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RATINGS: 170   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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3.9
madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
20th February 2011
Hazy amber beer, little white head. Nice hops and guava nose. Crispy palate,dry. Bitterish hops - bitter orange marmalde that is wonderfully offset by good guava. Creamy malt base. Unapologetically bitter finish. Another cracking inventive beer from Shorts.

3.9
jtclockwork (16602) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle thanks to Northernbrews. Shared with Jcwattsrugger. Pours amber brown. Off white head. Nose of rye, guava nectar, honey, pineapple and pine needle. Nice! Taste is the same with grapefruit rind.

3.7
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
A: The beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with two fingers of white head. S: Smells quite a bit like guava, fortunately. Some citrus hops and other sweet fruits with a very strong perfume hop note. A mild sweetness of malt and a definite grapefruit and pine aroma. T: Very perfumey and floral on the palate as well. A moderate fruit/guava flavor, but a bit more towards the grapefruit zest side of things. Some sweet bread and toffee malts, as well. A moderate bitterness. M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. O: Still a nice fruit flavor to this with a nice citrus hop component.

3.8
Tmoney99 (14497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2011
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.

3.5
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Draft. Small off-white head, nice lacing, clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, guava, light grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some guava. Medium body, light resin, acidity.

3.9
Drake (13741) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2017
12 once bottle from Elmer’s in Escanaba. Hazy amber, large foamy tan head, good retrention. Aroma of guava, pine, pale malt. The taste is guava, papaya, pine, pale malt. Medium bodied, crisp. Solid.

3.8
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2011
(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.

3.7
Dogbrick (13026) - 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 (12934) - 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.

3.6
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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