Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.04/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with an engraved date to mark the bottling date of this brew: 10/15/13. I received this as part of a Cigar City sampler pack with small Belgian tulip glass. Poured into said tulip glass.
Appearance - I love the hue of this beer, a murky burgundy red with undertones of garnet/ruby--very similar to the hue of clay red on the bottle label. The head, unfortunately, leaves a bit to be desired, with an aggressive pour barely coaxing out a finger of taupe foam that dissipates fairly quickly. Admittedly, my use of the Cigar City tulip, which seems to hold only about eight ounces, may have hindered the head formation. Eventually settles with a film of thin bubbles across the surface of the glass.
Smell - A wonderful balance of tropical and citrus fruit hops, some nice earthy peat and grass, and the caramel malts that likely impart a great deal of the stunning color of this brew. Upon my first whiff out of the bottle before pouring, I thought this was going to be one of those big hop "red IPA" style amber ales, but given room to breathe, those hop notes become just a piece--a very important one--in a aromatic puzzle.
Taste - The hops are a little less aggressive here, with hints of the tropical and citrus elements lurking in the background, but a nice sweet (but not overly so) and malty profile of caramel, toasted bread and sugar caramelizing in a sautee pan are the stars of the show, as they should be for a proper amber. Still, the hops do not go quietly, providing just enough pungent counterpoint to the sweeter grains.
Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied, with just a tiny touch of wateriness. Moderate carbonation and a semisweet finish. Honestly, the feel is the first place that this beer has seemingly come up a bit short.
Overall, a fantastic beer from Cigar City, and one that immediately takes its place amongst my preferred offerings in the style. I could see this particular brew appealing both to amber purists, who love that chewy malt profile, and hopheads like myself, who prefer their caramel malts with a lupulin glaze. A 'tweener, if you will.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2014 05:58:21 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
"The Tocobaga lived off the bounty of Tampa Bay hundreds of years before the arrival of the Spanish in the 1500's. They were potters, tool makers and the only Florida natives to grow maize. The large platform mounds they built are still with us today, with one of the largest found near Old Tampa Bay in Safety Harbor, Florida. Climb to the top, and with a little imagination you can see Tampa Bay as they did." Brewed in the style of an American Red Ale. A year-round, Florida exclusive release. Available in 12 oz. can 6 packs and on draft.
Poured from a 12 oz. can to a pint glass. Served above 61º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a frothy brown-tinged white head over a maple amber body. Sediment is plentiful and varies from specks to chunks in the brew. Little to no carbonation is visible. Retention is above average. Lacing is light and streaked. 4
(Smell) Bready, biscuity malts with a medium perceived sweetness pair with a barrage of spicy, tropical fruity and mildly piney hops. Moderate bitterness, well balanced and inviting aroma. Potency is medium-high. 4.25
(Taste) Bready caramel malts with a touch of spicy grain character and a pinch of tropical fruit, finishing with a lingering wave of peppery and resinous hops amidst a bed of lightly toasted malt. Bitterness is moderate, right in tune with the sweetness of the beer. Quite tasty despite a lacking of the significantly bright hops in the flavor. 4
(Mouthfeel) Texture is chewy, smooth, clean. Carbonation is very modest, generating a soft, meager mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is spot on, just enough sweetness with bitterness to match. Alcohol presence is low, off characters are minimal. 3.75
(Overall) An impressive Red Ale that does a nice job in balancing hops and malt while keeping things relatively clean. Although the hop flavor was mildly tempered in comparison to the aroma, it's a very drinkable ale, and one of the cleanest, most drinkable Red Ales I've had the opportunity to consume. Floridians are very fortunate to have this as a state exclusive. 4
Cigar City Brewing's
Tocobaga Red Ale
Serving type: can
07-17-2014 00:18:43 | More by Jadjunk
Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 931 ratings.