hopscotch (10011) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft… CCB Fruit in the Room 2011… Murky peach-colored ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Excellent retention. Fruity, peppery, slightly spicy aroma. Full-bodied and fatty with energetic carbonation. The well-balanced flavor tilts just a touch bitter and is surprisingly smooth and easy drinking as the alcohol is not at all pronounced. Also, peppery and fruity, but the guava does not really stand out to me – surprising, as this is brewed with twice the fruit as the regular Guava Grove. Tongue-numbing, lightly bitter finish. I miss the funk of the early versions of Guava Grove, but this is nice nonetheless.
adam42381 (383) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Review from notes at Cigar City’s taproom on 9/9/11 for Firkin Friday.
Draft poured into a CCB snifter.
Appearance: Poured a medium orange-caramel with a 1 finger snow white head. Nice lacing.
Smell: Huge guava notes with a touch of sourness.
Taste: Sweet guava with a touch of sour flavors up front followed by grassy notes in the middle before ending with light hoppy notes couples with sweet guava. Aftertaste is bittersweet.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Good drinkability. Goes down smooth.
Overall: Good beer overall. I would put this on par with the original Guava Grove. Definitely worth trying if you get a chance.
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2012 Bottle @ Granny’s house in Exira, Iowa, courtesy of markwise. Thanks again Mark! Cloudy, orange appearance with a foamy off-white head. Quite heavy guava juicy, citrusy, mild barnyard nose. Big tart, very citrusy guava, slightly spicy, mild yeasty flavor. Tangy, guava aftertaste. Quite good but it does have an intense guava flavor.
dchmela (2786) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at FITR. Hazy orange pour, chunky with big white head. Loads of guava fruit, nice Belgian esters and hint of pepper in aroma. Fruity, guava tastewith nice peppery notes from the Belgian yeast. Quite a nice brew.
markwise (4647) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Fruit in the Room. Pours a hazy orange with a white head. Nose is huge guava. That really dominates it. Yep. Lots of guava. There are also some tropical fruit, guava paste, guava cookies, and hearts of guava in there as well. Flavor is similar- tropical guava, nice guava, and a gentle hint of other tropical fruit. Medium to full in body, and definitely utilizing the bugless yeast. Not sour. I feel like a warrior who has vanquished the guava and at his heart.
burg326 (4442) - Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at cigar city. Poured a cloudy orange with aromas of guava, citrus, and yeast. Had a nice prominent tart but not too tart guava flavor throughout the drink. A nice and refreshing beer.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
#200 Cigar City rating! Draft at FITR. Pours a murky brilliant orange. Nose is fresh fruit, guava, cane sugar and yeast. Flavor is heavy guava, citrus/mellon flavors, yeast, slightly tart. Very nice. Big fruit flavor without cloying sweetness.
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery. Released today. Pours a rusty orange color with a thick off-white head that settles as a lasting thin layer on top. This smells like I just cut open a fresh guava. There is no mistaking the fruit in this one vs some of the batches of Guava Grove. The aroma as a whole is quite tropical, showing other notes of peach, mango, like an exotic fruit cocktail, with some light dust. The flavors are sweet and slightly tart, but not at all in a buggy, infected, acetic kind of way. As a fan of the earlier batches of Guava Grove, that’s a really good thing. In fact, this really isn’t all that funky. The tartness seemingly coming from the natural fruit flavor. The finish is slightly dry, which is welcomed with all the sweet fruit, but still plenty of lingering tropical notes. The body is a little thick, but what the hell can you expect when this much guava is shoved in a bottle. Overall I enjoyed this one; a little sweet and heavy but in the same mold as the earlier batches of Guava Grove. You better like guava though! Groovy.