Freedom Of '78 | Short's Brewing Company

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4.07/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
shortsbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by surlytheduff on 12-16-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,070
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
606
pDev:
10.07%
 
 
Wants:
72
Gots:
87
Trade:
4
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Photo of beersampler6
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very refreshing, surprisingly light IPA with some great tropical fruit flavors. Nice dark golden color with some fluffy head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of tropical fruit citrus hops and a little herbal hops. Tastes of nice fruit - guava, orange, grapefruit, lemon - along with herbal and floral hops, malt, caramel and biscuit. Great slightly dank smell and flavor that’s perfectly situated in the background and blends well with the hoppy bitterness of this beer. Perfect balance of sweet and bitter. Nice smooth mild mouthfeel with great amount of carbonation. Well done!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a great ipa here, with guava, light and summery, interesting and different, a hoppy beer that stands out from the crowd is increasingly hard to come by, but this one does it well. the fruit is subtle, behind the hops even, but there isnt too much grain interference with either of these and the freshness of both of them rise to the forefront above anything else. the guava is a touch sweet, more tropical, seemingly as much a catalyst for the best part of this hop profile than to make this a fruity beer in the conventional sense. i get a slightly earthy, slightly brassy malt profile. crackery and short of baked, simple, not overly hearty or anything, but not boring either. meanwhile, the hops have a nice mix of northwestern oily pine and newer school juicy dry hoppy properties, the guava seems to bring out orange and pineapple notes in here, maybe a little ruby red grapefruit juice too, and some nice bitterness rises up later on. its on the dry side for having fruit in it, is brilliantly carbonated, and drinks like the summer. a really solid beer from these guys overall, nice with some grilled lake perch, sessionable for what it is, and the right amount of guava. fun stuff, original and delicious!

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Photo of EdFed
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CScott12
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikecd234
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wingman14
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark yellow with an off white head. The smell is nice with a mix of hops and the fruity tones of the guava. The taste follow suit, and has a nice blend of the citrus, hop, guava combo that dances around the palette. A medium light mouthfeel with a nice body, smooth butter texture at the end of the sip. Overall a very tasty beer, the guava is a nice twist that adds another layer of flavor to the citrus in this beer.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
2.91/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of kinggimp
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of outsider
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 06/19/17

Pours an effervescent amber with a pinky of beige head. Disspaointing head retention lacing & head retention, kind of shocked...

S: Guava, breadyness, started strong, finished weak

T: Follows the nose, some pears & breadyness as well up front. Mango, orange peel & Guava as well as dryness, & a little breadyness once warm. Finishes with a little pomelo, plenty of Guava, mango & tangerine, plus dryness

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, stellar balance

Great take on the style with well hidden ABV. Would be on my permanent rotation given the chance!

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Photo of Raime
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.99 single bottle from my local Meijer.

Look - Deep sunset hazy orange with a low clarity. Carbonation appears low and the head stacks to around two fingers of froth that slowly dies down

Smell - Fruit from the added guava. Has a spicy malty presence. Typical flowery and grassy hop levels.

Taste - More malty than hoppy. Spicy bread levels with some slight flower and a heavy guava mango mixture.

Feel - Fairly thick body with a nice pillowy factor due to the well retained head. Stays malty with the guava always there to remind you.

Overall - I feel this one would have been aeons better had the malt levels bee turned down. The guava really wanted to shine in all its juicy glory but it simply couldn't take dominance due to the bready aspect. A perfectly fine beer but I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevehagy
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ivorycannon
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SimplyJason
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stanale
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of blissfulNemo
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours into a standard pint a clear golden with a thinner but well sustained bone white head atop.Pure guava nectar in the nose,very fresh and inviting,some light pine resin is detected as well.The guava hits up front then a big does of toasty bready malts followed by quite a bit of resinious notes,quite a mish mash of flavors.I liked it but something on the flavor profile seemed a bit different,glad I tried it.

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Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 606 ratings