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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 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 jethrodium
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Yellowish/Orange in color gets a little murky about halfway through the beer. Nice white foamy head some lacing but really not that much.

S= Really does live up to the Guava name. A lot of Guava flavor in in the nose you also get some of that "Farmhouse Funk" in the nose.

T= Lots of Guava flavors just like the nose and it's what you would expect from the name on the label. I also picked up on the "Farmhouse funk" but it wasn't as strong.

M= Medium bodied, Nice Carbonation

O= Overall, Another great beer from a brewery that I really enjoy I would seek this one out and wouldn't mind trying this again.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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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 TheFightfan1
3.18/5  rDev -17%
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.

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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 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 maximum12
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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 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 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 tewaris
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
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

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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 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 jmarsh123
2.79/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.18/5  rDev -17%
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.

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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 rarbring
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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