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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1985) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2012
tap at union. Pours light orange thin head. Aroma is off charts good. Mango, passionfruit. Taste is sweet tropical fruit and nice hop

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
Originally reviewed: 1/7/11. 12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a faintly hazy dark copper/orange with a thin half-finger width white head on top. Some spotty lace clings to the glass. The nose is bursting with scents of fresh-squeezed oranges, pineapple, guava. Slightly peppery, with a faint alcohol singe on the back end. Good full-bodied IPA with plenty of carbonation zip. There’s plenty of bitter hops to go around with this beer, but my overall impression is pepper and spices. I expected more of a fruity-tasting IPA, but this one is herbal, earthy, and spicy. Part of this reminds me of Saison Du BUFF (any version) with the herbal notes, but it is definitively an IPA. Some citrus sweetness rounds it out, and there’s a crisp bitter finish. As far as drinkability is concerned, the spiciness may wear on me after awhile, but it is a pleasure to sip one. A good bitter beer that will cure my hop-fix any day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackflag321 (640) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2012
I don’t know what guava tastes like, but I now know what it smells like. Beer has a unique, very strong, but pleasant aroma. A nice variation from your typical IPA. I shy away from any beer with fruit, but his one is okay.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Spacepuppy (2) - - APR 19, 2012 does not count
pleasant aroma, you can smell hints of the guava and a nic floral note. The beer pours a ever so slightly hazy light orange/bronze color with 1 finger of white head. I would have thought from the smell that the guava would be more prominent but while it is definatly there I am finding more citrusy grapfruit, orange and pineapple flavors from the hops I would assume since it does have a substantial bitterness but is balanced nicely with a malty sweetness and the guava. This beer has substantial carbonation and medium body. Overall I think this is fantastic stuff, I must say I am NOT a fruit in my beer kind of guy and I was very skeptical of this beer even at the beer store I thought about putting it back on the shelf but I am glad I diddnt. The guava really works wel in this type of beer and I will have to go back and pick up some more since like many Shorts beer this is of limited production. Pick this one up if you see it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 1/31/2011. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly cloudy orange amber color with visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. A nice creamy white head rests of top and displays good head retention. There is just a little lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma consists of pale malt and lots of tropical fruity hops, including pineapple and guava. Pale and caramel malt up front give a cookie-like flavor and sweetness, then all tropical fruit. The guava is very noticeable, and pineapple and tangerine usher in the bitterness. The bitter flavors crescendo through the end of the sip, leaving a strong bitter aftertaste. It seems like the guava would come through better without such an overwhelming use of bittering hops. The bitterness give me that paint-peeling sensation on my tongue. There is not a good enough flavor here to warrant that kind of feel. Medium carbonation and a medium body. The first sips are solid, but it quickly loses its appeal as the glass continues. I would prefer this with a little less pure bitterness to let the guava come through. It was an interesting idea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
McGrupp612 (140) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Bottle. Gold with a fluffy white head. Nose is citrus, guava and mixed tropical fruit. Flavor follows. Strong bitterness plays nicely with tart guava, sweet malts and earthy hops. Medium bodied, perfect carbonation. This was excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
draft at gabf ’11. Pours clear gold foamy white head. nose has sweet piney hops. flavor notes of sweet guava fruit, piney hops , pretty good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1977) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2011
hazy amber, nice foam, nose is tropical and guava, citrus as well. flavor is yummy. very well made IPA that can definatly sneak up on you as 3 went down far to easy. nose seems to perfectly match the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Draft at GABF. A knockout from Shorts. Pours a deep bronze with a nice fluffy head. Nose is intensely guava forward with a nice citrusy hop backing. Crisp and bright for sure. on tasting, the guava is strong but works really well with the hops. Light bready note and a dry finish. Fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
A: The beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with two fingers of white head. S: Smells quite a bit like guava, fortunately. Some citrus hops and other sweet fruits with a very strong perfume hop note. A mild sweetness of malt and a definite grapefruit and pine aroma. T: Very perfumey and floral on the palate as well. A moderate fruit/guava flavor, but a bit more towards the grapefruit zest side of things. Some sweet bread and toffee malts, as well. A moderate bitterness. M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. O: Still a nice fruit flavor to this with a nice citrus hop component.

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