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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

261 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 19
Gots: 52 | FT: 9
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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3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

wiltznucs, Nov 02, 2013
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3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

ThickNStout, Nov 19, 2013
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Don Gavino's Big Guava from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.