Half Acre / Short's / Piece - Freedom Of '78
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American IPA
Ranked #330
Ranked #4,116
4.1 | pDev: 8.29%
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
Half Acre / Short's / Piece - Freedom Of '78Half Acre / Short's / Piece - Freedom Of '78
Notes: Brewed in collaboration with Short's Brewing, featuring Jonathan Cutler of Piece. This beer was made in honor of the band Ween. We loaded up a Citra Hop forward IPA with some wheat and 1000 lbs of Guava Fruit from Ecuador.

You should check out Ween.
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Photo of Ri0
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 16oz can into snifter.It is a lighter amber orange, clear and has a 2 finger white head. Thick cap remains for the session and the lacing is minimal. Heavy aromas of guava and other citrus hops. This beer has one of the biggest guava and lime flavors on the first sip. It is slightly tart and bitter. The malts are laid back with mild sweet caramel notes. It is a lighter body for a IPA and that is okay. Slightly resinous and sticky. Solid flavored IPA from HA.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz draft poured into a pint glass shows a gold colored body floating miniscule whitish head and leaving no lacing.

Aroma is an exciting mix of tropical fruit and citrus.
Flavor matches.
Mouthfeel leans lighter and finishes clean.
Overall a very nice collaboration. Apparently there were just enough cooks for this broth.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can, 06/20/17 stamped on the bottom, so about 3 weeks in the can

Pours very typical almond amber looking, slight haze, off white moderate cap and leave just a smidge here and a blob there of thicker lacing.

Fruited up nose

On the palate its more soft fruit notes, a hint of smoke and dry hops....lighter and quite easy drinking (gotta be pretty bad beer not to be "easy drinking") I am not sure what guave actually tasts like and others have commented about how this beer is guava overload...tastes pretty good to me, fruity n flavorful with a dry finish....more quality beer in tall cans...the state of the USA beer world is excellent

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a pint glass. No canned on date.

A: Small soapy white head that disappears to a ring around the glass. Body is an amber color with great clarity.

S: lots pine and lemon that's about all I'm getting.

T: The first wave that hits you is pure pine then a wave of soft fruit like grapefruit and a little honeydew and finishes with a nice sticky resin.

M: Medium bodied decent carbonation nice light cling on the finish.

O: from the smell you would think this was a one trick pony. This beer has a nice depth and is a change of pace from a lot of the IPAs out there right now.

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3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I agree with some of the other reviews, the guava somewhat overpowered the typical IPA tastes. That being said it was still pretty drinkable albeit not your traditional IPA.

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Photo of CHickman
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Too much guava works against the beer, as it negated all the hops and made it seem like parts of a cactus were floating around in the brew. Not for me, this is a swing and a miss in my book. Lacks any real hop flavor and seems to be a sugary, sweet fruit drink. Not a drain pour, but this was not at all smooth in my book.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I see this beer was brewed by Short's at one time, in collaboration with Half Acre, and then by Half Acre, in collaboration with both Short's and Piece Brewery... This release seems to be Half Acre's revival of the beer, brewed and canned by them, in collaboration with Short's, but without any input from Piece.

As was true of the past renditions, this beer is brewed with guava puree. No canning date that I could find.

I'd seen it around for a week or two (?) but took a pass because it's brewed with guava puree - and while I'm not uptight about it, I've not often been impressed with pale ales featuring pureed fruits - with so much out there, I just grab something else, you know?

Man, this is a beaut! Not a fruit bomb at all - big hop bitterness, lots of pine edge to keep the sugary fruits at bay - and honestly, if I didn't read it on the label, I'd have been oblivious to any guava puree impressions at all - the fruitiness, subdued as it is, came up mostly on the back-end as something vaguely tropical, maybe some banana and strawberry with a hint of lime... Smooth and clean-tasting... The body of the beer is medium gold and clear - not some cloudy NE-style stuff... Modest carbonation, nice shellac on the palate, tight and fresh and clean - a real winner...

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Photo of Bdubz94
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 6/19/17. 1 month old.

Pours a clear light copper color. 1.5 finger head. Very little lacing.

Aroma is packed with guava and tropical fruit tones. Definite hops as well.

Taste is very hoppy and fruity. Pick up the wheat as well. Just packed with guava.

Feel is light, medium carbonation. Bitter finish.

Overall, if you enjoy guava, you will love this beer. Guava overpowers just about everything else in this one.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange color, slightly hazy, brilliant white head. Aroma is bright citrus and HUUUUUUGE guava flavors. It's a hoppy, tropical island in a glass.

Taste features the ubiquitous Citra hop up front, and then the guava joins the party, adding a slightly sweet, slightly dank, and fully tropical fruit characteristic that really elevates this above the "typical" Citra-hopped IPA.

Well done by Half Acre and Shorts.

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Photo of Eric_T_07
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I really don't know how I feel about this beer. The guava seems a little off-putting to me. I can see why some people might enjoy it, but it isn't a beer I'd seek out again. Especially at 14.99 for a 4pk.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Hazy apricot gold, finger white head, decent retention and lacing. That guava is prominent in the nose in taste, dominant but not off putting, kinda like it. Solid grapefruit peel bitterness finishes off. Very different, but worth a try.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden Amber with thin white head. Nose gives hints of tropical fruit...mostly mango, pineapple. Taste is orange, mango, pineapple and a sweetness that I'd attribute to guava jam. Some hop bitterness that's well balanced by breadt malt. Nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of joe1510
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
Binny's - Willowbrook

An IPA from two tremendously fun and talented brewers? Sign me up! Freedom of '78 is a juicy looking beast. Apricot orange in color that pales up when backlit. A few clusters of carbonation bubbles pop to the surface. The foam is easy to conjure up, a little dirty white and a finger in height on the pour. It's silky smooth and leaves sheet lacing with each drink. This is a mighty fine looking beer.

The nose is potent and full of depth. Guava leads the way in it's purest form. Peppery, underripe mango and orange marmalade make themselves known shortly thereafter. There is a really cool spruce tip/juniper character that I don't remember in past versions, though it's been a couple years since I have last had Freedom of '78. To wrap it all up is a softly sweet sugar cookie malt base that allows the fruit and hop profile to shine.

The flavor profile follows the nose closely and, I appreciate that. Big guava upfront, pure juice. As a matter of fact, tropical notes run from the start to the finish. Peppery mango pops up mid-palate and pineapple on the finish. Orange marmalade and that spruce tip/juniper character I mentioned above comes along in the middle and the spruce tips bring with it a bitter finish. The malt profile brings a touch of sweet along but it's simply there so the hops don't run away with the show and it's in the form of sugar cookie again.

The body is a hair shy of moderate in weight with a really silky feel. The carbonation is soft and the feel is downright luxurious. The bitterness rises to moderate and while it's juicy on the swallow it dries up shortly thereafter. This beer is incredibly easy to put away, a bomber is not nearly enough.

Freedom of '78 is a damn fine beer from two damn fine brewers. It's unique in the tropical department with a good bitterness and hefty drinkability. It would be nice to see this beer in cans, I can tell you that much. Good job, fellas!

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, light orange, head quickly dissipates
S: Sweet tropical fruit, guava, light spice
T: Balanced bitterness, guava, pineapple, grassy
M: very nice
O: I'm really glad they kept this lower abv and didn't go imperial. The guava flavor comes out better without alcohol getting in the way

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Photo of larryarms847
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy dull orange yellow with a finger of pillowy off-white foam.

Very tropical fruit notes of guava, papaya, melon, and subtle citrusy notes of lemon and grapefruit.

Big juicy guava, papaya, lemon, and a laid back biscuity malt backbone.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, juicy.

Overall, two of my favorite breweries collide and made a damn good beer!

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Photo of Rifugium
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


This was quite a tasty surprise. Nice extra in a trade (sorry, I forget who gave it to me). Nice golden-orange color, lively white head. Fruity aroma, lots of bright hops and fresh tropical fruit. This was reflected well in the taste. Crisp mouthfeel with a smooth fruity sweetness making for good drinkability. Very nice overall.

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Photo of kevanb
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

32oz growler, filled 7.25.15, poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

The beer pours an attractive copper color, lightly hazy but with good clarity with a thick, finger and a half of white head, good retention and plenty of lace. The aroma is really fruit forward, bursting with guava, orange peel, grapefruit tartness, light wildflower and crusty pale grain. I'm really impressed with how well the guava is showcased here and the underlying Citra hop pale ale really compliments the fruit nicely. The flavors don't deviate from that lovely nose, loads of fresh guava, tons of citrusy Citra hops, bitter orange peel, wildflower, chewy and biscuit forward pale grain, very light in comparison to the hoppy nature of the beer, definitely feels refreshing and quaffable. The mouthfeel is nice, dry, coating, lively, moderate carbonation with a crisp finish that leaves a bit of a cottonmouth sensation behind.

Verdict: A really enjoyable fruited pale ale from Half Acre, Shorts and a quick cameo from Piece. Super refreshing and easy to drink, this definitely falls under the "crushable" category and is perfect for those late July nights.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold yellow with an off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is a mix of guava, tropical fruit, and bitter citrus with a little floral element too.

Upfront taste is a light guava fruitiness leading to a light caramel malt middle; slightly bready. Hoppy finish of guava and bitter grapefruit. Lingering bitterness.

Medium body, slight oiliness. Moderately dry finish.

Compared to a sample I had at Half Acre on tap, the guava is a lot more pronounced. It adds some uniqueness to the style, but I'm not a huge fan.


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Photo of thagr81us
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of oline73
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a bright cloudy amber color with just a layer of off white head. The head doesn't stay around for long.

Smell: First I notice a fruity sweetness from the guava along with some malt. There is also an herbal smell from the hops. Overall this is a nice smelling beer.

Taste: Bitter herbal hops are the dominant flavor, but there is also a lot of the fruit as well. The hops and the guava mix quite well. There is a sweetness from the malt, but it is definitely in the background. The finish is bitter and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate bubbles that coat the mouth. The carbonation goes quite well with the flavor and body.

Overall: I liked this beer quite a bit. The fruit and the hops went together very well. Well thought out, and I would have another.

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Photo of HosP
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a box of winnings from crushedvol. Huge thanks for this, as I've been wanting to try more of both Half-acre and Short's brews!

A- Pours nice hazy gold color. Thick one finger head, down to a nice thin white cap. Leaves nice rings of lace down the glass.

S- Great nose to this drink. Very inviting but not overpowering. Lots of fruit aromas which I guess is the guava. Touch of lemon, citrus hint at the end.

T- Taste kind of flips a little. Some lemon, pine hop flavors up front but only for a quick second. The fruit, guava taste takes over pretty quick. Very strong flavors that are a little tangy at the end of the drink. Still very smooth fruit flavor.

M- Medium body with good carbonation. A little oily in the mouth.

D- Very drinkable and pretty unique. Love the big hop flavors that are balanced well with guava. Would love another bottle of this!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

chilled out with this one this afternoon before a busy day of running around. served cold and poured into a pint glass.

nice pour with a great amber color and a smooth, even head of white that rose to about two inches before fading back down and coating the glass with a good amount of lace.

aroma of deep citrus hops, loads of grapefruit and orange, hints of lemon and pineapple, really a well made ipa. smooth and medium body let the flavor really hit home nicely and a nice smooth finish was loaded with resin filled citrus flavors and loads of dryness that soaked the water out of your palate.

overall really nicely done and a very solid ipa. i was quite impressed with how drinkable it actually is.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Ben, Thanks!

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a half finger of white head that leaves bits of sticky lacing as it fades.

Aroma has some citrusy hops and a healthy dose of guava. Very interesting, almost more like a fruit juice than an IPA.

Holy fruit juice Batman! Lots of syrupy guava juice with some hints of bitter hops in the background. Not saying that's a bad thing, but really fruity for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, carbonation is moderate. It's good overall and the guava adds an interesting piece and I'd like to try this one again sometime.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is honey. A dusty white head bloats, then plummets. Lace lingers. Sparse springs of carbon dioxide hang peppered in the depths and belch their dazzling bubbles.

The nose emanating from this liquid must easily be one of the most unique in the whole beer universe up to this precise moment in time. An unimaginable interplay betwixt guava and hops is fully realized upon the gaseous release of this twelve ounces of aromatic delight. Ripe and rich. Green. Marijuana stalk, if there is such a thing of course, and fruity nectar bombard the basal nasal olfactorometer. Delightfully juicy.

The taste is great for a neophyte taste bud. The taste is likewise a saviour for a bored palate. A superb nectar backbone supports a ripe and green twiggy flavour and sassafrass with a pithy dry bitterness. This beer is one of the brightest ideas to ever dance across the senses of humankind. Or so it would seem right now.

The mouthfeel is so unimportant on the laurels of this unbelievable flavour and scent profile. It is itself quite right in its substance and serves as just another great expression of this product.

The drinkability is phenomenal. This brew demands to be admired and reexamined and it earns this distinction based on solid traits. A reasonable arrogance for this lot. Solid. Leagues better than expected. This beer may possibly be the most interesting recipe to hit your face in recent memory. We all know memory sometimes fades in the wake of sampling. Make a new memory. Finally something to be excited about again. So spoiled we are. Thanks...

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Photo of ClarkPinnock
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Onenote81 for sharing this!

Poured a amber, almost caramel color. Very thick, appeasing look to it.

Surprising amounts of citrus in the nose with definite appearance of hops.

Citrus notes reigned, with grapefruit being especially prominent. I also think I picked up notes of Guava, which, while tasty, struck me as odd. Slightly increasing bitterness as I worked through the beer.

A full mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty drinkable and unlike any beer I have ever had--very enjoyable.

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Half Acre / Short's / Piece - Freedom Of '78 from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 206 ratings