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Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

390 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 53
Gots: 33 | FT: 3
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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Photo of Alextricity
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date is scratched away but this was bottled no more than three weeks ago, I know, so I'm not concerned about that. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Priced at Short's usual $2 for a single bottle.

Appearance: Reasonably hazy, and even more hazy if you get all the goodness from the bottom of the bottle into the glass. About a finger of a soapy head that dies down pretty quickly. A bit of patchy lacing. It looks alright. I tend to nit-pick -- I much prefer the look of a creamier head over a soapy one. Minor annoyance. The bottle itself looks quite a bit different from Short's other stylings, but it still stands out a bit, despite it being a mostly dark logo. Maybe the art was done by somebody over at Half Acre for this one? In any event, pretty decent looking all-around.

Smell: Yeah, guava. Smells really tropical as you'd expect. Guava/mango/peach aroma more so than a kind of pineapple. Not much else to mention as it really just smells tropical. I don't get earthiness or really any malt in the aroma.

Taste/feel: Mild/moderate carbonation with actually an unexpectedly quite thin mouthfeel.. that's the first thing I notice, and that's my biggest knock on Freedom of '78. The flavor follows up what was on the nose, with loads of guava and mango with only a slight bit of pine on the finish. Finishes pretty dry as well. Not nearly as bitter as many Short's IPAs seem to be either, which is a good change of pace.

Freedom of '78 is a good beer. It's relatively one-note with a guava/mango sort of flavor and aroma going on with only the slightest pine aftertaste, but it works. It's way too drinkable. It drinks like it'd be about 5% rather than 7%. Again, low sort of carbonation, but my only real problem with this beer is its mouthfeel... it could use a bit more heft. Regardless, this is a delicious IPA.

Alextricity, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of lochef81
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.