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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 89   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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3.7
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Bottle. Huge floral orange blossom, light sweet biscuit malt aroma with a hint of mint. Hazy orange with a ginormous, thick creamy beige head. excellent retention. Citrusy floral hops and light biscuity malt flavor with a mild grassy finish. Light to medium body. Good stuff!

3.9
Sledutah (7976) - Utah, USA - AUG 5, 2012
12oz bottle thanks to Timbo and April
Appearance: Pours slightly hazy golden with tons or carbonation and bubbles in the glass (looks like champagne), a huge frothy off-white head and lots of lacing
Aroma: Guava, citrus and fruity
Taste: Tropical fruit, citrus, mild bisquity with a bitter pine finish
Very nice and drinkable.

3.6
blankboy (7881) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle at Mondial de la Bière 2012, June 8. Pours a clear orange-copper with a spare diminishing frothy white head. Aroma is very fruity along with hempy hops. Flavour is very hempy along with citrus fruit. Long bitter finish. Medium bodied. Delicious!

3.6
mabel (10004) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2012
[4480-20120608] Bottle. Fishy orange crackers aroma has a very fruity marijuana undertone. Clear, orange amber body with a quick creamy off-white head and some lacing. Lemon citrus hops flavour is quite bitter. Medium body is bitter. Great to sample, just a little unbalanced in the bitterness for my tastes but could be wonderful. (8/4/7/3/14) 3.6
(@ Mondial, Montreal, QC)

3.5
Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 20, 2012
Bottle
Aroma citrus, grassy hints, some lime zest, hint of pineapple.
Appearance slight haze of amber with fine fizzy tanned top. Slight rings on glass. 3+
Flavor and Palate : Lemonade, citrusy, refreshing qualities. Citrus load. Bit one sided yet nice brew either way.

3.8
Eructoblaster (4454) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2012
Bottle - 341ml. Hazy golden body with a thin white foamy head. Strong hoppy aroma with melon and grapefruit hints. Its sharp hoppy taste carries strong grapefruit and flowery notes. Ends with a long, robust bitter finish. Very good!

3.1
jercraigs (11071) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2012
2012-06-08. Bright orange body with a nice off-white head that fades. 3+ Very leafy cannibis like aroma seems to cover up the fruity base for me, and is a bit strange. 6+ In the flavour it has an interesting fruity character and gets leafy around the edges. The server mentioned guava but I am not sure I have ever had one to be able specifically identify it. Odd sharp fruity character in the finish lingers in the finish and aftertaste. 6+ Average plus palate is very smooth. 3+ Others got more citrus out of it but I got a strong funky leafy marijuana like character from it, as if someone was smoking a joint beside me, which really put me off. Not sure if its the beer, a freshness issue, or my senses but I did not care for this. Bottle at Mondial, Montreal

3.4
Quevillon (3196) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2012
Beer #5 at the Mondial de la Bière 2012 (June 8), bottle. Golden blond, thin head. Aroma of herbs and grapefruit hoppiness. Sour taste of grapefruit, well hopped, bitter taste of grapefruit. An IPA grapefruit juice!

3.6
SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2012
Mondial de la Bière. En direct d’un abri contre les attaques nucléaires. Un verre de 6 onces, gracieuseté d’un serveur à la gâchette heureuse. Une bière à la robe dorée et sa petite tête mousseuse. Un nez sans équivoque, doublement et triplement fruité, avec des agrumes, des pêches, des ananas mûrs et même des fraises. Des herbes lorsque le verre tourbillonne. Une assise délicate des céréales : du miel, assurément, et un léger souffle caramélisé. Des saveurs tropicales acidulées et même juteuses, des mangues coulantes et des agrumes enrobés par des malts qui ne sont jamais trop sucrés. Un profil amérisant qui peut ravir les palais les plus sensibles. Un corps de moyenne densité qui aime se faire darder par des bulles fines et explosives. Une texture douce qui peut rappeler la crème. Une finale dans laquelle les fruits acidulés et amers se collent au palais pour quelques minutes. La première bière de la journée. Donc, beaucoup de notes et beaucoup de concentration. Très facile à boire et assez facile à aimer.

3.9
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2012
12oz Bottle. Fresh guava juice aroma, clean and pithy. Reminds me immeadiately of those Mexican juice drinks. Love that when a beer takes me someplace so quickly. Add a little hoppy beer behind and you’ve got a unique combo. Things get a little murky in the flavor portion, with a strong green bitterness dominating. The guava flavors are good, but this bitterness is a bit tough to push through. Otherwise, a super clean and beautifully dry finish with floral fruit notes. Guava pairs really well with hops here, but watch the bittering for balance.


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