HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
markwise (5085) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to decadance for this one in trade. Pours a hazy orange yellow with a white head. Nose is guava, tropical fruit, peaches, apricots, and grapefruit/ citrus hops. Flavor is similar with lots of guava backed closely by citrus hops. Guava comes through nicely with tropical fruits, and bitter citrus. Nicely done!
JohnnyJ (5268) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from wnoble. Pours a cloudy golden color, with white head. Lots of guava fruit, citrus, clean bitter hops, some sweetness, and fruit/tropical fruit. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of the 13 Shorts in one night tasting at the Mikes on 2/18/11. Thanks Mike. Was the first of the bunch, and one of the best. Nose is guava and grapefruit. Taste is great sharp IPA with strong bite of clean guava way in the back. Subtle. Not overpowering at all. Very nice.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shorts version (12oz) thanks to Mora2000. Pours with a hazed golden body and a small white head. Aroma is big time passion fruit and guava, herbal and dank with a huge fruit note and a nice sweetness. Flavor is dry, bitter and a bit medicinal (medicine and medicinal bud for that matter), guava and herbal. Astringent hops. Dry. Not nearly as tasty as the other version of Freedom of 78.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a clear golden body with a medium cream head. Aroma of weed, guava, citrus, light soap, and mango. Flavor of guava, grass, dank, resin, pine, and caramel malt with a dry, bitter finish.
blutt59 (6423) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, thanks to mora2000, dark orange color with soapy foam, dank pndine a citrus aroma, flavor is bitter pine needle, sour and bitter finish
gormanb (173) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma- strong fresh guava, vegetable, hop, fruit juice, caramel and hints of toffee. pours golden amber with some off white head. taste is bitter fruit, guava flavors are strong throughout, kiwi, vegetable fresh hop. palate is medium to full bodied, carbonated, thin in the finish, but with lingering aftertaste of fruit and hop.
Mora2000 (6135) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to RBlaszak for sending this bottle my way.
The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity. I get a lot of guava as well as some papaya and apricot. The aroma is very interesting overall.
The flavor is fruity, but what really stands out is how dry the beer is. The fruit is guava and some other tropical fruit such as papaya and mango. Low bitterness. The flavor is also a little bit tangy. Once again, very interesting.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
A unique take on an IPA. Bravo.