Guava Groove - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 186
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 6.23%
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 Arbitrator
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by stupac2. Thanks, Stu!

A: Pours a murky, burnt orange body with one finger of off-white head. Good retention.

S: Guava, pepper, banana, bubblegum, grain. I expected this to be an imperial saison or fruit-heavy beast, but the guava is fairly mild.

T: It's not a fruit beer, but guava is the first and one of the few flavors that you notice. I happen to like guava, so this isn't a big sacrifice for me. I'm still looking for some hint of saison beyond a mild hint of pepper and some grain.

M: It's well-carbed; too much so, making it foamy. After that is swirled out, the body is light-medium. Semidry. A fairly clean finish with some lingering pepper.

O: I've had some far better saisons, but I've had some worse ones, too. This is around the middle of the pack. Not bad. (817 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
2.79/5  rDev -27.5%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
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. (858 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml split with Apu, poured into New Belgium globes. Thanks Dan.

Hazy amber, with very hazy dregs; off-white dense and thick pillow-y head with medium retention and, oddly, no lacing.

The lemony tart and yeasty aroma profile is signature saison. There's some stronger acidity that suggests a light sour character. Lots of fruit, specifically white grape. But... guava? I don't get any until the very end.

Taste is bit of a let down from the aroma: the tartness is missing; and the hop bitterness is a little too strong. Finally, the beer tastes harsh at times... like leftover fruit pulp after getting juiced.

Mouthfeel is bigger than many other saisons but apt carbonation keeps everything in check. Overall just an average beer.

4, 3.5, 2.5, 4, 3 (759 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours hazy pale orange with a tall thick beige head that sets quickly, sadly into no lacings.

S: Guava galore, reminds me of a Red Bull. Citirc notes. Faint yeasty and spicy notes way in the back.

T: Some yeast and spices, pepper. Some sour notes. Sweet malt, but everything is overpowered by the Guava.

M: Sour, kind of nice aftertaste. Carbonation is medium as well as body, but man this is smooth!

O: I'm sorry, this is almost all Red Bull - way to much Guava-dominance. I really love this style, but this is too extreme for my taste. (544 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of Beerisheaven
3.35/5  rDev -13%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 poured into one of my tulips. Review from notes.

A: Orangish yellow color. This bottle actually poured a bit flat with not much lace.

A: The nose was all guava and caramel malt. Notes of sugar cane, pineapple, and citrus hops.

T: Just like the name suggests, all guava. I'm not the biggest fan of the guava fruit, so I'm not the biggest fan of the taste of this beer. I really enjoyed the regular guava grove, but this is just over the top. Finishes dry and very sweet.

M: pretty thick for the style, good carbonation though.

O: liked the grove better then the groove. Too much guava, but I guess that's what they were going for. Just not for me. Skal. (661 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle courtesy of MikeLuke23. Thanks Mike. Pours a clear copper with a three finger white head that has good retention and leaves very little lacing on the glass. The aroma is big guava, a bit of funk as well as a little bit of grassiness and little pepper. The initial taste is big guava with a bit of sweetness. Then comes some light funk, pepper, and a slight grassiness. The finish is relatively dry with the guava lingering. Medium body. Heavy carbonation. A bit overcarbonated. (491 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to moose3285 for this bottle, nestled among the 436 lb. box that landed on my doorstep. This better be good enough to relieve the aching in my back from power lifting that thing into the house...750ML standard-issue Cigar City bottle split into two glasses.

Pour is roid-rage, jiggly head rising rapidly about the brew, falling back only when threatened. Nose is hugely lemon, very tart, guava rising, too.

Guava Groove is a little "wine coolery" per my lovely wife; & carbonated to within an inch of my life. Fizzy. Many guava were clearly harmed in the making of this beer & it's the dominant predator in the food chain. Other than that there's fizz. Fizz. More fizz. Tiny touch of a tart edge, lemon zest, light sweetness. The finish is clean as Irish Spring. Drinkable though, this could be sold under the Bartles & James label.

Overall, pretty good beer, but the carbonation needs to be subjected to a good whip & chair. Easy drinking summer beer that makes me think I should be out in the hammock. (1,016 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of WesM63
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a murky, dark orange color with a modest but fizzy head to it.

The aroma shows a lot of the fruity guava to it. I get a little bit of an herbal, slightly peppery flavor to it mixing with some juicy citrus flavors.

The taste mixes a bright citrus flavor with the guava fruit. I get a little bit of the herbal flavors coming out in the finish as well. The fruit was pretty nice in it, it definitely wasn't subtle though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being high and fizzy. Overall it was a pretty good beer. The fruit was a little dominating at times, but also pretty tasty and interesting. decently drinkable as well. (690 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,176 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at a recent tasting. Tasted after Guava Grove for comparison.

Yellow our with a fluffy white head. The smell is much more fruity than the Grove. Tons of guava. A bit of booze underneath and saison funkiness. The taste follows the smell, very fruity. A bit like wine. Wheaty and very dry. Light and carbonated well. This was tasty but I liked the sour of the grove a bit better.

The mix of these two was phenomenal. You get the hint of the funk with the guava shining through. Very tasty. (497 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of EseLocoSS
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (528 characters)

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