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Guava Groove - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

178 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15%


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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jcartamdg on 08-27-2011)
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jethrodium

California

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 22:51:43 | More by jethrodium
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LiquidBread219

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 19:04:01 | More by LiquidBread219
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Arbitrator

California

2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 05:41:02 | More by Arbitrator
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 15:00:53 | More by russwbeck
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billab914

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 12:25:15 | More by billab914
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Gtreid

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 01:40:10 | More by Gtreid
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 15:54:20 | More by AgentZero
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 20:39:16 | More by TheFightfan1
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 15:02:37 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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).

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 16:56:22 | More by MasterSki
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jsanford

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 15:08:50 | More by jsanford
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 04:20:56 | More by maximum12
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 00:21:45 | More by ChrisPro
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 04:52:58 | More by mikesgroove
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chrisrhoppe

Puerto Rico

4.22/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 02:14:47 | More by chrisrhoppe
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:57:18 | More by Thorpe429
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 06:23:30 | More by tewaris
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babaracas

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 04:57:15 | More by babaracas
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adam42381

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 21:27:58 | More by adam42381
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 12:21:47 | More by jmarsh123
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 18:02:26 | More by Sunnanek
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ccampo

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 01:20:43 | More by ccampo
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rarbring

Sweden

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 19:47:36 | More by rarbring
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scottyshades

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 17:41:59 | More by scottyshades
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, thank you, thank you- bryanole27 (great new trader)! Bottled 8.20 and drinking exactly one week later. Shared this bomber and poured into Ommegang glass...

A- Pours an incredible blend or blood orange and golden colors with a nice two finger white, fluffy, yet rocky head. Just a work of art in a glass.

S- Guava, guava, guava... Holy guava batman! Citrus blend on the backend. Slight yeast bite, but almost 100% guava!

T/M- Cigar City just rocked my palate. This is just sweet and tangy guava blend all the way with a nice bready following and delicate bitterness to boot. Very balanced. Great medium body that is light on the tongue due to prickly carbonation that really keeps this refreshing and wonderful.

O- My mind is blown that this is 8%... Especially since my last review was a shit storm on high alcohol saisons. Anyway, this was a great refreshing, breath of fresh saison. Love the fruit component and just would bathe in this if I could. I'm glad this is fresh, as i'm not sure age would bode well for this sexy beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 00:56:51 | More by TheGordianKnot
Guava Groove from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.