Guava Groove - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 59
Gots: 25 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jcartamdg on 08-27-2011)
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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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 chippo33
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Bitterbill
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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 AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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 rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of illidurit
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of BMart
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of maximum12
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of whartontallboy
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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 Immortale25
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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 ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of harrymel
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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 jsanford
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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 oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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