Cidery Location: Sebastopol CA
How Supplied: six pack of 12oz cans
Style: American large-craft cider from dessert apples, with Brazilian guava
Availability: wide release; check their cider finder
Cider Description: Fresh Pink Guava juice blended with our semi-dry apple cider. Fruit forward with semi-dry undertones. Enjoy this taste of Brazil!
Cidery Description: California Cider Company is the first family-owned cidery in the US. We have been making ACE Cider since 1993 in the beautiful Sebastopol area of Sonoma County, just north of San Francisco.
Price: ~ $9.99 / six pack
Where Bought: Total Wine
Where Drank: home
How Found: Facebook
First Impression: Hazy orange with a hint of pink hue. Very low carbonation. Smells of tart tropical fruit, although not specifically guava.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry. Light bodied. Moderate tartness and acidity. No sourness, bitterness, funk, or tannins. Notes of guava juice, tart green apple, and a hint of lemon. Moderate length tart finish. High sessionability. Low apple flavor. Low to moderate complexity. Moderate flavor intensity.
My Opinion: I liked it, due to the great guava flavor, which is a favorite of mine. However, I would have loved it, if only there was a touch more sweetness. With 9g sugar per can and its tartness, this barely tasted semi-dry to me.
Most Similar to: I’ve had four ciders with guava – Common Cider Pineapple Guava, One Tree Passionfruit Guava, Schilling Guava Mint, and Seattle Cider Strawberry Guava – but all had an additional flavor. Ace Guava wasn’t similar to any of those, as the Common Cider and Seattle Cider selections were of a similar sweetness but mild in flavor and not guava-forward, while the One Tree and Schilling selections were much sweeter and super full-flavored.
Closing Notes: This is a super sessionable summery cider, with the low ABV, lack of sweetness, and guava flavor profile.
Have you tried Ace Guava? What did you think?