Josh The Guava King
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,369
Ranked #12,727
3.95 | pDev: 7.59%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Josh The Guava KingJosh The Guava King
Notes: This label, which depicts Josh Baggett shredding a guitar in outer space as he pedals a pink training-wheeled bicycle while baby unicorns are born in his wake and the monkey on his back juggles guavas and his crown, fairly represents Josh's rigorous path promoting craft beer to TX. Josh, we love you man! Brewed with fresh guava puree, with Mosaic hops.
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a can during the COVID pandemic at the Harpoon beer garden where no glasses were available. So, I've given this beer a neutral score for appearance.

Spicy aroma of coriander and sage. Some pale malty base.

Sage spice is the first impression of the taste as well. The base is semisweet paler malted barley while the hop comes quickly but not overly bitter. Think of the spices added to a pizza sauce. Really quite good and balanced.

Jun 21, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a moderate sudsy head. Decent retention, as it dissipates, it yields a thin ring of lacing.
Aside from the expected aromas of the guava adjuncts, there are strong notes of caramel malts. There are also aromas of grapefruit and light pine resin.
The taste opens with a chewy malt sweetness. It evokes cookie doughy and caramel, yet, it has a clean flavor to it. Amidst this moderate sweetness, the palate feels dry overall, with the guava adjuncts adding a nice easy touch of juiciness. The hops add citrusy flavors of grapefruit rind, pine and a relatively gentle bitterness.
Medium bodied and a little thin at times. The carbonation is gentle and the finish is dry and citrusy.
An easy to drink and tasty DIPA. I would have liked a tad bit more body, however, overall it’s solid.

Jul 09, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with moderate carbonation, and half a finger of yellowish head.

It smells of Jell-O, guava, crème brûlée, and pineapple.

The tase is of guava, creamed corn, Yellow Jell-O and a biscuity Back bone.

Medium body with moderate carbonation and a tannic finish.

I got this one in Redding California today, and I’m drinking it here at home. Very decent brew.

May 12, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Golden orange with a slight amount of hazy and a very thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind minimal lacing.
S - Piney, bitter hops and malt up front with some sweet tropical notes on the end (I'm assuming from the guava)
T - Piney bitter hops up front quickly followed by sweet, juicy guava and tropical notes (some citrus and pineapple as well) with a nice malt backbone to tie everything together.
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation
O - A nice DIPA with a very nice tropical quality to it - the guava stands out which is appreciated considering it's in the namesake.

May 06, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ever since I embarked on a Clown Shoes brewery horizontal as part of New "Don't Call Me a 'Clown' Until You've Drank a CAN of Beer in My Shoes" Beer Sunday (Week 736), I CAN't seem to stop! Viva The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Our Mission: To Produce Beer without Pretension while Being Free and a Little Crazy"; "Double India Pale Ale with Guava".

I was very curious to follow-up the last beer with this one. I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle Glug since a) the hour was growing late & b) a mess was NOT on the menu. It foamed nicely & stopped as it formed just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with nice retention. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was subtle (if you CAN characterize guava as "subtle"). I have always thought of guava as a more earthy-smelling & -tasting tropical fruit. It is the one that most closely mimics the female sex in terms of both visuals, smell & taste. I always joke that if you want a boyfriend who is unafraid to perform CANnilingus, feed him salmon with guava. If he chows down, yer home free! This smelled like king guava - musty, earthy, tropical, just the sort of thing to inspire some deep sea diving! Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but weak for an AIIPA. Oh well. The guava flavor(s) was/were prevalent to the point of being almost overwhelming. This may be another one where you have to be a fan of the primary adjunct going into it or you are going to be left behind. It was really clean in terms of its guava presence since nothing else really registered. That alone is a feat of brewing engineering. Finish was semi-dry, still very earthy in terms of the guava & about as pleasant a beer as I have drank in a while. YMMV.

Apr 04, 2019
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Purchased 8/9/17 from my local bottle shop, and enjoyed shortly thereafter. Poured from the 16 oz. can into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Hazy gold and a good amount of visible carbonation. Forms a finger's worth of white head with good retention.

S: Fruity up front – guava, pineapple, orange pith - and milder resin. A touch of dank hops stays over the biscuit malt body that has a touch of caramel.

T: Tropical fruits again – guava, mango, pineapple – and tangerine flesh and pith. Bitter resinous hops rise with the pithy bitterness. Some tinny naked alpha bitterness as well towards the swallow. Biscuit malts do add some sweetness, but just a mild caramel flavor (less than the nose). Some bitter citrus pith and fruit rind in the hang.

M: Average body for style. Carbonation sensation is a touch low. Alcohol presence seems about average.

O: This is acceptable, I suppose, but nothing I’d go buy more of. Nor anything I’m really glad to have purchased a four-pack of for that matter. It’s fruit-forward, but too much naked alpha acids here. I don't mind bitter IPAs, but this wandered just over the line to be outstanding for me.

Mar 23, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottom of the can: "pkg 032 01/28/19 18:59"

Appearance: The beer has a gold body with a thick but short white cap of foam. The foam fades out slowly to a ring with rafts. It has very good clarity. It leaves camouflage splotches of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: There is a mango aroma with some pineapple and a hint of sweet grass.

Taste: It has a wonderful swath of fruity flavors; mango, tangerine, and pineapple. There is even a discernible pear flavor in there. It tastes like a fantastic fruit cup.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice light body that is crisp and well carbonated with a bitterness that perfectly accompanies the flavor profile. Nothing could be done to improve the mouthfeel of this beer.

Overall: It's a really great beer. It is packed full of fruity aromas and flavors and delivered to the palate with perfection. This is an awesome beer to kick off the Spring or to bring joy to cloudy Winter days. I would buy it again in a heartbeat and I highly recommend it.

Mar 03, 2019
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes does it again! Poured a hazy, orange-ish from a 16oz can. The guava was there for sure, dare I say nearly orange juice-ish, except for the nice hoppy bitterness! I'm digging this, it is extremely drinkable!

Jan 22, 2018
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Skrumpy from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange color, slightly hazy. Foamy head with streak lacing, solid retention. The aroma is subtly sweet, tropical fruit, guava, spice, and caramel malt. The flavor is similar. Guava and exotic fruit blends melding with some bitterness from the hops, and balanced with the malt. A very smooth and drinkable beer, with plenty of flavor. I’m sold!

Nov 27, 2017
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gvickery from Texas

4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Smells like a mix of exotic tropical fruit. Small head slightly less than average carbonation. Soft body almost what I would describe as luscious. Very good. Very satisfying. I really can’t find anything negative. Well done.

Nov 12, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy ruby red with a white head. Smells of tropical fruit, hops, malt, and caramel. Tastes of tropical fruits (probably guava I just haven’t had that before), slightly bitter hops, citrus, sweet malt, and a little caramel. Medium in body and carbonation. Overall a decent DIPA, but the fruit is a little overpowering.

Oct 15, 2017
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BrewVenture2 from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy and a bit caramel and spice in the nose. Bitter/Hoppy flavor with a bite and seems to be aged in whiskey barrels or something. No my favorite but not bad either. Wish more of the guava came through.

Oct 07, 2017
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can dated 7/25/17.

Pours hazy gold with a moderate head and retention. Aromatics are hoppy and jammy with a funky overtone. Guava, purple grapes, flower petals, and red preserves. Medium bodied with a sticky, gummy mouthfeel. Guava jam with a firm citrus-hop bite on the palate. Honey with some sweet malt following through. Finishes with lingering guava and fruity funk.

A weird beer. The guava tastes strange and the beer is neither an exceptional IPA or fruit beer.

Aug 29, 2017
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darktronica from Indiana

4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Translucent honey-gold with light, fluffy head that lingers. The guava gets the job done as the main attraction here, pushing aside most of the floral hop character and light bitterness lurking underneath the tropical notes. A nice beer for anyone who enjoys tropical fruit, even folks who aren't typically IPA fans. The Guava King is suggestive of an IPA, relative to other styles, but lacks the assertive hoppiness or resinous bitter notes; as such, this is an interesting alternative to the juicebomb craze, in terms of how it pushes the boundaries of the style.

Aug 27, 2017
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear honey yellow with a full pillowy white head that lasts. Lacing after each sip. Smells of tropical fruit. Tastes sweet and fruity up front with only a slight bitter aftertaste. Needs more carbonation, almost seems a tad flat. Overall an interesting beer.

Aug 24, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of rocky ivory colored head. Decent lacing & head retention

S: Guava & orange juice in spades

T: Follows the nose, plenty of dryness up front & a little breadyness & pomelo. Tangerine & dryness, a little guava as well. Finishes with pomelo, dryness & a little grapefruit & less Guava

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation , great balance

Easy drinker, a solid DIPA that I had slightly higher hopes for

Aug 24, 2017
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white colored head. Guava fruits, other light fruits, a touch of pine, and some cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a guava and hop bite.

Aug 19, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 7/25/2017. Pours slightly hazy golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big guava, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, guava, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big guava, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of guava, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, guava, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is an awesome fruited DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, guava, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very vibrant and dank hops, with nice guava presence; and solid malt backbone, without being sweet/heavy feeling. Doesn’t go overboard on the fruit. A really enjoyable offering.

Aug 19, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT can
Served in a teku glass

This beer pours amber with golden highlights and a slight haze. It is topped with less than an inch of beige head that leaves little lacing.

The guava is apparent in the smell along with citrus and hints of pine.

The taste is sweet and tropical. The guava comes and goes in the flavor. It has a nice pine bite as well.

Medium mouthfeel with some biting carbonation

This is a really solid DIPA. The guava gets lost after a few drinks to the pine bitterness though. Regardless, it is a tasty brew.

Aug 12, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Usually apprehensive about actual fruit in beer - be it juice, puree, or whatever - but I've had my share that were really good, and this is no exception... Brewed with guava puree and dry hopped with Mosaic hops, this beer's label and name are an homage to Josh Baggett, a rep who has apparently sold a ton of Clown Shoes beer, particularly in Texas...

Medium gold and clear body, with a few fingers of ivory foam that slim to a cap trail lace arms behind. Aromas were fruity, but also with elements both herbal and floral... Flavors of fruit - guava, berry, and lime - and sweet caramel and piney resin all come together nicely... Smooth, moderately bitter and sweet, with subdued carbonation and a medium-light feel... Really diggin' it... 7/17/17 canning...

Aug 10, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a clear light gold topped by a dense two finger white head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of guava and sugary malt sweetness with some other tropical fruits and light pine notes
T: Taste is guava and tropical fruits along with some pine and herbal notes. Nice malt body with some light toasted bready notes to provide some solid balance. Swallow is a nice oily blast of pine and herbalness with some more guava and some lingering malt notes.
M: This beer has a medium mouthfeel that is a little slick and oily. The carbonation is adequate for the style as well and the beer has an oily hop finish
O: Overall this is a tasty beer with some nice flavors and some decent complexity. Worth a try but definitely not the most exciting thing. It's nice to see a New England brewer not hopping on the haze craze though.

Aug 07, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can poured into a tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a white head, lots of lacing, no retention, looks under carbonated.

A: Lots of guava, guava skin, peach skin, grapefruit peel, pineapple, mango, very tropical, hint of malt, very nice aroma.

T: Follows the nose, tropical, citrus, mild orange peel-like bitterness, finish has more tropical notes with lots of the guava juice showing and lingering in the aftertaste, alcohol is fairly well hidden.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, dry finish, easy on the palate for being an American double/imperial IPA.

O: Love the aroma but the taste is fairly mild compared to the nose, very drinkable, too bad the taste did not punch with flavor, I'd definitely drink this again if it did.

Aug 06, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. canned 07/28/17

Pours mostly clear amber gold with a dense creamy white foam head with lots of bubbly carbonation. Holy guava. Smells super pungent and fruity with huge pink guava notes, some grapefruit, orange citrus, pineapple, mango, passionfruit, some caramelized malts, with dank floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like pink guava, grapefruit, orange citrus, pineapple, mango, passionfruit, caramelized malt, with dank floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice guava IPA.

Aug 03, 2017
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 7/17/17. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with solid clarity and has bubbles racing upwards; creamy eggshell white head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of mango with some hints of coconut. Lots of sweet fruits. Malts are balanced. The flavors basically follow the nose. Nice sweet tropical fruits. Mild hints of fruit juice. More mango and coconut. Subtle hints of pineapple. Some fresh grass in the mix. Moderate bitterness. Malts do their thing. It's not too sweet. Everything is balanced. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied with a light feel to it. Moderate to active carbonation. Slightly fluffy and very smooth. Easy drinking stuff.

This is a solid DIPA. It's very refreshing and fitting for the warmer weather. Enjoyable stuff. It's probably even better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

Jul 31, 2017
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ovaltine from Indiana

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-hued beer, tan head, aromas are dominated by the guava - and that's not a bad thing.

The hops come forward a bit on the taste - until the guava smacks them into submission. I'm not a huge fan of beers that supplant hops with fruit, but this works pretty well.

Jul 29, 2017
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