Lactobacillus Guava Grove
Cigar City Brewing

Lactobacillus Guava GroveLactobacillus Guava Grove
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Style:
Sour - Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #178
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,451
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 8.61%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
500
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Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  80
Gots
  59
SCORE
93
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Reviews by portia99:
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portia99 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a deep amber orange color with a light haziness and some larger scale yeast particles/floaties that slightly mar the appearance. A huge cap of rocky off white foam, frothes and bubbles away, exploding like a wort at high krausen, falling after a minute or so to the surface leaving some sparse, loose lacing on the glass.

S - Definitely a lactic sourness up front - strong and assertive. Backed up by an earthy malt character, fairly prominent yeastiness, mildly spicy black pepper component, nice fruity/tropical guava and a mild bitterness. A tart, lemony citrus aroma pops up in there too.

T - Hmm, very nice. Tart and lactic sourness in the center of everything and strong in the flavor profile, but the aroma really had me expecting a much sharper and harsher sourness than I am getting here. There is a much sweeter, sugary, fruity/fructose element at the base that cuts right thru the sourness. Perhaps the late addition of fruit managed to leave behind a good amount of residual sugar. Nicely tropical with guava showing off well with complementary acidic fruitiness including a variety of citrusy flavors. Yeasty with a doughy malt character at the base.

M - This was a bit of a surprise and left the biggest impression on me after the first sip. I find the mouthfeel on this to be rather unique - very soft on the tongue and velvety smooth. Power of suggestion with the lactic fermentation?...I dunno, but the mouthfeel reminds me of smooth milk stouts with lactose creating the smoothness. I know lactose and lactobacillus are independent of each other, but this was my first impression. A bit slick, very soft - light and airy even. Actual body is on the thin side and carbonation is medium, a bit fizzy - but maybe more foamy which contributes to the light, airy feel on the tongue. Sour, but not puckering.

O - A lot of good things going on in this beer. A bit unique and interesting from beginning to end. Enjoying this very much. Not without flaw, but quite well done. Would definitely like to have another bottle of this for the summer season.

May 24, 2014
More User Reviews:
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance - pours a deep amber hazy body with a 2 finger white head that reduces quickly to a small ring of foam. 4.25

Smell - smells much like a Flanders.. Creamy, pale malt, Lacto tartness, cherry juice, citrus rind, some fruityness , spices 4.5

Taste- starts off hugely sour with lactic acid, lemon juice, sour apple, and citrus. The follow through definitely exhibits melon and guava, with some banana. The finish is creamy with some caramel and pale malt. The finish is astringently tart. 4.5

Mouthfeel- super carbonated, light and refreshing. 4.25

Very tasty, very sour, maybe a little too sour and carbonated and that may take away from the guava notes. Nevertheless nicely done.
4.25

Aug 18, 2014
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lionelhutz23 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Very sour if you drink it early. Sweetens up over time. Unless you want it extremely sour sit on it for a few months.

Sep 12, 2014
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tugg407 from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Apr 10, 2014
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tpaetow from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Apr 24, 2014
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BillHilly from Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%

Aug 02, 2014
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mlhyatt from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 10, 2015
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Sep 07, 2014
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aquazr1 from California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

Nov 15, 2014
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

May 24, 2014
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will_eye_e from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Mar 03, 2014
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 18, 2015
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kayakandbeer from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Oct 09, 2013
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CaptDavyJones from New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%

May 06, 2014
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jshusc from South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nov 02, 2014
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tom10101 from Canada (QC)

3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Feb 03, 2015
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ScottJWing from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 08, 2015
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Apr 20, 2014
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kushlash23 from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 16, 2015
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mobius387 from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Dec 16, 2013
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Darth_Ryan from California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

Oct 23, 2014
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rawfish from California

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 11, 2016
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Ilovelampandbeer from New York

4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is definitely easy drinking at this age...not too sour and has some nice sweetness to it...good mouthfeel...I looked up and finished half of the snifter already...highly recommend

Jul 13, 2015
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mctizzz from California

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%

Apr 18, 2014
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NHbeerguy from New Hampshire

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 28, 2014
Lactobacillus Guava Grove from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 500 ratings