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97
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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2013
Wow. I didn’t known what to expect on this one. Clear honey color with white head that disappeared quickly. Tropical fruit salad smell, which sounds weird but true. Sweet fruity taste that ends bittering, maybe a hint of bubblegum. Very interesting offering and actually very enjoyable.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (5235) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 26, 2016
Rocky frothy white head. Passionfruit, mangoes and pineapples in the nose. Really nice. Medium full body. Smooth, slightly astringent not that bitter. Very fruit driven interesting

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
cheap (5425) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2016
$2.50 bottle. Typical non BO IPA aroma. Ever so slightly cloudy pale. Redundant IPA flavors all round. Some co2 makes this IPA almost palatable. Bitter lengthy terribly on style IPA flavors. IPA flavor is so thick you can’t taste any guava. Difficult rude nasty bitter finish, just like any other IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (4487) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2016
12oz bottle from Savor Growl: gold pour, thin sturdy white head. aroma of fruity, floral, guava, pine. tastes are guava and pine with grapefruit, bready, floral, dank weed. thinnish palate, light spike of carbonation. strange one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3598) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2016
Cloudy orange yellow pour with white soapy head. Aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine. Tropical fruit flavor with some pine and hop bitterness. Very nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 23, 2016
Bottle. Pours an goldenish color. Aroma and taste are citrus, honey, and grapefruit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1365) - New York, USA - AUG 12, 2016
Tap at CK Diggs, Mi. Pours light, slightly hazy orange with a white creamy head. Aroma is wow, that’s a lot of guava, really sweet, mango, tropical fruits, orange. Flavor is guava heavy, nice medium heavy bitterness, orange rind, there’s a caramel malt backbone, sort of chewiness to it almost. It’s really solid. I actually like this a lot. One of my favorite offerings from Short’s so far.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (228) - Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2016
Aromas are heavily hops - grapefruit, pine and tangerine. A little sweet caramel malt. Visually it’s a cloudy amber with an averaged sized off-white head. Medium bitterness and some sweetness especially on the finish. Medium body; oily/creamy texture; average to just slightly lively carbonation; fairly crisp and even slightly dry but with a long, fruity, slightly sweet finish. Overall a very nice mouthfeel. Overall a very good IPA. There is a bit of sweet malt to balance the hops, but the hops are clearly front and center. I like the diversity/complexity of the hop flavors - grapefruit, tangerine and pine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Atom (2206) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2016
12oz bottle pours a lightly hazy orange/copper with a large off-white head. Very tropical aroma, heavy guava with piney hops and light caramel backing. Sweet guava, tropical hops meet piney bitter hop spice perfectly, cites, into light caramel malt and lingering dry bitterness. Yum! Great balanced and flavor flowing across the palate, very drinkable as well!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (6060) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 5, 2016
Bottle. 2 months from bottling date. It pours a golden color with an off whit ehead. The aroma has some caramel, pineapple and florals. The flavor is a little herbal with some pineapple, hints of pine, spruce and flowers. Strong spruce/flowery bitterness. Honey malt sweetness. Good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jredmond (7787) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2016
Bottle shared with Paul, Max and Vinny. Pours a bright clear golden body with thin white lacing. Nose is citrus, melon, guava and spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with notes of spice, honey, fruity malt and grapefruit.


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