brokensail (12916) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a translucent orange color with a somewhat short lived white head.
S: A really nice nose on this beer. Grapefruit forward hops with the guava kind of sneaking up on you providing a slight tartness. Underneath, some light malts provide a base.
T: Some really great guava flavor hits you immediately. The fruit provides a slightly sour flavor that for whatever reason works great with the grapefruit flavor from the hopping. Not really any room for the malt to come through.
M: The body is on the light end of medium with a lively carbonation.
D: The fruit really takes over this beer, and while I might not always enjoy that, I think it works really well here. The guava is a nice addition and I hope these guys keep making this beer.
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a lightly hazy bright orange body with a medium off-white head that quickly diminishes. Aroma of guava, grain, mango, pineapple, spruce, and subtle notes of merlot. Flavor of guava, pine, caramel malt, and citrus with a dry finish.
jcwattsrugger (11454) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle @Jimmack Invitational thanks dmac–pours a disappearing white head and yellow color. Aroma is perfumy/lemon/mango. Taste is perfumy/lemon/mango hops with some bite, secondary light/medium malt.
jtclockwork (10663) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Jimmack’s invitational gathering. Pours clear amber. Nose of guava, hops, barley and nice malt. Taste of malt, guava, hops, citrus and apricot.
deyholla (8034) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the September 2010 Metro Detroit tasting. Poured a clear amber with minimal near white head that dissipated completely, quickly. Aroma had a nice combination of strong pine with supporting guava. Flavor clashed more as the pine and guava did not really work together. There was also a bit of a cereal backbone.
BMan1113VR (7903) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to pantap. Pours with a clear golden body and a large white head. Aroma of ...wow...huge spicy hops with TONS of tropical fruit (guava obviously). This stuff is intense! Guava everywhere, with some butter-biscuit aromas as well. Restrained bitterness with a grainy mid palate and a tropical fruit/guava finish. Very dry, with some alcohol and candied ginger. Tasty, but not as good as it smells sadly. Dry and lively palate, some noticeable alcohol and creamy carbonation. Really a delicious and unique beer.
sebletitje (7498) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bouteille partagée avec Greg.
léger orange, col blanc
arôme, ressort plus de houblon et aspect citron que de goyave que je trouve en retrait pour une bière qui se dit avoir fait usage de ce fruit.
goût, goyave est présente, mais dominée par l’aspect d’amertume que le houblon donne a cette IPA. Qcq notes épicées du houblon viennent agrémenter le palais et font que le profile IPA reste le point fort de cette bière.
Ibrew2or3 (7423) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of HOPSHUNTER. Pours clear copper with white head. The aroma is big crazy guava meat, sweet guava juice and some citrus hops around the edges. The taste has firm hop spiciness and citrus that quickly get pummeled by loads of sweet and earthy/tropical guava goodness. It dries out some into the finish. If you want a robust guava brew then this one is for you.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from the brewery (Chicago, IL). Pours a very nice lightly hazed darker crisp gold with bites of amber, a bubbly bright white head and well carbonated beer dies to a small film, light lacing overall. Aromas are lively guava, citrusy and tart bite with grapefruit and lemon hops, bready malts with pale malts and a lighter touch of caramel. Bitter grass and weeds, but the guava really strikes a nice fruity effervescence, liveliness, juicy tartness. Malts fall behind leaving moderate to bigger fruit and citrus hops. Initial is medium bodied, maybe a bit lighter, big guava and citrusy grapefruit, hits of tropical mango and peach, bready malts and pale, touch of toast, lighter than expected in malt oomph. Tropical and guava bite, moderate bitterness and lighter bodied with dry florals and grass, soapiness. A nice IPA, juicy hops and guava, tropical fruits with a lighter malt body. The wheat makes it a bit less enjoyable to me, a bit coarse. A touch of bubblegum, juicy guava sticks with it especially as you get further into it. A very interesting project and tasty collaboration. Lighter fare, well hopped and juicy fruits. I really liked this. Strengths of juicy fruits and good hop combos.. Malt body is dissappointing though and appearance is just ok.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
There is currently an entry for “Shorts Freedom Of ’78” and “Half Acre Shorts Freedom Of ’78”. My bottle label “Shorts Freedom Of ’78” but also says it is a collaboration with Half Acre. I’m entering my rating under the “Half Acre Shorts…” version. I suspect they are the same beer anyway
In short: A problematic beer with too much artificial aromas/flavors. I hope I got a bad bottle, otherwise this is an awful recipe.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed relatively fresh a few weeks after receiving it from sarro, thanks a lot Kyle
The look: Partly cloudy golden orange body topped by a large off-white head
In long: Nose is pine-tree air freshener and phenols. Body is very bubbly, hard to appreciate the malts, very foamy, a bit of cotton candy. The hopping felt artificial (plastic hops?!?!) with pine-soil, Pledge™, air freshener, plastic. I didn’t pick much of the guava advertised on my bottle label but there was so much problems with this bottle that it was hard to taste anything but the problems. Unless Slayer uses Martha Stewart Christmas decorating tips writes as the lyrics for one of their song, I declare this beer the worst collaboration ever.