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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 89   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2012
2012-06-08. Bright orange body with a nice off-white head that fades. 3+ Very leafy cannibis like aroma seems to cover up the fruity base for me, and is a bit strange. 6+ In the flavour it has an interesting fruity character and gets leafy around the edges. The server mentioned guava but I am not sure I have ever had one to be able specifically identify it. Odd sharp fruity character in the finish lingers in the finish and aftertaste. 6+ Average plus palate is very smooth. 3+ Others got more citrus out of it but I got a strong funky leafy marijuana like character from it, as if someone was smoking a joint beside me, which really put me off. Not sure if its the beer, a freshness issue, or my senses but I did not care for this. Bottle at Mondial, Montreal

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quevillon (2928) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2012
Beer #5 at the Mondial de la Bière 2012 (June 8), bottle. Golden blond, thin head. Aroma of herbs and grapefruit hoppiness. Sour taste of grapefruit, well hopped, bitter taste of grapefruit. An IPA grapefruit juice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (5191) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2012
Mondial de la Bière. En direct d’un abri contre les attaques nucléaires. Un verre de 6 onces, gracieuseté d’un serveur à la gâchette heureuse. Une bière à la robe dorée et sa petite tête mousseuse. Un nez sans équivoque, doublement et triplement fruité, avec des agrumes, des pêches, des ananas mûrs et même des fraises. Des herbes lorsque le verre tourbillonne. Une assise délicate des céréales : du miel, assurément, et un léger souffle caramélisé. Des saveurs tropicales acidulées et même juteuses, des mangues coulantes et des agrumes enrobés par des malts qui ne sont jamais trop sucrés. Un profil amérisant qui peut ravir les palais les plus sensibles. Un corps de moyenne densité qui aime se faire darder par des bulles fines et explosives. Une texture douce qui peut rappeler la crème. Une finale dans laquelle les fruits acidulés et amers se collent au palais pour quelques minutes. La première bière de la journée. Donc, beaucoup de notes et beaucoup de concentration. Très facile à boire et assez facile à aimer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2012
12oz Bottle. Fresh guava juice aroma, clean and pithy. Reminds me immeadiately of those Mexican juice drinks. Love that when a beer takes me someplace so quickly. Add a little hoppy beer behind and you’ve got a unique combo. Things get a little murky in the flavor portion, with a strong green bitterness dominating. The guava flavors are good, but this bitterness is a bit tough to push through. Otherwise, a super clean and beautifully dry finish with floral fruit notes. Guava pairs really well with hops here, but watch the bittering for balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (3328) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Surprisingly great IPA with great tropical fruit flavor and medium sweetness. Nicely bitter and crisp. Great beer courtesy of tooch.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2012
I love guava and this beer is so freaking sexy. Big guava and hop aroma. The perfect about of guava flavor. There should be more beers like this!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11247) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2012
Slightly orange fruity coloured with loads of white foam that later leaves a lace trail. Very floral citrus hops,and the fresh guava. Still, smells like an IPA overall. Very smooth mouthfeel. the guava flavour is pronounced and dominates though it does not overpower, and is blended with hop oils. Very drinkable and a good one.Bottle from FlandersNed. This was cellared somewhat and would not be as appreciated by pure hopheads. Certainly reminds me of CC Guava Grove.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3863) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Another Shorts offering from Jale at the pre-DLD Flossmoor party. Cellar temperature that was mostly hops and a little fruit. Makes more sense now that I see it is a "guava IPA." Fairly delicate but well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2012
UPDATED: APR 29, 2015 Slightly cloudy medium orange with very little head. Sweet fruity aroma along with some citrus and floral hops. The fruit must be the agave, smells tasty. Taste is a very odd mix of agave fruit mixed with the earthiness of the hops. Strong bitterness adds something else too. An odd mix but I like it. Finish is dry and the agave taste stays with you. A good unique ipa that I recommend trying. Re-rate 4/29/15 - I think my tastes have changed. I love this IPA now. Super juicy guava aroma. Big guava and citrus taste. Light bitterness. So smooth. Light tartness. Great summer thirst quencher.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rumproasts (5054) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2012
copper colored, average head. the idea of a guava IPA sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, but this turned out fabulous. wonderfully hoppy with the guava sweetness. one of the most flavorful beers i have had in a long time.

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