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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by surlytheduff on 12-16-2010

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566
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
19.61%
 
 
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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info on the bottle.

Thanks to sweemzander for this bottle as well as, I THINK, Onenote81? Thanks to the other trade partner anyway!

A - Brilliant clarity allows the vibrant goldenrod brew to shine radiantly. A thick, dense, white finger-tall head caps the beer with good retention from steady carbonation and leaves thick webbing all over the glass.

S - Juicy, mouthwatering guava and grapefruit citrus fruit burst out of this beer for FREEDOMMM! Citrusy citra hops and faint mulchy, earthy Willamet hops overwhelm the pale base malt in this beer but there is still plenty of balance. Inviting and appetizing aroma!

T - The malt profile seems pretty far backed off from what's in the nose, providing little balance for the resiny pine and grapefruit citrus-rich hops. Citrusy, tangy guava is flavorful but thin and slick. Low earthy notes play around in this beer a bit.

M - Thin feeling and slick on the tongue, Freedom is sharply carbonated and has a unique guava finish that compliments the bitter hops. Medium-light-bodied.

D - I could smell this beer all day but the flavor is a stark drop-off in quality. Unique but lacking a malt profile to balance all the hops going on in here. Too thin and watery feeling.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Block 15 tulip - thanks erikkoppin

Pours a crystal clear caramel copper color with a cropping of off-white head resting on top. Spotty lacing dots the glass with some wispy film left behind.

Alluring mix of tropical tones in the nose with guava and pineapple. Hops sting the nose with soft sweetness, caramel and toasted grains.

Pungent bitter hops right up front with a tempering fruity base, driven by guava, pineapple and mango. Bitter, yet extremely juicy throughout with a creamy malted backbone. Touches of caramel and bread crust with a slightly warm, hoppy, fruity finish.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and juicy on the tongue. This is a great example of Short's ability to produce some really unique, delicious beers that don't go completely off the rails. When they're on, they're something worth seeking out.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a color best described as light-amber and deep-gold; highly translucent with a good amount of clarity to it, especially once the chill haze subsides. A creamy white head forms and dissipates pretty quickly leaving some moderate lacing behind. Had this one a little over a year ago and loved it. Pretty excited to have it again, super-fresh.

The aroma is a beautiful collaboration of "tropical" and "hoppy". Intense guava aromas are the most notable simply due to the fact that you don't often find guava in beers. Juicy, ripe, and insanely sweet guava, also giving off some mango-esque notes, too. The hops are full force as well, sitting perched withing the web of fruity goodness; weedy and grassy with some lightly resinous pine. Mild bready malt is apparent in the finale, yet still plays a tertiary role.

I take a sip and I'm in heaven for a moment. This seemingly flawless execution of a guava-nectar injected India Pale Ale is even better now than I remember. The guava jumps out immediately, sending a rush of sweet, tropical fruits all across your palate. Gushing with juiciness and packed with flavor, the guava meshes perfectly with the hops; the grassy, perfume-like, and light pine characteristics happen to pair excellently.

A little bit of a bitterness spike happens halfway through, as if to remind you that you're drinking an IPA and not a cup of guava juice. Malts are a little heavier on the back end, bringing a nice bread and butter flavor to the table. Medium bodied with an ample amount of carbonation, giving a crispy mouth feel. The finish has a nice guava character with a stingy, yet balanced piney hop bitterness.

One of my favorites from Shorts. I don't know if the guava addition could have been executed any better. Definitely a treat to drink anytime of the day. I wish they made this stuff year round.

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

Sampled at SAVOR 2015. 4.0 - Great Amarillo hops, but pretty one dimensional. Belgian yeast would compliment its character nicely. As is, this brew is a little flat.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to gnemesis for filling my mailbox with shorts beers this evening. This was my second taste from the box.

a-Poured a foggy orange with a frothy white head that left milkshake-like trails on the glass.

s-Very bittery hops. Sweet guava, almost smells like papaya juice. Very grapefruit forward too, super tart.

t-Overly bittered hop flavor. Drinkable but pretty intense. Candied guava and grapefruit is there, but mostly leads with the hops. I like a bit more balance.

m/d-Cooling, but extremely bitter. Nice carbonation and not too thick. Rich in flavor, easy to drink. I would prefer a bit less bitterness but enjoyable.

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

Notes from 1/29/11

A - Pours an organish-brown with two fingers of pillowy head.

S - Guava and other tropical fruits are predominant. Aroma is also quite floral with a bit of citrus. Smells very good.

T - Citrus hops, mostly grapefruit, are right up front, followed by guava. Also get some pine hops in the mix. Quite tart throughout, but the flavors meld together really well.

M - Mouthfeel is light/medium and a bit oily. Finish is pretty dry with a nice bitterness.

O - Very nice flavor profile. One of the better IPAs from short's.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a single of this at the store the other day since I haven't seen this beer around before and it's ratings were pretty good, so I decided to give this brew a try. The idea of a fruit infused IPA intrigues me. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a ping glass.

A- I like the label art on this beer, looks nicer and different then the other shorts labels. This beer poured a nice golden orange color with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thing ring that left some lacing.

S- The aroma of this beer is utterly dominated by tons of citrus hops. I pick up tons of grapefruit along with some guava, as advertised.

T- The taste is that of a fruit basket that is filled with half citrus fruits and half tropical fruits, topped with a whole bunch of hop cones. The guava sticks out nicely in this brew along with some grapefruit and mango. There is a nice light malt back bone that helps tie everything together. There was a nice bitter bite at the end that went great with the all the fruit flavors in this beer.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation and a crisp finish.

D- The alcohol is hidden very well in the brew, along with all the nice flavors and great balance. If I had two more I would drink both of them.

Overall I thought this was one awesome and different IPA. I really never thought about a fruit infused IPA, but after drinking this one I think it's an avenue more brewery's should explore. This was my first collaboration beer and it's an idea that I think is pretty cool. Great job shorts, you guys steady blow my mind.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to mikesgroove for giving me this bottle. Served from bottle into a Warsteiner mug. Poured a slight red-orange with a fluffy four finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, orange zest, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, orange zest, tangerines, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Definite huge citrus/orange aspect going on in this one. Pretty nicely balanced despite this making it quite enjoyable. Also had a really good aroma going on as well. A definite must try!

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Photo of FosterJM
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1233rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Thanks to ErikKoppin for this one

App- A standard IPA color with a ton of bubbles and floaties in the bottom. A small white 1/2" head with zero cling. Pretty normal looking really.

Smell- A bit of a candy sugar aroma with a pungent fruit aroma. Had a lot of bitter pine and resin behind the nose. Has that undeniable Shorts yeast aroma.

Taste- Now thats's guava. I appreciate the fact they say its an IPA with Guava. Very fruit forward with like the nose a good blend of piney resin. Still has like the nose as well that Shorts specific flavor. It's to me a very unique IPA. You get many flavors behind it but none quite dominate. The guava is a bit sweet with the hops being a bit bitter.

Mouth- A medium body with a lot of Guava and resin on the residual flavor with a semi flat and low bubble carbonation.

Drink- Undeniably shorts. Tasty, semi balanced and sweet. Couldve been a touch better but I enjoyed it. Would like to see it a bit more thin.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in tulip glass

This beer pours amber in color with golden highlights. It is hazy and copped with a couple inches of off-white head.

It smells like grapefruit juice. There is a lot of citrus going on here.

The taste is loaded with grapefruit as well. Citrus flavor are right on par with my palate. Maybe a slight pine finish.

Moderate mouthfeel

For a long time I have heard how great Short's beers are. Until this point I would only consider Cup A Joe great from what I have had. I finally found a honey hole in Detroit and am getting to try some of the better seasonals versus the shelf sitters that I usually find in picked over stores. I am seeing the light, finally! This is a very good IPA. It fits my palate well.

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Photo of stortore
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of alexgash
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Pretty damn clear golden apricot body. Finger of tight, gauzy, eggshell-white head. Some lacing. Ridiculously citrusy nose! Definite guava too. Grapefruit and grapefruit rind, mandarin orange, and passion fruit as well. Sugary malt presence in the background.

Toasted malts up front. Big citrus juice flavor follows. Grapefruit, guava, and lemon dominate. Acidic, bitter, and even a bit tart. Spicy, cookie-ish malt underneath it all. Grassy, herbal bitterness mixes in near the finish. Candied malt sweetness resonates with bitter citrus hops in the finish. Medium-bodied, with a slightly slick feel. A very citrus-y IPA, and if you like that kind of thing, seek this out!

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Photo of justintcoons
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

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

Nose
Guava, pineapple, and candied lemon.

Taste
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.

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

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

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Photo of Flounder57
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sever in a pint glass at The Rattlesnake in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head reduced head to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Nice light notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange with some toasted bready notes and caramel sweetness.

Taste: Same as above with lingering bitterness in the rear. Really chewy and hops fizzle out quickly.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, lingering bitterness, medium bodied, and medium carbonation. Really chewy.

Overall: Not too shabby, but I dig the Humalupalicious from these guys a bit more.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Boilermakerryan for this one!

A - Pours a bright orange, somewhat hazy but very vibrant in color. Decent near white/light tan half finger head, retention is so so, lacing is fantastic!

S - Smells fantastic, pine and a pretty hefty caramel malt aroma. Mild grainy aromas.

T - Lots of APA fruity flavors - apples/pears, mildly bitter pine flavor, slightly peppery and grainy with a fantastic sweetness at the finish. Not very bold, a little too weak imo - bottled about 2 months ago so perhaps past its prime.

M - Light bodied, super refreshing, appropriate/slightly light carbonation.

O - Pretty decent, very refreshing, just not very bitter/hoppy

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Photo of homebrew311
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: brilliant gold/orange clear color, thick foamy white head, splotchy foamy lacing

S: nice fruity bouquet with lots of tropical guava, peaches, and citra hops. It's difficult to distinguish between the hops and the fruit because they marry quite well. Very nice aroma.

T: bright fruity flavors up front: guava, peach, orange, and grapefruit. Some bready malts come into play mid palate, and some ho bitterness on the finish. Very nice balance. Wish I had gotten a chance to try the Half Acre version.

MF: medium body, spritzy carbonation, refreshing

D: this beer has remarkable drinkability, nice and crisp, good fruity notes, balance well with the bitterness.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$2.30 for a 12oz single @ Jacks. No ingredients listed on the website. A collaboration with Half Acre Beer Co in Chicago.

Pours out to a clear light amber forming a modest white head with average retention and sparse lacing. Mild carbonation. The aroma is sweet with spicy resinous hops with a touch of that skunky Amarillo and the mango of Centennial. Very nice. Sits on top of a sweet malt nose. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium body. The taste is very very good. I get the skunky MJ of Amarillo with a nice flash of white pepper (since they are going for the Ween thing here), and a touch of some acidic fruit...I dunno if it's Guava or not, but it lightens the body and adds a peculiar fruity sourness. The bitterness is a little sharp, above medium. The finish is dry. Aftertaste of grapefruit pith.

This is a decent IPA with some peculiar qualities. I might buy it again in a pinch.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a fairly thin white head. Head has good retention, forms a layer of bubbles on the top and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- The aroma of this beer is like no other IPA. Tons of tropical fruits, a bit of pine and caramel malts too. The guava is pretty crazy smelling and outstanding.

T- Again this is completly different than most IPAs. Tropical fruits are no joke and up in your face. A bit of pine and a good malt back bone. There also seems to be some sort of spice here too that I can't make out. Very good and different at the same time.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- This is a very interesting brew and incredibly easy to drink.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Saisonrichbiere for the hook up on this bottle

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange a white head that dissipates quickly...into nothing. There is no lacing or sediment. The nose is ripe with sweet tropical/citrus fruits and a touch of pine. The sweetness comes on a bit harsh; definitely a stronger sweetness than I'd prefer. Honestly, it's very similar to mikkeller's tigerbaby in appearance and nose, but has a bit more bite from the hops. The taste is also rather similar to tigerbaby with a huge presence of sweet tropical fruits (guava, grapefruit, mild pineapple), but there is a touch of malty graininess involved as well. The mouthfeel is relatively medium bodied with way too much sweetness. I would have liked a subtle, drier mouthfeel with a crisp, lingering hoppiness. Great beer that meets my expectations from its description and the two collaborating breweries. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Plum Market. Bottled 11/24/10.

Pours a hazy, deep golden color with a two-finger white head. Head retention and lacing are moderate to good. The aroma of guava jumps out of the glass along with other tropical fruit and citrus smells. There is also a considerable biscuit malt aroma. Moderately sweet guava and tropical fruit flavors up front with a strong grainy, biscuity malt flavor cutting the sweeter hops on the midpalate. The finish is quite bitter and dry with lots of lingering tropical fruit/guava and lighter biscuit malt notes. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. The intensely bitter finish limits drinkability somewhat, as does the interesting, but not very complex, flavors. Overall, a really good IPA from Short's and Half Acre. The guava really comes through, and the flavors, while not complex, are pleasant and refreshing.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to browna71 (Alex) for a sixer of this fine brew in a recent trade! 12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a faintly hazy dark copper/orange with a thin half-finger width white head on top. Some spotty lace clings to the glass. The nose is bursting with scents of fresh-squeezed oranges, pineapple, guava. Slightly peppery, with a faint alcohol singe on the back end.

Good full-bodied IPA with plenty of carbonation zip. There's plenty of bitter hops to go around with this beer, but my overall impression is pepper and spices. I expected more of a fruity-tasting IPA, but this one is herbal, earthy, and spicy. Part of this reminds me of Saison Du BUFF (any version) with the herbal notes, but it is definitively an IPA. Some citrus sweetness rounds it out, and there's a crisp bitter finish. As far as drinkability is concerned, the spiciness may wear on me after awhile, but it is a pleasure to sip one. A good bitter beer that will cure my hop-fix any day.

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

12oz bottle.

Pours clear copper with a half inch head of bone. A fine beam rims the glass with a few dots of lacing throughout.

Aromatics are filled with tropical, exotic fruits and hop resins. Grapefruit, guava, mango, and pine.

Medium bodied with a slickish mouthfeel.

Lush, ripe, tropical fruit with piney hops running under start the palate. A mild bitterness and malt to balance follow through.

Finishes with lingering but slightly strange fruit.

A very fruity beer but a bit odd.

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Photo of portia99
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter. Somehow I missed this at EBF this year and heard consistently that it was a highlight of the fest. Glad to get a chance to try it.

A - Pours a pleasantly clear and bright orange amber color. A finger of just off-white foam with pretty good staying power sits atop the liquid for a minute or two. Pretty sheets of lacing left on the glass as the foam falls.

S - This is a pretty great smelling IPA. Spicy and loaded with fruity hop aromas. The guava does its job well lending an intense tropical aroma here. Some grapefruit is noticably present as well as some light pineapple.

T - Bitter up front with some earthy hop flavors, dirt, toasted malt, bread. Hops are fairly intense in bitterness and also lend some fruitiness as well in the form of grapefruit mainly. The guava doesn't go unnoticed at all...I just wish that it was as intense as it is in the aroma.

M - Lightish medium body with equivalent carbonation level. Tropical and bitter overall and both leave lingering and lasting impressions after the swallow.

O - Overall...I like this. This is a good IPA - I had extremely high expectations for this (which were probably unrealistic)...so not unexpectedly, it is a bit of a letdown. But!...it is still a pretty good IPA, one that I could be very happy with a six pack and someone to share it with on a relaxing evening. I'd gladly have this again - one to go way out of your way for...maybe not, but if you do find this one, definitely give it a shot.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from GRDave (thanks man!). No bottling date. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours hazy amber with a full finger white head that fades fairly quickly and leaves a nice bit of lace.

Smells of tropical fruity hops. Orange, guava, papaya and candy.

Taste bursts with juicy guava followed by grapefruit, peel, a little sugar and cracker. The guava dominates.

Slick light medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry grapefruit finish.

Shorts was not kidding about the guava. It's a very unique and juicy IPA.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big ole thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew) for this great beer I have heard about via Half Acre but now get the Short's version! Woot woot! Cheers friend!

Appearance - Pours a golden hay color into my SA Perfect Pint with about two fingers of head that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving some nice looking, full lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Wow, what a great odd mixture of not so much bitter grapefruit (I'm so used to bitter grapefruit citrus aromas), orange, and hops all up front. But I'll be damned if the main aroma is just NICE ripe grapefruit. A refreshing and new aroma to me to be honest. Slight malty backbone.

Taste - DAMN close to the aroma. A wonderful, RIPE grapefruit flavor up front with just a hint of orange rind (still oddly sweet rather than bitter in that respect) which then flows to a bitter hoppy and hint of pine. Slight malt, but honestly the citrus shines here. Holy (excuse my language) shit. This beer completely surprised me.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - IU could drink this all night long. This is an absolute pleasant surprise. A freaking fantastic brew from Short's that I would buy six packs of all day long. Damn good.

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Freedom Of '78 from Short's Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 566 ratings.
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