Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company
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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
4.65/5 rDev +14%
Picked up as part of a mixed sixer from the good 'ol Beer Baron.
Poured into a regular ol pint glass at the casa.
A: Light Orange with minimal head on the pour.. has some lacing but nothing crazy.
S: Can smell the bitter fruit and alcohol scent is apparent.. up front smells like dark fruit.
T: Wow. Hits you right away with bitter fruit and fresh pineapple notes (delicious)/citrus/then you can pick up the guava fruity-lingering flavor
M: Complex and fruit flavored, definitly picking up the different flavors in this brew.. balanced rather well with the hops.. Blown away but the complexity in this bottle!
O: Awesome. Another A+ Beer for an already impressive brewery.. Will definitely pick it up again next time ! Its a must try! Not a staple of the American IPA style, but a brilliant and well put together brew.
06-19-2012 03:34:07 | More by Drk93TT
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
4.58/5 rDev +12.3%
pours a clear orange little white head that faded fast
smell is sweet and tropical, fruity hops,not a strong malt presence
lots of sweetness from the guva mixes well with the earthy piney hops,lots of citus and just so slightly tart
average ipa mouthfeel
I truly fucking love this beer
I love ipas but a lot of them are so simaler i have goten bored with them, this is a nice welcome change and a great take on the style.
one of the better offerings from shorts.
03-17-2014 23:13:13 | More by thinkinflicka
4.58/5 rDev +12.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle on 12/23/10
Appearance - fantastic copper color, white head, and some nice lacing on the glass
Smell - this is where this beer really stood out for me, awesome scent of tropical fruit, you can really smell the guava, and piney hops.
Taste - this is a very unique IPA, tropical fruits shine through with an almost pine like aftertaste and dry finish, very tasty indeed, and unlike any IPA I have had before.
Mouthfeel - fantastic bubbles that compliment the style.
Drinkability - I could easily drink many of these in one session, the tropical fruit and hops are not overly ruinous on the pallete.
Overall this is a truly unique take on the style, and something I hope these breweries continue to brew. Truly great collaboration.
12-24-2010 17:19:57 | More by pmoore311
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
4.53/5 rDev +11%
Just received fresh from regular trading partner erikkoppin. Thanks Erik, had the Half Acre version beyond excited for the Short's version. Love everything they do let's see how this one is...
A- A very sexy and appealing light amber color with a pale golden hue. Simply spectacular looking, but is missing an expected head. It's a very thin white head that has almost no fluff to it. Even so I can hardly wait to dive in.
S- Wow! God Damn I love the smell of this one it's simply amazing. It gives off a very sweet aroma of guava, kiwi and strawberry. It's making me drool and reminds me of a mild summer day on a beach. The tropical aromas have transported me. As it warms I am getting more and more strawberry, guava, kiwi and fruit skins with a light lemon rind followed by some subtle piney hops and a touch of caramel malt. Unbelievable smelling concoction.
T- An explosion of guava is spectacular and loved the whole way through. It's an undeniable tropical take and Short's has nailed it. The guava is right in your face and has a great sweetness reminiscent of succulent strawberries and kiwi fruits. At the finish I pick up a great bitter hop taste that is piney and detectable. After some warming I get a touch of caramel sweetness that melds with the tropical/citrus and piney hops to create a knock out beer from the masters of fruit.
M- Has a nice stickiness to it and and a great all around coating that isn't syrupy, but smooth. A great tongue sitter that lets you taste all of the nuances of this one. Love the feel and it has a nice faint tingle, but I would have liked a little more it's a little on the light side.
D- Absofuckinglutely! It's astonishingly smooth and light enough to session. The abv is masterfully hidden and gives off no heat. All day and night and twice on Sunday.
A home run in my opinion from a very under rated brewery that catches shit for no reason. They brew some killer beers and continue to push the envelope each time they bottle a new one. Come on agave wheat 12ozs! Thanks again Erik.
12-23-2010 00:47:34 | More by StormKing47
Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.