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Guava Groove - Cigar City Brewing

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53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 186
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 56
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jcartamdg on 08-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 186
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light reddish color ale with a large off-white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet guava notes with some tart notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by light sweet juicy guava notes with light rat notes also noticeable. Body is full enough for style with good carbonation. This one packs a lot of drinkability for the style with not much acidity.

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Photo of WesM63
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy light amber color with a massive rocky white head. Moderate amounts of retention and minimal lacing.

S: Smells of some light funk, earthy and tropical citrus.

T: Close to the nose, moderate amounts of funk with some earthiness and some tropical citrus lingering about.

M: Medium body, tons of carbonation.

O: I'm not quite sure what to make of this. It smells decent but I get no guava flavor at all, just that typical sasion light funkiness. I'll update the review if it gets better as it warms.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of robinsmv. Thanks, Matt!

I tipped the bottle to my glass and the foam, temporarily, blocked the beer from pouring out. Unusual.

It pours a hazy orange with a big head of foam. It's shrinking slowly but I can see some lacing left behind.

It smells very yeasty with some fruitiness in the background. A Saison that smells yeasty? No prob.

It has an earthy malt flavour up front followed some lemon zest, tropical fruit(light), a bit of a peppery spicy note, light bready notes, and quite a bit of an alcohol burn. This is not your typical Saison and I'll have to do some more sips before I can let the jury out.

On the high end of medium bodied with lively carbonation, the mouthfeel is okay.

After careful consideration...I find that I'm not a fan. No swerve on Matt for sending this my way intended. I'm glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of brystmar
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Aug 2011 but tickers gotta tick, right Al?

I really love Guava Grove. There's some bottle variation (including some with infections), but overall it's a great, inexpensive beer. And it's a perfect stepping stone into the world of sours. I had high hopes for Groove...

Unfortunately, this stuff is severely over-carbonated and slightly medicinal. Fresh fruit character from the original is nowhere to be found. Recently had a Grove of about the same age which was still quite good, so I'll attribute this fault equally to age and recipe.

Not awful, not good. Wish I could've tried it fresh.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has quite a bit of sweet guava in it, as well as some wheat, yeast and orange citrus notes. The flavor is very similar. The beer is very fruity with a lot of guava and apple notes. I also get some nice biscuit malt and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is sort of orange in color with a tall white head. A really nice fruitiness to the nose. Lots of banana and guava to be found. Pretty decent amount of yeast to it as well. Sweet malt (mostly bread) can also be found. There is a mild but noticeable acidity throughout the flavor. A touch of lemon to go along with banana and guava fruit notes. Sweet bread along with yeast and a touch of sugar to it as well.

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Photo of kjyost
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at a tasting. ~5 oz pour at ~5C. From notes.

Pours with a clear orange red body and little head that doesn't last. Never had guava before, but man do I know what it is now! Guava all over the nose and heavily in body. No malt on nose, little in body. Too much guava, blocking out the beeriness of the beer. Not worth having again.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright it's the best summer day yet of 2012 in cuse. Not to mention the Knicks are battlin' in game 4 some I'm going to tap into this.

A- a rocket launcher of exploding carbonation slashes through a light orange body with wicked foam. The brew is light and refreshing... Slash mouth watering. Webbing laces the pint glass with an impressive look

S- a BLAST of ye local farmhouse FuNk! Beautiful clarity of yeasty flavor combined with a fruity component to make things interesting

T- megaton flavor of grassy lemon flavor enrobing in the sour theme of fruit flavor. Wow... This is mega sour flavor that borders an American wild ale. Fabulous taste

M- carbonated prickly feeling pricking the tongue and mouth

O- WOW!!! What a sour saison. I need more asap. The flavor is uplifting and advances . Go cigar city!

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks to Tim for opening this at Kill the Cellar Day.

A: Hazy yellow orange with an enormous white head.

S: Huge guava nose with floral notes and pepper. Lemongrass meets a restrained bubblegum presence.

T: Big guava presence with a light candied quality. Lemongrass blends with earth and floral notes. Great fruit flavor. Light peppery finish.

M: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: Not as phenolic as the regular version with a lot more fruit. Nice.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BastionShaw for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

Pours a murky honey brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and some fruity and slight guava aromas. Taste is the same but the guava becomes more apparent in the flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with a nice guava presence in the flavor.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Acquired via trade
Thanks, DarthKostrizer!

Slightly hazed golden and amber body with a large, pillowy, persistent near-white head that leaves the glass messy with spiderwebs of lace. Very pretty.

The aroma is of guava, unsurprisingly. The fruit character shines through more and more as the beer comes fully to room temperature. The fruit flavor is authentic, bright, and juicy. There's a mild amount of funk and other citrus elements as well.

The flavor also has lots of authentic, bright, juicy guava character, along with a slightly funky Belgian yeast accent. Low to moderate bitterness.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

A really nice surprise. I had no expectations for this, and this really was a delightful beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a plastic cup at a cheap Econo Lodge near the Culture Room.

A- Pours a hazy dark orange color with a towering three inch head, which comes as no surprise since I'm fairly certain wild yeast was used. Lots of bubbles rapidly rising to the surface as the head retains and eventually settles at a finger's worth of head and has full sheets of soft lacing.

S- Crisp, tropical fruit notes with an effervescent aroma. Also notes of granny smith apple. Also has a Belgian-type richness and a faint glassy smell.

T- Not as wild and sour as the original Guava Grove, but that makes sense since they used twice as much guava in this one...and it shows. It's not as spicy as Goya Guava soda but you definitely get the overall feature. Also notes of grapefruit, kiwi, more granny smith apple, pineapple, and a bit of tart grapefruit at the end. Alcohol is covered up well but still has enough bite to keep things interesting.

M- Light body, high carbonation, and a bit of a dry afterfeel. Has that true saison feel to it.

O- I enjoyed the enhanced fruit notes of this variation on Guava Grove. Not as assertive of a pucker and still has some funky "groove."

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Shared this bottle with JLindros as we did a side by side comparison of this with a vintage Guava Grove. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Nice hazy amber hue with a good dense three finger creamy white head. Really nice to look at and lots of thick side lacing.

S - Nice light guava aroma with grains like wheat and belgian malts. Not super fresh aromas like Grove but still good.

T - Taste has lots of wheat and guava sweetness. Slight hop bitterness at the end. Light malt sweetness as well. I was expecting more guava with this one for sure.

M - Nice and slightly creamy mouthfeel with just a little carbonation.

O - Overall this was a nice beer but I liked guava grove much better. Still, this was an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Colossus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a finger of off white head. The head fades to a nice layer on top of the pour.

Smell: This is a fruity beer, as advertised. The malt is light and crisp. Lots of guava.

Taste: There is a ton of fruit but it's not a super sweet beer. The malt is crisp and bready, and there is hardly any alcohol showing up. The fruit is dominating anything else that might be going on.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, but the fruit doesn't really allow for anything else to show up. I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure I need another.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this one was almost a gusher. Second one poured with 2 fingers on a amber with crimson hues and cloudy body. Nice lacing. aroma is very nice saison belgian yeast and esters with fruity notes. Flavor is more on the caramel side with spicey and fruity notes. The guava can be appreciated better in comparison with a typical saison. This one is definitly more tart. I thought it was overhyped as far as being too sour or tart by some but I like it. Medium body and medium to high carbonation. Drinkable for sure. Looking forward to Guava grove.

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Photo of illidurit
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at the December iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours orange with a light tan head. Big fresh guava aroma with some lemon zest notes. Flavor is the same as the smell basically, big tropical guava with funk becoming more apparent as it breathes.

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Photo of harrymel
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 19AUG11

An apricot ale with three fingers of nice white foam and diaphanous translucency. The nose here is a pleasant balance of saison character with soil, hay and wheaty tones along side a good, hearty pungent guava character. Some degree of mustiness.

Taste is of guavas and saison (rustic) with some nice full notes of tangerine and tartness. I dig. This beer is fully bodied with a strong carb up front, which dissipates over a good twenty minutes leaving a nearly still beer; this allows for a good spectral experience of the beer's flavors.

A good beer, worth seeking for the Saison lover, and worth trying for the beer lover. Well crafted and quite flavorful.

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Photo of fields336
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Dated August 19,2011
Served in CCB snifter.
A: orange Amber color with 3 fingers of fluffy offwhite head. No cloudiness present. Carbonation dissipates but hangs around for a while.

S: yeast and banana and sour notes, some guacamole and tropical notes.

T: fruit, yeast, tart, spice,guava, banana, clove, bready malts.

M: complex, pillowy mouthful. Carbonation stays around for a while,coats the tongue

O: a tasty yet different saison. Maintains the characteristics of the style yet maintains independence

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rudzud.

Huge fizzy head 2 fingers fades at a med pace, super hazy murky rosy plum flesh orange red colored beer.

Nose funky, yeasty saison farmhouse funk, light sweet malts, wheat, dry bready malts, lots of fruit, bit of it being guava, little juicy sweetness, lots of guava comes out as I swirl it. Then fresh tropical fruit hops and a bit citrus, little musty as well.

Taste brings guava right out, guava paste and fruit juice, nice tropical fruit hops, juicy. The guava fades fairly quickly then saison kicks in, farmhouse dry rustic saison yeast, sweet malts, Belgian golden malts, light candi sugar almost, spices from the saison yeast, sweet sticky, more fruits. Some fruity hops kick in, Effervescent and light dry bready malts. Finishes sticky and sweet, dry bready rustic feel, light lingering fruit, more light bitter tropical hops and guava.

Mouth is med bodied, tons of carb.

Overall nice, good flavors, drinkable, maybe a bit to sweet and sticky almost makes it like a cheap fruit beer. Fruit doesn't destroy, and the guava appearance is fleeting. I personally liked the original better, esp after it aged a bit and the funky sour really kicked in.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to tasting glass at a NoVA Beer Tasting on 10/23/11
*From notes

A: Pouring from the top of the bottle yields a pretty clean, slightly hazy amber golden. A standard pour yields a 1.5 finger head that sticks around for a while and minor lacing.

S: Somewhat vinous, quite like acidic and citrusy New Zealand Sauv Blanc.

T: A bit stodgy up front. As it opens, the fruit reveals itself and is extremely pleasant on the back end.

M: Compared to CCB's funky version of Guava Grove, this has a more viscous consistancy. But don't misunderstand: in no way is this thick and dense, it's merely not the refreshingly crisp beer that the Grove was.

O: CCB's Guava Groove is a solid beer. I'd drink it sooner rather then later, as I could see the guava falling off in short order. In terms of preference, I'd take one of these, sure. But if given a choice, pass me a funky Guava Grove.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange, very foamy head, great retention and lacing. This beer foamed up instantly upon pouring and stuck around for a most of the time it took to drink it.

S: Lots of guava. Drank side by side with Guava Grove, and the Groove had significantly more fruit on the aroma. It was rather pithy with some caramel and a little bit of citrus.

T: Lots of guava as expected, but there was not as drastic a difference between the flavor of the Groove vs. Grove than on the aroma. A little bit of spice and citrus comes through as well.

M: Medium bodied, a little thick for a saison. Slight alcohol presence right at the end. Finishes dry.

O: As the name implied, this beer was filled with Guava. I thought it was pretty good, and while not overly complex, was tasty and that’s what matters most.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle that I faithfully brought back from a recent trip to Tampa.

A - Pours a peach color with a large puffy head that settles down with no lacing on glass.

S/T - To be honest, I was expecting a bit more from the guava and expected it to be very fruit forward. Instead, it was a mildy more fruity saison and as a result I got a little less yeast and pepper taste as a result of the fruit infusion .

M - Pretty thin and bubbly but nothing to write home about.

O - A pretty lackluster performance from my take and not what I expected at all. To me, the best thing was the cool retro looking label and printing. Ready to take out the roller skates and listen to disco. Sadly, that was the best part, I would not buy this one again.

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Photo of Florida9
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy brownish orange color. Forms an extra large, big bubbled, white head. Decent retention, but only the faintest bit of lacing.

S: The aroma is sweet with a noticeable floral quality. Guava and lemon pepper dominate.

T: Unsurprisingly the dominant flavor is of guava. Moderately sweet with a slight unripe fruit tanginess. There is a little pepper and spice on the finish, but it's really quite faint.

M: Light bodied with heavy carbonation and a smooth sweetness. Overcarbonated, really.

O: A pretty good, drinkable beer, though, considering how good Gauva Grove is, I'll admit I was expecting a bit more from this one. Quite one dimensional with the flavor and scent of guava dominating over everything. However, I can't say this beer didn't warn me - it was quite evident this one was going to be a guava-bomb from the get-go.

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Photo of EseLocoSS
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml Bottle into small tasting glass at Floyds anniversary party. Bought the bottle from Cigar City the weekend before on my trip to Tampa.
Aroma of guava and fruit. Poured a muddy orange/peach color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of guava, tropical fruits, and some sugar. Light to medium body. Thinish, tingly, then dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Heavily sweet, guava and fruit finish is dry.

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Photo of hdelavega
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a Duvel tulip glass.
Pours a beautiful hazy orange with two fingers of off-white head that settles to a half finger head that leaves nice lacing.
I defiantly get the guava in the nose, other tropical fruits too, pineapple, grape, a bit of citrus, lemon zest, I also am getting a little clove, coriander, some peppery notes, and sweet malty background.
Lots of interesting flavors here. I get more malt then in the nose but that sweet/tart guava still takes the foreground. As it is warming I am getting more sweet flavors, defiantly has some nice spicy flavors.There is a nice bitterness, I kind of miss the big sour flavor from the last batch of guava grove I tryed.
Lots of carbonation, still pretty creamy, very zesty, nice clean finish. This one has an interesting effect on the palate, the zingy citrus sticks around for awhile where I would have guessed to have a little more sweetness.
Overall I really like this beer. Cigar City puts out some pretty unusual Saisons. Im pretty sure they have changed the yeast on a few batches of the guava grove, this guava groove is really nice but my favorite variety was the sour guava grove. Anyway, I will get this again and defiantly pick and extra one up for a certain Texan trading buddy.

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Guava Groove from Cigar City Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.