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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (10809) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle thanks to Northernbrews. Shared with Jcwattsrugger. Pours amber brown. Off white head. Nose of rye, guava nectar, honey, pineapple and pine needle. Nice! Taste is the same with grapefruit rind.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2011
(12oz bottle courtesy of rayl101!). Pours a hazy apricot color with a massive off-white head. This thing was almost a gusher. Nice, active carbonation. Aroma has a nice, bright citrusy guava nose with some mango and a little bit of wood. Taste is very bitter that is like a citrus peel. It’s also peppery and somewhat herbal. There isn’t a ton of sweetness from the malt, or its been over powered by the bitterness. Medium bodied with oily texture and dry, bitter finish. The herbal notes were a bit distracting, but otherwise a pretty good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 11, 2011
Relatively clear dark yellow. Aroma and flavor both have a ton of guava sweetness, some citrus and a light malt backbone. A touch of bitterness so its not over sweet, really like that guava flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11901) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Tap sample. Poured clear dark amber color with an average creamy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy hop and tropical fruit aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This a very good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
12oz bottle drank in my Orval glas...A clear gold, decent carbonation...Sweet aroma of pineapple, mango, a touch of the guava, less than the Half acre...Taste starts off like fruit juice, acidic, a bite, and finally a little hops. The more you drink the hops come through. Not the best ipa but decent and worth a try.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7859) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
On tap at Sunset for their Shorts event prior to EBF. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Guava and big citrus on the nose. Sweet, pine and fruit, lots and lots of tasty guava. Big bitter hops. Super bitter, but it balances nicely with the abundance of guava.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
steelcitybrew (451) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2011
thanks to wnoble for the bottle. pours a orangish red with a small head, lots of lacing. aroma is Guava!, candy, grape, a touch of citrus. taste is floral hops, grapefruit, guava bitter on the backend lighter mouthfeel, clean finish, sticky overall beer that had much more potential

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2011
12oz bottle - thanks to jjfoodie. Orange copper colored brew, good amount of white head. Citrus hop and guava aromas - LOTS of guava. More guava with some herbal flavors as well. Very interesting - glad I got a chance to try this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2011
I really like what Shorts does with their IPAs. The guava is pretty restrained in comparison to the nice mix of citrusy and tropical hops. Good beer, wouldn’t mind some fresh bottles.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Bottle pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of guava, mango, apricot, orange, and toffee. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of pine and some slight herbal characteristics. Overall body is moderate and sticky with well balanced bitterness.


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