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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 89   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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Freedom of ’78 is a medium bodied IPA with a wonderful, bright clarity and pleasing bronze hue. The aroma is a unique fusion of citrus fruit and subtle pine qualities. The distinct characteristics of the guava nectar are impossible to miss, and attributes of tangerine, nectarine, and even faint honey flavors are detectable. The finish quickly turns to an expected IPA bitterness that turns dry during prolonged tastings


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ESBob (358) - Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours a light gold with medium head. Aroma is a light fruit, citrus, grapefruit. Taste is slighlty sweet with that guava coming thru. Medium body, slightly bitter finish. Interesting flavors here.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Pour is cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma and flavor of sweet fruit, earth, floral, and agave. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter. Good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (1935) - Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle: Gradient of light-amber & deep-gold, highly translucent with lots of clarity; creamy layer of white foam leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is a lovely tropical & hoppy combo. Huge bouts of guava nectar & guava juice colling with wild, wet, & weedy hops. Light grass & pine essence with the guava giving off a generic tropical vibe (you can pull mango & tangerine from this as well), Tertiary biscuit malt. Taste is juicy guava, tropical nectar, grassy hops, light pine, & a touch of perfume. Mix of hoppy bitterness & juicy fruit sweetness. Slick mouth feel. A wonderful guava injected IPA, one of those beers that really hits the spot in the summertime.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miciaih (1) - casnovia, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2014 does not count
I’ll do my best with my sinus issues Smell is non existent do to a sinus infection.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottled on date is scratched away but this was bottled no more than three weeks ago, I know, so I’m not concerned about that. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Priced at Short’s usual $2 for a single bottle. Appearance: Reasonably hazy, and even more hazy if you get all the goodness from the bottom of the bottle into the glass. About a finger of a soapy head that dies down pretty quickly. A bit of patchy lacing. It looks alright. I tend to nit-pick -- I much prefer the look of a creamier head over a soapy one. Minor annoyance. The bottle itself looks quite a bit different from Short’s other stylings, but it still stands out a bit, despite it being a mostly dark logo. Maybe the art was done by somebody over at Half Acre for this one? In any event, pretty decent looking all-around. Smell: Yeah, guava. Smells really tropical as you’d expect. Guava/mango/peach aroma more so than a kind of pineapple. Not much else to mention as it really just smells tropical. I don’t get earthiness or really any malt in the aroma. Taste/feel: Mild/moderate carbonation with actually an unexpectedly quite thin mouthfeel.. that’s the first thing I notice, and that’s my biggest knock on Freedom of ’78. The flavor follows up what was on the nose, with loads of guava and mango with only a slight bit of pine on the finish. Finishes pretty dry as well. Not nearly as bitter as many Short’s IPAs seem to be either, which is a good change of pace. Freedom of ’78 is a good beer. It’s relatively one-note with a guava/mango sort of flavor and aroma going on with only the slightest pine aftertaste, but it works. It’s way too drinkable. It drinks like it’d be about 5% rather than 7%. Again, low sort of carbonation, but my only real problem with this beer is its mouthfeel... it could use a bit more heft. Regardless, this is a delicious IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (1892) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2014
bottle thanks to mike. pours a very clear orange color with minimal head. nose is full of fruit fleshy scents with some hoppy, grassy notes. flavor is a guava delight. very nicely done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (602) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2014
On tap at Dan's. The pour is a foggy golden coppery color with a decent white head and a bit of good lacing on the glass. The aroma is humongous on citrus with a little lighter hop presence taking the back seat. There is a nice pine presence on the back end, and it smells like a solid IPA. The flavor starts out with the same citrusy dominance. The hoppiness comes through in good force, somewhat drowning out the resin character. There is a good bitterness on the back end. The mouth feel is decent. There is solid carbonation, albeit a little light, and the aftertaste is lingering and bitterly citrusy. Pretty good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdb288 (524) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle from trade. Pours clear gold with tall white head. Aroma of pine and citrus - lemon pushes through the most. Crisp and clean taste...more resin/bitter/pine notes than sweetness, though the malt is well balanced. Some lingering bitterness on the tongue but nothing like a Stone hopbomb. Quite good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (683) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2014
12oz bottle - pours a clear orange thin off white head . Huge citrus and guava aromas . Taste is lemon citrus and bright guava notes . Nice mild sweetness mixed with a faint tart bite . Refreshing . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ColovianTrader (290) - - MAR 14, 2014
Citrus hops, lemon zest and guava blend together perfectly. Undertones of caramel, peppercorn and just enough wheat for a fresh finish. Lives up to the hype.


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