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RATINGS: 163   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gormanb (174) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2011
aroma- strong fresh guava, vegetable, hop, fruit juice, caramel and hints of toffee. pours golden amber with some off white head. taste is bitter fruit, guava flavors are strong throughout, kiwi, vegetable fresh hop. palate is medium to full bodied, carbonated, thin in the finish, but with lingering aftertaste of fruit and hop.


1.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
thedm (6046) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2017
This bottled brew from a bottle shop was served at a cool temperature and poured a head of foamy fine to medium sized white colored bubbles that were very long lasting and left behind a strong bubbly carbonation body semi-transparent orange colored body and a good lacing. The strong aroma was citrus. The sharp mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong citrus aftertaste. The strong flavor contained notes of citrus. A horrible one that I would rather not drink again. If I wanted to drink raw citrus, I would have eaten a Pink Guava.....Not! I couldn’t stomach it and poured it down the drain!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phranq (149) - - APR 7, 2017
Pineapple and mango in the nose pours cloudy amber orange. Taste is tropical, bitter un even finish. Pretty good all around.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (5608) - 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 (5704) - 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 (4800) - 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 (3708) - 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 (1655) - 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 (256) - 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 (2343) - 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!


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