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Freedom Of '78 | Short's Brewing Company

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Freedom Of '78Freedom Of '78
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by surlytheduff on 12-16-2010

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Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lighter bodied, moderately cloudy tangerine orange in color with just a slight off white lacing around the glass. It looks the part. The nose is in your face guava and bitter, piny hops. There is plenty of fruit character, making it easily the most appealing aspect of the beer. The flavors are fruit first, hoppy bitterness second and both come together in the after taste. It's almost juicy and makes your mouth water. It's really interesting. The guava just works really well with the style and could be even better if they used a more fruit friendly hop varietal. It drinks light and off dry. The lingering after taste is nice. Overall this is a really nice IPA. It definitely strays from the norm but is both flavorful and unique enough to keep you coming back.

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Photo of surlytheduff
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this tonight. Drank from big Duvel tulip. The beer poured a dark honey/amber color, with a solid two fingers of frothy eggshell-white foam. Given five minutes, the head died down but left some very bubbly lacing on the side of the glass.

The beer smelled absolutely fantastic. I've had my share of citrusy-hoppy IPA's, but this scent was just phenomenal. It's like being in the islands mon. There were chords of fruity aromas striking in my nose. Detected barely a hint of pineyness.

Taste is very guava-forward. Almost acidic. There is a very pleasant sour (sour like eating a grapefruit without sugar) quality. The hops catch up eventually though and provide some nice bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a good amount of carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. Three thumbs up!

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

Reviewed from notes made on 12/16/10.

The Freedom of two years after the freedom pours orange with a tint of pink into a large snifter. The brew is completely see-through and that adds a nifty flair to the overall appearance. A tiny, tiny pure white head burns off immediately and leaves a speiderweb of film atop the body. The lacing is elegant and coats the glass in spindly clumps and lines of small dots. The carbonation bubbles are miniscule and journey at a medium jaunt through the beer.

The smell is what results when guava and hops get it on. It is a seriously wicked scent, ripe with off-the-chart tropical fruit and sweet citrus aromas. The bitterness of the hops hides way behind the sweet fruit smells. There is a bit of crusty bread in the scent profile and the guava calls to mind delicious girly lotion.

Mmmm, hop bitterness is certainly not buried by the sweet fruits in the taste. In fact, bitter grapefruit hops really shine through all of the other flavors, with the guava addition lingering behind the bitter hop taste. Caramel malts give just enough of a boost to hold up the middle of the sip, but an all-out assault of grassy and grapefruit hop bitterness slams my palate at the finish.

Never more than light to medium-bodied, the mouthfeel is all about how the bitter hops attack my palate and suck all moisture from my mouth. Scratch that. There is a decent amount of creaminess in the middle of a pull, but then sucking nothingness at the end. The carbonation is effervescent and complements the bitterness well.

This is a seriously interesting IPA and ranks high up there for me in the hierarchy of Short's PA/IPA line. The guava makes the aroma really unique, while the hops really carry the flavor. I hope they release this yearly, as I really enjoy it. It is so bitter that it would be difficult to session, but one per sitting would be very satisfying.

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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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours clear copper with a half inch head of bone. A fine beam rims the glass with a few dots of lacing throughout.

Aromatics are filled with tropical, exotic fruits and hop resins. Grapefruit, guava, mango, and pine.

Medium bodied with a slickish mouthfeel.

Lush, ripe, tropical fruit with piney hops running under start the palate. A mild bitterness and malt to balance follow through.

Finishes with lingering but slightly strange fruit.

A very fruity beer but a bit odd.

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Photo of BeRanger
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Short's Pint glass.

A: Light amount of white head, pours typical orangish color. Not a whole lot of lacing going on here.

S: Grapefruit and other tropical fruits, with some sweetness coming from the guava. Also get a little bit of the pine/hops coming through.

T: Very nice meld of the typical IPA tropical and citrus flavors with a bit more sweetness due to the guava. It finishes very nice, the hops are on the backbone but its not very strong.

M: Light bodied, good carbonation.

O: This is a fantastic IPA from Short's. They weren't kidding when they said I'd love this one. I'll be heading up to the store for another sixer to stash before they run out. Well done Short's!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to mikesgroove for giving me this bottle. Served from bottle into a Warsteiner mug. Poured a slight red-orange with a fluffy four finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, orange zest, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, orange zest, tangerines, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Definite huge citrus/orange aspect going on in this one. Pretty nicely balanced despite this making it quite enjoyable. Also had a really good aroma going on as well. A definite must try!

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Photo of jale
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Eric (turdfergison) for this bottle.

A: Pours a clear amber with a finger of light tan head. Lacing lingers for a few minutes.

S: Initial grapefuit hop aroma with a little guava and maybe some pine.

T: Guava upfront followed by grapefuit, alot of grapefruit. Has a dry finish. The aftertaste reminds me of those grapefuit cough drops. not in a bad way but a good way.

M: Great carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

D: The citrus in this makes you want to skip your O.J. for breakfast and drink this. I would drink several more.

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

A nice transparent copper tone with a pure white big bubbled head. A tiny ring of sediment around the bottom of the bottle. Smell is so sweet and bitter, full of hop and guava aroma. The taste is very much the same hops up front with a growing guava aftertaste leaving the flavor of fruit mentos on the taste buds. A very tangy bitter citrus bite to it that seems to be a little overpowering and taste like lemon peels. I like the way this ale disperses along my palate it seems to mellow itself out. A great ale that could use a little less citrus bite.
Cheers!

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

A - Kind of a darker amber hue with a decent head.

S - I just got back from Costa Rica. This beer smells like a Costa Rican breakfast. The guava is so prominent, which a back of of earthy hops. This smell is amazing and unique.

T - It isn't much of a let down, but it can't live up to the smell. The guava is still there, but it not as up front as in the nose. It imparts a bit of sweetness, but not a sweet beer by any means. The middle and back are hops, with the bitter and pine expected.

M - Not a full mouthfeel and finishes a tad dry. Would have wanted a bit more fullness.

D - Yes. More. Though with the abv, which is nicely hidden, the bad idea pants could be put on a little early in the evening.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a two inch head; decent retention and spotty lacing

Smell: The guava adjunct really influences the aroma, bringing melon and pine tones; biscuity malt elements, too

Taste: Biscuity malt flavors lay down the backbone, with guava tones developing; melon elements build, too, with piney bitterness growing, after the swallow; the pine lingers into the finish, along with the tropical fruit

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really interesting twist, bringing the guava flavors into an IPA

Thanks, RoguePT, for the opportunity

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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.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/23/2016. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, papaya, guava, mango, light pepper/pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops, guava nectar, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, papaya, guava, mango, light pepper/pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/herbal/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, papaya, guava, mango, pepper, pine, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops, guava nectar, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and fairly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruited IPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops, guava nectar, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced bitterness. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of lsummers
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden copper orange that's somewhat cloudy. Not much of a head on this with no retention. Looks nice in color lacks a bit of character.

Smells very different then any typical east or west coast IPA. A peppery spicy hop note comes first. Lots of pine and bready rye.

Taste is so much different and refreshing. This has all the ipa bitterness but blends it well into a spicy, peppery pine note. There's tropical fruity note that blends well and definitely lets you know this was brewed with fruit.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with some sticky quality. Chewy and round.

Overall, this is a great, refreshingly different ipa. Something I could see myself craving every once in a while and would love to try this on tap.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draught at Ashley's, Westland, MI., in a pint glass.

A- pours a clear light copper hue, not much head or lacing, with a thin layer of residual bubbles on top.

S- big guava attack, with a strong swell of high grade sour marijuana odor, followed by a grainy malt note, then a crisp, strong hoppy finish. A bit more grainy/malty smelling than a bottle offering, but a huge green, earthy, fruity nose. This smells awesome. I could hang out with my nose in the glass for a while.

T- I love this beer. I was a big fan in 2010 with the initial release, and with this, I am truly excited that they have released it again. Strong guava bite with a big tropical fruit palate- think mango, passion fruit, Hawaiian papaya, sharp pineapple notes. Full, but not too strong hop notes- not too dry, but still prevalent, followed by a mellow, malty grain finish. Extremely well balanced- not too much fruit to put against the grain, very tasty.

M- very smooth with appropriate modest carbonation. Nothing overpowering, a great brew.

O- a great beer. I am not big on beers with a fruit ingredient, but this is truly unique, especially for a Midwest brew. The guava works well with the hop character without being overpowering. A true dark horse among American IPA's. One of the best. Very drinkable. Seasonally appropriate, though I think I could drink this all year. I hope Short's eventually makes this a routine seasonal. I am truly thankful they brought this back.

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

"talkin' to some joe
hangin' out shootin' shit
tries to tell me somethin'
i play it off legit"

Poured down the center of the DFH signature glass. Bone white head, standing two fingers tall, works its way back at a moderate clip. The sides of the glass are cakes by a sheet of moth eaten lacing. A nice cap remains throughout. Body is clear and bright, orange in color. Near text book appearance for an IPA.

Pure Guava. Fruit just oozes from the glass. Even with the glass sitting at arms length the Guava, citrus and tropical fruit scents are overwhelming my nose. The fruit does not become too overwhelming, a healthy dose of pine and pith help even out the hop bouquet. Subtle pale malt aroma falls beneath the massive blanket of hop.

With such a pungent hop aroma, it is a forgone conclusion the the hops will absolutely dominate the palate. While this is absolutely correct, how the hop flavor is presented is a bit surprising. Strong pine and pith flavors sting the tongue as the beer rolls across the tongue. The guava and citrus flavors emerge from beneath, as roles are seemingly reversed from what can be observed in the nose. You can really pick up similarities to other beers from the breweries involved. Familiar flavors from Daisy Cutter and Huma Lupa are standing out to me at various times as I enjoy the beer.

Medium bodied. There is a bit of an oily texture left on the tongue. The bitterness balances the sweetness rather well creating a bit of a drier finish.

I am a fan of this beer. Easily my favorite IPA that is coming out of Short's. I hope we see this one annually. Freedom of 78 is just a pleasure to drink. It would be no problem to drink a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of tophers
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy straw with a little bit of particulate matter floating throughout. No big deal - used to this with Short's brew (e.g. Key Lime). Smelled delicious....mix of apricot and oranges. Tasted just the same with quite a kick of bitterness. A bit of a woody hop taste that is noticeable. I would have preferred the apricot and orange taste to shine a little more.

Another very good beer from Short's!!

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Photo of xnicknj
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Block 15 tulip - thanks erikkoppin

Pours a crystal clear caramel copper color with a cropping of off-white head resting on top. Spotty lacing dots the glass with some wispy film left behind.

Alluring mix of tropical tones in the nose with guava and pineapple. Hops sting the nose with soft sweetness, caramel and toasted grains.

Pungent bitter hops right up front with a tempering fruity base, driven by guava, pineapple and mango. Bitter, yet extremely juicy throughout with a creamy malted backbone. Touches of caramel and bread crust with a slightly warm, hoppy, fruity finish.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and juicy on the tongue. This is a great example of Short's ability to produce some really unique, delicious beers that don't go completely off the rails. When they're on, they're something worth seeking out.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy dull orange yellow with a finger of pillowy off-white foam.

Very tropical fruit notes of guava, papaya, melon, and subtle citrusy notes of lemon and grapefruit.

Big juicy guava, papaya, lemon, and a laid back biscuity malt backbone.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, juicy.

Overall, two of my favorite breweries collide and made a damn good beer!

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Photo of Flopjack
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of glazeman
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The short's version...poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter

A: I would have liked a little more head on this beer and a little better retention. The beer is light amber in color and has a white ½ finger head.

S: There's not too much to the smell here. I get a little bit of kiwi and some other piney hops.

T: The guava in this beer actually comes through in the citrus hop taste better than I had expected it to. The bitterness at the finish of this beer is very nicely balanced and gives it a crisp clean finish.

M: Near perfect for this style. This beer sits on the tongue nicely and has a perfect viscosity. The beer also has a perfectly balanced aftertaste.

D: I thought this was a very easy drinking, good tasting IPA. I'm really glad it comes in 6 packs of 12 ounce bottles.

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Photo of kagent777
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Another6Pack for this beer! 12 oz bottle poured into my IPA goblet.

Appearance: Crystal clear light golden beer with a frothy white head that settles quickly and leaves enough foam to lace a little.

Smell: Pine mixed with indistinct tropical fruits.

Taste: Distinct guava zap on the first sip. The tartness of the fruit combine very nicely with the bitterness of the significant amount of hops in this beer to make a really potent combination. The malt backbone stays out of the way in the taste of this beer.

Mouthfeel: This is on the lighter side of body with prickly carbonation that accentuates the potency of the tart/bitter combo mentioned above. The finish is long bitterness.

Overall: This is a very good beer, and I am thankful that I am able to try it. I wish I could get it more often.

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Photo of stooge
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

As others have pointed out, this is most definitely not retired, it is a collaboration between Shorts and Half Acre that is released annually in the spring. I remember missing out on getting any last year, and jumped on two six packs this year when I found some. This was my first time tasting this brew, and I was not disappointed.

A- Deep orange, slightly hazy at first, with a nice head that vanishes quickly. Very little lacing, low carbonation present.

S- Tropical fruit aromas, guava, pineapple, and citrus provide a quite pleasant nose and make you desire that first sip right away!

T- The presence of guava and slightly sweet fresh tropical fruits explodes on the tongue, followed by an herbal piney hop flavor. There is no harshness, just a nice smooth blend of guava, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and piney hop flavors. The initial sweetness quickly transitions to a nice mellow hop finish. Delightful!

M- Low carbonation level, a bit on the thin side.

O- Absolutely love this beer, smells and tastes great. Would prefer a bit more body and carbonation, but the balance of tropical fruits and hops are truly delightful. I will be stocking up on this, as it is only available in limited quantities on a seasonal basis. Highly recommended!

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Photo of justinp444
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip, this IPA has a quickly dissipating white head with a hazy orange body. You can easily smell the citrus and guava from this beer from afar with tons of grassy notes as well. It has a extremely guava taste with a slight bitter aftertaste but a nice shock of citrusy hops and a piney resin, sweet but not too sweet.

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Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.