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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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3215) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2012
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 3/30/2012. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, floral, herbal, citrus peel, light pine, earth, and slight peppery spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas, with good strength and complexity. Taste of big grapefruit, tart/bitter citrus rind, bread, herbal, pine, orange zest, pineapple, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of earthy and tart citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, herbal, pine, mango, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a while. Great balance of flavors with the guava character and hop bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel. Very easy and smooth to drink at 7%. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a great and very interesting IPA collaboration from Shorts and Half Acre. Great balance of flavors; and very smooth and enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3333) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Another Shorts offering from Jale at the pre-DLD Flossmoor party. Cellar temperature that was mostly hops and a little fruit. Makes more sense now that I see it is a "guava IPA." Fairly delicate but well done.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (2550) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2012
UPDATED: APR 29, 2015 Slightly cloudy medium orange with very little head. Sweet fruity aroma along with some citrus and floral hops. The fruit must be the agave, smells tasty. Taste is a very odd mix of agave fruit mixed with the earthiness of the hops. Strong bitterness adds something else too. An odd mix but I like it. Finish is dry and the agave taste stays with you. A good unique ipa that I recommend trying. Re-rate 4/29/15 - I think my tastes have changed. I love this IPA now. Super juicy guava aroma. Big guava and citrus taste. Light bitterness. So smooth. Light tartness. Great summer thirst quencher.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rumproasts (3751) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2012
copper colored, average head. the idea of a guava IPA sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, but this turned out fabulous. wonderfully hoppy with the guava sweetness. one of the most flavorful beers i have had in a long time.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bwa5879 (789) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Poured from bottle to pint glass. Very hoppy aroma. Hazy golden copper pour. Floral hop flavor with pairings of what must be guava. Having never had it personally, I’d describe it as tropical citrus fruits. This beer is so so good. Very ideal IPA, nice change of pace from the norm. Left a fair amount of lacing on the glass as I drank. Delicious hoppy finish. Outstanding beer. Anyone IPA lover that does not like fruit in their beer should absolutely pick this up, you won’t be disappointed.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1782) - 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

3.7
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackflag321 (560) - 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.

4.5
   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!

3.2
   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.


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