grapefruit as well. Citrus flavor are right on par with my palate. Maybe a slight pine finish.

Moderate mouthfeel

For a long time I have heard how great Short's beers are. Until this point I would only consider Cup A Joe great from what I have had. I finally found a honey hole in Detroit and am getting to try some of the better seasonals versus the shelf sitters that I usually find in picked over stores. I am seeing the light, finally! This is a very good IPA. It fits my palate well.

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Photo of cgraynice25
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic and underrated beer. The guava and citrus dominate the smell and come through in the taste, and the hops give it a nice crisp finish. Outstanding summer IPA.

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Photo of carolynschaf
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I have ever had. Right when you open the bottle you smell the guava and it is refreshing. It brings a sweet flavor that makes it the perfect summer beer without adding fruit like orange or lemon. When you taste it, it shocks you with the flavor. First it's fresh and fruity then the hops kick in for a distinct finish. I thought t was very cool that it was a partnership beer in Chicago especially since Short's does not sell outside of Michigan.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.86/5  rDev +19.4%
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 justinp444
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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 adapt313
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just exploding with guava. More guava, a little pine tar, followed by guava. The fruit flavor, although dominant and in your face, never comes across as artificial. Tart and sweet at the same time but finishes dry and piney. Bursting with fruit yet not overdone. One of the only shorts releases I really look forward to every year.

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Photo of rkat32
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle dated March 30, 2015.

L: Deep golden hue; half finger of head retreats into a sudsy foam; good clarity, no sediment present.

S: Intense nose of guava and mango; overripe strawberries, raw honey sweetness, blueberries, lemon rind; west coast IPA leaning aromas.

T: Tropical fruits, cracker malt base makes its presence known on the back end, lemon-lime, agave plant sweetness but finishes dry. Very drinkable.

F: Slick, resinous mouthfeel, somewhat thin but refreshing. Mid-level carbonation.

O: Tropical fruit forward IPAs are slowly becoming somewhat of a novelty now, but this Short’s / Half Acre collaboration was ahead of the curve when Freedom of ’78 was released years ago. Would be great in cans in the summer as a change-of-pace beer, but I will take it when it hits shelves in Michigan annually as an early spring release.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 3.31.15 and enjoyed on Easter Sunday 2015

A: Slightly hazy orange-ish gold with a thick, foamy head. Love the slightly unfiltered look

S: Pure guava. Guava, guava, guava.

T: Guava juice and a touch of pine sap. Fruity, juicy, and bitter. Really, really nice stuff.

M: Actively carbed, crisp, dry, and bitter.

O: I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The nose just explodes with guava, and the flavor profile pretty seamlessly melds the sweetness from the guava and the bitterness from the pine. Definitely a fruit-forward beer, but it's not even close to being overly sweet. This is a great take on a tropical IPA.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite ipas. The guava works perfectly and the smell is amazing. My favorite shorts beer by far. Only complaint is this year the back end if the taste seems slightly off this year from years past. Still a great beer, highly recommended from any ipa fan.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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...

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Photo of Stevedore
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of NuckleDragger
2.69/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really wanted to like this beer after reading other reviews and buying into the hype. Picked up two Freedom of '78s in a mix-and-match 6 pack.

A: Light sunrise orange with just a tad of haze and a small dissipating head.

S: The smell was good. Standard sweet IPA smell with good hints of fruit. So far so good.

T: This is where it went down hill for me. The guava took over in the taste department and left a terrible aftertaste. Yuck!

M: Just a light carbonation on this one. Boarder line watery.

O: I have never had guava, now I know why. The after taste is like a seagull shit in my mouth. Freedom doesn't taste like that. Not sure If I am gonna drink the second one or dump in down the drain.

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Photo of Flopjack
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - A pale orange, slim white head, pretty transparent but still has the slightest haze.

Smell - Pine, juicy tropical fruitiness, also some grapefruit and what suspect to be subtle guava.

Taste - Juicy sticky fruity resin and grapefruit right at the beginning that contributes a tart quality that eventually becomes more mellow and flavors of dryer pine, grapefruit zest, and an outstanding fruity flavor of guava that seems to carry well the entire time.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, refreshing, tart.

Overall - Good beer. First time having this beer and I'm gonna say I'm not surprised by the taste. Defintely looking out for this one again next year.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Copernicandream
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. ~ 3 wks from bottling date.

A: Goldenrod / light copper color. One finger of fine soapy head that fades quickly, leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass as I drink.

S: Pure tropical fruit. Smells like the roadside juice stands in South America, guava, mango, papaya. Very "tropical." I get no banana or clove esters (a definite plus).

T: True to the nose up front, tropical guava-ness. A very mild malt balance in the middle that fades into some typical piney hop bitterness. There is a subtle something distasteful on the backend that lingers into the aftertaste - soapy peppercorn.

M: Relatively thin, moderate to upper level carbonation with significant amounts of fizzy rising bubbles. I would have hoped for a slightly thicker mouthfeel to coat the tongue and release more of those tropical notes.

O: Good but I can't rave. The guava smell is perfect. Absolutely incredible, but it doesn't translate perfectly to the taste.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
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 thinkinflicka
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a clear orange little white head that faded fast

smell is sweet and tropical, fruity hops,not a strong malt presence

lots of sweetness from the guva mixes well with the earthy piney hops,lots of citus and just so slightly tart

average ipa mouthfeel

I truly fucking love this beer
I love ipas but a lot of them are so simaler i have goten bored with them, this is a nice welcome change and a great take on the style.
one of the better offerings from shorts.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date is scratched away but this was bottled no more than three weeks ago, I know, so I'm not concerned about that. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Priced at Short's usual $2 for a single bottle.

Appearance: Reasonably hazy, and even more hazy if you get all the goodness from the bottom of the bottle into the glass. About a finger of a soapy head that dies down pretty quickly. A bit of patchy lacing. It looks alright. I tend to nit-pick -- I much prefer the look of a creamier head over a soapy one. Minor annoyance. The bottle itself looks quite a bit different from Short's other stylings, but it still stands out a bit, despite it being a mostly dark logo. Maybe the art was done by somebody over at Half Acre for this one? In any event, pretty decent looking all-around.

Smell: Yeah, guava. Smells really tropical as you'd expect. Guava/mango/peach aroma more so than a kind of pineapple. Not much else to mention as it really just smells tropical. I don't get earthiness or really any malt in the aroma.

Taste/feel: Mild/moderate carbonation with actually an unexpectedly quite thin mouthfeel.. that's the first thing I notice, and that's my biggest knock on Freedom of '78. The flavor follows up what was on the nose, with loads of guava and mango with only a slight bit of pine on the finish. Finishes pretty dry as well. Not nearly as bitter as many Short's IPAs seem to be either, which is a good change of pace.

Freedom of '78 is a good beer. It's relatively one-note with a guava/mango sort of flavor and aroma going on with only the slightest pine aftertaste, but it works. It's way too drinkable. It drinks like it'd be about 5% rather than 7%. Again, low sort of carbonation, but my only real problem with this beer is its mouthfeel... it could use a bit more heft. Regardless, this is a delicious IPA.

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