Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company
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4.24/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
03-26-2014 03:34:49 | More by Flopjack
3.84/5 rDev -5.9%
Sever in a pint glass at The Rattlesnake in Boston.
Appearance: A one finger head reduced head to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.
Smell: Nice light notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange with some toasted bready notes and caramel sweetness.
Taste: Same as above with lingering bitterness in the rear. Really chewy and hops fizzle out quickly.
Mouthfeel: Chewy, lingering bitterness, medium bodied, and medium carbonation. Really chewy.
Overall: Not too shabby, but I dig the Humalupalicious from these guys a bit more.
03-23-2014 17:47:50 | More by Flounder57
3.89/5 rDev -4.7%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. ~ 3 wks from bottling date.
A: Goldenrod / light copper color. One finger of fine soapy head that fades quickly, leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass as I drink.
S: Pure tropical fruit. Smells like the roadside juice stands in South America, guava, mango, papaya. Very "tropical." I get no banana or clove esters (a definite plus).
T: True to the nose up front, tropical guava-ness. A very mild malt balance in the middle that fades into some typical piney hop bitterness. There is a subtle something distasteful on the backend that lingers into the aftertaste - soapy peppercorn.
M: Relatively thin, moderate to upper level carbonation with significant amounts of fizzy rising bubbles. I would have hoped for a slightly thicker mouthfeel to coat the tongue and release more of those tropical notes.
O: Good but I can't rave. The guava smell is perfect. Absolutely incredible, but it doesn't translate perfectly to the taste.
03-19-2014 22:46:31 | More by Copernicandream
3.68/5 rDev -9.8%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottling date slightly rubbed out like all Short's bottling dates are but seems to be 02/25/14
A- Pours a light copper, medium gold with a small white head. Good degree of clarity.
S- Got that evergreen pine that many Short's IPAs have. A bit floral as well and then there is a medium tropical guava aroma from the added guava juice. Slight honey character.
T- Similar to aroma but the guava comes in a bit more. Floral notes as well, less pine then in the nose. Some slight citric sourness. Finishes with a medium-light malt. A bit watery.
M- Carbonation is correct, this beer is a bit watery in the finish.
O- This beer is not too bad, it's a bit overpriced IMO as it's more on the higher end price range compared to most Short's offerings. I don'think the sprucey pine really works with the fruit nectar but it's dialed down to where it's not offensive. Actually expected this to be sweeter given how sweet some of Short's other beers with added fruit are.
03-19-2014 21:03:45 | More by PaulyB83
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
3.94/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
03-17-2014 17:45:42 | More by Alextricity
3.54/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
03-17-2014 00:15:51 | More by lochef81
Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.