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Freedom Of '78 | Short's Brewing Company

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Freedom Of '78Freedom Of '78

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by surlytheduff on 12-16-2010

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Reviews: 146 | Ratings: 568
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly orange fruity coloured with loads of white foam that later leaves a lace trail. Very floral citrus hops,and remarkably the fresh guava. Still, smells like an IPA. Very smooth mouthfeel, the guava flavour is pronounced and dominates though it does not overpower, and is blended with hop oils. Hop bitterness blast in the sediment. Very drinkable and a good one.Bottle from Steve. This was cellared somewhat and would not be as appreciated by pure hopheads. Certainly reminds me of CC Guava Grove.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, guava, citrus, and weed aromas. Taste is much the same with guava and weed flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of emerge077
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange, lasting head and a chunky halo of lacing rings the glass.

Aroma is a little muted, grains and light florals. Vaguely tropical guava and clover honey.
Taste has a slight fruity tartness, and something of an edge to it. Guava flavor is present and distinct.
Medium bodied with a lingering earthy tart bitterness. Overall it's pretty good, though a little overly malty for me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear golden color with a good white head and some nice rings of lacing on the way down. The nose powers through with a strong scent of guava along with some tropical fruits. A bit of mango and general fruity sweetness. Very interesting. The flavor doesn’t work quite as well, as the guava comes out of balance with the hops, though there’s still some citrus and mango in the background. The guava adds a bit of acidity, which is actually quite pleasing. Dry and bitter in the feel. A very solid effort.

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Stakem for splitting this one with me!

Pours a clear copper, with a thin covering of bright-white foamy head. This maintains a nice robust look, leaving back a rich foamy cascade that hangs in thick swathes down the sides of the glass. The guava is fairly forward here in the nose, with what I can only describe as a grassy or herbal juiciness in the nose. More floral and peppery tones give this some airiness in the nose, whiles sugary malts provide some tangy supportive sweetness in the nostrils.

The taste is bitter with green pith, spice, and herbal tones, which is then backed by the earthy juiciness of the guava and sweeter notes of bread and caramel from the malts. Raw bitternessand earthy fruit really sticks to the tongue and lingers for a good bit in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness that is carried along by a good bit of underlying oily slickness that keeps this staying smooth in the mouth.

While I didn't get to enjoy this as fresh as I did the Half Acre version last summer, I could still definitely tell that, unlike that version, this Short's take seemed to favor more of the hop character over the guava addition, which was more of a supporting force here. I liked that this brought a little something different to the table than the Half Acre version did. Solid.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | 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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Steve for this one.

A: The beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with two fingers of white head.

S: Smells quite a bit like guava, fortunately. Some citrus hops and other sweet fruits with a very strong perfume hop note. A mild sweetness of malt and a definite grapefruit and pine aroma.

T: Very perfumey and floral on the palate as well. A moderate fruit/guava flavor, but a bit more towards the grapefruit zest side of things. Some sweet bread and toffee malts, as well. A moderate bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Still a nice fruit flavor to this with a nice citrus hop component.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since having Half Acre's version of this collab via a growler that Kegatron shared with me, I've been wanting to try shorts take on it. Thanks to cmurren25 for making that happen by giving me a bottle.

Poured into a sniffer, this brew appears an orange copper color with a creamy cap of white froth that is stained with a hint of yellow coloration. The slow receding of the head produces a webbing of lacework on the glass. A swirl revives the creamy froth of yellowish head back to nearly a finger's strength.

The aroma is tangy with fruit. By now having been exposed to guava on more than one occasion I can without hesitation proclaim that I smell the guava's contribution to this brew's aroma. It smells fruity with a very earthy/grassy character that is also lightly peppery. A mellow sweetness is pleasant and the hops are present but a bit faded at this point.

The taste is herbal with a spiced aspect that mellows out with more sips. The alcohol also contributes a spicy accent. There is quite a modest bitterness that is clingy and oily on the tongue. A bit of a mango fruity flavor is present before turning grassy and herbal with the bitterness. It leaves a flavor of grapefruit rind inside the mouth that is citrusy and resinous.

This is a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. Easy drinking but quite herbal and clingy with a lasting effect. The alcohol is evident in both flavor and warming factor but it's not distracting, it plays a good role in melding the transition of fruity sweetness to herbal bitterness. Not bad, my only complaint is not getting to have both brewery's offerings on the same playing field of freshness.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This review is going to be largely lifted from my review Half Acre version, with only minor changes to highlight differences. Served in a Goose Island taster pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger and a half of soapy white foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace. Body is a lightly hazed transparent golden color.

S - I find the Short's version to have far more grapefruit and citrus character. The guava is more of a supporting flavor that imparts a bit of fruity muskiness. There's a bit of light sugary malt in the periphery.

T - Tastes like guava juice. No, really. Starts with fruit juice flavors, and ends like juice - slightly bitter and acetic. As I drink more, I get some hop flavor coming through with citrus zest, but there's almost negligible malt character - perhaps a touch of sugar in the finish as it warms up. Strangely compelling.

M - Very juicy, with low carbonation, and a sticky finish. Could use a bit more dryness.

D - Absolutely crushable. I went through my 6oz in under five minutes. Hope Short's makes this in the summer, or Half Acre puts it into cans, as it's really refreshing. I think the Short's version is a mild improvement - I'm guessing they learned from Half Acre's attempt and subsequent challenges.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of drabmuh
3.06/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is yellow to light amber with haze and a diffuse white head that leaves some lacing and moderate carbonation.

Beer smells like tea, I don't know what hops are in here but it smells like tea.

Beer is thin and has this tea like flavor that dominates the back half of the beer. Not my favorite beer from shorts and I wouldn't call this an IPA. Whatever hops are present in this beer it is difficult to tease them apart from one another and the finish is too dry.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Peter for this one. Dated 03/30/12, so about 5 months old. Will keep that in mind. Poured in to tulip.

A - Dark yellow with a tinge of amber and a small layer of off-white head.

S - A huge guava aroma up front with some lighter peach notes present. The bitterness seems as expected given the freshness and a touch of sweetness is evident in the background.

T - A fairly prominent bitterness up front, which is welcome given the freshness. A massive guava flavour is present, which compliments the bitterness well. The malt base, and perhaps the guava as well, contribute a sweetness that is a little too prominent but I would image that when fresh, this balance would be quite a bit different. The guava takes centre stage here, as advertised.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending this bottle my way.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity. I get a lot of guava as well as some papaya and apricot. The aroma is very interesting overall.

The flavor is fruity, but what really stands out is how dry the beer is. The fruit is guava and some other tropical fruit such as papaya and mango. Low bitterness. The flavor is also a little bit tangy. Once again, very interesting.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A unique take on an IPA. Bravo.

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Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lighter bodied, moderately cloudy tangerine orange in color with just a slight off white lacing around the glass. It looks the part. The nose is in your face guava and bitter, piny hops. There is plenty of fruit character, making it easily the most appealing aspect of the beer. The flavors are fruit first, hoppy bitterness second and both come together in the after taste. It's almost juicy and makes your mouth water. It's really interesting. The guava just works really well with the style and could be even better if they used a more fruit friendly hop varietal. It drinks light and off dry. The lingering after taste is nice. Overall this is a really nice IPA. It definitely strays from the norm but is both flavorful and unique enough to keep you coming back.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kbeals again proves why he is one of the best BA's out there. Kevin and I go way back in trading, but he recently shipped out to serve our country in the Air Force.... but before he left, he needed to hammer me once again with Short's brews... I am in awe.

Poured into MNFG ... huge foamy off white head... amazing retention and lacing.. the brew is slightly hazed orange..

Seriously... the only thing I know about guava is in misc. frozen concentrate juices the wife brings home every now and then.... but there is no mistaking it in the nose... huge and never overpowering... a good punch of citrus hops pulls the IPA out.

Flavor is a bit more difficult.. the guava essence is there from front to back and lingers too long IMO... a bit of citrus zest helps steers this one back into IPA category.. so does a nice dry malt presence.. a very slight honey note ties everything together and begs for another sip... Damn.. the fruity essence lingers forever..

Body and carbonation are just about right... but the ringer is the guava notes.... I did not go into this bottle expecting to like it, but I am sure I do now.. I can't believe the "weirdness" and still enjoy every sip.. very fresh and so off the charts odd.

Kevin and Shorts did it again .... I wish I knew the brewers' secrets on this one.


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Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks go out to Andygirl for this bottle, bottled April 9th, 2013.

A- A clear light golden colour, 2" head of foam that shrinks slowly leaving some nice lacing behind.

S- Exotic tropical fruits of all kinds in the smell. Also, a wet hop like bitterness shines through, pine, grapefruit.

T- Guava in the name and, by heck, guava in the taste, big time. Nice sweet notes from that fruit that balances the hoppy, pine bitterness very darn well. After a few sips in, it's so easy to drink and i have to watch myself so I won't finish it too quickly. Pleasant long lasting aftertaste. Me likes!

M- Lowish level of carbonation and fairly light bodied, nice, very nice mouthfeel.

O- A very tasty and satisfying drinking experience here. My first Short's brew and a winner in my book. Yeah, I quite fancy the way Guava was executed here.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, indeterminate bottling date. Thanks Kevin. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 4/12/2014.

App- Hazy orange body, small one finger white head with little retention, not much lacing.

Smell- Sticky but faint tropical fruit, a bit of burnt rubber, faint pale malt breadiness and sweetness.

Flavour- Pale malt sweetness up front, a little bit of citrus flavours dance on the palate, receding to a burnt rubber flavour accompanied by an unmistakeable tropical fruit flavour, probably guava or papaya. This is not a very tasty profile for me, but I see what they're trying to accomplish here.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, slightly undercarbonated, resinous body that isn't too bitter. Faint tropical fruit flavours on the backend. Solid.

Overall- Decent pale ale that certainly does incorporate some tropical fruit flavours into the beer, especially the good aspects. However, the faint burnt rubber-like off-flavours is taking a lot away from my enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a clear orange color that produced a small off-white head with decent retention. Minimal lacing.

(S)- Wow, a huge burst of tropical citrus. That guava is really evident; bringing with it a peach, pineapple, and lime accent. Some minimal pine in there too. What a fresh and vibrant aroma. Unique for the style.

(T)- Very similar to the smell, only with more malts showing themselves in the form of light caramel. Very piney with pine-needle all over the place. The citrus takes a backseat to all this.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Has a sharp dry piney bitterness, but is counterbalanced well with a good malty backbone and tropical citrus.

(D)- I always enjoy how Shorts pushes the envelope on what you can expect from a beer style. This is no different. A refreshing take on an overproduced style.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle drank in my Orval glas...A clear gold, decent carbonation...Sweet aroma of pineapple, mango, a touch of the guava, less than the Half acre...Taste starts off like fruit juice, acidic, a bite, and finally a little hops. The more you drink the hops come through. Not the best ipa but decent and worth a try.

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