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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1176) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours golden amber with an off-white head. Aroma is interesting and heavily spruce-like, not like pine resin, but like Short’s Spruce Pilsner, though the resinous hops are also certainly there. Beyond that, there are some citrus, earthy, and peppery aromas. Flavor leads again with the spruce, blending quite well into the resinous hops, lemon and grapefruit citrus, earthiness, and toasted biscuit. Light bitter bite at the end. Really quite nice. I guess I should mention that I don’t have any inkling of what guava tastes like, so my aroma and flavor descriptions might not quite be accurate. But I like it a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3557) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Golden orange pour with thin white head. Aroma has a lot of perfume, strong hops and the sweet/tangy guava, light herbal bitterness, almost like cilantro. Flavor is sweet, strong meaty fruit, herbal and piney hops. Flavor weld into a nice concoction of sweet and bitter, neither one really taking the forefront. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3587) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
12oz bottle via trade thanks to surlytheduff on BA. Pours clear orangish golden with a nicely formed off-white head. Aroma has big guava, mango, and spice, citrusy hops, and sweet malt. Sweet pale and caramel malt base on the flavor with huge guava fruitiness, tangerine, mango, and spice, maybe coriander. Medium-bodied with average carbonation. A good interesting IPA but I think I like Half Acre’s version a little better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Bottle. Pours a beautiful copper color with a thin white head. Aroma is tropical fruits, citrus, floral. Flavor is guava, light caramel, and bitter hops. Palate is medium bodied, somewhat dry, moderate prickly carbonation, finished bitter. A very good IPA with just the right amount of guava.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Pours hazy gold. Medium white head, fades quickly. Lacing is fairly thick and sudsy. Beautiful floral and citrus hop notes meld with the guava, which is not the least bit subtle, but in a good way. Mouthfeel is medium, really good carbonation, a sweet fruitiness at first that gives way to a moderate but palatable hop bitterness on the finish. Pretty decently balanced, the guava makes up for a lack of malt body. Pretty decent IPA, but if this was a one-off I don’t think I’ll miss it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5192) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle: The aroma has lot of citrus, grapefruit, guava, pine, and light tropical fruit. It pours a transparent-golden orange with a small soapy off-white head with some sporadic webbing for lacing. The flavor starts with light sweet citrus and tropical fruits. The finish has moderate grapefruit, light guava, tartness, and pine. Light-medium bodied with soft carbonation. Obviously, very similar to beer brewed at Half Acre, but this one seems a little stronger with the grapefruit and less guava tartness in the finish. I prefer the Half Acre version just a tad...but will be drinking plenty of this while it’s fresh and available in 6-packs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Medium straw-orange, slightly hazy body, thin ring of off-white carbonation but no head. Nose of tropical fruit and bitter citrus rind hops. Bitter fruit skin body, loaded with bitter, tart guava and astringent hops, softened by small amounts of residual sugar. Strange tannic finish. This beer did remind me of the Anniversary Ale, but not in a good way, as the potent guava/hops combination made finishing the bottle a minor chore.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Damn you, badnews - beat me out for first rating. Anyway, 12 ounce bottle purchased from salut in kzoo, mich. Fantastic aroma, but the taste is a little watery. Definitely not too bad at all though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2010
tap at hopcat for shorts bday celebration, 12/10..guava infused ipa. guava comes across beautifully in this beer. orange body with small head. guava, soap, and hot hops. similar to the anniv ale, replacing blood oranges with the guava. big pine in the finish, with just a touch of sweetness

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