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Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

384 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 51
Gots: 33 | FT: 3
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 -2%

tulipcitybob, May 10, 2012
Photo of tophers
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy straw with a little bit of particulate matter floating throughout. No big deal - used to this with Short's brew (e.g. Key Lime). Smelled delicious....mix of apricot and oranges. Tasted just the same with quite a kick of bitterness. A bit of a woody hop taste that is noticeable. I would have preferred the apricot and orange taste to shine a little more.

Another very good beer from Short's!!

tophers, May 08, 2012
Photo of FishPondManager
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

FishPondManager, May 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

pschul4, May 05, 2012
Photo of mugsy62388
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

mugsy62388, May 02, 2012
Photo of Lozanoa11
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Lozanoa11, May 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

antoines15, May 01, 2012
Photo of bluesplit63
4/5  rDev -2%

bluesplit63, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to michibrew for hooking me up with this one. 12 oz bottle poured into tulip. Bottled 3/30/12.

A - Pours a golden color with a bright white one finger head. Slightly hazy but translucent for the most part. Good lacing.

S - Tangy aroma loaded with citrus and tropical fruit. Some citrus hops and herbs.

T - The flavor begins a little bit tart with some huge citrus rind flavors. Big citrus hops give a dank orange rind flavor. Great bitterness on the finish and the guava is really noticeable in the aftertaste. Fantastic flavor.

M - Tingly carbonation and a light-medium crisp feel.

O - This was probably one of the best single IPA's I've ever had. The guava and other tropical fruits combine perfectly with the citrus hops to create a unique, complex, and delicious flavor. I wish this one could be found in my area.

NoLeafClover44, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of atoulouk
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

atoulouk, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1233rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Thanks to ErikKoppin for this one

App- A standard IPA color with a ton of bubbles and floaties in the bottom. A small white 1/2" head with zero cling. Pretty normal looking really.

Smell- A bit of a candy sugar aroma with a pungent fruit aroma. Had a lot of bitter pine and resin behind the nose. Has that undeniable Shorts yeast aroma.

Taste- Now thats's guava. I appreciate the fact they say its an IPA with Guava. Very fruit forward with like the nose a good blend of piney resin. Still has like the nose as well that Shorts specific flavor. It's to me a very unique IPA. You get many flavors behind it but none quite dominate. The guava is a bit sweet with the hops being a bit bitter.

Mouth- A medium body with a lot of Guava and resin on the residual flavor with a semi flat and low bubble carbonation.

Drink- Undeniably shorts. Tasty, semi balanced and sweet. Couldve been a touch better but I enjoyed it. Would like to see it a bit more thin.

FosterJM, Apr 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

pentasyllabic, Apr 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

nrombes, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jacob4999, Apr 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

salinasa, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

SaisonRichBiere, Apr 20, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

gustogasmic, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of MarcatGSB
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

MarcatGSB, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of travMI13
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

travMI13, Apr 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

abanton, Apr 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Zaphog, Apr 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

cates1tg, Apr 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

mrebeka, Apr 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

jmich24, Apr 14, 2012
Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.