Guava Groove - Cigar City Brewing

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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 57
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of hdelavega
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one! Served from bottle into a Bell's stemmed tulip. Poured a yellow-orange with a three finger off-white to tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, guava, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, guava, fruit, passion fruit, and subtle tart. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. While it is not quite as good as the regular version in my opinion, this is still a very solid offering. This one is a little more on the sweet side of the spectrum as far as Saisons with fruit added goes, but it was in no way palate destructive. If you don't like sweet brews, you will not like this one most likely. So be warned.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of jsanford
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at BA Hunahpu's release. Poured into a CCB Snifter.

Poured a hazy gold with a thin white head. Big aromas of guava, lemon juice, and some funk. Very tropical, reminds me a bit of passion fruit juice. Taste follows the nose closely, again very tropical, tart, and funky, yet incredibly drinkable. Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium body and sharp carbonation. Overall an amazing beer, much better then Guava Grove. Hopefully this will be worked into steady rotation!

Photo of jmarsh123
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Split this bottle with 3 other friends.

Pours a hazy orange/gold with almost no head at all. Almost looked like apple cider sitting in the glass.

Smell is loaded with guava, pepper, and some barnyard funk.

For me the barnyard funk of the yeast completely overpowered the guava. It was still there, but not nearly as strong a presence as I was expecting. Finishes slightly sour and tangy.

Mouthfeel/carbonation are normal for the style.

Admittedly saison is my least favorite style by far, but I thought the guava may rescue this one. Just not enough guava to push me to like it. Not awful, but I doubt I'll ever seek it out again.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

three and a half inches of pure white foam at first but it settles down after a few minutes and leaves a good bit of foam streaking down the sides of the glass. T

light aroma, I pick up some very light tart tones, maybe like a small touch of lemon, along with light grain and a very floral, herbal smell. Hints of heather like smell, fresh meadows come to mind. Seems this maybe just what I am looking for this evening, so I lean in and take a sip, fighting my way through the foam that is still capping the top to find the most mellow, smooth, and refreshing Saison I have had in quite a long time. Fresh herbal and floral notes, touches of light grass nice light biscuit or buttery flavor mid palate, so well balanced here. The whole time this light almost lavender like flavor is bouncing around my palate wit hints of light banana and almost clove. nice tart apple finishes it and wow.

Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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."

Photo of scottyshades
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to try this one, thanks Zack and Cam! Much different than Guava Grove.

A: Pours a bright pumpkin color with a small white cap. Retention is pretty good, nice lookin beer

S: Wow, here is where it picks up - bright ripe fruit (guava, lemon, citrus, and other tropical fruits). Juicy ripe fruit with a decent sweetness in the back. You can pick up on the tartness from the beginning.

T: Obviously this one is packed with guava. Solid lip puckering tartness followed by a natural fruit juice sweetness that balance each other out. Subtle Belgian yeast notes, slight sweetness. The finish is absolutely amazing though! It transitions from a relatively tart and indistinguishable flavor to a whole new beast of sweetness, ripe guava, and citrus. As another reviewer (and the person sampling this with me mentioned), the burp is ridiculous!

MF/O: Perfect carbonation, medium body to it. Tart and sugary guava finish.

Comparison to Guava Grove (first batch/non-funky version): this one has more fruit, more tartness, more guava flavor (obviously), and less flavors coming from the yeast. I prefer Groove to Grove

Photo of chrisrhoppe
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a slight rose like hue and a nice rocky head. The smell is sweet of floral aromas, guava (of coarse), and sour apples. The taste is a sour rush of vinegar that quickly consumes the palate. The bite gives away to a nice sweet fruity tart finish.

Very interesting beer, one that I would search out in the future.

Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of ChrisPro
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle

A - hazy golden with nice white head and great lacig

S - tons of fruit, a little funk and some earthy hay. Extremetlt tropical.

T - honey and awesome sweet guava juice. Slightly bitter

M - over carbed; medium bodied

O - exactly as advertised. Tons of guava and a solid saison! Fantastic beer.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After having Guava Grove and loving I figured this would be a sure bet.

Poured this into my new Cigar City snifter. A very murky peach color with a killer fizzy white heading. Left little lacing.

Subtle nose of some funky tartness. Guava , mango, pineapple. Just a nice clean smelling saison nothing spectacular.

Taste through me for a loop almost undrinkable. Very earthy so much that did taste some dirt in this. Ok sour levels nothing heavy and just alot of guava. No malt backbone and heavy seltzer finish.

Mouth was thin and watery. A heavy alka-seltzer like feeling in the mouth with a slight peppery sting in the end. Carbonation was fine.

Well I don't know what happened here. After having the Grove this is leagues behind that one.

Photo of rarbring
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clouded orange brew, a firm off-white almost yellow head, little lacing but good curtains.

Very much fruity notes, guava, mango and pine-apple, but not much.

Sweet fructose and white bread, lemon peel, tropical fruits, a zesty bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, soft and slightly oily, a good body and dry finish.

Good, but not extraordinary, the saison character is somewhat lost in the fruitiness.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this bottle last night. Served in a tulip.

Poured a light peach color with a thin head that receded somewhat quickly into a thin collar. The nose contained a moderate amount of guava, though nothing overpowering. The flavor really took the guava up to the next level, and also contained some light earthy character. Medium body with a dry, fruity finish. Light body. Tasty.

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of adam42381
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at Cigar City's taproom on 9/9/11 for Firkin Friday.

Draft poured into a CCB snifter.

Appearance: Poured a medium orange-caramel with a 1 finger snow white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Huge guava notes with a touch of sourness.

Taste: Sweet guava with a touch of sour flavors up front followed by grassy notes in the middle before ending with light hoppy notes couples with sweet guava. Aftertaste is bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. Goes down smooth.

Overall: Good beer overall. I would put this on par with the original Guava Grove. Definitely worth trying if you get a chance.

Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this. Cool 80's label.

A - Yellowish orange colored beer with a hazy body. Left some minor lace.

S - Lives up to the guava name. It smells like guava with a bit of funk. I mean, there's like all this guava dude.

T - Tastes like guava. It also tastes pretty good. Little bit of Saison type taste in there on the end, but this is a guava first kind of beverage.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, no trace of alcohol.

O - A nice tasting, easy to drink beer. Enjoyed this quite a bit, and would gladly drink more.

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of brystmar
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of harrymel
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/24/2012

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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Guava Groove from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.