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Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Tocobaga Red AleTocobaga Red Ale

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218 Reviews
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Reviews: 218
Hads: 1,313
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 25.42%
Wants: 184
Gots: 182 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 09-15-2010

Pours amber in color with notes of citrus and caramel. Citrus hop bitterness upfront with notes of caramel and an Amish bread sweetness. Citrus hop bitterness returns at the end for a long dry finish.

75 IBU
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Reviews: 218 | Hads: 1,313
Photo of StoneTSR
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Cloudy and opaque. The bubbles rise very slowly, giving this beer the appearance of being very thick and rich. The half-inch head is pretty much locked in place. It literally didn’t move for three minutes and only began to subside once I took my first sip. The lacing is excellent, covering most of the back of the glass.

SMELL: The malt has a mild toasty characteristic to the nose and the comes through strong. The hops back it up nicely with a little orange, lemon peel and pine.

TASTE: This is a very malty and if it wasn’t for the really big and tasty hop balance, I’d think it was too much. However, it works really well. The same hop flavors from the nose hit the palate and the malt is very sweet and bready, but also seems to have a hint of smokiness to it too.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to big in body and sweet up front with a drying finish. It is nice and sticky, but not cloying. Smooth and very drinkable, but with a nice sparkle.

OVERALL: I was not a huge fan of Jai Alai, so I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this one. I was pleasantly surprised and will seek this out when I’m in Cigar City’s footprint.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - A bubbly pour with a dark amber color; a late arriving head of about 3/4" with a white color.

Smell - Hops, caramel malt, toffee.

Taste - Citrus and pine, slight hops. A slightly sweet but smoked flavor that tastes most like burnt brown sugar; caramel in between sips.

Feel - Bubbly at first but then quite silky smooth.

Overall - Really enjoyable amber/red style beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a great red ale, big juicy hops and sharp malts that complement each other, not cancel each other out. The barley is boughy, with toffee and toast, which lead right into the spicy pine and orange peel. I'd like to try a fresh one next to Nugget Nectar or Furious.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just got a 4-pack courtesy of @csp0380.
Poured into my DFH IPA glass.
A - Pours a clear orange amber color with a 1 finger head that reduces to a thin cap.
S - Aroma is bread or biscuits with just a little citrus.
T - Unique flavor, definitely sweet, some citrus, some caramel.
M - Medium mouth feel, somewhat creamy.
O - This is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of VTR
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not sure what to expect from this beer but living in Florida I will try most of cigar city's offerings. This beer was stamped from early Oct so I know this was fresh. Poured a nice red color. The nose was not much other than hops, pine hops with some fruit mixed in there. The taste had some malts to it but was overtaken by the hops. I am not an IPA fan and to me this was like drinking an IPA as the hops were very present. I did not know what to expect from this and I can tell you I will not purchase anymore.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: dark brown to ruby. khaki to caramel head

S: hops, pine, malt, biscuits

T: good hoppiness. some bread and yeast. bitter pine with roasty notes.

F: clean and crisp

O: pretty good. hoppy for a red ale.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours deep amber, hazy, finger white head lasts. Great aroma for an amber, on top of the bready nose is some tropical fruit, plum. I like hoppy brews so this amber was killer to me. Caramel malt flavor is immediately met by citrusy floral hops, which lasts throughout. Soft creamy mouthfeel. Overall delish hoppy amber.

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Photo of TH28
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Canned 8/24/15 (17days old). Appearance: Deep red mahogany, slight haze, thick khaki foam cap. Aroma: Caramel malt undertone, with dominant, strong hop aromas of floral, tropical fruit, and resin. Taste: Rich caramel maltiness with a touch of dark roasted malt, quickly turning to a strong but balanced hop bitterness with tropical fruit and resin. Roast comes thru on the swallow. Mouthfeel: Medium creaminess with moderate carbonation. Finish: Resinous bitterness lingers, along with some light roast. Overall: Top notch American Amber. Malt complexity ramped up with the addition of roasted malt makes this much more enjoyable than a traditional Amber. Strong hop aromas and flavors are well balanced against the malt.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Cigar city tocobaga red ale
Citrus and piney notes
Pours to cloudy deep reddish brown
Tan pillowy top
Complex hop bite to sour middle to sweet finish with bitterness fade out
Thick mouthfeel
Kind of funky
Not my bag
Smell 3.25 appear 3.75 taste 3.25 overall 3.25 mouth 4.25

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Photo of jkinzey
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is not my favorite style but Tocobaga is about the best red ale I've had. It pours a beautiful dark ruby color with an off white head. The smell is of citrusy hops and caramel malt. The taste follows the nose. Very drinkable for 7.5%. Cigar City only releases this a few times a year and when they do I always seek out a six pack or two.

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Photo of Buck89
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange color. Head is off white with moderate retention. Aroma is orange with caramel and slightly sweet, seems appropriate for style. Taste is nice, with orange and citrus bitter, balanced with malt and a hint of cedar. Nice fairly dry finish. Very nice.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly burgundy tint brown. Great fluffy head with retention and strong lacing on the glass, good looking beer. Aroma was surprising, had the hop smell of an IPA, grapefruit citrus with some interesting background aromas that I was unable to pick up but enjoyed. Taste was different, the grapefruit is there but muted, a little roast, maybe a bit on the burnt side, bitter finish but not enough sweet malt to balance. I was expecting more bang from the flavor. No exactly what I would want but interesting, enjoyable, quality brew.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy tobacco color under a 3” foam cam that mounds up over the rim of the glass. Thick clumps of lace. Smell: Taste: Light fruits, plum, orange, citrus, peach, on the front and then strong grapefruit rind hop accent on the finish.Mouthfeel: Very creamy, smooth medium to medium low carbonation, medioum body. Overall: A beer that achieves a good balance between hops , malt and yeast driven fruit flavors.

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Photo of adapt313
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber brown color but a bit murkier than I expected. Smell is grass, grapefruit, and caramel sith something a bit tinny on the finish. Taste follows the nose, very well balanced, grassy & citrusy, sweet in the middle, yet finishes dry but I still get something slightly metallic at the end. Feel is right where it should be for the style. I like hoppy reds and overall this is super easy drinking and I enjoy it quite a bit.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. No date. Served in a Cigar City snifter 2/25/2015.

A- Dark brownish-red body, one finger offwhite head with very nice retention, nice lacing and residual film.

S- Grassy aromas, lots of mild toffee and grainy bread. Floral and citrus aromas.

F- Tastes great; nice toffee, bread, crackers mixed in with a nice citrus bite and floral finish that makes me think of the tapioca bubbles that you get in asian bubble tea drinks.

M- Medium bodied, certainly substantial for a red ale, nice crisp kick on the finish that is refreshing.

O- Tasty, reasonably unique tapioca bubble aroma and flavour. Not a bad one to have in front of you.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber copper pour with beige head from 12oz can; grassy citrus nose; balanced malt and hop start; slightly resinous finish with grass and orange peel flavors. Medium lite mouthfeel with good carbonation;overall a tasty ale with a slightly bitter ending; nice.

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Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost murky, more-brown-than-red ale, topped by a firm cream head with excellent retention and leaving long lines of lacing.

Lovely aroma blending citrus and floral hops with brown sugar and caramel. Bright and bready.

Flavor beautifully matches the aroma, with sweet juicy citrus notes up front, tons of caramel and brown sugar throughout, a slightly green, herbal edge to the bitterness, lots of bread to the malt, and a bitter, citrus peel-tinged finish.

Lively mouthfeel, slightly slick and syrupy, long wet and oily finish.

This is a lovely, tasty ale, reminiscent of a lower ABV version of Brown Shugga.

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Photo of DavidBart
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this local brew being down in Florida for a winter get-away. Shares a common characteristic with Jai Alai, as all Cigar City beers do, which I like. May just be my favorite Red Ale. Jai Alai and some of the other Cigar's are very abundant here. I didn't know about this and wasn't looking for it. It took a while to stumble upon it. When, I finally did, it was at a large gas station, that is 70% dedicated to craft beer. Times are a-changin'.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can dated this month

A: reddish hue so it's not just a clever name, not much head

S: very Carmel toffee maybe a faint hint of hops and bread

T: very sweet malts with lots of caramel and toffee maybe a slight bit of burnt roast and then I think floral hops but very light

M: mediumish this is a smooth beer a little softer on the carbonation

O: This beer is pretty damn good I could see drinking this one after the other without much difficulty. it's just a nice sweet malty beer that is very smooth.

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Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. Great pour--dark red with a large, rocky white head.

Smells of sharp hops and caramel barley. Pretty straightforward hoppy red.

Tastes... as it smells, but excellently balanced, and with a wonderful yeast profile. Caramel malt, sharp hops, chewy yeast. Way sessionable, especially considering its ABV.

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Photo of DIPA10
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well done, CC. This a hoppier red ale, not especially typical of the style, though perhaps my favorite of the Reds I've had. Good balance with a bit of malty sweetness as well. I've seen a few people taste it for the first time and open their eyes wide with a "wow."

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a tulip

A. Pours a dark amber color with a two finger khaki head. Reminds me of being warm in autumn.

S. Nice malt character with some pine and a slight amount of citrus.

T. Really nice. It has a biscuit major and brown sugar sweetness with a touch of autumn fruit like pear. Nice amount of bitterness for a red ale with nice piney aftertaste. Hitting some nice notes and is layered with flavor.

M. A medium bodied ale with medium carbonation. Wrote refreshing.

O. I was surprised by this. It doesn't strike me as a typical English red ale. It's quite layered with some complexity and nice carbonation. Has done fruit elements and a decent bitterness that play very well with the major sweetnees. Was quite satisfied and would defiantly drink again. Versitile with good food pairing ranging from apple pie to a nice pot roast. Liking this beer.

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Photo of EFitzsimmons
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not usually a huge red fan, but this has to be one of my tops if not the top Red. I am impressed so far by Cigar City Brewing and look forward to having their other beers.

Darkish amber color, with a great dirty head to it that foams up extra after the end of the pour and stays with the beer throughout drinking it.

The smell is good, but it's not something that really jumps out and says drink me. It's faint, but intriguing. You smell the hops, the citrus, and you can tell you are in for a full beer. (7.2 abv)

Taste is great, starts off with a smooth woody/wheat flavor to me, then transitions into a clean bitterness, then it gets a citrus slightly sweet flavor, finishing with a long dry finish that stays with you and makes you want to drink more.

Enjoy. I know I'll be having more.

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Photo of jkrich
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

This is a good example of not judging a beer solely by its pour; this ale is not the most pleasant to view. This ale poured a murky brown with lots of sizable sediment floating in the glass. When held up to the light, there are some hints of red. On a more positive note, the off white head was very foamy and sustained with nice lacing.

And now for the positive: the aroma was fresh, fruity with very nice hops wafting from the can.

The flavor is rather complex with a nice and solid malt background that gives the ale a slightly chewy taste and feel. However, this is no cloying mess as the zesty hops give a flavorful fruity taste. By fruity, I mean the dark, mellow fruits - not the citrus variety. In fact, I am reminded of figs and plum when sipping this ale.

The mild carbonation and long, semisweet mouth feel only add to an excellent drinking experience.

This is one of my top "amber" or "red" ales, and I have tried quite a few. After the initial pour, this is one solid and dangerously drinkable ale. You would never know this ale is 7.2 ABV.

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Photo of pagriley
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

12oz can a few weeks old - received as an extra in a trade

A- pours a murky, cloudy reddish mud color - not the best start, but a good head with heavy lacing
S- Citrus hops with a hint of stone fruit sweetness
T- Smooth malt with a kick of hops. Not sure but there is a slightly unusual almost metallic edge to the aftertaste bitterness. Not my favorite
M - decent body, but not noteworthy.

Overall not entirely sold on this. It is good, and I am glad i tried it, but a harshness to the hop profile wasn't my favorite.

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Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.