Appearance: Clear amber color, with a small head.
Aroma: Fresh peaches with some grapefruit.
Taste: Fruity but well balanced; peach is the strongest flavor, with some orange, mango, pineapple and grapefruit present as well. Very citrusy. Guava is present on the backend.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with some bitterness.
Shorts’ collaboration brew with Half Acre Beer Company out of Chicago certainly brings flavor to the forefront of an IPA. Peach, grapefruit, mango, pineapple orange and other citrus flavors are present throughout, with guava coming more at the end as a lingering flavor.
At 7% ABV, Freedom of ’78 is a medium bodied brew, with some carbonation and bitterness present. The amber-colored beer is overwhelmingly fruity, but in a good way. All of the flavors work together — making the hops seem a bit more refreshing — and ultimately leading to the brew being very easy to drink, especially for an IPA.