TheAlum (5108) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle gifted by Mr. Derek. Thanks! Pours glowing fiery orange copper, a touch of haze, quite fiery, a big frothy khaki beige head sits atop, stays large and laces well. Aromas are fresh guava and citrusy grapefruit, florals. Grass and lemon, some biscuity and pale malts, touches of richer toffee. Guava is lively, strong, a fruity melange. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, cool with lively fruit. Guava is big, tart with citrusy and bitter hops, grapefruit, lemons, grass, florals, touches of gumball, pale malts, bread, grains. Guava is a great touch, this version seems a bit gentler than the Half Acre one, not as furious, but also more quaffable. Lively tart and fruity guava wins me over. I really hope they do this bad boy again on either end of the lake. Light, flavorful, complex with great drinkability. Tastes pretty similar, but wins a point because of how much I missed it.
flatmatt (1013) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours golden amber with an off-white head. Aroma is interesting and heavily spruce-like, not like pine resin, but like Short’s Spruce Pilsner, though the resinous hops are also certainly there. Beyond that, there are some citrus, earthy, and peppery aromas. Flavor leads again with the spruce, blending quite well into the resinous hops, lemon and grapefruit citrus, earthiness, and toasted biscuit. Light bitter bite at the end. Really quite nice. I guess I should mention that I don’t have any inkling of what guava tastes like, so my aroma and flavor descriptions might not quite be accurate. But I like it a lot.
HonkeyBra (3075) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden orange pour with thin white head. Aroma has a lot of perfume, strong hops and the sweet/tangy guava, light herbal bitterness, almost like cilantro. Flavor is sweet, strong meaty fruit, herbal and piney hops. Flavor weld into a nice concoction of sweet and bitter, neither one really taking the forefront. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle via trade thanks to surlytheduff on BA. Pours clear orangish golden with a nicely formed off-white head. Aroma has big guava, mango, and spice, citrusy hops, and sweet malt. Sweet pale and caramel malt base on the flavor with huge guava fruitiness, tangerine, mango, and spice, maybe coriander. Medium-bodied with average carbonation. A good interesting IPA but I think I like Half Acre’s version a little better.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful copper color with a thin white head. Aroma is tropical fruits, citrus, floral. Flavor is guava, light caramel, and bitter hops. Palate is medium bodied, somewhat dry, moderate prickly carbonation, finished bitter. A very good IPA with just the right amount of guava.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy gold. Medium white head, fades quickly. Lacing is fairly thick and sudsy. Beautiful floral and citrus hop notes meld with the guava, which is not the least bit subtle, but in a good way. Mouthfeel is medium, really good carbonation, a sweet fruitiness at first that gives way to a moderate but palatable hop bitterness on the finish. Pretty decently balanced, the guava makes up for a lack of malt body. Pretty decent IPA, but if this was a one-off I don’t think I’ll miss it.
Pailhead (4381) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: The aroma has lot of citrus, grapefruit, guava, pine, and light tropical fruit. It pours a transparent-golden orange with a small soapy off-white head with some sporadic webbing for lacing. The flavor starts with light sweet citrus and tropical fruits. The finish has moderate grapefruit, light guava, tartness, and pine. Light-medium bodied with soft carbonation. Obviously, very similar to beer brewed at Half Acre, but this one seems a little stronger with the grapefruit and less guava tartness in the finish. I prefer the Half Acre version just a tad...but will be drinking plenty of this while it’s fresh and available in 6-packs.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium straw-orange, slightly hazy body, thin ring of off-white carbonation but no head. Nose of tropical fruit and bitter citrus rind hops. Bitter fruit skin body, loaded with bitter, tart guava and astringent hops, softened by small amounts of residual sugar. Strange tannic finish. This beer did remind me of the Anniversary Ale, but not in a good way, as the potent guava/hops combination made finishing the bottle a minor chore.
manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn you, badnews - beat me out for first rating. Anyway, 12 ounce bottle purchased from salut in kzoo, mich. Fantastic aroma, but the taste is a little watery. Definitely not too bad at all though.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at hopcat for shorts bday celebration, 12/10..guava infused ipa. guava comes across beautifully in this beer. orange body with small head. guava, soap, and hot hops. similar to the anniv ale, replacing blood oranges with the guava. big pine in the finish, with just a touch of sweetness