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Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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369 Ratings
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 51
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: surlytheduff on 12-16-2010)
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NuckleDragger

Michigan

2.56/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really wanted to like this beer after reading other reviews and buying into the hype. Picked up two Freedom of '78s in a mix-and-match 6 pack.

A: Light sunrise orange with just a tad of haze and a small dissipating head.

S: The smell was good. Standard sweet IPA smell with good hints of fruit. So far so good.

T: This is where it went down hill for me. The guava took over in the taste department and left a terrible aftertaste. Yuck!

M: Just a light carbonation on this one. Boarder line watery.

O: I have never had guava, now I know why. The after taste is like a seagull shit in my mouth. Freedom doesn't taste like that. Not sure If I am gonna drink the second one or dump in down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 15:22:38 | More by NuckleDragger
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-04-2014 11:55:56 | More by ShanePB
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jlmathis

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-04-2014 05:39:00 | More by jlmathis
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TangoJuliet

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-04-2014 03:40:52 | More by TangoJuliet
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Sarge3130

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-03-2014 23:12:59 | More by Sarge3130
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dbc5

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-03-2014 11:16:48 | More by dbc5
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arusso13

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-03-2014 00:38:00 | More by arusso13
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Morakaton

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-02-2014 22:25:36 | More by Morakaton
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HardyA

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-01-2014 00:54:35 | More by HardyA
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RuckusDu

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-30-2014 21:12:44 | More by RuckusDu
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MgoJohnStamos

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

03-30-2014 18:11:06 | More by MgoJohnStamos
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vinny21bal

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-29-2014 22:08:11 | More by vinny21bal
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linnymtu

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

03-29-2014 01:54:11 | More by linnymtu
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westlaunboy

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-28-2014 21:06:42 | More by westlaunboy
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emottram

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

03-27-2014 20:20:51 | More by emottram
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Flopjack

Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 03:34:49 | More by Flopjack
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Givemebeer

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-25-2014 01:24:39 | More by Givemebeer
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KCBeerNerd

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-23-2014 23:47:27 | More by KCBeerNerd
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sever in a pint glass at The Rattlesnake in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head reduced head to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Nice light notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange with some toasted bready notes and caramel sweetness.

Taste: Same as above with lingering bitterness in the rear. Really chewy and hops fizzle out quickly.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, lingering bitterness, medium bodied, and medium carbonation. Really chewy.

Overall: Not too shabby, but I dig the Humalupalicious from these guys a bit more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 17:47:50 | More by Flounder57
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fredmugs

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

03-23-2014 01:50:18 | More by fredmugs
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FinchSCF

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-23-2014 01:01:21 | More by FinchSCF
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-21-2014 19:53:31 | More by Jeffrey2310
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Kerrie

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

03-20-2014 21:56:07 | More by Kerrie
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Copernicandream

Michigan

3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. ~ 3 wks from bottling date.

A: Goldenrod / light copper color. One finger of fine soapy head that fades quickly, leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass as I drink.

S: Pure tropical fruit. Smells like the roadside juice stands in South America, guava, mango, papaya. Very "tropical." I get no banana or clove esters (a definite plus).

T: True to the nose up front, tropical guava-ness. A very mild malt balance in the middle that fades into some typical piney hop bitterness. There is a subtle something distasteful on the backend that lingers into the aftertaste - soapy peppercorn.

M: Relatively thin, moderate to upper level carbonation with significant amounts of fizzy rising bubbles. I would have hoped for a slightly thicker mouthfeel to coat the tongue and release more of those tropical notes.

O: Good but I can't rave. The guava smell is perfect. Absolutely incredible, but it doesn't translate perfectly to the taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 22:46:31 | More by Copernicandream
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PaulyB83

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottling date slightly rubbed out like all Short's bottling dates are but seems to be 02/25/14

A- Pours a light copper, medium gold with a small white head. Good degree of clarity.

S- Got that evergreen pine that many Short's IPAs have. A bit floral as well and then there is a medium tropical guava aroma from the added guava juice. Slight honey character.

T- Similar to aroma but the guava comes in a bit more. Floral notes as well, less pine then in the nose. Some slight citric sourness. Finishes with a medium-light malt. A bit watery.

M- Carbonation is correct, this beer is a bit watery in the finish.

O- This beer is not too bad, it's a bit overpriced IMO as it's more on the higher end price range compared to most Short's offerings. I don'think the sprucey pine really works with the fruit nectar but it's dialed down to where it's not offensive. Actually expected this to be sweeter given how sweet some of Short's other beers with added fruit are.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 21:03:45 | More by PaulyB83
Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.