Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 129
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rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 63
Gots: 52 | FT: 5
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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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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! (712 characters)

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! (694 characters)

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. (545 characters)

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! (562 characters)

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. (695 characters)

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. (709 characters)

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. (1,326 characters)

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. (733 characters)

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. (1,465 characters)

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. (1,699 characters)

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!! (405 characters)

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. (860 characters)

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. (707 characters)

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. (793 characters)

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. (812 characters)

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! (1,253 characters)

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. (334 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a color best described as light-amber and deep-gold; highly translucent with a good amount of clarity to it, especially once the chill haze subsides. A creamy white head forms and dissipates pretty quickly leaving some moderate lacing behind. Had this one a little over a year ago and loved it. Pretty excited to have it again, super-fresh.

The aroma is a beautiful collaboration of "tropical" and "hoppy". Intense guava aromas are the most notable simply due to the fact that you don't often find guava in beers. Juicy, ripe, and insanely sweet guava, also giving off some mango-esque notes, too. The hops are full force as well, sitting perched withing the web of fruity goodness; weedy and grassy with some lightly resinous pine. Mild bready malt is apparent in the finale, yet still plays a tertiary role.

I take a sip and I'm in heaven for a moment. This seemingly flawless execution of a guava-nectar injected India Pale Ale is even better now than I remember. The guava jumps out immediately, sending a rush of sweet, tropical fruits all across your palate. Gushing with juiciness and packed with flavor, the guava meshes perfectly with the hops; the grassy, perfume-like, and light pine characteristics happen to pair excellently.

A little bit of a bitterness spike happens halfway through, as if to remind you that you're drinking an IPA and not a cup of guava juice. Malts are a little heavier on the back end, bringing a nice bread and butter flavor to the table. Medium bodied with an ample amount of carbonation, giving a crispy mouth feel. The finish has a nice guava character with a stingy, yet balanced piney hop bitterness.

One of my favorites from Shorts. I don't know if the guava addition could have been executed any better. Definitely a treat to drink anytime of the day. I wish they made this stuff year round. (1,845 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GrandCruDrew for a couple bottles of this Short's IPA. Consumed during an event as rare as a Minnesota spring - alone in the house, watching my flailing Twins. Against the Royals. AAA baseball at its finest.

Poured into my lovely Dreamweaver glass, a nice amber, redder than your standard IPA. Nose in, there's the guava alright. Grapefruit & pale malt provide backup.

Freedom of '78 is a bitter, bitter brew. You might wanna warn a guy in the nose before you smack him like that. Hard-charging grapefruity hops open with blazing bitterness, reined in only moderately with the input of guava. The fruit-on-fruit violence pairs up nicely. Pale malts peer out briefly, but fade away into a wave of more bitterness to close this one out. Cut a bit of alcohol out of this one, & it's a fine session brew.

Simple but hugely enjoyable. Wasn't sure about the guava, but Short's wedded these in perfect marital bliss. Excellent. (936 characters)

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 (650 characters)

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. (456 characters)

Photo of SeaUrchin
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured into my duvel tulip

appearance - golden orange with mild to moderate visible carbonation, a head of about a finger and a half

smell - strong citrus fruit up front with a slight hoppy aroma at the end

taste - starts off with a nice sweet fruity flavor similar to kiwi(ill assume this is the guava because i havnt had guava nectar without vodka in it) then it moves into a mixture of bitter hops and sweet citrus fruit, finishes with citrus kick and a nice bitter hop flavor that lingers

mouthfeel - thin, not as water but far thinner than i had anticipated, carbonation lightens this up a bit, very drinkable but i would have liked mine a bit thicker

drinkability - very easy to drink, nice sweet citrus, the bitter hoppy finish leaves you wanting more, would be very nice on a hot summer day, if this was released as a year round or summer offering it may replace soft parade as my go to shorts summer beer

over all this is a pretty decent brew, better than shorts year round offerings, as stated if re released i would buy it again (1,046 characters)

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

Big thanks to beerindex for the Box 'o Short's! No dating noted on the bottle.

A - Pours a slightly hazy vibrant orange with a large fluffy white head. Carbonation is visible and bubbling the whole time.

S - Wow, this smells great! My experience with guava's is zero-to-none, so I never would have guessed that's what it was, but the smell is very distinguishable from your typical IPA. Healthy dose of citrusy hops.

T - This is odd...in a good way. Most IPA's that have the citrusy flavors like grapefruit, orange, lemon, etc., seem to come through either on the front or mid-palate, but the guava flavors here are strongly present all the way through this drink. Even minutes after my last sip, I still taste it. Nice prickly bitterness. The finish is sweet, as noted above with the lingering guava flavors.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. There is an unmistakable oiliness here.

D - I actually really enjoyed this one. I had been interested in trying some of Short's offerings for awhile since they seem to be so outside of the box and this one definitely showcases what they can do.

Looking forward to trying some of their others. (1,151 characters)

Photo of ryantho00
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This intersting brew from Short's pours a hazy and sandy straw orange with a nice frothy 2 finger that laces nicely.

Oh boy, what a beautiful nose!!! Guava, grapefruit, orange, citrus, a slight toasted oats wheaty undertone. Very nice whiffs here.

Wow, instantly guava, grapefruit, before I even inhale, then a nice blend of citrus, orange, guave, more grapefuit, a nice sour/bitterness from that grapefruit/guava taste, this is really very tasty. I get a nice blend of fresh hops throughout, great freshness, are those cascade hops? Well done Short's. Nice hoppy aftertaste, and good dry almost sour finish, very reminisent of grapefruit ( I guess that is more the Guava). Very very refreshing, alchol is well masked throughout, great creativity, good balance and smooth medium bodied drink.

Short's release a massive number of different beers each year, and it seems that sometimes they may dilute themselves, and just when you start to believe this, they bring out a new beautiful brew like this.

Wonderful, would go nicely with some aged spicy cheese and creamy pasta. I really enjoyed this and will be drinking this frequently throughout the summer.

Cheers!! (1,169 characters)

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

This review is going to be largely lifted from my review Half Acre version, with only minor changes to highlight differences. Served in a Goose Island taster pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger and a half of soapy white foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace. Body is a lightly hazed transparent golden color.

S - I find the Short's version to have far more grapefruit and citrus character. The guava is more of a supporting flavor that imparts a bit of fruity muskiness. There's a bit of light sugary malt in the periphery.

T - Tastes like guava juice. No, really. Starts with fruit juice flavors, and ends like juice - slightly bitter and acetic. As I drink more, I get some hop flavor coming through with citrus zest, but there's almost negligible malt character - perhaps a touch of sugar in the finish as it warms up. Strangely compelling.

M - Very juicy, with low carbonation, and a sticky finish. Could use a bit more dryness.

D - Absolutely crushable. I went through my 6oz in under five minutes. Hope Short's makes this in the summer, or Half Acre puts it into cans, as it's really refreshing. I think the Short's version is a mild improvement - I'm guessing they learned from Half Acre's attempt and subsequent challenges. (1,253 characters)

Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.