Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by fmccormi:
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of October 18, 2012 printed in fuzzy, hard-to-read, red ink near the top of the label, toward the back side (“18 OCT – 12,” I think). So, that makes this bottle two days under three weeks old on the date of consumption. I’d say that’s acceptable.
Appearance (4.5): Two full fingers of very light tan head comes off the pour, rocky at first and then more even across the top as it dies down. The body is a surprisingly dark, moderately hazy, garnet-amber color, and very attractive. Makes the beer look quite a bit more sturdy than you might have expected. Some very nice lacing around the top of the glass, a thick ring of tight webbing all around, and fat splotches here and there as it goes down.
Smell (4.0): Citrus, quite clearly, is a prominent character here but it’s hard to pin down: passionfruit, maybe some pineapple, but there’s an oddly hard to place fruity, almost vegetal character going on, like some sweet grapefruit with a dank twang on the back end . . . if that makes any sense at all. There’s a very nice, notably rich and moderately sweet malt character here too, more molasses than caramel.
Taste (4.0): Good dose of sweet citrus, à la pineapple and some orange, again paired with an oddly vegetal (but not oniony unpleasant) twang as it moves into a grapefruit rind bitterness on the back end. The malt is rich and sturdy here, acting as a strong counterpart and balancing the hops well—molasses, pumpernickel bread, some dark brown sugar, more of that rich but not particularly sweet bread character. No alcohol detected at all, in fact it seems like it could be absorbing some that’s been squirreled away in my liver.
Mouthfeel (4.0): Modest carbonation that tingles softly on the way down; the body is medium weight and moderately viscous with just a barely dry finish. Fits the character of the palate well.
Overall (4.0): This winds up being a surprisingly mellow beer, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, it’s plenty hoppy and has a good dose of bitterness but it’s nicely balanced, and doesn’t harass or assault the palate in quite the way Jai Alai can. Also, it seems that the hop profile used in this beer fits the malt body surprisingly well, and in a way that suits the style: the hop profile of Jai Alai would not be as good of a fit for this beer, nor would Tocobaga’s hop profile be as good of a fit for Jai Alai. They’re well-matched. Overall, this is a very solid beer and absolutely worth seeking out if you’re a fan of this style.
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2012 03:07:18 | More by fmccormi
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4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A nice extra in a recent trade. Poured from 12 oz can into tulip glass.
A: Ruby tinted brown with a generous 3 finger fluffy white head that left some nice chunky lacing.
S: Resiny hops, oranges, caramel.
T: A nice balance of citrus notes with bitterness from the hops. A bit of sweetness creeps in at the last minute.
M: Medium body with a good level of carbonation. Easy drinking brew.
O: This a nicely balanced red ale. Would be a nice one to have 6 or 12 on the boat for a nice day of fishing...
Serving type: can
03-12-2014 01:08:43 | More by richj1970
Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 798 ratings.