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Freedom Of '78 - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 51
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
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 ThickNStout


4.06/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz bottle from GRDave (thanks man!). No bottling date. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours hazy amber with a full finger white head that fades fairly quickly and leaves a nice bit of lace.

Smells of tropical fruity hops. Orange, guava, papaya and candy.

Taste bursts with juicy guava followed by grapefruit, peel, a little sugar and cracker. The guava dominates.

Slick light medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry grapefruit finish.

Shorts was not kidding about the guava. It's a very unique and juicy IPA.

05-20-2013 04:44:42 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of davey101


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-20-2012 02:01:13 | More by davey101
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4/5  rDev -2%

03-30-2014 21:12:44 | More by RuckusDu
Photo of brew3crew


4.93/5  rDev +20.8%

A-Hazy orange in color. Nice head that dissipated halfway through
S-The guava stands out right away and you can smell it when you step into the room, great smell
T-A lot of bitter hops. Great combination of bitter and sweetness.
M-Very smooth and clean finish.
D-ridiculously drinkable. Dangerous almost

This is prolly the best IPA I have ever had.

01-17-2011 01:46:50 | More by brew3crew
Photo of Agentveba

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

09-12-2013 03:42:07 | More by Agentveba
Photo of Docrock


4/5  rDev -2%

08-15-2013 02:55:15 | More by Docrock
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

04-07-2014 13:15:22 | More by Fargrow
Photo of GRPunk


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

01-09-2011 21:43:58 | More by GRPunk
Photo of hopfacebrew


4/5  rDev -2%

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Got this as an extra in a trade from my man jopl! Thanks again man!

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

A - Beer poured a slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 1 finger perfectly white head that seemed to slowly fade down to a thin film on the surface with nice lacing.

S - The beer has a nice strong citrus hops aroma mixed with an almost sour fruit tone.

T/M - Interesting flavor. Starts out right where the nose left off with a strong citrus grapefruit hop aroma and a slight sour tone. Then immediately the over powering tart guava fruit flavors meld with a slight malt undertone. The beer finishes crisp and tart.

D - Drinkable beer.

Overall, this is the one of the most interesting IPA's I've ever had and it was a pleasure to have. It's unsual to find such tart flavors to match the bitterness of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-26-2011 03:29:39

01-27-2012 22:17:35 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of ColdPoncho


4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

A - body is a very nice orange color, hard to see through, with a sizable frothy white head.

S - You can smell the guava from feet away. That's complimented nicely by citrus and piney hops.

T - strong hops up front, mostly grapefruit, and then a touch of guava sweetness on the back. bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Really well balanced, nothing too fancy.

M - a good body, not hugely robust, but not thin, somewhere in the middle. It's hard to keep this in my mouth long enough to figure it out. I wouldn't call it creamy, but its good.

D - I think this is crazy drinkable. It tastes great, and isn't too big or anything.

01-16-2011 19:09:13 | More by ColdPoncho
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4/5  rDev -2%

12-29-2011 19:55:58 | More by TCgoalie
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-22-2013 22:13:09 | More by amishbooze
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-17-2014 10:09:00 | More by Houser
Photo of shivtim


3.23/5  rDev -20.8%

Picked up a bottle of this while visiting Northern Michigan. I'm always interested in collaborations.

Poured out into a pint glass. It's mostly clear orange/yellow. Medium sized off-white head. Visible carbonation.

The nose is a wonderful fruity hop blast. The guava really comes through. Pure and tropical. Pine resin.

Taste is a bit awkward. While the tropical/hops combo worked very well on the nose, it's a bit weird on the palate. Strong grassy hops and sticky sour guava mingle tenuously. Interesting, but not really successful.

Solid mouthfeel, but I just can't get over the weird intersecting flavors. I don't think guava was meant for beer.

01-13-2011 18:38:30 | More by shivtim
Photo of Alextricity


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
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4/5  rDev -2%

06-29-2013 04:13:39 | More by HopsHopenstein
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

07-23-2012 14:51:19 | More by JustinMatthew
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-10-2013 18:55:16 | More by Slay40
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4/5  rDev -2%

08-06-2013 20:11:02 | More by topdown
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4/5  rDev -2%

06-08-2013 00:51:19 | More by midlifec
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

03-21-2014 19:53:31 | More by Jeffrey2310
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4/5  rDev -2%

04-14-2014 03:38:58 | More by EB1
Photo of kzoobrew


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

"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.

12-17-2010 00:02:28 | More by kzoobrew
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

09-21-2012 22:47:42 | More by Gtg642
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4/5  rDev -2%

11-17-2011 07:03:55 | More by adamant1912
Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
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