Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Kbeals again proves why he is one of the best BA's out there. Kevin and I go way back in trading, but he recently shipped out to serve our country in the Air Force.... but before he left, he needed to hammer me once again with Short's brews... I am in awe.
Poured into MNFG ... huge foamy off white head... amazing retention and lacing.. the brew is slightly hazed orange..
Seriously... the only thing I know about guava is in misc. frozen concentrate juices the wife brings home every now and then.... but there is no mistaking it in the nose... huge and never overpowering... a good punch of citrus hops pulls the IPA out.
Flavor is a bit more difficult.. the guava essence is there from front to back and lingers too long IMO... a bit of citrus zest helps steers this one back into IPA category.. so does a nice dry malt presence.. a very slight honey note ties everything together and begs for another sip... Damn.. the fruity essence lingers forever..
Body and carbonation are just about right... but the ringer is the guava notes.... I did not go into this bottle expecting to like it, but I am sure I do now.. I can't believe the "weirdness" and still enjoy every sip.. very fresh and so off the charts odd.
Kevin and Shorts did it again .... I wish I knew the brewers' secrets on this one.
03-10-2011 03:47:18 | More by JohnGalt1
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
This pours a slightly hazy light copper orange with a one finger head, good retention, and nice lacing. On the nose there is a peculiar citrus flavor I'm not familiar with, which I'm guessing is the guava. A strange nose, quite different than the grapefruit/orange standard for the style. In the mouth there is a good deal of orange flavoring but there is a nuttiness underneath that, again, probably the guava. It's a medium bodied beer and the hop bitterness makes for a long finish, with some of that nuttiness carrying over also. This is a peculiar DIPA, the first unique one I've had in a while. I'm not sure how I feel about the guava, but it certainly is different and that's welcome in a world of grapefruit bombs.
03-04-2011 21:09:06 | More by EricCioe
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info on the bottle.
Thanks to sweemzander for this bottle as well as, I THINK, Onenote81? Thanks to the other trade partner anyway!
A - Brilliant clarity allows the vibrant goldenrod brew to shine radiantly. A thick, dense, white finger-tall head caps the beer with good retention from steady carbonation and leaves thick webbing all over the glass.
S - Juicy, mouthwatering guava and grapefruit citrus fruit burst out of this beer for FREEDOMMM! Citrusy citra hops and faint mulchy, earthy Willamet hops overwhelm the pale base malt in this beer but there is still plenty of balance. Inviting and appetizing aroma!
T - The malt profile seems pretty far backed off from what's in the nose, providing little balance for the resiny pine and grapefruit citrus-rich hops. Citrusy, tangy guava is flavorful but thin and slick. Low earthy notes play around in this beer a bit.
M - Thin feeling and slick on the tongue, Freedom is sharply carbonated and has a unique guava finish that compliments the bitter hops. Medium-light-bodied.
D - I could smell this beer all day but the flavor is a stark drop-off in quality. Unique but lacking a malt profile to balance all the hops going on in here. Too thin and watery feeling.
03-04-2011 13:17:12 | More by BeerFMAndy
4/5 rDev -2%
12oz bottle from 2010 poured into wine glass.
Pours amber mixed with orange, topped with a small white head. Dissipates quickly and not much in the way of lacing (wine glass perhaps?). I immediately pick up the citrus and some hits of guava in the nose. The hops are present but mingled with a touch of honey. The taste follows but the guava is more pronounced and mixes well with the citrusy bitterness from the hops involved. The sweet fruitiness of the guava and the touch of honey keep the bitterness from overwhelming this tasty brew. Medium body and a perfect amount of carbonation in this one. It doesn't finish as dry as some IPAs do. I liked this a lot and have already purchased more. Even better- the girlfriend loves it. Would be great nice and cold on a hot summer day.
03-01-2011 05:32:35 | More by gnemesis
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
Big thanks to Eric (turdfergison) for this bottle.
A: Pours a clear amber with a finger of light tan head. Lacing lingers for a few minutes.
S: Initial grapefuit hop aroma with a little guava and maybe some pine.
T: Guava upfront followed by grapefuit, alot of grapefruit. Has a dry finish. The aftertaste reminds me of those grapefuit cough drops. not in a bad way but a good way.
M: Great carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.
D: The citrus in this makes you want to skip your O.J. for breakfast and drink this. I would drink several more.
02-24-2011 17:11:59 | More by jale
4.08/5 rDev 0%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. No freshness date.
Appearance: Pours a slightly rust, red, copper color. Lets plenty of light through, very inviting. A couple fingers worth of eggshell head rises after the pour, very dense and tightly packed. The head finally settles to a thin layer with some dense patches. Almost perfect.
Smell: Hoppy right off the bat, mainly a pine smell, very herbal and reminds me of the outdoors. Once you get beyond the pine, the is a ripe citrus aroma way back there. Grapefruit, just a touch of peaches, and then finally the guava.
Taste: Plenty of bitterness here. The hops have definite pine flavors, although I do get some soapy flavors. It isn't all hops though, there is a slight malt body hiding in the middle. There is also lots of citrus provided by orange and grapefruit. There is peach and guava that hits at the end and compliments the other flavors very well. It also almost erases the huge hops that were there only moments ago.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation. Finishes very clean with only the smooth guava and peach flavors lingering along with a slight hop bitterness. A little sticky.
Overall: IPAs are usually one and done with me, as I am not crazy about huge, hoppy beers. However, this gem from Short's has those fruity guava and peach flavors that give a great ending to each swallow. This is very enjoyable and drinkable for an American IPA.
02-17-2011 21:42:02 | More by otto251068
4.55/5 rDev +11.5%
A: brilliant gold/orange clear color, thick foamy white head, splotchy foamy lacing
S: nice fruity bouquet with lots of tropical guava, peaches, and citra hops. It's difficult to distinguish between the hops and the fruit because they marry quite well. Very nice aroma.
T: bright fruity flavors up front: guava, peach, orange, and grapefruit. Some bready malts come into play mid palate, and some ho bitterness on the finish. Very nice balance. Wish I had gotten a chance to try the Half Acre version.
MF: medium body, spritzy carbonation, refreshing
D: this beer has remarkable drinkability, nice and crisp, good fruity notes, balance well with the bitterness.
02-16-2011 06:11:42 | More by homebrew311
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
A big ole thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew) for this great beer I have heard about via Half Acre but now get the Short's version! Woot woot! Cheers friend!
Appearance - Pours a golden hay color into my SA Perfect Pint with about two fingers of head that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving some nice looking, full lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell - Wow, what a great odd mixture of not so much bitter grapefruit (I'm so used to bitter grapefruit citrus aromas), orange, and hops all up front. But I'll be damned if the main aroma is just NICE ripe grapefruit. A refreshing and new aroma to me to be honest. Slight malty backbone.
Taste - DAMN close to the aroma. A wonderful, RIPE grapefruit flavor up front with just a hint of orange rind (still oddly sweet rather than bitter in that respect) which then flows to a bitter hoppy and hint of pine. Slight malt, but honestly the citrus shines here. Holy (excuse my language) shit. This beer completely surprised me.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, finishes a hint dry.
Drinkability - IU could drink this all night long. This is an absolute pleasant surprise. A freaking fantastic brew from Short's that I would buy six packs of all day long. Damn good.
02-10-2011 03:43:49 | More by SpdKilz
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
chilled out with this one this afternoon before a busy day of running around. served cold and poured into a pint glass.
nice pour with a great amber color and a smooth, even head of white that rose to about two inches before fading back down and coating the glass with a good amount of lace.
aroma of deep citrus hops, loads of grapefruit and orange, hints of lemon and pineapple, really a well made ipa. smooth and medium body let the flavor really hit home nicely and a nice smooth finish was loaded with resin filled citrus flavors and loads of dryness that soaked the water out of your palate.
overall really nicely done and a very solid ipa. i was quite impressed with how drinkable it actually is.
02-05-2011 22:42:27 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev -2%
Thanks to RBlaszak for sending this bottle my way.
The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity. I get a lot of guava as well as some papaya and apricot. The aroma is very interesting overall.
The flavor is fruity, but what really stands out is how dry the beer is. The fruit is guava and some other tropical fruit such as papaya and mango. Low bitterness. The flavor is also a little bit tangy. Once again, very interesting.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
A unique take on an IPA. Bravo.
02-05-2011 03:19:26 | More by Mora2000
4.08/5 rDev 0%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Thin white head, low carbonation, and a clear amber/orange body.
Smell: Very fruity, both from the hops and guava. Tropical fruits and somewhat minty.
Taste: The taste is pretty much nothing but fruity hops and guava. Yummy! Bitterness is a little higher than I would have expected. Overall, a very solid American IPA.
02-03-2011 07:48:38 | More by BierFan
4.72/5 rDev +15.7%
Let me start out by saying I love this beer.
Now let's get down to the nitty-gritty. I am not a professional beer reviewer by any means so bear with my barbaric first attempt!
appearance: light reddish, orange color with a thick head that settled down after a few minutes into a nice frothy layer on top of the glass.
smell: very fruity. The guava over powers everything else.
Taste: starts out very earthy, but finishes with a very refreshing, almost like you popped a piece of gum in your mouth citrus flavor.
Mouthfeel: velvety smooth.
drinkability: if it was readily available very much so but I am told I just drank one of the last bottles around..and this makes me sad as I would really like a second!
All in all I hope they brew up another batch soon!
02-03-2011 05:07:18 | More by TheCook
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
A gift from Alexander. Thanks bud.
a - pour is a light light golden color with minimal head.
s - big pine hops. fruity sweetness from the guava.
t - very interesting flavor. a pretty big hop bomb, but then there is a slightly tartness coming from the guava....but then there is also a sweetness from it. Its similar to Mango Mama for the fruity-sweet and hops combo. Not sure if that tartness really melds with the beer though.
m - lighter body with a bitter dry finish
overall - Short's has always been a let-down brewery for me, but this one was actually pretty good.
02-03-2011 03:06:26 | More by levifunk
3.65/5 rDev -10.5%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Slightly cloudy orange amber color with visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. A nice creamy white head rests of top and displays good head retention. There is just a little lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell: Pale malt and lots of tropical fruity hops. Pineapple and guava.
Taste: Pale and caramel malt up front give a cookie-like flavor and sweetness, then all tropical fruit. The guava is very noticeable, and pineapple and tangerine usher in the bitterness. The bitter flavors crescendo through the end of the sip, leaving a strong bitter aftertaste. It seems like the guava would come through better without such an overwhelming use of bittering hops.
Mouthfeel: The bitterness give me that paint-peeling sensation on my tongue. There is not a good enough flavor here to warrant that kind of feel. Medium carbonation and a medium body.
Drinkability: The first sips are solid, but it quickly loses its appeal as the glass continues. I would prefer this with a little less pure bitterness to let the guava come through. It was an interesting idea.
01-31-2011 15:58:59 | More by KickInTheChalice
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet. Some carbonation and a thin white head that leaves fairly quickly but some froth remains. A white lace lines the glass.
Smells very much like guava. It is very very present as well as lots of pine and some orange peel.
Oh wow taste is pretty insane. There is a nice prickly hop forward blast followed by lots of guava and citrus. Tastes very woody and carbonation is hidden but felt.
The alcohol is very hidden and overall this is pretty drinkable except for the fact that its a palate killer. Another unique brew from shorts. Not my favorite but a very nice change from your typical IPA. I can see the half acre influence on this one.
01-29-2011 03:01:12 | More by beerhan
3.83/5 rDev -6.1%
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Alexander. The last in a trio of great IPAs/DIPAs this generous midwestern trader sent along to me, all consumed as quickly as possible for maximum freshness. Poured in to a cervoise.
Appearance: An attractive penny tangerine, sandy and well toned, moderately hazed but not enough to hide a great deal of quick moving effervescence. Head retention and lacing are above average - the full finger of ecru head fades in to a half finger and then a quarter, though never fades completely, replenished continually by the mercurial carbonation. The lacing is blotchy, sticky but also runny in spots, leaving wispy patterns strewn along the sides of the cervoise.
Aroma: Incredibly fruity, though not sappy or sticky or saccharine-like. The guava definitely dominates, mingling with a hop profile that seems more minty and leafy than fruity, though I suppose that works in a complimentary way - why double down when you can diversify. The malt foundation is simple, crackery, or perhaps gingersnap-like, providing balance but not detracting from the (completely nonastringent) hops and the (surprisingly dry) fruit notes.
Taste: An interesting flavor profile. Don't ever let it be said that Short's didn't know when to kick you in the teeth with some additive (no one would ever say that, I don't think). Famous for throwing weird stuff in their beer and making sure you know they've thrown weird stuff in their beer as soon as you sip it, this one is no different, except in perhaps how well it works. This one is relatively dry, slightly roasted, with hints of floral honey and caramel in the base. The hop bitterness is assertive if not intense - I'd give it a 4/10, amplified slightly by the dryness and mineral quality of the malt foundation. Hop notes are mostly light and floral, with a nice amount of grassy mintyness and a fair amount of lighter citrus, lemon and orange zest. It's these latter few notes that dovetail nicely with the guava juice. You know, I don't drink guava juice, and I don't even think I'd know what a guava was if someone chucked one at me. Nonetheless, the flavor here is familiar - maybe I met you once in a V8, guava - and its deep sweetness, a little reminiscent of mango, pineapple, even passionfruit, mingles nicely with the leafy and floral notes as well as (unsurprisingly) the citrus.
Mouthfeel: One of this beer's best attributes. An incredibly soft and creamy mouth almost makes for a smoothie-like feeling at some points, blending very nicely with the fruit juice notes present in the flavor profile. It's sorbet-like, really, with small, minuscule bubbles in a thicker body making for a velvety smooth and slick mouth, thickened by fruit sugars and slick-ened by the hop oils. Very nice, though almost a little too smooth at the end (that is, too flat).
Drinkability: This beer is good, and it works ... well, well. But it doesn't quite blow me away, and I'm not sure why. Maybe I'm just not a guava fan. This beer did drink in many ways like a fruit beer, because the fruity notes really do dominate the taste, particularly as this one warms - the hops here compliment it nicely but can barely hold their own. It's not a bad beer, by any stretch - and at 7.0%, if it's your thing, feel free to drink up - but this one hints at the possibilities possible with combining fruit juices with hops without actually quite bringing the idea to ... fruition. Gnyuck gnyuck gnyuck.
01-25-2011 04:27:35 | More by CrellMoset
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
Thanks to kdub87 for this bottle.
Pours clear orange into a pint glass, producing two fingers of just barely off-white head. This fades gently, settling into a thin cap.
One moment I think I smell a classic IPA, citrus hops with a touch of pine, then I am sniffing a glass of tropical fruit juice. Very interesting aroma here, and quite pleasant.
I don't think the flavors come together quite as well as the smell does. Again we have hops and tropical fruit, but I almost feel like the hop bitterness is fighting the sweetness, rather than complementing it. Certainly not bad, but it seems a little messy.
Light to medium body, with nice carbonation, this is a pleasant feeling beer.
Drinkability is fine, just limited a bit by the unusual flavors. One is good, but I'd prefer to follow it with a more traditional IPA.
01-24-2011 00:12:09 | More by Pellinore1
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Thanx to AlleyKatKing
A:Poured a hazy orange color with a nice white head, moderate lacing is left down the glass
S:Citrus and tropical hops come thru the nose with a slight caramel backbone as well
T:Same as the nose with citrus hops come thru first with some caramel malt in the middle, the only thing different would be the guava taste that came thru on the back. Very interesting
M:Pretty nice body all together with hops and guava hanging around on the palate
D:This ended up being really easy to drink with some interesting taste to go along with it. Guava taste kinda thru me off but was very delightful. Would definitly drink this again
01-20-2011 00:27:16 | More by SuperNova777
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
I picked up a single of this at the store the other day since I haven't seen this beer around before and it's ratings were pretty good, so I decided to give this brew a try. The idea of a fruit infused IPA intrigues me. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a ping glass.
A- I like the label art on this beer, looks nicer and different then the other shorts labels. This beer poured a nice golden orange color with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thing ring that left some lacing.
S- The aroma of this beer is utterly dominated by tons of citrus hops. I pick up tons of grapefruit along with some guava, as advertised.
T- The taste is that of a fruit basket that is filled with half citrus fruits and half tropical fruits, topped with a whole bunch of hop cones. The guava sticks out nicely in this brew along with some grapefruit and mango. There is a nice light malt back bone that helps tie everything together. There was a nice bitter bite at the end that went great with the all the fruit flavors in this beer.
M- Medium bodied with good carbonation and a crisp finish.
D- The alcohol is hidden very well in the brew, along with all the nice flavors and great balance. If I had two more I would drink both of them.
Overall I thought this was one awesome and different IPA. I really never thought about a fruit infused IPA, but after drinking this one I think it's an avenue more brewery's should explore. This was my first collaboration beer and it's an idea that I think is pretty cool. Great job shorts, you guys steady blow my mind.
01-19-2011 03:00:48 | More by StoutHunter
3.03/5 rDev -25.7%
Pours a clear golden orange with two fingers of thick head and lots of lacing.
The aroma is grapefruit and watermelon rind with a bit of earth and pine. Very clean.
The flavor is surprisingly lacking much hop character. A bit of an empty bitterness and some earthy nutty malt. Almost watery.
The body is light and carbonation is high. Overall this beer just doesn't have much going for it outside of the wonderful aroma, which does not translate into the flavor profile at all.
01-18-2011 17:33:50 | More by alcstradamus
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured from 12oz bottle.
A- Pours a hazed golden orange color. One finger white head shows light retention. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass when I drink this one down.
S- Nice big citrus aroma in the front of this with also a fresh grapefuit undertone to the hops. The malt backing in the aroma is sweet and caramel like. The guava come in the backing which I thought would be a little more in the front
T- Guava comes straight off the get go. The fruit in this beer just shines and I like it. Light malt backing in the middle follows to the end which is another blast of guava juice. Inbetween the guava there is a lot of hops exploding on the palate. Citrus and grapefruit are the key hop flavors I taste.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Guava and citrus hops left on the palate. Big dose of guava juice in the aftertaste with a short alcohol burst. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were well blended for the style. No off flavors were present at all.
D- This was a very good drinking beer. The alcohol doesn't show up at all which lends to the drinkability. Short's always impresses me with their beers and this one is no exception. Nice job with their version. Half Acre's version I thought was a little more flavorful in certain aspects but still a great beer.
01-18-2011 00:11:46 | More by alleykatking
4.6/5 rDev +12.7%
Purchased for $1.99 at Peter's Imports in Grandville. Shared with BA mermatinger, from notes taken on 01/14/11.
Presentation: Typical layout for a Short's label -- bright colors and missing key information, heh -- but this is evidently a different artist than the one who normally does the painting for Short's. After some investigation, I found a bottled-on date of 11/24/10 on the glass of the bottle.
Appearance: Pours into my 24oz oversize snifter a deep gold with amber tinge, sparse but vigorous carbonation, very large bubbles which die down a bit after a minute or so. A frothy, dense white head blossoms unevenly and quickly dissipates to an uneven ring with a small rocky island in the middle and light, soapy film swirled around the whole surface.
Smell: Lots of fresh, citrusy hops hit the nose and, of course, guava. Other sweet tropical fruit and grapefruit are evident and almost overtake the hoppiness.
Taste: The taste is an incredible assault of hops and tropical fruit. Citrusy, zesty, oily hop bitterness is balanced and foiled by sweet and citrusy-bitter tropical fruit (grapefruit, guava, papaya, lime) with an underlying sour, lemony tang. In a way, it tastes like drinking a perfect mix of fresh IPA and grapefruit juice.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium and crisp while the carbonation is very light. There is a juicy, mouth-watering sourness played against a bitter tang while a dry bitterness lingers on the palate but does not overpower. Tangy, citrusy bitterness remains, like after taking a big swig of fresh grapefruit juice.
Drinkability & Final Thoughts: This is one damn drinkable beer. It is complex and bitter but also sweet and tangy. the sweetness is not overwhelming or cloying, but rather balanced perfectly with bitterness and dryness. Very delicious, and it would be so perfect and refreshing in the hot summer months -- I truly hope I can find a bottle that taste as fresh as this come June or July! It's awesome to see a great Michigan brewery with limited distribution team up with a great Chicago brewery also of limited distribution, and produce such a great beer. This beer is a perfect balance of an amazingly well-made, straightforward style -- American IPA -- with a bit of signature experimentation provided by these forward-thinking brewers. I don't know if there are many other IPAs brewed with fruit, but if they're half as good as this one, they're worth a try. This one gets a huge stamp of approval from me (and I've already had a couple more since this review). I hope to keep seeing this beer around because a two bucks, I'll keep buying and drinking!
01-17-2011 22:17:31 | More by Gorgoroth
4.93/5 rDev +20.8%
A-Hazy orange in color. Nice head that dissipated halfway through
S-The guava stands out right away and you can smell it when you step into the room, great smell
T-A lot of bitter hops. Great combination of bitter and sweetness.
M-Very smooth and clean finish.
D-ridiculously drinkable. Dangerous almost
This is prolly the best IPA I have ever had.
01-17-2011 01:46:50 | More by brew3crew
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
A - body is a very nice orange color, hard to see through, with a sizable frothy white head.
S - You can smell the guava from feet away. That's complimented nicely by citrus and piney hops.
T - strong hops up front, mostly grapefruit, and then a touch of guava sweetness on the back. bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Really well balanced, nothing too fancy.
M - a good body, not hugely robust, but not thin, somewhere in the middle. It's hard to keep this in my mouth long enough to figure it out. I wouldn't call it creamy, but its good.
D - I think this is crazy drinkable. It tastes great, and isn't too big or anything.
01-16-2011 19:09:13 | More by ColdPoncho
3.23/5 rDev -20.8%
Picked up a bottle of this while visiting Northern Michigan. I'm always interested in collaborations.
Poured out into a pint glass. It's mostly clear orange/yellow. Medium sized off-white head. Visible carbonation.
The nose is a wonderful fruity hop blast. The guava really comes through. Pure and tropical. Pine resin.
Taste is a bit awkward. While the tropical/hops combo worked very well on the nose, it's a bit weird on the palate. Strong grassy hops and sticky sour guava mingle tenuously. Interesting, but not really successful.
Solid mouthfeel, but I just can't get over the weird intersecting flavors. I don't think guava was meant for beer.
01-13-2011 18:38:30 | More by shivtim
Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.