crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice golden color, lasting head. Fantastic citrus, mango, fruit nose starts this one off right; there’s some pine in there as well. Full body, but not overly sweet. That sweetness comes from aromatics rather than residual sugars. The IBUs creep up you. About halfway through the glass, the fruit makes way for green sticky hops. This actually takes away from drinkability a bit. I was enjoying the fruit. A solid beer, glad they made a second batch.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
There is currently an entry for “Shorts Freedom Of ’78” and “Half Acre Shorts Freedom Of ’78”. My bottle label “Shorts Freedom Of ’78” but also says it is a collaboration with Half Acre. I’m entering my rating under the “Half Acre Shorts…” version. I suspect they are the same beer anyway
In short: A problematic beer with too much artificial aromas/flavors. I hope I got a bad bottle, otherwise this is an awful recipe.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed relatively fresh a few weeks after receiving it from sarro, thanks a lot Kyle
The look: Partly cloudy golden orange body topped by a large off-white head
In long: Nose is pine-tree air freshener and phenols. Body is very bubbly, hard to appreciate the malts, very foamy, a bit of cotton candy. The hopping felt artificial (plastic hops?!?!) with pine-soil, Pledge™, air freshener, plastic. I didn’t pick much of the guava advertised on my bottle label but there was so much problems with this bottle that it was hard to taste anything but the problems. Unless Slayer uses Martha Stewart Christmas decorating tips writes as the lyrics for one of their song, I declare this beer the worst collaboration ever.
dwm1034 (755) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from store house....let it go too long; fading but still a distinctive flavor of guava....wish I’d tried it earlier....good but not great at this point...gotta get back into the store room more often...
callmemickey (4344) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Golden-orange body. Moderate sized white cap, spotty lacing after quickly receding.
S: Bold citrus notes: grapefruit and orange. Plus a ton of guava. Light pale malt backbone.
T: Similar to the nose... lots of fruit notes that lend a juicy character to the beer. Despite a bit of grapefruit flavor, not much in the way of bitterness.
M: Smooth, lightly bitter, semi dry finish. A juicy lingering feeling that would have been improved if there was a bit more bite/crispness.
O: Interesting, but ultimately not something I’d return to again frequently.
JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
a very fruity mild IPA. I think this was a bit overrated because the concept was exciting. I found this beer to be good, but not great, I had it on tap and out of the 22 oz. If they had used some guava extract I think it would have had a bigger kick. The hop profile was alright, and the fruit was big in the nose but I felt it fell a bit short in the taste.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring a slightly hazed, golden/orangey body with a respectable head, this had a very fruity, citrusy nose with an underlying essence of guava. This blended well in the flavor, creating a tropical fruit drink with the pangs of IPA bitterness. The malts, which I presume were there, left no lasting impression on me. But I most certainly enjoyed the beer.
chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle picked up from the brewery, and had a tasting at the brewery, drank in my Orval glas...A clear gold, decent carbonation...Sweet aroma of pineapple, mango, light malt backbone and you get a touch of the guava...Taste starts off like fruit juice, acidic, a bite from the guava, and finally a little hops. The more you drink the hops come through. Not their best ipa but decent and worth a try.
emacgee (4634) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy peachy gold with one finger of dense creamy sandstone head. Nose is fantastic with a clean definitive guava character complimented perfectly by resinous citrusy hops and a mild spice. Flavor is bossome, notes of sweet and acidic fruit balanced by notes of grapefruit zest, starfruit, and candy. Dry medium bodied palate with the perfect level of bitterness. An amazing IPA.
sherm1016 (1273) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Half Acre. Pours a golden straw yellow with a big white head. Aroma is guava and citrus hops. Medium on the palate with medium carbonation. Flavor is strong guava with some citrus hops. Tastes pretty good, but smells better than it tastes. Glad to hear that this will be brewed again.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to jrallen34 for sending this out my way.
Pours a britt orange with somewhat of a copper tint. The initial whiff is straight guava. Quite strange and pungent, but I like it. Earthy hops make their way in along with some citrus notes. The hops don’t come out in the flavor as much, whih is really dominated by the guava. Mouthfeel is nice and dry. Love the feel on these tropical fruit IPAs. Drinkability is not on the high side. 4-5 ounces would be enough for me.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-24-2010