Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -14.2%
12oz into a tulip.
A: Pours a clear light brass with a small white head.
S: Perfumy guava juice dominates the nose with a hint of oily hops and alcohol.
T: Taste brings guava mixed with piney, earthy hop bitterness. Mild notes of tobacco, light fruity acidity, caramel malt.
M: Between light and medium-bodied with very light carbonation.
O: The guava came through nicely. The combination of guava with the hops used wasn't amazing, but it's drinkable and decent. A bit under-carbed, though.
05-13-2013 23:45:54 | More by Etan
3.54/5 rDev -13.2%
This ale pours a golden copper color with very little head but a decent white lacing. The nose is packed with guava and tropical fruit notes. There is some citrus and pine and also a note that I can only describe as BO. Its not overpowering but does add a slightly off note to the aroma. The body is medium with a little chew but mostly just smooth sippable ale. The flavor follows the nose perfectly. Lots of guava and tropical/citrus hops upfront. A slight amount of malt to balance the beer. And unfortunately that BO note lingering on the tail end of the beer. I keep trying Shorts but the results are always the same....mediocre. I feel like if they focused on making a handful of great beers they would succeed, but instead they try to make sooo many different offerings that they all just turn out middle of the road.
03-17-2014 00:15:51 | More by lochef81
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
01-24-2011 00:12:09 | More by Pellinore1
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
Had at Sunset Grill and Tap 3/10
Served in a pint glass.
A: This beer pours an extrodinarily hazy, orange copper color. One finger of bone white head sits on top that recedes to leave spider webbed lacing.
S: Nose is holy guava citrus spice batman! A light mild, caramel malt character is also present.
T: This is legit a guava bomb!! Lots, and lots of guava with almost a chew of fresh mint from the garden flavoring. There's a lot of mint in the fore front mingled with the guava before the guava really takes over. The guava and mint hold through the whole beer though the finish tends to lighten a bit with a pale malt and bready flvaoring.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation, very dry at first with a sticky finish.
D: Goes down somewhat easily, somewhat tasty, not too filling, interesting twist on the style. I like it but it's a one and done kind of beer for me.
03-13-2011 17:54:07 | More by Jayli
3.6/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
01-13-2011 03:05:24 | More by cosmicevan
3.65/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
01-31-2011 15:58:59 | More by KickInTheChalice
3.68/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
03-19-2014 21:03:45 | More by PaulyB83
Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.