Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company
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4.23/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
05-21-2013 14:35:49 | More by xnicknj
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
4.06/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
05-20-2013 04:44:42 | More by ThickNStout
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
Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
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