Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours a golden copper orange that's somewhat cloudy. Not much of a head on this with no retention. Looks nice in color lacks a bit of character.
Smells very different then any typical east or west coast IPA. A peppery spicy hop note comes first. Lots of pine and bready rye.
Taste is so much different and refreshing. This has all the ipa bitterness but blends it well into a spicy, peppery pine note. There's tropical fruity note that blends well and definitely lets you know this was brewed with fruit.
Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with some sticky quality. Chewy and round.
Overall, this is a great, refreshingly different ipa. Something I could see myself craving every once in a while and would love to try this on tap.
06-14-2013 03:51:32 | More by lsummers
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
04-20-2012 03:02:35 | More by SaisonRichBiere
Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.