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Cigar City Guava Grove - Lactobacillus

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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Guava Grove is an American Sour Guava Ale that experiences three fermentations. Primary fermentation is conducted with lactobacillus, a bacteria that sours the wort. The secondary fermentation takes place when we add a saison yeast that is French in origin. The tertiary fermentation is spurred by the addition of one of Tampa’s favored fruits, guava. The acidity of this elegant ale cuts fatty foods and oily fish from the palate beautifully. Pairs well with mussels cooked in gueuze, ceviche, ferrines and rich, creamy cheese or cheesecake.


2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jcnielsen (2691) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2015
Bottle in Colorado with adnielsen. Pours a hazy orange color with white head. Sour, plastic, orange, gross jolly rancher aromas. Sour, tropical fruit, moldy fruit, plastic flavors. Ugh, drain pour

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adnielsen (10138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle @ home, thanks to markwise (or maybe Homer321). Thanks! Pours a hazy, darkish orange appearance with an off white head. The aroma is sweaty socks, bug spray, tropical fruit, plastic, funk, and wood/tannins. Oxidized, twangy, doughy flavor. Some cardboard. Lemon, passion fruit, tropical fruit. Not all that great but maybe it’s just mishandled.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7061) - Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2015
2/20/15. 750mL bottle sampled during RBWG 2015. Orange pour with a nice khaki head, good lacing. Funky, fruity aroma, tropical fruits abound, nice sourness poking through. Great flavor, good combination of tropical fruits, plenty of sourness, mild funk. Delish!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyW68 (1226) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Very nice. Cloudy orange pour with white head. Aroma is sour citrus and leafy greens? Taste is obvious but not overly strong sour.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
youdictategood (436) - Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Bottle to snifter. Cloudy orange pour with a sizable off-white head. Mild aroma of citrus zest and pickled vegetables. Similarly mild flavor - not hugely sour, but nicely tart, with the guava hanging in nicely against the lacto-fermented notes. Prefer this treatment to the original Guava Grove.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12925) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2015
Bottle during RBWG Booze Buse 20/02/15 thanks to whomever supplied this juan. Hazed orange amber with a moderate off white covering. Nose is mango, tangy tropical fruits, lactic tang, bretty, mandarin, soured citrics. Taste comprises soured mango pulp, light spice, damp straw, citric pith, tangy green berry. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Solid sour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PartyFowle (672) - - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle. Cloudy burnt orange hue, dense frothy head of sandy tan. Nose: guava, peach, hay, lemon juice, crackers. A pronounced lactic tartness meets peach and pear, unripe guava, dried lemon, a little funk. Very bright flavor, balancing sweet and sour perfectly. Fluffy medium-light body, pillow-soft. Tremendously drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
vtafro (4954) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle. Orange pour with white head. Smell has lacto, sour and some off tones. Time hasn’t done this beer well; cardboard, balsamic, off sour tones.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (4089) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Pours hazy apricot with eggshell head. Aroma is not strong but promises with malty and fruity notes. Flavor is fruity and somewhat sour with malty undertone. Texture has strong fizz an OK body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (11064) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle on the bus. Pours orange white head. Nose/taste of guava, sour lactose, lemongrass and orange. Medium body.


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