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Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

373 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
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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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Block 15 tulip - thanks erikkoppin

Pours a crystal clear caramel copper color with a cropping of off-white head resting on top. Spotty lacing dots the glass with some wispy film left behind.

Alluring mix of tropical tones in the nose with guava and pineapple. Hops sting the nose with soft sweetness, caramel and toasted grains.

Pungent bitter hops right up front with a tempering fruity base, driven by guava, pineapple and mango. Bitter, yet extremely juicy throughout with a creamy malted backbone. Touches of caramel and bread crust with a slightly warm, hoppy, fruity finish.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and juicy on the tongue. This is a great example of Short's ability to produce some really unique, delicious beers that don't go completely off the rails. When they're on, they're something worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 14:35:49 | More by xnicknj
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2013 02:32:26 | More by TheBrewo
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TheConnMan

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-20-2013 14:38:33 | More by TheConnMan
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 04:44:42 | More by ThickNStout
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-20-2013 00:32:15 | More by drewone
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AlMarzo

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

05-19-2013 06:35:02 | More by AlMarzo
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Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-19-2013 04:14:28 | More by Holland
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Photekut

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-19-2013 01:15:02 | More by Photekut
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-17-2013 03:25:32 | More by pmarlowe
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SpongeRuiner

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

05-17-2013 02:51:36 | More by SpongeRuiner
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TypsiYpsi

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-16-2013 23:13:50 | More by TypsiYpsi
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-15-2013 23:02:02 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-15-2013 23:02:01 | More by kjkinsey
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Eddyfunt

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-14-2013 21:20:58 | More by Eddyfunt
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.5/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 23:45:54 | More by Etan
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miwestcoaster

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

05-11-2013 20:28:43 | More by miwestcoaster
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bvdubn

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

05-11-2013 00:54:15 | More by bvdubn
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Slay40

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-10-2013 18:55:16 | More by Slay40
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Bitter_Echo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-09-2013 03:04:44 | More by Bitter_Echo
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hilgart1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-09-2013 02:30:38 | More by hilgart1
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 02:16:27 | More by andrewjraab
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MrBIP

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-08-2013 01:05:39 | More by MrBIP
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 03:48:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Extrajoker00

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-05-2013 20:50:39 | More by Extrajoker00
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 14:00:00 | More by Bitterbill
Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.