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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (3959) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2014
bottle thanks to mike. pours a very clear orange color with minimal head. nose is full of fruit fleshy scents with some hoppy, grassy notes. flavor is a guava delight. very nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2113) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2014
On tap at Dan's. The pour is a foggy golden coppery color with a decent white head and a bit of good lacing on the glass. The aroma is humongous on citrus with a little lighter hop presence taking the back seat. There is a nice pine presence on the back end, and it smells like a solid IPA. The flavor starts out with the same citrusy dominance. The hoppiness comes through in good force, somewhat drowning out the resin character. There is a good bitterness on the back end. The mouth feel is decent. There is solid carbonation, albeit a little light, and the aftertaste is lingering and bitterly citrusy. Pretty good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle from trade. Pours clear gold with tall white head. Aroma of pine and citrus - lemon pushes through the most. Crisp and clean taste...more resin/bitter/pine notes than sweetness, though the malt is well balanced. Some lingering bitterness on the tongue but nothing like a Stone hopbomb. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (1100) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2014
12oz bottle - pours a clear orange thin off white head . Huge citrus and guava aromas . Taste is lemon citrus and bright guava notes . Nice mild sweetness mixed with a faint tart bite . Refreshing . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ColovianTrader (464) - - MAR 14, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2015 Citrus hops, lemon zest and guava blend together perfectly. Undertones of caramel, peppercorn and just enough wheat for a fresh finish. Lives up to the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Clownoisseur (415) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Pours a bright orange with amber hues. A small white head that stays as a ring the whole way down with spotty lacing. Aromas of tropical fruits (guava!), other citrus fruits (lemon zest), some pine, rosemary and faint malts. Taste is very juicy. Lots of tropical hop flavors coming across a medium body of sweet malts. Very nice finish balanced with hop bitterness (slightly astringent/soapy) and the the guava/malt sweetness to round it out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Bottle... Pours clear and amber with a small, creamy, white head. Great retention. The bouquet presents a truckload of citrusy hops blended with a tropical fruit and gourd medley - pumpkin and guava standout. Full-bodied with light, airy carbonation. The flavor is of medium-bitter citrusy hops with moderate acidity that is obviously fruit and/or hop-related and not a sign of infection. Solid malts, but they don’t contribute to the nose or flavor - only the body. Moderately astringent, mildly tart, lightly bitter finish that dries out nicely in the end. Bottle courtesy of FlandersNed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (12011) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2013
12oz bottle-thanks to jtclockwork for sharing–pours a dissipating off white head with trailing lace and gold/amber color. Aroma is guava, pine needle/rye, tropical fruit-pineapple/lemon zest, some light/medium malt. Taste is grapefruit rind/pine/guava, secondary light/medium malt. Good effervescence. Taste different from nose.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpongeRuiner (1102) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2014 The first time I had this one I loved it. I only had one bottle though. I had to wait a year for it to come out again and I instantly bought a case. I still really like it but not as much as I built it up in my head. Still a great beer and one of my favorites by the brewery. The guava is all over this thing. A big hop and tropical aroma. Just the right amount of carbonation. The tropical fruit comes out first in the taste and fades only slightly as it goes down. The hop bitterness meets in a running change and lingers on the tongue well after the sip with a very dry finish. A very drinkable beer. Definitely glad I got a case. Just another example of Shorts strutting their hop muscle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle through trade, dark amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma of guava and a little off menthol like aroma. Taste is pure guava and some bittering finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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