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RATINGS: 172   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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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.

4.2
walleye (1101) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2011
From the bottle. poured a nice hazy amber orange, with a nice big khaki head that left some nice lacing. Aroma sweet citrus pine, sweet grapefruit tropical fruits, flavor the same. I like shorts beer but this one made me a bigger fan. This was a WOW beer for me

4.2
McGrupp612 (149) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Bottle. Gold with a fluffy white head. Nose is citrus, guava and mixed tropical fruit. Flavor follows. Strong bitterness plays nicely with tart guava, sweet malts and earthy hops. Medium bodied, perfect carbonation. This was excellent!

4.2
bigtaster (1004) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2015
From bottle into snifter. Cloudy bright orange color with medium off-white head, good lacing. Nose is mango, guava, grapefruit, really nice. Body is medium, medium to low sweetness, balanced finish, smooth carbonation. Lingering oranges in the finish. Balanced, delicious, fruity drinkable, impressive beer.

4.2
superspak (5793) - 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.

4.2
MeisterD99 (38) - Lansing, USA - JUL 29, 2016
Short’s always is the best with edgy beers. Beautiful orange with small white head. Nose is wonderful tropical fruit. Tropical fruit flavors plus guava with a slight bitter finish. Not for craft beer wimps....but a beautiful experiment

4.2
Atom (2528) - 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!

4.2
zubblwump (114) - Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2017 Pours a nice golden honey color. The guava really stands out in the aroma, along with citrus and pine. Bitter on the front, with a solid IPA backbone. Bitterness lasts, but it’s not unpleasant. I like this one

4.1
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Draft at GABF. A knockout from Shorts. Pours a deep bronze with a nice fluffy head. Nose is intensely guava forward with a nice citrusy hop backing. Crisp and bright for sure. on tasting, the guava is strong but works really well with the hops. Light bready note and a dry finish. Fantastic stuff.

4.1
shrubber85 (11508) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2017
Bottle. Orange, guava, caramel malt, and orange peel aroma. Hazy golden yellow with nice eggshell white head. Moderate sweet guava, mango, caramel malt, and moderately bitter orange peel/pine flavor. Good body and nice balance. Very pleasant - great fruit flavor.


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