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Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 212
Hads: 1,270
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 25.67%
Wants: 178
Gots: 166 | FT: 14
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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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Photo of gcamparone
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter.

Pours a clear deep amber body with a 2 finger whie head that reduces to leave a ring of foam and some blotchy lacing

Smell is hoppy, floral, piney, sitting on a light malt backbone. Upfront I get semisweet caramel and toffee, followed by floral and piney notes finished with a slightly roasty, resinous aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation.

I really liked this one - nothing huge but definitely drinkable and tasty. Wish I had constant access to it!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep clear ruby in the glass, one finger off white head with some lacing.

S-Great balance, lots of malt and caramel. But then it has a good deal of earthy grassy hops.

T-Quite malty, caramel, earthy grass dirt. Then ends with a nice bitterness.

M-Light not much carbonation.

O-A great red ale. One of the better ones produced the balance is very good with just enough hops to provide a nice kick to the malt base.

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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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to duff27 for girting me this beer while taking an adverture to Florida and bring back the spoils of beer from another state! Thanks Duff!

poured into New Belgium globe glass.

Appearance: mutteled red bodied beer with 2 fingers of tanish frothy head that leaves lace everywhere on the glass.

Smell: It smells just like what a caramel covered pine cones would smell like!

Taste: A touch of caramel sweetness and bready notes start off the beer. It then inturrupted by a mild to moderate splash of juice pine hops bitterness. Beer finishes mildly bitter and linger for just the right amount of time making you want to take the next sip shortly there after.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The body has a nice creaminess to it. Its ABV is well hidden and it drinks easily at 7.5%.

Overall: This is a really solid beer for the style! I am digging it. It might even be close to the legendary Nectar Nugget by Troegs. Its seem fairly similiar to me.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

The beer is russet brown, with orange to crimson highlights. The head is an inch thick, composed of dense, off white sea foam. The snifter is utterly caked with lacing.

The aroma brings some nice hop character, along with a faint malt presence. The scent is reminiscent of many Cigar City brews I have had, with notes of dense smoke.

Great flavor and quite interesting. Not your ordinary red ale. The smoke and hop flavors are integrated elegantly. This beer is great for sipping or rapid consumption.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Alcohol content is minimal.

Overall, an interesting and unique brew. Fun to drink. I am glad for the opportunity to sample this.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a CCB glass. Pours a dark reddish color with an off- white head.

S- The aroma is malt, hints of caramel and a lot of fresh leafy hops.

T- The taste has some malt up front with a good dose of bitterness from the hops in the finish along with a hint of alcohol coming through as well.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a very solid red that is very drinkable. Another great beer from Cigar City that I will definitely purchase again from time to time.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a fluted beer glass.

Pours a lighter brown color, some copper as well. No foam. Clear top.

Burnt toffee nose, very strong orange peel smell. Quite flavorful. Bready too.

Taste has a wallop of grapefruit and rind bitterness in a tasty malt blend. Very flavorful. And a touch boozy to boot. The hop is very firm.

Not your everyday red - quite good.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Slightly hazy copper colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit, apricots/guava

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruit/guava/raspberry flavours. It ends with a fruity sweet aftertaste and a bit of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – Maybe just a touch too sweet to drink a whole lot of, but a great american amber. It reminds me a bit of a Ithaca Cascazilla.. but better. Cigar city makes some fine brews.

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Photo of nofearbeerishere
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very pretty reddish caramel and copper. Great, thick, lingering off-white head with sticky lacing.

S- muted vanilla, orange, Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper

T- Lots of different flavors here...licorice,vanilla, biscuity malt, buttery, slight ash, and orange. Very smooth up front but a very slight alcohol burn towards the end.

M- A little thin for me but still a pleasant feel. The taste lasts for a couple seconds afterward with fleeting carbonation.

O- Pleasantly surprised. Cigar City really makes some good brews. A very solid beer that I could definitely have more than one of.

W- If it was a woman, it'd be the sexy, unassuming librarian who comes off sweet at first but reveals a sensuous and unexpected side once you get her home.

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Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass at the Distillery in Savannah, GA. First (legal) kegs of CCB available in Georgia! Woot!

Poured a dark amber-red with a creamy white head that fades to a slight soapy haze. Lovely nose of sweet amber malt and dank, piney hops. Taste follows the nose nicely, lots of pungent pine and grapefruit hops backed up by the sweet amber malt backbone. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Overall an excellent Amber that can stack up to the big boys (N.N. & Zoe) easily. So glad we can get it here in Georgia now!

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Photo of JayS2629
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep red with a creamy white head that faded slowly but left minimal lacing.

The aroma was of toast, nutty notes, and rich caramel with orange zest and grapefruit notes.

Simple, but complex. An oxymoron of making harmony of some clashing elements. Hints of spice in the back of big caramel, apples, and citrus. Nice balance.

Medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, very good, complex and interesting. Wouldn't drink a lot.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of SGDJosh
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle on 9/15. From tasting notes:

A - Amber/Copper blend color, small head that melts to circular lacing on top. Sediment throughout.

S - Fresh hops, spices, little bit of robust honey..

T - Tasty-citrusy hops upfront with malty spices that follow. Very smooth with no booze present. I wouldn't guess it to be a 7%+ beer

M - Light/Medium bodied, carbonation bites the tip of the tongue and lets the hops dry out the finish.

O - Good red ale if you really enjoy hops. Very green in flavor with a spicy finish. Very drinkable for the ABV and perfect for the fall. Be careful with this one!


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Photo of flexabull
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of cyrusthepup, thanks again!

Pours a dark and hazy amber color with a fine white head.

Aromas are of brewed tea, caramel, and earthy malts.

Taste is very earthy, with brewed tea, slightly sweet caramel, and some spicy bread dough. Finish is dry, tart, earthy, and with some pine and mineral hops.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, very full, smooth, and with good body.

Overall this is a very well made amber. A bit on the strong side, but quite flavorful, and well worth trying. My first beer from Florida, and it's a good one.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: I've mostly been on a hop kick with IPAs & DIPAs.

However, this was an excellent red ale. Fantastic smell and with great mouth feel and taste.

Found a 6-er of this 3 days old and figured I would finally try it...glad I did.

A refreshing ale and a good benchmark for this style, though I'm not that prevalent in this style currently.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle brought back from Florida from my girlfriend, 12oz into a tulip.

Unfiltered reddish brwon, with an offwhite head. Relatively dense lace and a good film. A good bit of malt in the nose, caramel and some a bit of toasty malts. Grapefruit and some darker fruits perhaps, almost berry-like. Fairly sweet, but some nice hop character as well. Lots more caramel malt on the palate, and similar hop characteristics - a bit herbal and a dash of pine in the finish perhaps as well. Fruity but more of a malt show than anything. Medium full feel, and medium low carb with a smooth feel. Easily consumed, a tasty red ale - glad to have 5 more in the pack.

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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 HoosierInOhio
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Tampa buddy for this trade.

A - Dark Red, with a caramel/brown color, topped with 1 inch of thick foamy head that took a few moments to dissipate. Opaque, looks like a brown ale.

S - Tough to get a read even after letting it warm. Some Dark fruits, smokey aroma, molasses or caramel.

T - Lots going on to the taste. Mild hops, caramel, some sweetness possibly a hint of vanilla? A slight smokey burn aftertaste but just right, not too much.

M - Creamy, swishy, velvety, feels great.

O - My second CC beer. While the nose was tough to pick up, everything else was great. Very good and a memorable red ale.

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Photo of aepb1
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

notes from phone, on tap at Tipples

A- Copper body with a foamy white head that stays forever

S- Nice malty red ale characteristics wtih a citrusy hop nose underneath, intriguing

T- Malty foretaste and moves into a nice fresh hop bitterness finish. A good balance.

M- Medium body and decent carbonation and the alcohol is hidden well

D- Nice red and intriguing with the fresh hops. Enough intrigue to get me to return to this one.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very large foaming light tan cap sitting on a bit of a cloudy amber body. Pinhead sized uniform bubbles a little bit of a dull looking body. Clumpy retention for the head.

Bouquet is a nice hop and mix of sweet malt. Sort of floral and nice, perfume like but not overbearing.

Taste is a good hop floral sense with a lingering slow hippy finish. Caramel malts seem a little overtaken by the big hop presence, but they show up in a good coating texture in the palate. A little bit of spicy sensations as well on the swallows, a nice tannic nut like dryness too.

Overall pretty solid. I'am not that amazed by it, but it is just a good solid well done amber ale.

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Photo of fsvan
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Deep, translucent amber. Big, slightly amber head that is thick and persisting.

S- Big, unique hops. A bit of pine, and interesting, almost overripe citrus dominates. A light, typical red ale malt profile in the background.

T- Follows the nose fairly well. Big hops, but not an overload. And, again, this isn't a typical hop profile. It's very hard to put a finger on. A good amount of slightly sweet malt on the back end, finishing with a lingering bitterness.

M- Medium bodied. Very carbonated.

O- A good beer, but I was a bit disappointed based on the reviews.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to elCharderino (Reddit) badboy7113 for providing this one.

Pours an off-white fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly no real lacing left on the sides, a ruby cranberry mahogany semi clear beer.

Nose brings some nice fresh hops at first, a little fruit hop kick with hints of stone fruit and a bit of tropical even, a touch of citrus, tangerine, guava, pear, hint of resin. Then some malts, slight sweet like caramel reddish malt, little candy like.

Taste starts with malts this time, sweet caramel and reddish candy malts, fairly sweet overall but not overly. Then fruity hops, more citrus oriented with tangerine, nectarine, little papaya like, some tropical fruit, etc. Hint of resin and floral hop flavors, with med to lighter bitterness overall, and hints of yeast additions with a touch of esters and fruity flavors, with a touch of warming booze to go with the mild estery flavors. Finish is not too dry, little sticky sweet, nice lingering bitterness with more floral type hops, little caramel candy sweet flavors lingering as well.

Mouth is med bodied, hint of warming booze, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice hop presence that doesn't get overly bitter, nice malt presence as well that gives some decent flavors and backbone, a touch of the yeast coming through as well. A well done beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a tribute to the Tocobaga establishment in early florida, the taste of citrus, grain, and earth culminate in a taste that's every bit IPA as it is an amber ale.

Obvious amber overtones set the pace with the beer's brightly hazed pour. As the beer relaxes, it releases a mildly tan-ish foam that rests sturdily above the beer. With solid foam stance, the beer laces intricately as the beer fades. The beer is every bit as impressive as it is inviting.

Resinous citrusy hops spring to the nose with quite a zesty surprise. Grapefruit and pine gently make way for more malty elements to rise to balance. Crusted bread, toasted grain, lightly scorched caramel, and dry biscuit aromas come close to matching that of the hops before leveling out in support.

Hoppy flavors also strike first- citrusy grapefruit and dried oranges early, and then the more woody pine and resin notes follow shortly. As the hops settle onto the tongue, the malty middle palate is dry yet lightly sweet. The taste of caramel, savory bread crust, and sun kissed grain present themselves but without much of the sweetness that is normally associated with those flavors. It's malty dry taste provides an even-keel richness before a return of deeply resinous hops to finish.

Malty-dry in texture too, the early embedded carbonated creaminess slowly recedes and allows the dryness from hops to dictate the late palate. Alcohol warmth and a light grainy-sweet texture is all that's left in its terse aftertaste.

With the bitterness and hop profile of IPA, the beer is tampered by a balancing malt sweetness, starchiness, and body- it both appeases hop heads and those who prefer balance alike.

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Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.