Half Acre / Short's / Piece Freedom Of '78 | Half Acre Beer Company

Half Acre / Short's / Piece Freedom Of '78Half Acre / Short's / Piece Freedom Of '78
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Half Acre / Short's / Piece Freedom Of '78Half Acre / Short's / Piece Freedom Of '78
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
halfacrebeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by emerge077 on 08-06-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,302
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
183
Liked:
171
Avg:
4.15/5
pDev:
8.19%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 183 |  Reviews: 71
Reviews by savagepanda:
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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Photo of joe1510
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$7.99
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 orbitalr0x
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this guava infused collaboration brew! Pours into my glass a brilliant orange/peach hue with a quarter inch of bubbly white head. Whoa, really interesting aroma....quite a melding of bright guava alongside a great citric hoppiness. A crisp wheat tinged caramelized malt backbone is there as well. A bit floral to boot. I really enjoy how the guava shines through here, lush and tropical.

First sip brings a blast of citrus goodness upfront. A cavalcade of guava meets citric hops alongside a light floral/grassy undertone. Crisp wheat malt ties it all together as it flows down. Guava brings a nice tang along with a bitter hop kick as it finishes dry. Awesome brew and the guava is a great addition!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit crisp from the wheat malt. Good carbonation makes this quite a refreshing brew and great for the heat of summer in August. An awesome collaboration and I wish I had another bottle as I'm sad to finish this one. Worth getting your hands on if you have the ability. Thanks to emerge for the hook up.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Skye1024
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of deebo
2.95/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jackalope1977
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudylaw
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bomber from the brewery, served into a pint glass.

A beautiful clear pour! Golden orange in the glass with a thick head which quickly recedes.

Massive hops in the nose. Citrus and lovely, sweet guava!

The taste is mostly guava in betwixt wet hops. It's such a unique taste that it almost dominates the beer for me. I can pick up some orange, peach and mango too but I get guava up front and in the aftertaste.

Low carbonation with good drinkability. I wish this was more prickly. It has a slightly oily feel. That detracts from the overall score here.

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Photo of nkersten
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened up at a bbq two days after its release from the brewery. Pours a bright orange with a slight red tint, half finger white head and good lacing. Smells of tropical fruit, bitter hops and cane sugar. Taste is sweet guava, fruit hop bitterness, and pale malt. Alcohol is very well hidden in the smell and taste. Mouthfeel is very full and sweet. Wheat was almost undetectable in appearance, taste and mouthfeel. I love the sweet fruit/bitter hop balance and could drink these all night, but some of the guys i shared it with felt it was a little too sweet. As the hops fade I have a feeling this one will go downhill fast- drink it soon if you have one.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dirtylou
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, was fortunate enough to be making one of the many summer weekend chicago trips on the release day

appearance: awesome label - IPA journey motif, liberty bell (cracked in half). I dont see the ho on south street or any little girls pickin up sticks. Poured into my delirium chalice - really bright orange body - oily beige head with very minimal retention, very clear

smell: tons of bright orange citrus (tangerine, orange), guava, passionfruit. really nice and really fresh

taste: very interesting depth of flavors - the guava is quite unique, bright orange flavors, mango, passion fruit, dry wheat. A unique summer brew and a terrific salute to the fantastic record that is - Ween - "Pure Guava"

mouthfeel: dry finish, oily

drinkability: lovely

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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 mikey711
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for hooking me up with this one!

A: nice golden hue with very good clarity. very sparse/almost non existent head on it so there was no lacing.

S: Pure Guava! Loads of citrus fruit and i love it. peach apricot, mango and of course guava. There is also a bit of sugary sweetness present too

T: Again, tons of citrus and guava and apricot are the main flavors. There is a bit of a tang to this one that i am really enjoying that is different than other ipas out there

M: Slightly rough around the edges and a bit of heat that is noticable, also there is quite a bit of acidity going on with this one too

D: This beer is not without flaws, but it is a great citrus forward IPA that I am happy to have tried and cant wait to drink again

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Photo of GimmeGumballHead
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from EchoCharlieEcho

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ Fingers of fluffed up cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Pineyness, grapefruit, tropical fruit, honey

T: Much tropical fruit, lemony & grapefruitty hops & a woody dryness, reminds me a bit of cedar. Much pineapple more dryness & bit of lemon, apricot & mango as this warms. Finishes with a touch of sweetbread, honey, apricot, mangoes & other tropical fruit, plus woody dryness. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation & good balance

Drinks very easy, a touch too dry for perfect marks, but a super IPA that is only dragged down by its appearance...

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear medium colored copper, topped with a tight finger of bright-white frothy head. Swirling fires this up to nearly a ½ finger of richness that throws a big creamy cascade of lacing up on the sides of the glass. Great look here. The guava jumps out immediately (especially as this warms), with a juicy smelling sweetness that is cut with more bitter smelling grapefruit notes, giving this a sharp green tang in the nose. Floral, piney, and herbal textures work their way into this as well. There is some sweet grainy malt support across the back of the nose but I'm really digging the nice full brightness of the flavors here, which really cut through the nose.

The guava is once again VERY strong here in the taste, bringing an earthy sweetness and juicy stickiness to the profile. Some bright grapefruit adds most of the bitterness here, while grainy malts soak the back and offer up some balancing sweetness. The finish is dry, resinous, and bitter, with lingering pithy grapefruit being the main culprit here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft creamy prickliness to the carbonation but there is also a LOT of silky slickness that just moves this effortlessly here across the tongue with an oily feel. There is some very light warmth in the body but it's overall very well hidden and this overall drinks pretty great.

Even though I would have liked a little more bitterness to the flavor, I really loved the extra juicy layer of complexity that the guava added to this, and the body and drinkibility were pretty darn great for a 7% beer. I'm really digging these Half Acre collaborations.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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 larryarms847
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Jordanmtate
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vintilian
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaycase
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpdKilz
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 93.4% out of 100 with 183 ratings
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