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Half Acre/Short's Freedom of '78 by Half Acre Beer Company
American IPA
7.00 % ABV

Review by younger35 on 08/23/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 1 9 14 5 6 2010
Received this brew as an extra from rudylaw in a recent trade. I’ve been pretty impressed with Half Acre’s IPA’s and lord knows I love Short’s. I just hope they didn’t skimp on the Guava. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear light orange with a nice half finger bright white head. Not much of a cap remains but a thin collar hangs around along with no lacing.
Smell- Really nice and fruity with a nice fresh guava and mango smell. A tinge of something tart, almost pomegranate like as well. A pinch of pine and grass hoppiness as well as the beer warms slightly.
Taste- Starts with a lightly odd blip of guava and other various fruits. A bit of passion fruit, kiwi and mango all sort of intermix in a soft fruity mélange. The bitterness is very light and the beer could probably actually use a touch more. Or maybe even a touch less sweetness as the beer isn’t exactly malty but a fair amount of sugars are present. The finish is slightly cloying but still really fruity and vibrant.
Mouthfeel- Nice body as it’s light and spritzy with the perfect level of carbonation.
Drinkability- Overall I really like how fruity this beer is but it’s missing something. I can’t tell if it needs a bit more bitterness or just plain needs to be less sweet. The mouthfeel is awesome and with a bit of tweaking this could be a very good beer. Thanks much for the opportunity Anthony!

Served In: Tulip

Review by orbitalr0x on 08/19/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 11 18 4 8 2010
Excited to try this guava infused collaboration brew! Pours into my glass a brilliant orange/peach hue with a quarter inch of bubbly white head. Whoa, really interesting aroma....quite a melding of bright guava alongside a great citric hoppiness. A crisp wheat tinged caramelized malt backbone is there as well. A bit floral to boot. I really enjoy how the guava shines through here, lush and tropical.

First sip brings a blast of citrus goodness upfront. A cavalcade of guava meets citric hops alongside a light floral/grassy undertone. Crisp wheat malt ties it all together as it flows down. Guava brings a nice tang along with a bitter hop kick as it finishes dry. Awesome brew and the guava is a great addition!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit crisp from the wheat malt. Good carbonation makes this quite a refreshing brew and great for the heat of summer in August. An awesome collaboration and I wish I had another bottle as I'm sad to finish this one. Worth getting your hands on if you have the ability. Thanks to emerge for the hook up.

Price: $9.00 Served In: Tulip

Review by Dr. Rockzo on 08/11/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 1 11 18 4 9 0
Another quickie half acre special release review...because they are just that good they bust me right out of my reviewing retirement (read: laziness).

The look of the beer is its lowest selling point, as the fruit presence seems to have helped kill the head/retention and lacing of the brew, although the body itself has nice clarity and a slightly amber-tinted medium golden/orange hue.

Upon first sniff I'm already in love. The tropical guava-ness is just wafting explosively from the glass all over the place. Tons of sweet and citrusy guava with hints of mango/orange/tangerine and some dankness as well. A bit of pale-sweet malts come in but the tropical sweetness from the guava rules.

Taste is pretty much in line with the aroma, only with a slightly more present grassy/herbal/dank hoppiness and some decent bitterness to accompany the guava/tropical/citrusy explosion of flavor. It's so damn juicy and delicious, with maybe a finishing twang of malted wheat to add even more complexity and some balance, tasting a touch like gumballhead's backbone.

The mouthfeel is smooth, refreshing, and almost creamy from the wheat presence. The hop bitterness is in the middle range of potency, with some juicy fruitiness and maltiness aiding in a sticky feeling coating the tongue lightly. A touch of alcohol heat comes through on the throat, but only faintly and nothing off-putting.

I must say, this may be the best smelling/tasting hoppy beer I've had all summer. It has the explosive flavor of the unique guava tropical-juiciness as well as a very solid IPA undertone which combined together makes for a dangerously delicate and delicious libation. Fans of H.A., IPAs, or even guavas must do themselves a favor and seek this out while it's still fresh,

Served In: Pint Glass

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