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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gormanb (173) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2011
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5927) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2011
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Pours a crystal clear gold with a nice rocky head on it. Aroma is citrusy hops with a sweet malty background. medium body with pretty high carbonation. Flavor is mostly citrusy hops, with the guava & sweet maltiness behind it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (6681) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2011
1/15/11. Bottle shared at the Sea Bass tasting. Crazy big nose of pot, pine, hops, cat pee, fruit, and more. Sweet tropical fruit flavor with tons of bitter hop kick, pine, and more. A bit strange, but very complex, and quite fruit forward. Nice!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milewide (1710) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Unique IPA! Tangy fruit aroma and taste. Hops are not lost. Slightly cloudy amber color. Medium head.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Picked this up while in Kalamazoo. Pours orange and hazy with a very small frothy head. Aroma is tropical fruits but not like simcoe, citrusy hops, citrus zest and tingling spices and maybe some green peppercorns. Taste is dry through and through with nice fruit and citrus hop flavors. bitterness is mild. Very nice and balanced. Great!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle:   Hazy golden, a little dirty and hazy, large frothy white head, sticky lacing.   Huge Guava aroma... dominates would be the right word.   Soft sweet hoppiness up front, also some minor immature Guava.   Not as sweet as I thought it would be, but then again that may be the hops.   Smells and tastes real, nothing artificial about this one.   Unique for sure!   Very smooth, some sweetness of the Guava that does balance well with the hop bitterness.   Yes, very well balanced.   This one is interesting, fruity with the Guava but also hoppy.   The more I drink this the more it grows on me.   Not overly sweet, yet not overly hoppy, with a nice immature Guava aroma and flavor.   This one really worked for me.   Thanks Kevin for this one!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Bottles. I love this beer. I wish I had the Half Acre version right next to it. So freaking juicy, delicious and easy to drink.... give... me... more!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7492) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle @ Seabass going away party, Jan15th ’11 L’autre version de cette collaboration avec Half Acre. J’ai trouvé cette bière venant de Shorts supérieure. Cela reste une bonne IPA avec des notes de goyave qui sont un peu plus présentes. Amertume reste au palais avec des notes d’agrumes et un bon aspect de fruits tropicaux plus accentue sur la goyave qui rajoute une fine couche de douceur au palais.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - JAN 14, 2011
bottle courtesy of flandersned, thanks for this chance to try this one! pours a crisp yellow with a medium white head that disappears fast but comes back with just a tiny swirl. the aroma is nice, some bright and bitter hops, just slightly soapy and astringent, and the guava adds a veny nice level of complexity to the aroma, very sweet and candy like, didn’t think it would show up this strongly on the nose, but it works well. the taste is to match. i was expecting crap from this one, but its actually very well done. its very unique, and changes a lot throughout the palate. sweet and candy like up front, then a good bitter kick from the hops in the middle and back, and fading into a sweet and balanced malty aftertaste. this one is interesting, a lil on the sweet side, but not totally overdone. the guava is done very nicely and the beer has a balanced profile of hops, guava and malt.


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