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Freedom Of '78 | Short's Brewing Company

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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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,552
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
598
pDev:
9.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
86
Trade:
4
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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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4/5  rDev -2%

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 GRG1313
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 WillieThreebiers
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 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 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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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 oberon
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
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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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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
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