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Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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373 Ratings
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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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-24-2012 22:37:16 | More by pentasyllabic
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nrombes

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-24-2012 22:36:53 | More by nrombes
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-24-2012 02:53:53 | More by iL0VEbeer
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jacob4999

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-23-2012 18:46:36 | More by jacob4999
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salinasa

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-22-2012 03:28:32 | More by salinasa
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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draught at Ashley's, Westland, MI., in a pint glass.

A- pours a clear light copper hue, not much head or lacing, with a thin layer of residual bubbles on top.

S- big guava attack, with a strong swell of high grade sour marijuana odor, followed by a grainy malt note, then a crisp, strong hoppy finish. A bit more grainy/malty smelling than a bottle offering, but a huge green, earthy, fruity nose. This smells awesome. I could hang out with my nose in the glass for a while.

T- I love this beer. I was a big fan in 2010 with the initial release, and with this, I am truly excited that they have released it again. Strong guava bite with a big tropical fruit palate- think mango, passion fruit, Hawaiian papaya, sharp pineapple notes. Full, but not too strong hop notes- not too dry, but still prevalent, followed by a mellow, malty grain finish. Extremely well balanced- not too much fruit to put against the grain, very tasty.

M- very smooth with appropriate modest carbonation. Nothing overpowering, a great brew.

O- a great beer. I am not big on beers with a fruit ingredient, but this is truly unique, especially for a Midwest brew. The guava works well with the hop character without being overpowering. A true dark horse among American IPA's. One of the best. Very drinkable. Seasonally appropriate, though I think I could drink this all year. I hope Short's eventually makes this a routine seasonal. I am truly thankful they brought this back.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 03:02:35 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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gustogasmic

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light-clear yellowy copper, with much, much carbonation and a thin white ring/ sparse hazy head.

The smell is a nice acidic guava/ mango, entirely tr-hop-ical.

Holy guava me! This flavor comes across HUGE in the nose... how cool to say there exists a GUAVABOMB! Fun, fun beer. Earthy hops deliver a bitter that carries the hops along well. Besides the bitterness, this is a clean-drinking beer- not sweet, and a little dry in the leave. Rarely do I want more sweetness in a beer, but here I think it'd be appropriate. Sticky-icky mouthfeel.

I think someone from Central America would have a better vocabulary to discern the tropical flavors in this beer. It's insanely tropical, and powerfully hopped. Love this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 00:50:15 | More by gustogasmic
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-19-2012 04:04:25 | More by MarcatGSB
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travMI13

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. 12 oz. bottle poured into a large, tall tulip.

A: Pours a nice, deep goldenrod orange with a slight haze and with a finger of fluffy white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving some lacing behind. A decent amount of sediment is floating around near the bottom of this glass.

S: Musty funky fruit mixed in with a healthy dose of both citrusy and earthy hops. Something is kind of off-putting about the nose, but there is something very intriguing about it as well.

T: A healthy dose of that musty and funky fruit flavor hits you first, but it is brought up nicely by both the citrusy and bitter hops on the back end. The earthy notes almost remind me of some type of bread, except unlike with most Belgian-style ales, it is pretty bitter. Easily the most interesting IPA I have ever had, and incredibly tough to describe.

M: This beer is silky smooth on the palate with a nice lingering juiciness. The guava gives this beer a nice juicy mouthfeel that many IPA's just don't have.

O: This is one of the most unique IPA's that I have ever had. So many unique flavors that I have never had in an IPA, or any beer for that matter, before, and that makes it very difficult to review. This beer is not for everyone. It, however, is a very well-executed IPA from Short's, and I will pick up a few bottles any time it is released.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 02:54:44 | More by travMI13
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abanton

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-16-2012 23:14:42 | More by abanton
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-15-2012 23:22:00 | More by Zaphog
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cates1tg

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

04-15-2012 12:53:55 | More by cates1tg
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-14-2012 15:28:50 | More by mrebeka
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jmich24

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-14-2012 00:28:16 | More by jmich24
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TCJosh

Michigan

3/5  rDev -26.3%

04-13-2012 20:53:24 | More by TCJosh
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ryantho00

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This intersting brew from Short's pours a hazy and sandy straw orange with a nice frothy 2 finger that laces nicely.

Oh boy, what a beautiful nose!!! Guava, grapefruit, orange, citrus, a slight toasted oats wheaty undertone. Very nice whiffs here.

Wow, instantly guava, grapefruit, before I even inhale, then a nice blend of citrus, orange, guave, more grapefuit, a nice sour/bitterness from that grapefruit/guava taste, this is really very tasty. I get a nice blend of fresh hops throughout, great freshness, are those cascade hops? Well done Short's. Nice hoppy aftertaste, and good dry almost sour finish, very reminisent of grapefruit ( I guess that is more the Guava). Very very refreshing, alchol is well masked throughout, great creativity, good balance and smooth medium bodied drink.

Short's release a massive number of different beers each year, and it seems that sometimes they may dilute themselves, and just when you start to believe this, they bring out a new beautiful brew like this.

Wonderful, would go nicely with some aged spicy cheese and creamy pasta. I really enjoyed this and will be drinking this frequently throughout the summer.

Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 20:17:36 | More by ryantho00
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wifehatesthebike

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence is light amber, fairly clear with a thin fizz of bubbles.

Smell is possibly the best attribute. I get what smells like citra hops and papaya. The smell fills the area near the glass.

Taste is papaya and guava followed by a sharp orange pith tartness.

Mouthfeel is memorable in that it's quite full bodied and chewy. Viscous.

Overall this is an excellent, unique brew from Shorts. No IPA I've tried compares to the flavors in this beer. Points for originality.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 01:21:35 | More by wifehatesthebike
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szmnnl99

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -14%

04-12-2012 20:47:09 | More by Steimie
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BeRanger

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Short's Pint glass.

A: Light amount of white head, pours typical orangish color. Not a whole lot of lacing going on here.

S: Grapefruit and other tropical fruits, with some sweetness coming from the guava. Also get a little bit of the pine/hops coming through.

T: Very nice meld of the typical IPA tropical and citrus flavors with a bit more sweetness due to the guava. It finishes very nice, the hops are on the backbone but its not very strong.

M: Light bodied, good carbonation.

O: This is a fantastic IPA from Short's. They weren't kidding when they said I'd love this one. I'll be heading up to the store for another sixer to stash before they run out. Well done Short's!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 22:23:02 | More by BeRanger
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MacStinson

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-10-2012 21:43:01 | More by MacStinson
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-04-2012 19:13:19 | More by KATramp
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GoldenChild

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

03-28-2012 18:13:10 | More by GoldenChild
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Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-20-2012 02:01:13 | More by davey101
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-14-2012 15:45:03 | More by Fitzmke
Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
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