Christpuncher (2174) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
this is just an an incredible beer. this blows away any radler out there. strong grapefruit tartness with a sort of sweet finish as well. the guava is an incredible balance. Pours pink with a white head. pink! just awesome on a hot day.
ryecatcher (1057) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a bubblegum pink, turbid with substantial pinkish head, excellent retention. Nose is definitely guava-ish, smells like a Mexican fruit stand. Mouth is slightly fuller than a bottle of seltzer, and has slightly more flavor... in fact, if I didn’t see the 3.5% ABV on the label, I’d think I had bought a sixer of guava-infused seltzer water. Definitely refreshing, but nothing I would refer to as beer -- the least of all reasons having to do with the fact it looks and smells like one of my kid’s scented magic markers.
Frank (3500) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drinking this instead of orange juice for breakfast. It works. This looks pretty much exactly like red grapefruit juice but with a little bit of a head. It has a nice guava nose--I would call it "tropical fruit" if I did not specifically know there was guava in this--and a hint of bready yeast. The taste is nice too, albeit a bit watery, just slighty tart and a bit fruity, think pulp-free orange juice mixed with water. A prickle of carbonation compliments the acidity well. It finishes tart with maybe the barest hint of citrus rind bitterness. I am not getting any of the spices that are supposedly in this so I guess you might call their expression subtle. This is a striking beer on the shelf--its pink color displayed in clear glass twist-off soda bottles--and I think it achieves its aim of being a more sophisticated shandy type beverage. I kinda wish it was a bit less watery but otherwise the flavor is nice. For fruit beers from this brewery, I am going to continue drinking the excellent 5 Lizard.
tmoreau (3052) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Beer House Chicago in Lombard, IL. as a 5 oz. serving dispensed to a flight type glass, showing a cloudy, pink grapefruit juice look, with a very frothy layer of white head foam, and sheet-like spray to the lacing. The nose was tart, light spice, with tropical fruit as guava, but a more familiar scent as rhubarb. Light bodied, with lively spritz to the carbonation, the taste was tart & tangy, but less expressive as the aroma, adding just a hint of rind-like astringency. The flavor waned, but was quite refreshing otherwise.
Oakes (13601) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very guava juice appearance, full of clouds, looks like pulque curado. Very guava taste, fizzy and thick like pulque. I didn’t pick up the other flavour notes. It’s a fairly simple beer, really, and you have to like guava juice.
jbruner (3031) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy pink on tap with fluffy white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of sweet guava candy and wheat. Taste is literally like a guava paste that goes in a pastele, nuts. Not a lingering sweetness, dry finish, pretty good in my opinion.
Aurelius (4713) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2015
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sort of a plasticky, piney aroma. Reminded me of vinyl slipcovers. Pink, translucent with a pinky-white foam. Bland, plasticky, thin and nasty. Couldn’t finish a sample. On tap, Baby Proof.
PorterPounder (6390) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 12 oz clear bottle. Pours a grapefruit juice-looking bright pink/orange, light white head clings to the edge of the glass. Seeing as its from a clear bottle - reminds me of a Mexican soda. Aroma has some guava and grapefruit notes. Flavor has some of that same guava and grapefruit essence to it, a light bit of tonic water, some brief sweet tart candy. Thick enough mouthfeel,
Chudwick (2498) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A gift from one of the cousins from the barrio. Poured nicely onto my kitchen table as it spilled over my Bubba Gump Shrimp cup. Reminds me of a strawberry/guava desert I had as a kid. Poundable. Not exactly manly. Watery. sweet.
DrnkMcDermott (2921) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Brixie’s. Looks more like a mix of milk and grapefruit juice. But I guess that’s how it’s supposed to turn out. What could it have but a big guava smell in the nose, with a bit of taunts that could be some PNW hops, even Amarillo. Wish I could claim the experience of having bought paletas off a sidewalk cart, but instead I have to take a stab at the experience. And it’s like a fruity drink all right with an extra spiciness that I wonder about its source. Is fiasco spicy? There’s no mention of the hops involved, and only this RB listing mentions the peppercorn and tarragon. Ah, so much I still need to learn; luckily I’m an eager student. Ask I can really say is that it’s truly fruity, unexpectedly spicy, and delicious!