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Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 55
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

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Beer added by: surlytheduff on 12-16-2010

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Ratings: 397 | Reviews: 120
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BierFan
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheCook
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of levifunk
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beerhan
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Pellinore1
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SuperNova777
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of StoutHunter
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.12/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Gorgoroth
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of brew3crew
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of shivtim
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle drank in my Orval glas...A clear gold, decent carbonation...Sweet aroma of pineapple, mango, a touch of the guava, less than the Half acre...Taste starts off like fruit juice, acidic, a bite, and finally a little hops. The more you drink the hops come through. Not the best ipa but decent and worth a try.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to gnemesis for filling my mailbox with shorts beers this evening. This was my second taste from the box.

a-Poured a foggy orange with a frothy white head that left milkshake-like trails on the glass.

s-Very bittery hops. Sweet guava, almost smells like papaya juice. Very grapefruit forward too, super tart.

t-Overly bittered hop flavor. Drinkable but pretty intense. Candied guava and grapefruit is there, but mostly leads with the hops. I like a bit more balance.

m/d-Cooling, but extremely bitter. Nice carbonation and not too thick. Rich in flavor, easy to drink. I would prefer a bit less bitterness but enjoyable.

Photo of GRPunk
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Onenote81
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to browna71 (Alex) for a sixer of this fine brew in a recent trade! 12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a faintly hazy dark copper/orange with a thin half-finger width white head on top. Some spotty lace clings to the glass. The nose is bursting with scents of fresh-squeezed oranges, pineapple, guava. Slightly peppery, with a faint alcohol singe on the back end.

Good full-bodied IPA with plenty of carbonation zip. There's plenty of bitter hops to go around with this beer, but my overall impression is pepper and spices. I expected more of a fruity-tasting IPA, but this one is herbal, earthy, and spicy. Part of this reminds me of Saison Du BUFF (any version) with the herbal notes, but it is definitively an IPA. Some citrus sweetness rounds it out, and there's a crisp bitter finish. As far as drinkability is concerned, the spiciness may wear on me after awhile, but it is a pleasure to sip one. A good bitter beer that will cure my hop-fix any day.

Photo of nkersten
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was totally unaware that Short's bottled a version of this as well - Thanks to Erik for sending me one of these! Poured into pint glass, color is a slightly hazy apricot golden with a one finger white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Smell is a lot different from the Half Acre version - much spicier, lots of fruity hops, bread dough, and a slight malt sweetness in the background. Taste is similar, but much fruitier. Guava stands out in a big way, tropical fruit hops, bread crust maltiness, bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium/light carbonation, slightly coating and semi dry. Overall a great beer. I prefer the half acre version to this, but it is always fun to taste the regional differences in ingredients. Hopefully each brewery will brew this again next time Ween is in town.

Photo of claminat420
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a hazy copper color with a nice frothy white head. medium lacing.

S- grapefruit hops dominate. what an ipa should be. not too crazy or over the top but good.

T- the bitterness is what an american ipa should be. the grapefruit hops come out alil but more of some piney notes hit ya unlike the smell. the guava doesn't hit you at first but once you drink this brew day after day the guava tends to be abit much.

M- medium bodied. good carbonation.

D- i hope my beer store has more of this!! once again tho.. great brew but after awhile the guava starts getting to you.

Overall- a solid ipa built for a guava lover.

Photo of nickadams2
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours amber/gold in body with a frothy bone white head. Splotches of lacing cling to the glass.

S_Pungent hops,grapefruit and the guava is pretty noticeable.

T_Same as nose. Good combination of bitter and sweet. The guava is fairly easy to pick up and pairs well with pine and citrus flavors of the hops. Overall pretty damn hoppy.

M_Mouthfeel is a little thin,slick and sticky on the lips.

D_Very enjoyable. I've been finishing these fairly quickly.

Photo of zoso1967
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a peachy light amber color without much of a head at all. What little head this beer possesses is pure white. This brew leaves a tiny amount of lace, but nothing too spectacular.

The aroma is super fruity with tons of tropical notes. It smells like grapefruit and pine mixed with what I am assuming is guava and some sugary malt. This beer has an amazingly fresh aroma to it and while it is familiar, it is also quite unique.

The flavor is also very potent and fresh. Grapefruit, orange, pine, tropical fruit and guava mix together to make a very tart explosion of acidic flavors. The malt has a bit of a caramel character to it, but is mostly just sweet. My biggest complaint with this beer is that it seems a bit too bitter and the bitterness manifests itself in a very harsh and sharp matter.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is a bit on the sticky-icky side. It finishes so dry and tart acidic fruits linger long on my palate. This is perhaps contributed to from the very low carbonation.

I think this would be a bit more drinkable if it was a little less bitter, or the bitterness was a bit smoother. Don't get me wrong, this is a pretty tasty beer, but for me it misses the mark in a couple places. Definitely worth trying out.

Photo of nrbw23
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.