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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.

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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 186
Photo of jcartamdg
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold/peach color with a paper thin head that disapates into a stable ring around my ccb snifter. Aroma is powerful, strong tropical fruit notes with grapefruit in the back. Taste follows the nose, funk and pepper added. Smooth in body, easy to drink and very refreshing. I already loved guava grove, guava groove takes that amazing saison to a whole new level. Bravo CCB!

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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 scottyshades
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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

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Photo of Kshock
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy dark orange color with a good head retention. Nice lacing on the glass.

S- Dry sweetness with guava coming in, ending with a slight citric acid. Really nice and balanced nose.

T- Fruity guava sweetness with a little acidic note, drys quickly and has a nice finish. No residual flavors at all. Really balanced beer.

M- Nice med body with a velvety smoothness coming from the high carbonation level. Very nice.

O- Awesome beer.

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Photo of Nashvillain
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold into the glass with glistening yellow edges, quarter inch head sits atop. Little lacing to speak of, but a nice robust color for sure.

Smell is straight GUAVA. Maybe some citrus hiding in the background, lemon and lime and maybe a little avacado.

The taste is amazing balance between guava and brew, a great harmony that really does wonders for the beer. To be completely honest, I think the burp might be better than the beer, 100% guava burp. I highly recommend it.

Great brew. Not legendary, but if I lived near Cigar City I would drink the shit out of this. Overall got a 4.5 because of the burp. #Truth.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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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 ccampo
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - 750 ml bottle with bottled on date stamped on the side. The beer is a light tan/orange color with some faint red tints. Big foamy head that subsides quickly. No lacing.

S - Fruity and peppery with a TINY bit of funk. You can definitely smell the guava. Lots of citrus in the nose with a yeast background.

T - Belgian peppery yeast is immediately apparent, as well as a pretty strong guava presence. Much much more than Guava Grove. Also some orange/citrus flavor there which makes it a tiny bit tart up front. There is also a nice malt flavor, sweet and bready, towards the middle of the palate. The beer isn't too dry but finishes substantial bitterness. It tastes really well put together; this is a craft brew for sure.

M - Thick and fulfilling. The carbonation is pretty strong; perfect for the style. Drinks like a Belgian style ale should.

At the end of the day, this is a great beer. The guava flavor and profile is a LOT more pronounced than Guava Grove, and it is better in my opinion. I would easily recommend this beer to anybody. Cheers!

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Photo of chrisrhoppe
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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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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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 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 adam42381
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thin cap, and thicker collar, and a small amount of lace. Murky peach-colored body.

S - Guava! Tropical juice, a bit of peppery spice, light acetone, a bit of funky sweat.

T - Tastes like guava juice, with a lightly tangy Saison finish. Not exactly the most complex beer, as the guava just overwhelms everything else.

M - Smooth texture, light stickiness, medium-bodied, with well-hidden alcohol. This is a bit overcarbonated, but letting it sit for a few minutes really helps it settle down.

D - This was a really easy-drinking beer with extremely well-hidden alcohol. If you like guavas you'll love this one. I'd definitely have it again if offered, and I may even prefer it to regular Guava Grove (although not the original batch).

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Photo of jsanford
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

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Photo of babaracas
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent darker amber with a few fingers thick white head; splotches of lace down the glass. Smell: soft tropical fruit, grassy, grainy, a hint of pepper. Taste: guava is prominent but not at all overwhelming. Otherwise it's grassy, with pale and (a touch of) caramel sweetness. Peppery and a bit tangy finish. Very flavorful and fruit focused. I haven't had Guava Grove since it became un-sour, so I was a bit surprised by this one. Groove is incredibly drinkable and also quite tasty. Bottled Aug 20, 2011.

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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 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 Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Paul for sending me this one. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours orange, thin collar, wisps.

S - Lots of guava, nice level of funk, tropical fruits. Very exotic, tropical, funky. The Guava is right up front and you can make no mistake about it. If you don't like guava, watch out! Luckily, I do.

T - Similar to the nose. Guava, funk, tropical notes. An excellent change of pace from your typical saision, which was nice after having several different saisons of similar taste.

M - Light body, perhaps a bit too much carbonation, dry finish.

O - If you like guava in your beer, give this one a try. There's still all the saison notes you'd expect, just with a guava twist. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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