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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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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4.1
Thechasm442 (1005) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2016
Bottle. Cloudy apricot with an average white head and great lacing. Aroma is full of guava. Grapefruit, citrus, and some tropical notes as well. Flavor is loaded with citrus and guava. Mild tropical flavors and pine mix with a bit of mild bread like malts. Average mouthfeel and super refreshing.

4.2
superspak (5606) - Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2016
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/23/2016. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, papaya, guava, mango, light pepper/pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops, guava nectar, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, papaya, guava, mango, light pepper/pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/herbal/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, papaya, guava, mango, pepper, pine, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops, guava nectar, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and fairly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruited IPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops, guava nectar, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced bitterness. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.7
Dogbrick (13036) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Sample at Lock 27. The beer pours a cloudy copper-gold color with a medium thick foamy white head that diminishes gradually to a film. Stringy lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit, hops and malt. Medium body with flavors of citrusy hops, guava and malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a citrusy hops aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.2
crossovert (12943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2016
355ml bottle. The smell is great, nice guava scent. Flavor is boring, it dirnks well for a near 7%er but not a huge amount of ipa.

3.8
ryecatcher (1446) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2016
Bottle. Slightly hazy, orangey-gold pour, big foamy white head with exceptional retention and nice lace. Nose is big tropical fruity dankness, basement full of cats, white grape juice, melon, cakey malt. Mouth is loaded with guava -- if you ever been lucky to find em fresh in your local produce market, you’ll totally dig this... anyway, lots of fruit and chewing gum gives way to bready malt, grassy, grapefruit, bitterness underpinning the whole shebang. Solid.

3.6
hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2016
On tap at TJ’s. Poured a slightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized head. Earthy, grassy, some citrus and some lighter dankiness.

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AWISLguy (3109) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2016
On tap at Champps in Brookfield. Golden copper pour. White head. Big guava nose with other tropical fruits. Light toffee. Taste is of sweet tropical fruit, toffee citrus. Lighter aside of medium bodied. The blend is well done. Solid carbonation. Little alcohol presence. Finishes very well blended between bitter and sweet. This is an excellent tropical ipa! 15

3.1
malkyore (377) - - JUN 11, 2016
This kind of smells like a sausage. I don’t know how to describe the flavor its like a sausage pine tree... I am confused because that sounds awful but I don’t hate it. I don’t know what’s real anymore..

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4.3
574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Pours a darker golden, slight haze, with a good-sized eggshell head that settles after a while and leaves some ropey, spotty lace. Nose involves really pungent and immediate tropical fruit. I haven’t experienced guava first hand to my recollection, so the aroma must be unmistakably guava. There are also some nice dank, piney, resiny hop notes under there, but it’s mostly just zesty, vibrant, eye-opening fruit. Some sweetness, quite bitter, some slight juicy tartness. Light to medium bodied, pretty active, bright on the palate with juiciness and bitterness, finishing dry and refreshing. A really cool beer that I’m so glad found its way to Indiana.

3.7
Strykzone (7364) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Samled at gabf. Golden with a big off white head. Truly unique fruit flavors. Tropical but more. A little pine. Good stuff.


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