Don Gavino's Big Guava | Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
3.86/5
Very Good
296 Ratings
Don Gavino's Big GuavaDon Gavino's Big Guava
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with guava and aged in Chardonnay barrels.

Added by velcrogrip on 11-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
296
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Trade:
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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another El Cat beer: only the Double Huna remains to be sample after this. 750ML bottle with an impressive mustache on the label. Split with my wife.

Impressive 'pop' upon opening, & plenty of fizz. The brew arrives orange, clear, filtered, & could pass as an IPA any day. Scent is guava & a nice winey tang, but I didn't buy this to stick it in my nose.

Don Gavino's Big Guava is a one-two punch. The first blow that lands is enough wine to conduct a religious ritual with as the barrels have their way with the beer, providing tang, tartness, & vine in the back of the throat. The jab is the guava/fruit that adds to the tartness but adds (or something else does) a slow layer of sweetness that keeps the tartness below the level of sourness. Plenty of drying oak. An acidic component I can't make a positive ID on leans on the finish. High carbonation that borders on distracting: which is weird, 'cause I can't see it, but it's spazzy in the mouth. Easy to drink: I'd guess this to be in the mid-single digits of ABV, & I'm probably way off.

Going to rate this after Illuminating & the marvelous Forgotten Island but way ahead of the abysmal Good Gourd. Nice tartness, nice fruit, easy sippin' as the weather warms. Very good brew.

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Don Gavino's Big Guava from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 296 ratings