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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

239 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 14
Gots: 56 | FT: 13
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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Kataco16

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -48.5%

03-24-2014 14:21:37 | More by Kataco16
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2/5  rDev -48.5%

05-17-2014 23:48:30 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Brutus627

Maine

2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

06-24-2014 14:29:36 | More by Brutus627
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Greenplastic615

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

01-23-2014 19:40:38 | More by Greenplastic615
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NFMSKRS

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

03-27-2014 02:04:58 | More by NFMSKRS
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.7%

02-14-2014 04:07:28 | More by schmidtmattsays
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scotv

New York

3/5  rDev -22.7%

12-08-2013 02:34:15 | More by scotv
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lukasz

California

3/5  rDev -22.7%

07-22-2014 02:13:02 | More by lukasz
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One1Asterisk

Florida

3/5  rDev -22.7%

04-29-2014 19:55:09 | More by One1Asterisk
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.7%

03-23-2014 23:40:35 | More by Gregwa
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HitchSlap

Florida

3/5  rDev -22.7%

01-11-2014 16:33:23 | More by HitchSlap
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.7%

01-23-2014 17:35:56 | More by baybum
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wiltznucs

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I preface this review by stating that I'm not a big fan of fruit beers. With that said I was pretty excited and optimistic about Don Gavino when I had it on draft today at the brewery.

Pours a hazy orange with a small head. Smell is somewhat funky and a bit off putting honestly. I cant quite put my finger on what exactly seems off here. The taste is a morass of guava with acidity presumably from the wine barrels. Is it complex? Absolutely. Is it like any other beer I've had? Certainly not and its probably worth a shot for that very reason. In the end, Don Gavino is simply not my cup of tea. I can appreciate what CCB was trying but this one didn't work for me. As a CCB fanboy it pains me greatly to give scores this low, but I'm simply being honest.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2013 23:14:09 | More by wiltznucs
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

01-23-2014 13:47:19 | More by ShanePB
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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Ak555667

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

03-26-2014 12:19:52 | More by Ak555667
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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Holland

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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Mesa512

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

06-17-2014 23:50:16 | More by Mesa512
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750mL bottle acquired through the El Catador club. 25.00. Bottled 10/22/13. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours hazy, opaque amber with a pillowy finger and a half off white head. A thin sheet of head remains, leaving islands of lace.

Huge guava aromas followed by a dry, earthy, floral notes, red wine and a strange, near off putting cleanser.

Amazingly strong guava flavor, acidic citrus, oak tannis, dark wine notes, vegetal funk. Very strange blend with the guava always at the forefront but chardonnay often butting in. No real alcohol presence.

Medium light feel with fairly sharp carbonation. Bitter wood an guava finish.

A quite different beer experience. It's not bad but I'm fine with it being a one time occurrence. I would have much prefered all that guava goodness in a bold, citrusy imperial IPA. I'll give credit to Cigar City for trying something far more obscure.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 03:33:41 | More by ThickNStout
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TKEbeerman

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

12-25-2013 23:48:40 | More by TKEbeerman
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

04-27-2014 13:06:42 | More by DerekQXQX
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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HoldenDurden

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-21-2014 20:07:55 | More by HoldenDurden
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Don Gavino's Big Guava from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.