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Don Gavino's Big Guava - Cigar City Brewing

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Don Gavino's Big GuavaDon Gavino's Big Guava

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BA SCORE
87
very good

253 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 17
Gots: 53 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with guava and aged in Chardonnay barrels.

(Beer added by: velcrogrip on 11-01-2013)
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.6%

When you've gotten a good thing going, then double it! That's the theory for the brewers of Cigar City as the higher version of Guava Grove retains its farmhouse roots but really kicks in with extra fruit and artistically aged in chardonnay barrels.

Pouring with a bright goldenrod appearance despite its haze, the ale is slightly amber and peach. Its frothy bone-white head races to the top, fueled by champagne-like streams of bubbles. Its long and arid froth looks like honeycomb as it easily retains the session and laces intricately on the sidewalls.

Its striking and surprising scent is tangy, bright and bordering on sour aromas. Sour patch kids come to mind as the beer's fruits become evident- lemons, green apples, limes and lemons compound elements of oak, sparkling white wine and somewhat sweaty, earhty notes. Inspirations from tequila seem almost obvious.

Its intensely dry malt flavors are wheaty, pleasantly grainy and wafer-like as it ignores much of its sweetness and prefers the intricacies of fruit and barrel. The middle rises with all those tangy, tart and sourish taste- agave, lemon, lime, crab apple, under-ripened berries, sour white grapes and the star of the show- guava. Then trailing into finish, the oaken and earthen taste is crisply acidic with white wine, fresh and spicy white oak and peppercorn.

Its malty-dryness continues on the palate as its sprite carbonation errupts off the palate, taking with it any malt sweetness and creaminess. As it ushers in a quick finish, its tangy warmth, plaster-like mineral, playful acidity and tannic wood spice keeps the palate intrigued and refreshed.

Even with all the fruit flavor, its spiciness is still the forerunner for balance. That, coupled with its premiere dryness keeps the beer's Saison intent front and center.

02-21-2014 18:36:19 | More by BEERchitect
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

08-31-2014 03:51:49 | More by BarrytheBear
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

08-31-2014 03:41:49 | More by madtowndmb1
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dar482

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

The beer offers tart fruits in the front of citrus, green apple, then onto a hit of sweetness and Belgian strong pale qualities in the back end. The sweetness does not linger, but hints at the beer being possibly higher in ABV.

A wonderful medium to medium plus mouthfeel. A good balance between the guava, tart, oak, sweetness, and yeast expression.

08-30-2014 02:30:21 | More by dar482
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sfr26

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-29-2014 20:27:10 | More by sfr26
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Skunkdrool

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-22-2014 17:29:03 | More by Skunkdrool
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jplopez21

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-20-2014 20:35:31 | More by jplopez21
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MattXT

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-20-2014 00:18:22 | More by MattXT
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JSBILK

Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -8.8%

08-19-2014 23:56:37 | More by JSBILK
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GeorgeCarroll

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-18-2014 16:52:02 | More by GeorgeCarroll
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mobius387

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-16-2014 12:26:23 | More by mobius387
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NW2285

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

08-12-2014 23:58:39 | More by NW2285
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Big_Dave

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-07-2014 06:34:32 | More by Big_Dave
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AlMarzo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-05-2014 00:37:11 | More by AlMarzo
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Barhoppin13

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-04-2014 00:23:17 | More by Barhoppin13
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-03-2014 02:41:46 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-27-2014 02:50:52 | More by drewone
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tetu

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-23-2014 20:43:32 | More by tetu
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lukasz

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

07-22-2014 02:13:02 | More by lukasz
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cyrushire

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-17-2014 05:55:53 | More by cyrushire
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richobrien

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-17-2014 00:20:52 | More by richobrien
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jbriggs7

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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vissai

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-13-2014 21:06:09 | More by vissai
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scott2269

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-08-2014 18:38:59 | More by scott2269
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hopswap1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-03-2014 21:59:09 | More by hopswap1
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Don Gavino's Big Guava from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.