Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Caramel color with a slight haze and grayish/beige head. Almost all guava and strawberry aromas. Tart guava that finishes with some piney hops. Finishes bitter.
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle through trade. Pour has a golden orange color with a ring of off white head on the glass. Aroma has guava, pepper, citrus, and some malt. Mouth feel is medium light and the carbonation medium low. Flavor has real guava, citrus, mild bitterness, and a lingering finish. Interesting mix of fruit and hops.
jcwattsrugger (12010) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Clownoisseur (415) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
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.
manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn you, badnews - beat me out for first rating. Anyway, 12 ounce bottle purchased from salut in kzoo, mich. Fantastic aroma, but the taste is a little watery. Definitely not too bad at all though.
bu11zeye (12593) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a clear golden body with a medium cream head. Aroma of weed, guava, citrus, light soap, and mango. Flavor of guava, grass, dank, resin, pine, and caramel malt with a dry, bitter finish.
JohnnyJ (5330) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from wnoble. Pours a cloudy golden color, with white head. Lots of guava fruit, citrus, clean bitter hops, some sweetness, and fruit/tropical fruit. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of guava, mango, apricot, orange, and toffee. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of pine and some slight herbal characteristics. Overall body is moderate and sticky with well balanced bitterness.
Tmoney99 (13155) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap sample. Poured clear dark amber color with an average creamy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy hop and tropical fruit aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This a very good brew.