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Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company

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339 Ratings
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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%


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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malty

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-cloudy dirty gold color with a loose and settled 1/4" off-white head. Even though I can see through the liquid, there is no visible uprising carbonation whatsoever. Lots of smattered splotches of sticky lace all the way down.

Evenly balanced tropical fruits are very up front. Because I'm not acquainted with the precise smell of Guava, and this IPA is made with pure guava, I'll conceed that it smells exactly like guava. This fruitiness, mixed with the earthy prevailing hoppy notes, eminates a sensual female odor.

A funky, fruity and hoppy combination greets the palate with a white peppery lining. An interesting salty undercurrent finishes this peculilar and flavorful experience. Another gulp or two and I perceive more of a pronounced salt and pepper backdrop. This is a very perplexing melding of flavors here.

Mouthfeel is almost medium bodied with a cask-like texture. Not a lot of carbonation, but what's there is prickly and welcomed.

Drinkability is okay. I'm trying to keep an open mind while drinking this, but mind is somewhat reeling from these odd and quirky flavors.

To say Shorts is 'at it again' is an understatement. I get the fruit and hop combo, but this salt and pepper element is downright interesting. I can't say I'd run out and buy more, but I would try it on tap. The smell on this thing is fun and funky. Good job on an interesting fruity tweak on an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 22:09:57 | More by malty
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sculls65

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, almost light amber, with a white sticky head that laces down the glass. There is just a hint of haze peering through it. The smell is wonderful..tropical guava, pineapple, grapefruit and floral hops dominate. Taste is hop forward with grapefruit first untill the guava sweetens midway followed by pine. The malt bill is present but in the background nicely. Mouthfeel is fine with a dry finish. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 21:51:18 | More by sculls65
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 18:08:34 | More by MasterSki
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decadance

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 01:28:31 | More by decadance
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pmoore311

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 17:19:57 | More by pmoore311
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a clear orange color that produced a small off-white head with decent retention. Minimal lacing.

(S)- Wow, a huge burst of tropical citrus. That guava is really evident; bringing with it a peach, pineapple, and lime accent. Some minimal pine in there too. What a fresh and vibrant aroma. Unique for the style.

(T)- Very similar to the smell, only with more malts showing themselves in the form of light caramel. Very piney with pine-needle all over the place. The citrus takes a backseat to all this.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Has a sharp dry piney bitterness, but is counterbalanced well with a good malty backbone and tropical citrus.

(D)- I always enjoy how Shorts pushes the envelope on what you can expect from a beer style. This is no different. A refreshing take on an overproduced style.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 02:48:39 | More by sweemzander
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StormKing47

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just received fresh from regular trading partner erikkoppin. Thanks Erik, had the Half Acre version beyond excited for the Short's version. Love everything they do let's see how this one is...

A- A very sexy and appealing light amber color with a pale golden hue. Simply spectacular looking, but is missing an expected head. It's a very thin white head that has almost no fluff to it. Even so I can hardly wait to dive in.

S- Wow! God Damn I love the smell of this one it's simply amazing. It gives off a very sweet aroma of guava, kiwi and strawberry. It's making me drool and reminds me of a mild summer day on a beach. The tropical aromas have transported me. As it warms I am getting more and more strawberry, guava, kiwi and fruit skins with a light lemon rind followed by some subtle piney hops and a touch of caramel malt. Unbelievable smelling concoction.

T- An explosion of guava is spectacular and loved the whole way through. It's an undeniable tropical take and Short's has nailed it. The guava is right in your face and has a great sweetness reminiscent of succulent strawberries and kiwi fruits. At the finish I pick up a great bitter hop taste that is piney and detectable. After some warming I get a touch of caramel sweetness that melds with the tropical/citrus and piney hops to create a knock out beer from the masters of fruit.

M- Has a nice stickiness to it and and a great all around coating that isn't syrupy, but smooth. A great tongue sitter that lets you taste all of the nuances of this one. Love the feel and it has a nice faint tingle, but I would have liked a little more it's a little on the light side.

D- Absofuckinglutely! It's astonishingly smooth and light enough to session. The abv is masterfully hidden and gives off no heat. All day and night and twice on Sunday.

A home run in my opinion from a very under rated brewery that catches shit for no reason. They brew some killer beers and continue to push the envelope each time they bottle a new one. Come on agave wheat 12ozs! Thanks again Erik.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 00:47:34 | More by StormKing47
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JordanEllwanger

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 06:38:27 | More by JordanEllwanger
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SeaUrchin

Michigan

4.33/5  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

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 05:44:30 | More by SeaUrchin
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 02:39:58 | More by glazeman
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 03:30:58 | More by TCHopCraver
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very interesting brew... After having mango mama i was really excited to try this one. Pours crispy clear and beautiful with a good amount of white frothy head that disappears quickly. Smells like hops and guava. Doesn't tast all that different than daisy cutter with guava added. Fairly subtle but good. A bit weak on the mouthfeel but overall very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:18:55 | More by Urbancaver
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WeisGuy

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Plum Market. Bottled 11/24/10.

Pours a hazy, deep golden color with a two-finger white head. Head retention and lacing are moderate to good. The aroma of guava jumps out of the glass along with other tropical fruit and citrus smells. There is also a considerable biscuit malt aroma. Moderately sweet guava and tropical fruit flavors up front with a strong grainy, biscuity malt flavor cutting the sweeter hops on the midpalate. The finish is quite bitter and dry with lots of lingering tropical fruit/guava and lighter biscuit malt notes. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. The intensely bitter finish limits drinkability somewhat, as does the interesting, but not very complex, flavors. Overall, a really good IPA from Short's and Half Acre. The guava really comes through, and the flavors, while not complex, are pleasant and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 22:39:31 | More by WeisGuy
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$2.30 for a 12oz single @ Jacks. No ingredients listed on the website. A collaboration with Half Acre Beer Co in Chicago.

Pours out to a clear light amber forming a modest white head with average retention and sparse lacing. Mild carbonation. The aroma is sweet with spicy resinous hops with a touch of that skunky Amarillo and the mango of Centennial. Very nice. Sits on top of a sweet malt nose. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium body. The taste is very very good. I get the skunky MJ of Amarillo with a nice flash of white pepper (since they are going for the Ween thing here), and a touch of some acidic fruit...I dunno if it's Guava or not, but it lightens the body and adds a peculiar fruity sourness. The bitterness is a little sharp, above medium. The finish is dry. Aftertaste of grapefruit pith.

This is a decent IPA with some peculiar qualities. I might buy it again in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 18:43:22 | More by Mitchster
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33nickadams

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden color, semi transparent, about a finger of head when poured, a little lacing
S- Piney/citrusy, it actually reminded me a lot of spruce pilsener
T- A nice piney bitter IPA
M- Medium body and good mouthfeel
D- I only bought a single, but I wish I had at least another one.

A great IPA. Lets hope they bottle this more than once.

April 2012 notes- Really glad they brewed this again. I'm loving the pineapple, pine nose and citrus taste. Shorts puts out a lot of different offerings but every now and then, they hit it out of the park. Changed overall to a 4.0.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 02:46:42 | More by 33nickadams
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Pretty damn clear golden apricot body. Finger of tight, gauzy, eggshell-white head. Some lacing. Ridiculously citrusy nose! Definite guava too. Grapefruit and grapefruit rind, mandarin orange, and passion fruit as well. Sugary malt presence in the background.

Toasted malts up front. Big citrus juice flavor follows. Grapefruit, guava, and lemon dominate. Acidic, bitter, and even a bit tart. Spicy, cookie-ish malt underneath it all. Grassy, herbal bitterness mixes in near the finish. Candied malt sweetness resonates with bitter citrus hops in the finish. Medium-bodied, with a slightly slick feel. A very citrus-y IPA, and if you like that kind of thing, seek this out!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 01:56:57 | More by alexgash
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:02:28 | More by kzoobrew
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surlytheduff

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 04:39:11 | More by surlytheduff
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Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.