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Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

369 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 369
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 51
Gots: 31 | 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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avalonct

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-08-2013 19:55:12 | More by avalonct
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Benny3000

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-22-2013 13:55:54 | More by Benny3000
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Saisonrichbiere for the hook up on this bottle

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange a white head that dissipates quickly...into nothing. There is no lacing or sediment. The nose is ripe with sweet tropical/citrus fruits and a touch of pine. The sweetness comes on a bit harsh; definitely a stronger sweetness than I'd prefer. Honestly, it's very similar to mikkeller's tigerbaby in appearance and nose, but has a bit more bite from the hops. The taste is also rather similar to tigerbaby with a huge presence of sweet tropical fruits (guava, grapefruit, mild pineapple), but there is a touch of malty graininess involved as well. The mouthfeel is relatively medium bodied with way too much sweetness. I would have liked a subtle, drier mouthfeel with a crisp, lingering hoppiness. Great beer that meets my expectations from its description and the two collaborating breweries. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 01:20:05 | More by ThePorterSorter
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a color best described as light-amber and deep-gold; highly translucent with a good amount of clarity to it, especially once the chill haze subsides. A creamy white head forms and dissipates pretty quickly leaving some moderate lacing behind. Had this one a little over a year ago and loved it. Pretty excited to have it again, super-fresh.

The aroma is a beautiful collaboration of "tropical" and "hoppy". Intense guava aromas are the most notable simply due to the fact that you don't often find guava in beers. Juicy, ripe, and insanely sweet guava, also giving off some mango-esque notes, too. The hops are full force as well, sitting perched withing the web of fruity goodness; weedy and grassy with some lightly resinous pine. Mild bready malt is apparent in the finale, yet still plays a tertiary role.

I take a sip and I'm in heaven for a moment. This seemingly flawless execution of a guava-nectar injected India Pale Ale is even better now than I remember. The guava jumps out immediately, sending a rush of sweet, tropical fruits all across your palate. Gushing with juiciness and packed with flavor, the guava meshes perfectly with the hops; the grassy, perfume-like, and light pine characteristics happen to pair excellently.

A little bit of a bitterness spike happens halfway through, as if to remind you that you're drinking an IPA and not a cup of guava juice. Malts are a little heavier on the back end, bringing a nice bread and butter flavor to the table. Medium bodied with an ample amount of carbonation, giving a crispy mouth feel. The finish has a nice guava character with a stingy, yet balanced piney hop bitterness.

One of my favorites from Shorts. I don't know if the guava addition could have been executed any better. Definitely a treat to drink anytime of the day. I wish they made this stuff year round.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 21:01:13 | More by tectactoe
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Tee2Grn

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-25-2012 01:36:37 | More by Tee2Grn
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MSEGUIN

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-03-2012 18:35:01 | More by MSEGUIN
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seplo

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-30-2012 18:27:01 | More by seplo
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rolandboy

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

10-20-2012 03:40:33 | More by rolandboy
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KDawg

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 01:13:19 | More by KDawg
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Gtg642

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -14%

09-21-2012 22:47:42 | More by Gtg642
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Peter for this one. Dated 03/30/12, so about 5 months old. Will keep that in mind. Poured in to tulip.

A - Dark yellow with a tinge of amber and a small layer of off-white head.

S - A huge guava aroma up front with some lighter peach notes present. The bitterness seems as expected given the freshness and a touch of sweetness is evident in the background.

T - A fairly prominent bitterness up front, which is welcome given the freshness. A massive guava flavour is present, which compliments the bitterness well. The malt base, and perhaps the guava as well, contribute a sweetness that is a little too prominent but I would image that when fresh, this balance would be quite a bit different. The guava takes centre stage here, as advertised.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 00:57:38 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

07-23-2012 14:51:19 | More by JustinMatthew
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Duff27

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14%

07-15-2012 03:47:32 | More by Duff27
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-07-2012 14:14:43 | More by richkrull
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ToddIlgen


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-05-2012 22:08:18 | More by ToddIlgen
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loki993

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

07-03-2012 19:28:16 | More by loki993
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srv33

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey pour, almost no head, great lacing. Smells of grapefruit, guava, citrus, and pomegranite. Tastes of guava, pineapple, grapefruit, and lime. Very well balanced, an incredible IPA, its somewhat similar to hopslam really, though a little fruitier, and slightly less balanced. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 23:04:01 | More by srv33
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Drk93TT

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up as part of a mixed sixer from the good 'ol Beer Baron.

Poured into a regular ol pint glass at the casa.

A: Light Orange with minimal head on the pour.. has some lacing but nothing crazy.

S: Can smell the bitter fruit and alcohol scent is apparent.. up front smells like dark fruit.

T: Wow. Hits you right away with bitter fruit and fresh pineapple notes (delicious)/citrus/then you can pick up the guava fruity-lingering flavor

M: Complex and fruit flavored, definitly picking up the different flavors in this brew.. balanced rather well with the hops.. Blown away but the complexity in this bottle!

O: Awesome. Another A+ Beer for an already impressive brewery.. Will definitely pick it up again next time ! Its a must try! Not a staple of the American IPA style, but a brilliant and well put together brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 03:34:07 | More by Drk93TT
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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-17-2012 01:14:42 | More by Pencible
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aasher

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lighter bodied, moderately cloudy tangerine orange in color with just a slight off white lacing around the glass. It looks the part. The nose is in your face guava and bitter, piny hops. There is plenty of fruit character, making it easily the most appealing aspect of the beer. The flavors are fruit first, hoppy bitterness second and both come together in the after taste. It's almost juicy and makes your mouth water. It's really interesting. The guava just works really well with the style and could be even better if they used a more fruit friendly hop varietal. It drinks light and off dry. The lingering after taste is nice. Overall this is a really nice IPA. It definitely strays from the norm but is both flavorful and unique enough to keep you coming back.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 21:41:11 | More by aasher
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MichPaul

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't think I have ever had a straight up 4.5 review, this is my first.
This pours a cloudy orange with minimal head or lacing. I could use more head/lacing but I won't knock it on that. It's still beautiful.
What a great aroma! I can almost smell it as I pour. That guava and the hops mix so well. Very citrusy, enough to make it a perfect Summer beer.
Taste is a mix of sweet, sour bitterness and has an aftertaste that lingers in a good way.
About medium on the carbonation, gives it a nice mouthfeel that goes down quite smooth.
Overall, this beer is bitter sweet in two ways. Taste, and the fact that it will probably not be back for quite some time. I loved this beer and can't wait for the next time I will see it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 18:53:44 | More by MichPaul
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-30-2012 15:43:35 | More by duceswild
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HopsMatt

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-22-2012 03:16:06 | More by HopsMatt
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MaseFace

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-20-2012 16:06:26 | More by MaseFace
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IpeeA

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-19-2012 04:01:25 | More by IpeeA
Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.