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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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no score

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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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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

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Don Gavino's Big Guava from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.