Freedom Of '78
Half Acre Beer Company

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #358
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,624
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 8.29%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
206
From:
Half Acre Beer Company
 
Illinois, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
91
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Notes: Collaboration with Short's Brewing Company

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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tpd975 from Florida

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours orangeish yellow with a very small head. No retention or lace.

S: Guava for sure, light citrus, with hints of pale malt.

T: There guava is there but I would not call it forward. Hints of grapefruit pale malts malts, and a bit of cracker.

M: On the lighter side of medium, average carbonation.

D: Not bad, solid, not great.

Sep 04, 2010
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Jul 24, 2016
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CHickman from New York

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.

Jul 22, 2017
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coz from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 01, 2017
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Stignacious from New York

3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 19, 2017
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Deeeeezzzzznuts from Illinois

5/5  rDev +22%

Nov 17, 2011
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puftdank from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 16, 2019
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unclejazz from New York

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 18, 2017
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Nachos4two from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Jul 05, 2013
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domfreego from Michigan

5/5  rDev +22%

Aug 19, 2014
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johunnic from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 24, 2015
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rumorsofsurf from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 18, 2016
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egrace84 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jul 20, 2016
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smartassboiler from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 15, 2016
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 04, 2017
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jschott75 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 03, 2015
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BeerOps from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 06, 2016
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durlta from Iowa

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 20, 2017
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

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.

Sep 20, 2017
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TheBeerDad from Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Dec 23, 2013
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Farnswurth from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 29, 2015
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Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 14, 2016
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

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

Jul 22, 2016
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malfunxion from New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 06, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

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

Tasted in a pint glass from draught at firkin on July 14, 2016.

Jul 14, 2016
Freedom Of '78 from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 206 ratings