Don Gavino's Big Guava - Cigar City Brewing
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3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Yet another El Cat beer: only the Double Huna remains to be sample after this. 750ML bottle with an impressive mustache on the label. Split with my wife.
Impressive 'pop' upon opening, & plenty of fizz. The brew arrives orange, clear, filtered, & could pass as an IPA any day. Scent is guava & a nice winey tang, but I didn't buy this to stick it in my nose.
Don Gavino's Big Guava is a one-two punch. The first blow that lands is enough wine to conduct a religious ritual with as the barrels have their way with the beer, providing tang, tartness, & vine in the back of the throat. The jab is the guava/fruit that adds to the tartness but adds (or something else does) a slow layer of sweetness that keeps the tartness below the level of sourness. Plenty of drying oak. An acidic component I can't make a positive ID on leans on the finish. High carbonation that borders on distracting: which is weird, 'cause I can't see it, but it's spazzy in the mouth. Easy to drink: I'd guess this to be in the mid-single digits of ABV, & I'm probably way off.
Going to rate this after Illuminating & the marvelous Forgotten Island but way ahead of the abysmal Good Gourd. Nice tartness, nice fruit, easy sippin' as the weather warms. Very good brew.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2014 01:37:44 | More by maximum12
Don Gavino's Big Guava from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.