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Cigar City Jolly Guava Grove

Cigar City Jolly Guava Grove
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Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Guava Grove infused with brettanomyces, aged in a Jolly Pumpkin La Roja cask

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2010
On draft for the Hunahpu’s release. I couldn’t wait to try this one after I heard about it. This one pours a very cloudy and hazy golden orange color and crowned by a small, foamy off white head that settles quickly leaves a sudsy wash behind. The aroma was really nice on this with notes of from the La Roja and the base beer. The classic JP funky yeast up front adding its wild, bretty dryness and wood characters. Soured tropical fruits of mango, apple, pineapple, and guava come into the fold along with the clean cereal grain malts. The flavor is really tasty with sweet and tart notes playing off each other perfectly. Tart guavas and mangos show the tropical fruit element followed by some earthy character, and the woody, brett yeast and funk. Very complex flavor profile with the addition of the brett and the wood. Medium bodied and finely carbonated with a nice dry finish. Refreshing and delicious stuff. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maltzilla (38) - Florida, USA - APR 26, 2010
One of my favorite beers of the now-historic RBWG/Hunahpu’s release weekend! Poured into a small ccb snifter, color was a deep, bronzed gold. Medium head foamed up and remained cottony for a while. Aroma was yeasty, you could get the "La Roja" notes almost right away; added to notes of guava, some spiced apple, funky brett & citrus. Very alluring. Palate follows right behind the aroma notes, got a lot of vinous punch up front along with the funk, however that dissipated pretty quickly (i.e. wine notes) Also noted some earthy tones along with more citrus/mango, wood and a sweet, tart back palate that balanced everything out. Complex palate, yet quite drinkable, IMO. I could have definitely had this thing all night . . . so long as I had the ol pepto bottle handy :-) This was a phenomenal beer and hope it gets to make another appearance soon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - APR 20, 2010
Nicely funked, some hints of the underlying guavas in the beer, but mostly an absolutely fantastic tart mix of tropical fruits with absolutely off-the-charts drinkability. I wanted to drink the entire keg for myself, and instead I only got one glass. Life is cruel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2010
Tap at CCB for RBWG Hunahpu release 2010. Pours a hazy deep copper with a nice lasting fluffy head. Aroma is funk right from the start- has a wine like, and jolly pumpkin spicy brett funk, apple cinnamon spices, fruity esters, tropical brett notes, pineapple, unripe mango and guava with woody notes. Flavor is slightly soapy and citrusy upfront but that fades a bit, more funky brett, wood, earth, citrus, leather, mineral, horseblanket, tropical fruits, and finish has a nice tart sourness and is actually dry here. Much better than regular Guava Grove.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2010
On draft at CCB for the Hunahpu Release. Pours a dark golden to amber/orange with a thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of sour ripe fruit, fresh tropical fruit, hay, spice, light floral esters. Flavor is about the same with a slightly stronger malt presence, overripe fruit, some hints of caramel and honey. Medium body with a funky and fruity finish. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2010
Draft. Pours a hazy amber body with a white head. Bretty leather funky tones, not quite the JP funk you might expect to pull but it does have some of those funky leather y old provolone cheese notes. A citrus accented funky leathery spicy body with some zesty yeast spice. Finishes dry floral with a cheesy leather. Very very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2010
On draft at the Hunahpu release. I could drink this whole friggin cask by myself. Pours a bright hazy yellow with a energetic white head. Nose is guava, malt, yeast, slight brett, citrus, and some barely detectable sour notes. Flavor is the same with light citrus, guava, malt, and yeast with the usual suspects of brett from the JP. Light to medium body and refreshing as hell. Please make this beer again!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10645) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Draft… RBWG ‘10This beer rocks!… Murky caramel-colored ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Excellent retention. The aroma is acidic, funky and fruity in classic La Roja/Guava Grove fashion – a marriage that works very well. Medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Sweet, fruity, tangy flavor. Low bitterness. Finishes sweet/tart and then dry. World class saison!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010

Date: March 12, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery
Appearance: muddy orange, creamy white head, drippy lace
Aroma: big funky brett aroma, touch of sweet orange citrus, floral hops
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, touch of citrus, light funk, fruity citrus
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Had on tap at the Hunahpu release party 2010 as a part of RBWG 2010. The pour is a nice orange. The aroma is amazing Belgian sour and the flavor is somewhat subdued but still awesome.

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