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RATINGS: 124   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Bottle from Styles. Fresh grapefruit, citrus, and orange peel aroma. Toasted malt emerges but it’s mostly citrusy and a bit herbal. The color is a darker shade of gold. This pours out with a good thick head and a thin foam settles on top for good. The flavor is certainly tropical fruity. Again, grapefruit and orange peel come to mind but it definitely tastes like guava too. The tropical fruit sweetness is countered by crisp hop bitterness and a bit of toasted almond. Sweet caramel lends support but it’s burried underneath the hops. My kind of IPA. Very good stuff. Thanks Chris!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (7622) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with a slight orange hue with a white head that lasts throughout the beer and laced slightly. Aroma has a strong note of pine with a bit of underlying light fruit and a grapefruit note. Flavor started with a strong pine note and was joined by some sweet fruit, guava and grapefruit coming out in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2011 12oz bottle. thanks to derek for the hookup!...pours a mostly translucent orange apple cider brown with a moderate, but quickly fading, frothy white head... juicy guava and citrus hop dominated aroma with a delayed pine essence that ultimately surface ... flavors are fruity in nature, as described in the aroma, with an apparent pine bitterness hitting stride mid-palate and lasting on through the finish. i could swear that some rosemary or sage makes its way into the equation but perhaps that’s just the herbal hops in combination with the bitterness(thanks to honkeybra and nickd who also noted this similarity). i dunno. nice body with crisp active carbonation. i recall enjoying half acre’s version just a touch better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1072) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2011
From the bottle. poured a nice hazy amber orange, with a nice big khaki head that left some nice lacing. Aroma sweet citrus pine, sweet grapefruit tropical fruits, flavor the same. I like shorts beer but this one made me a bigger fan. This was a WOW beer for me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2011
12 oz bottle gifted by Mr. Derek. Thanks! Pours glowing fiery orange copper, a touch of haze, quite fiery, a big frothy khaki beige head sits atop, stays large and laces well. Aromas are fresh guava and citrusy grapefruit, florals. Grass and lemon, some biscuity and pale malts, touches of richer toffee. Guava is lively, strong, a fruity melange. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, cool with lively fruit. Guava is big, tart with citrusy and bitter hops, grapefruit, lemons, grass, florals, touches of gumball, pale malts, bread, grains. Guava is a great touch, this version seems a bit gentler than the Half Acre one, not as furious, but also more quaffable. Lively tart and fruity guava wins me over. I really hope they do this bad boy again on either end of the lake. Light, flavorful, complex with great drinkability. Tastes pretty similar, but wins a point because of how much I missed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1210) - 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 (3653) - 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 (3601) - 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 (413) - 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.

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