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Freedom Of '78 | Short's Brewing Company

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4.08/5
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598 Ratings
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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:
#2,553
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
598
pDev:
9.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
86
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 598 |  Reviews: 151
Photo of montesown
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Beerguy1969
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 98green
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First visit last year I liked it but wasn't overly impressed. This year I appreciate the guava adjunct a bunch more. That fruity back end is very fun. But it is still a bit muddled up front for me. I can get close to a 4 but can't go past that. Puts me a bit behind consensus. I like this one and will revisit when it comes around, but still not over the top for me

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Photo of Agostini10
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_fevre
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HartsyThaiFood
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of docoman
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

tastes just as described... I'd probably enjoy it more if I was big into grapefruit type tart flavors, but another good beer by shorts.

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Photo of drbenderdo
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hammer28
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good and unique beer. Very good IPA and not to fruity

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

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into trusty tulip. Color is a bright, shiny orange with a bubbly white two finger head that dissolves to a soapy cap with some lacing. The smell of guava is the first to reach the nose (more prominent this year than last, if my memory serves) then coppery pine, citrus. Grass and floral notes.
The taste, not surprisingly, is juicy guava; sweet, juicy guava and citrus. There's a hoppy bite on the end to let you know it's an IPA. Delicious, refreshing, and makes you wish it was sub-5% so as to be sessionable. The aroma coming from the empty bottle alone is enough to water the mouth.

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Photo of ejmw
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of backer80
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste better after a few sips

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Photo of rkf1976
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopasaursRex08
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of justinp444
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip, this IPA has a quickly dissipating white head with a hazy orange body. You can easily smell the citrus and guava from this beer from afar with tons of grassy notes as well. It has a extremely guava taste with a slight bitter aftertaste but a nice shock of citrusy hops and a piney resin, sweet but not too sweet.

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Photo of adapt313
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just exploding with guava. More guava, a little pine tar, followed by guava. The fruit flavor, although dominant and in your face, never comes across as artificial. Tart and sweet at the same time but finishes dry and piney. Bursting with fruit yet not overdone. One of the only shorts releases I really look forward to every year.

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Photo of rkat32
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle dated March 30, 2015.

L: Deep golden hue; half finger of head retreats into a sudsy foam; good clarity, no sediment present.

S: Intense nose of guava and mango; overripe strawberries, raw honey sweetness, blueberries, lemon rind; west coast IPA leaning aromas.

T: Tropical fruits, cracker malt base makes its presence known on the back end, lemon-lime, agave plant sweetness but finishes dry. Very drinkable.

F: Slick, resinous mouthfeel, somewhat thin but refreshing. Mid-level carbonation.

O: Tropical fruit forward IPAs are slowly becoming somewhat of a novelty now, but this Short’s / Half Acre collaboration was ahead of the curve when Freedom of ’78 was released years ago. Would be great in cans in the summer as a change-of-pace beer, but I will take it when it hits shelves in Michigan annually as an early spring release.

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Photo of sawwsea
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blankenhoney
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 3.31.15 and enjoyed on Easter Sunday 2015

A: Slightly hazy orange-ish gold with a thick, foamy head. Love the slightly unfiltered look

S: Pure guava. Guava, guava, guava.

T: Guava juice and a touch of pine sap. Fruity, juicy, and bitter. Really, really nice stuff.

M: Actively carbed, crisp, dry, and bitter.

O: I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The nose just explodes with guava, and the flavor profile pretty seamlessly melds the sweetness from the guava and the bitterness from the pine. Definitely a fruit-forward beer, but it's not even close to being overly sweet. This is a great take on a tropical IPA.

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Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 598 ratings
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