Freedom Of '78
Short's Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #290
Ranked #3,805
4.09 | pDev: 10.02%
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Freedom Of '78Freedom Of '78
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 5/24/16; drank 6/12/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange/yellow appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a nice white head; a curtain of frothy lace.

Dry passionfruit, fresh cut grass & mint notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mint & passionfruit flavors up front; dry wheat notes on the finish.

Unique but a bit too dry for me. Certainly worth a quaff.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Mar 25, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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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beersampler6 from Michigan, Aug 29, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev -1%
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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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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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4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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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russpowell from Arkansas, Aug 09, 2017
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3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
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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Raime from Greenland, Aug 05, 2017
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3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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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oberon from North Carolina, May 21, 2017
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4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange. Short, foamy, white head fades fast.

Smells bready malt, citrus, herbal, floral, pine.

Tastes citrus, pine and bready malt fading quickly to a nice amount of guava and mango. Light honey and pepper. Finish is dry pine linger that lasts a while. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation

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Blackop555 from Michigan, Apr 17, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White head. Golden orange color.

Tons of guava and grapefruit. Very sticky in terms of fruit. Tripical. A bit of pine and lemon. Some resin flavors.

A really nice beer. Glad I got to try this one! I could have a lot of it!

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mothman from Minnesota, Sep 30, 2016
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Opaque body, orange-yellow, slightly gray cast, short white head, lots of lacing.

S - Lots of fruit. Guava and other tropical fruits. A hint of pine. Slight notes of malt, sugar and honey.

T - So big. Lovely fruit, all guava and tropical, as in the nose. Hop pine, grapefruit, with pith. Delicious, but does teeter toward overload as it warms.

M - Very dry, with lovely fruit. A close that comes straight to the edge of harsh, but very clean.

O - Surprisingly lovely. The fruit is incredible. An IPA that really delivers.

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Tsar_Riga from Indiana, Aug 27, 2016
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Herbal, lemony, light fruit flavors, grassy, spicy, chewy. A tiny hint of sweet bubblegum flavor, which I agree might be gross, but somehow it works perfectly. Quite good. Very flavorful with a medium body. All flavors compliment each other. Very well made. A summer treat.

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MNJR from Illinois, Jul 29, 2016
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4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, caramel-gold coloring with a tall, frothy, foamy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of pineapple, guava, melon, and mango, with subtle grassy hops notes. Flavors are very tangy and sweet tropical fruit notes forward, heavy on the guava and melon, but with solid pineapple, passion fruit, and mango characteristics, as well. Herbal and floral hops notes here and there, but this one is definitely fruit-centric. The body is smooth and mid-range, kept somewhat light by the steady flow of carbonation. The aftertaste is a tropical fruit smoothie, sweet and rich through and through. Smooth, slightly dry, slightly acidic finish. Good beer.

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4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a glass. Bottled date of 5/27/16.

Clear yellow body, small white head, excellent lacing.

Aromas of floral and faintly non citrus fruit.

Lot going on in the taste department. Some spiciness, some floral notes, and a healthy fruity wash to it all. Very tasty brew.

Medium on the mouth, with a good tart finish.

Overall, an enjoyable different tasting IPA

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Jul 25, 2016
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4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden in color, a bit on the orange side of golden. It's aroma is perfect. Big, fresh, herbal, citrusy hops paired with an inviting tropical fruit aroma. It must be the guava, but I'm only able to pick out that it's some sort of tropical fruit. Really this is one of the best smelling IPA's (or beers) that I can remember.

The flavor is nicely balanced between hops and malts, all with a citrus lineup of red grapefruit, guava, and melon lingering about. It's a tasty, refreshing beer, that is for sure.

I really enjoyed this one, and it's going on my list of things to buy again asap. Cheers!

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jp32 from Michigan, Jul 23, 2016
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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 5/23/16.

Pours a nice looking orange, cloudy, with a one and a half finger head with lots of really foamy lacing. Smell is citrus hops- guava, pineapple, some grapefruit, a little lemon, light malt and yeast, some resiny hop aroma. Some dank hops when warm. Taste is strong citrus hops- guava, pineapple, grapefruit, light malt, some caramel, biscuits, resiny hops. Medium bitterness throughout. Smooth, refreshing, decent body.

The guava really stands out, good flavor overall. An easy drinker., enjoyable. Worth a purchase.

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stortore from Illinois, Jul 22, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. A clear golden orange color with a 2 finger white head. Aroma is of musty tropical fruit with a heavy does of pink guava. Some sweeter candied malts and honey mingle. Flavor is highlighted with the guava, along with some pineapple and grapefruit. It is not as sweet as the aroma would indicate, but the malts help balance the hops and fruit well. Well carbonated and light feel with a clean refreshing finish. Enjoyable, but not something I would want to drink over and over.

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Ri0 from Wisconsin, Jul 17, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a two inch head; decent retention and spotty lacing

Smell: The guava adjunct really influences the aroma, bringing melon and pine tones; biscuity malt elements, too

Taste: Biscuity malt flavors lay down the backbone, with guava tones developing; melon elements build, too, with piney bitterness growing, after the swallow; the pine lingers into the finish, along with the tropical fruit

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really interesting twist, bringing the guava flavors into an IPA

Thanks, RoguePT, for the opportunity

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Jul 01, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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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larryarms847 from Illinois, Jun 27, 2016
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3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Blonde with 1 finger of tight white head. Good clarity with lively carbonation.

Guava, pineapple, and candied lemon.

Loads of guava juice. Eucalyptus, bright florals, and pine with lesser notes of pineapple and lemon zest. Slight biscuit maltiness. Finishes with resin, potpourri, and garlic.

Medium bodied, juicy, smooth, and dry with a moderate bitterness.

The guava juice really defines this beer. There is a nice balance between the juice and the hops.

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justintcoons from Pennsylvania, Jun 27, 2016
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/23/2016. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, papaya, guava, mango, light pepper/pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops, guava nectar, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, papaya, guava, mango, light pepper/pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/herbal/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, papaya, guava, mango, pepper, pine, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops, guava nectar, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and fairly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruited IPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops, guava nectar, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced bitterness. A highly enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Jun 24, 2016
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3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall an interesting beer for sure. The guava is strong and give it a fruity and tropical taste, masking the hips a bit. Not my favorite but interesting.

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mdfb79 from New York, Jun 19, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/27. Poured into a tulip glass.

It is very cloudy, and a deep, glowing orange color. It has an egg shell white foam that disappears entirely, but leaves some lacing on the way down.

The first thing that jumps out at me is it smells very musty/earthy. Very melon like. Also some pink lemonade, grapefruit, and some florally hops. Any malts/grains are hidden.

That musty flavor is there front and center. Kind of rye like. Musk melon, red grapefruit, lemon, a touch of orange, and a Kool Aid mix sort of sugar sweetness. Finishes with some flower petal tasting hops with a significant bitterness that borders on aspirin and a piney and slightly grainy aftertaste. The first hint of any malts.

Medium bodied. Nice balance. A bit airy/fluffy. Easy to drink.

The advertised guava seems to really shine in this beer. Sweet and rustic flavor at the same time. Excellent ipa

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3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a collaboration with Half Acre. Bottled on 5/27/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing golden with a fluffy white head that slowly falls leaving great bubbly retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are very floral with some earthy notes. Lots of citrus. The guava is present. The flavors seem to follow the nose. The flavors are bittersweet and slightly spicy. Some flower pedals in the mix. More citrus. Guava, orange, tangerine and grapefruit is present. Possibly some rye or black pepper in the mix. Finishes juicy and slightly syrupy. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy and smooth. Refreshing and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid IPA. It's pretty unique as well. I like it.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Jun 05, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey with a slight cap of head that quickly recedes to a ring. So that's what guava smells like...prominent in the nose. Taste follows nose...very interesting, slight bitterness in the end. Very nice.

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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut, Feb 20, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra. I think the bottle date was 03/03/15...which...hopefully isn't true. But...taste and nose will tell.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a hazy orange hue with a one finger white head that fades to leave a thin thin head.

S- Aromas of light sweet malts, caramel, good tropical guava, earthy, almost musty, light citrus rind (mostly grapefruit).

T- Taste is sweet caramel malts, light bitterness, decent tropical notes, guava being the primary one. The guava is more candied and paste as opposed to fresh. Not much hop notes really just a fair amount of guava.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, makes it feel a bit sticky.

O - Overall, this was a fun beer. Drank more like a guava ale, as the hops were a bit lacking, however, all around a decent beer.

Serving Type: Bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Sep 05, 2015
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