ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful copper color with a thin white head. Aroma is tropical fruits, citrus, floral. Flavor is guava, light caramel, and bitter hops. Palate is medium bodied, somewhat dry, moderate prickly carbonation, finished bitter. A very good IPA with just the right amount of guava.
ESBob (355) - 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 (1352) - 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 (1519) - 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.
Homer321 (1808) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
koleminer20 (545) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
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jdb288 (480) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
alliance100 (612) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 .
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ColovianTrader (251) - - MAR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.