Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company
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4.24/5 rDev +3.9%
Bottle into tulip
Appearance - A pale orange, slim white head, pretty transparent but still has the slightest haze.
Smell - Pine, juicy tropical fruitiness, also some grapefruit and what suspect to be subtle guava.
Taste - Juicy sticky fruity resin and grapefruit right at the beginning that contributes a tart quality that eventually becomes more mellow and flavors of dryer pine, grapefruit zest, and an outstanding fruity flavor of guava that seems to carry well the entire time.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, refreshing, tart.
Overall - Good beer. First time having this beer and I'm gonna say I'm not surprised by the taste. Defintely looking out for this one again next year.
03-26-2014 03:34:49 | More by Flopjack
4.23/5 rDev +3.7%
12oz bottle poured into Block 15 tulip - thanks erikkoppin
Pours a crystal clear caramel copper color with a cropping of off-white head resting on top. Spotty lacing dots the glass with some wispy film left behind.
Alluring mix of tropical tones in the nose with guava and pineapple. Hops sting the nose with soft sweetness, caramel and toasted grains.
Pungent bitter hops right up front with a tempering fruity base, driven by guava, pineapple and mango. Bitter, yet extremely juicy throughout with a creamy malted backbone. Touches of caramel and bread crust with a slightly warm, hoppy, fruity finish.
Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and juicy on the tongue. This is a great example of Short's ability to produce some really unique, delicious beers that don't go completely off the rails. When they're on, they're something worth seeking out.
05-21-2013 14:35:49 | More by xnicknj
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
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
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!!
05-07-2012 23:23:01 | More by tophers
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
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!
04-11-2012 22:23:02 | More by BeRanger
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
"talkin' to some joe
hangin' out shootin' shit
tries to tell me somethin'
i play it off legit"
Poured down the center of the DFH signature glass. Bone white head, standing two fingers tall, works its way back at a moderate clip. The sides of the glass are cakes by a sheet of moth eaten lacing. A nice cap remains throughout. Body is clear and bright, orange in color. Near text book appearance for an IPA.
Pure Guava. Fruit just oozes from the glass. Even with the glass sitting at arms length the Guava, citrus and tropical fruit scents are overwhelming my nose. The fruit does not become too overwhelming, a healthy dose of pine and pith help even out the hop bouquet. Subtle pale malt aroma falls beneath the massive blanket of hop.
With such a pungent hop aroma, it is a forgone conclusion the the hops will absolutely dominate the palate. While this is absolutely correct, how the hop flavor is presented is a bit surprising. Strong pine and pith flavors sting the tongue as the beer rolls across the tongue. The guava and citrus flavors emerge from beneath, as roles are seemingly reversed from what can be observed in the nose. You can really pick up similarities to other beers from the breweries involved. Familiar flavors from Daisy Cutter and Huma Lupa are standing out to me at various times as I enjoy the beer.
Medium bodied. There is a bit of an oily texture left on the tongue. The bitterness balances the sweetness rather well creating a bit of a drier finish.
I am a fan of this beer. Easily my favorite IPA that is coming out of Short's. I hope we see this one annually. Freedom of 78 is just a pleasure to drink. It would be no problem to drink a few of these in a sitting.
12-17-2010 00:02:28 | More by kzoobrew
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
Massive thanks goes out to mikesgroove for giving me this bottle. Served from bottle into a Warsteiner mug. Poured a slight red-orange with a fluffy four finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, orange zest, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, orange zest, tangerines, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Definite huge citrus/orange aspect going on in this one. Pretty nicely balanced despite this making it quite enjoyable. Also had a really good aroma going on as well. A definite must try!
05-18-2011 14:47:06 | More by thagr81us
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A- A normal pour left a 1-finger, off-white head that drops to a bubbly, thin film a little too quickly. The body is a hazed, golden-peach color with light carbonation. There are great sticky spots left all over the glass. The head development and retention is my only concern on this one.
S- Throughout I picked up a lot of tropical fruit mixed with lighter, earthy hops. It isn't overly complex, but interesting all the same.
T- Quite interesting. Grapefruit hops hit me up front, tropical fruits came in through the middle, and more hops clean up and dry (bone dry really) the finish. Pleasantly sweet, grainy (cereal-like) malts come out a little later. Hopping also has an herbal flavor at points.
M- It's quite clean compared to the visual with moderate viscosity. Lightly carbonated with a solid tingle from the significant hops.
D- Quite good, especially for a fruited beer. Hops balance the sweet flavors to make this more than a one-and-done (though not a session drinker). It's definitely something I'd suggest to a friend looking for a unique IPA.
01-09-2011 21:43:58 | More by GRPunk
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
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
A- Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a fairly thin white head. Head has good retention, forms a layer of bubbles on the top and leaves some spotty lacing.
S- The aroma of this beer is like no other IPA. Tons of tropical fruits, a bit of pine and caramel malts too. The guava is pretty crazy smelling and outstanding.
T- Again this is completly different than most IPAs. Tropical fruits are no joke and up in your face. A bit of pine and a good malt back bone. There also seems to be some sort of spice here too that I can't make out. Very good and different at the same time.
M- Medium in body and carbonation.
D- This is a very interesting brew and incredibly easy to drink.
01-02-2011 05:32:48 | More by nrbw23
4.16/5 rDev +2%
Pours clear copper with a half inch head of bone. A fine beam rims the glass with a few dots of lacing throughout.
Aromatics are filled with tropical, exotic fruits and hop resins. Grapefruit, guava, mango, and pine.
Medium bodied with a slickish mouthfeel.
Lush, ripe, tropical fruit with piney hops running under start the palate. A mild bitterness and malt to balance follow through.
Finishes with lingering but slightly strange fruit.
A very fruity beer but a bit odd.
04-26-2013 02:04:00 | More by brewandbbq
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
A nice transparent copper tone with a pure white big bubbled head. A tiny ring of sediment around the bottom of the bottle. Smell is so sweet and bitter, full of hop and guava aroma. The taste is very much the same hops up front with a growing guava aftertaste leaving the flavor of fruit mentos on the taste buds. A very tangy bitter citrus bite to it that seems to be a little overpowering and taste like lemon peels. I like the way this ale disperses along my palate it seems to mellow itself out. A great ale that could use a little less citrus bite.
12-22-2010 06:38:27 | More by JordanEllwanger
Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.