fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours a clear amber with white head. The aroma is tropical fruit, hops, black peppercorn, a great smelling beer. Taste is more tropical fruit, never tried/smelled guava so I’ll call it melon and mango. Some light spice as well. Interesting brew, good stuff.
rxeight (1787) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle dated 3/31/15. More fruit than hops. Has more of a grapefruit acid than guava. Tropical fruits. Slightly bitter. I was really thirsty and it hit the spot.
chucklemation (693) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pale bronze with a foamy white head. Aroma is lots of guava and some fruity/floral hops. Flavor is floral hops and guava fruit, which lends a dry bitter taste. The guava adds a nice character to the beer. Very well done.
bigtaster (777) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle into snifter. Cloudy bright orange color with medium off-white head, good lacing. Nose is mango, guava, grapefruit, really nice. Body is medium, medium to low sweetness, balanced finish, smooth carbonation. Lingering oranges in the finish. Balanced, delicious, fruity drinkable, impressive beer.
Mr_Abner (129) - Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a light gold color, slight haze, lasting head. Aromas of citrus, a light sweetness of tropical fruit. Taste is guava up front, some citrus fruit; medium sweet, but slowly a light bitterness takes over. Maybe a bit heavy on the guava for my tastes, but this is a great IPA.
lukedarock (242) - Howell, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damn! This collaboration beer is good, has some new flavor kicked in with guava and tangerine, still stays true to ipa, will have again
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a light gold with medium head. Aroma is a light fruit, citrus, grapefruit. Taste is slighlty sweet with that guava coming thru. Medium body, slightly bitter finish. Interesting flavors here.
Dfonorow (1707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma and flavor of sweet fruit, earth, floral, and agave. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter. Good.
tectactoe (3072) - Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Gradient of light-amber & deep-gold, highly translucent with lots of clarity; creamy layer of white foam leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is a lovely tropical & hoppy combo. Huge bouts of guava nectar & guava juice colling with wild, wet, & weedy hops. Light grass & pine essence with the guava giving off a generic tropical vibe (you can pull mango & tangerine from this as well), Tertiary biscuit malt. Taste is juicy guava, tropical nectar, grassy hops, light pine, & a touch of perfume. Mix of hoppy bitterness & juicy fruit sweetness. Slick mouth feel. A wonderful guava injected IPA, one of those beers that really hits the spot in the summertime.
Miciaih (1) - casnovia, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’ll do my best with my sinus issues
Smell is non existent do to a sinus infection.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled on date is scratched away but this was bottled no more than three weeks ago, I know, so I’m not concerned about that. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Priced at Short’s usual $2 for a single bottle.
Appearance: Reasonably hazy, and even more hazy if you get all the goodness from the bottom of the bottle into the glass. About a finger of a soapy head that dies down pretty quickly. A bit of patchy lacing. It looks alright. I tend to nit-pick -- I much prefer the look of a creamier head over a soapy one. Minor annoyance. The bottle itself looks quite a bit different from Short’s other stylings, but it still stands out a bit, despite it being a mostly dark logo. Maybe the art was done by somebody over at Half Acre for this one? In any event, pretty decent looking all-around.
Smell: Yeah, guava. Smells really tropical as you’d expect. Guava/mango/peach aroma more so than a kind of pineapple. Not much else to mention as it really just smells tropical. I don’t get earthiness or really any malt in the aroma.
Taste/feel: Mild/moderate carbonation with actually an unexpectedly quite thin mouthfeel.. that’s the first thing I notice, and that’s my biggest knock on Freedom of ’78. The flavor follows up what was on the nose, with loads of guava and mango with only a slight bit of pine on the finish. Finishes pretty dry as well. Not nearly as bitter as many Short’s IPAs seem to be either, which is a good change of pace.
Freedom of ’78 is a good beer. It’s relatively one-note with a guava/mango sort of flavor and aroma going on with only the slightest pine aftertaste, but it works. It’s way too drinkable. It drinks like it’d be about 5% rather than 7%. Again, low sort of carbonation, but my only real problem with this beer is its mouthfeel... it could use a bit more heft. Regardless, this is a delicious IPA.