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Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

381 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 381
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 51
Gots: 32 | 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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thinkinflicka

Michigan

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
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pmoore311

Michigan

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
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Gorgoroth

Michigan

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
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Drk93TT

Michigan

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
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TheCook

Michigan

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
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danp14

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

05-11-2012 17:26:01 | More by danp14
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cates1tg

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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brudz2134

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

04-20-2013 02:50:24 | More by brudz2134
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Buck_Jones

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

04-06-2014 20:23:52 | More by Buck_Jones
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

05-03-2013 18:33:16 | More by ROBSTARR
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JamesZ

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

08-08-2013 01:38:37 | More by JamesZ
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SpongeRuiner

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

05-17-2013 02:51:36 | More by SpongeRuiner
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GoldenChild

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

03-28-2012 18:13:10 | More by GoldenChild
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loki993

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

07-03-2012 19:28:16 | More by loki993
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domfreego

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

08-19-2014 21:04:37 | More by domfreego
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mattvandyk

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

08-13-2013 22:31:37 | More by mattvandyk
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GR_Beer_Nut

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

03-12-2014 16:11:43 | More by GR_Beer_Nut
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MaxPowers

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

08-01-2014 19:37:26 | More by MaxPowers
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librariangela

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

07-04-2013 20:19:36 | More by librariangela
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MgoJohnStamos

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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brew3crew

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

01-17-2011 01:46:50 | More by brew3crew
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Another6Pack

Michigan

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-22-2011 00:59:24 | More by Another6Pack
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adam2780

Michigan

5/5  rDev +22.5%

10-13-2013 02:22:19 | More by adam2780
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Hokenfloken

Michigan

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-15-2011 01:37:46 | More by Hokenfloken
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Vuaspeliador

Indiana

5/5  rDev +22.5%

07-20-2013 18:17:24 | More by Vuaspeliador
Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.