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Cigar City Guava Grove - Lactobacillus

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steasy66 (877) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Cloudy apricot. Tart guava aroma. Flavor is great, quite sour lots of fruit, clean crisp tartness

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2498) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
The beer is orange with a mild haze and a soft, white head. Aromas of lemon, floral hops, tropical fruit. Easy drinking. Hop goodness. Hop forward with a light malt body. Tart lemons and fresh hops, finishing with medium bitterness. Quite tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RussianDragon (451) - - AUG 9, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden peach orange with wisp of surface head, no lacing. Aroma is funk, sour fruit, and saison yeast. Flavor is same, with notes of sour peach and intense carbonation. Medium bodied, lactic finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2014
(750ml bottle) clearish medium gold, soapy tan bubbles. Nose lacto, lemon, alcohol, furniture polish. Taste of guava, very carbonated, white grapes, stone fruit, passions fruit, neat beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4576) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Late Nights @ RBWG, Asheville. Golden color with a small head. Custard and tropical fruits on the nose. Earthy lemon rind. Similar flavor. Yeasty. Lactic funk and tropical fruits. Mellow sourness. Light body, zippy. Pretty good.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hockeybeerguy (1972) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 18, 2014
This was a spoil of war brought down from Anchorage’s Culmination festival. This was poured into a snifter. Etched ever so slightly into the bottle just above the label reads "03/05/14." There was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that concaves really nicely to leave some speckled white lacing sticking to the glass. The smell had the Ruby Red grapefruit up front and then comes the guava with a decent dose of mango at the end. The taste starts off just a little tart but it seems as the beer gets warmer it gets more tart and sour. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was actually fairly subdued but still showed it’s face just a tad. Overall, it fits the bill for everything Cigar City said it should be. It is good for what it is but actually still a bit too sour and tart for my liking.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1306) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2014
Sample @ CBC 2014. Pours light hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is guava, lacto, tart, citrus and biscuit. Taste is tart fruity, medium sweet. Dry tart, refreshing finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1716) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle, courtesy b3shine, thanks! Pour is orange with a small white head, minimal retention. Aroma is fruity, lacto, guava. Taste is tart, acetic, sweet, fruity, guava, citrus. Palate is average carbonation, tart, sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5344) - Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Bomber to snifter (shared with tastybeer and our ladies). Looks good; a hazy paler caramel with off-white head. Smells solid; lacto with mild guava and malt. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel that’s medium-bodied. Enjoyable.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Bottle from Eric and a completely different throw down vs Pipeworks Guavanatrix:

Deep golden hue fading minimal head. The lacto is quite apparent in this beer... too much so. Sadly the CCB has major bandaid medicinal notes and the souring agent overpowers the delicate fruit. Get rid of the off flavor then I think we are on to something here. It got whipped by the Guavanatrix.


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