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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bwa5879 (817) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rumproasts (4189) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Picked this up while in Kalamazoo. Pours orange and hazy with a very small frothy head. Aroma is tropical fruits but not like simcoe, citrusy hops, citrus zest and tingling spices and maybe some green peppercorns. Taste is dry through and through with nice fruit and citrus hop flavors. bitterness is mild. Very nice and balanced. Great!

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!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milewide (1750) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Unique IPA! Tangy fruit aroma and taste. Hops are not lost. Slightly cloudy amber color. Medium head.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chucklemation (839) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2015
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.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JFowler (31) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2015
This is a great example of what I like to term a grassy IPA. Golden hue minimal lacing. This particular sampling was a bit warmer than I have had in the past. Had this on draft in the 25oz. Size. Because of the boomba glass couldn’t smell it like i could in a true IPA glass although the taste is very unique. Had this first at Hopcat in Ann Arbor in a flight against some heavy contenders like Stone Delicious and a few others. This beer blew those away. Although I am not a big fan of most of The Short’s beers this one really takes the cake. The super clean fruity light pine flavor is fronted with a super grassy punch that most medium bodied IPA’s just can’t muster. A must try for any true Hophead!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1080) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Bottle. Gold with a fluffy white head. Nose is citrus, guava and mixed tropical fruit. Flavor follows. Strong bitterness plays nicely with tart guava, sweet malts and earthy hops. Medium bodied, perfect carbonation. This was excellent!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigtaster (817) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2015
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.


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