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Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 214
Hads: 1,277
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 25.67%
Wants: 180
Gots: 170 | FT: 13
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: 214 | Hads: 1,277
Photo of BlackBearForge
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tocabaga Red pours a deep dark amber, red through and through, with an off white foamy head leaving minimal lacing as it falls.

This red undoubtably has the freshest, hoppiest aroma of on red I've ever encountered backed by a long shot backed up by a caramel.

The flavor is outstanding, fresh hops, as green and resinous and floral as if they were just picked balanced by a creamy caramel bready malt that hangs in the background providing just the right amount of sweetness for the hops. The hops linger and the finish becomes moderately bitter at the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium and silky with moderate carbonation lending a light creaminess.

With the exception of freshly bottled Jai Alai I believe this is one of Cigar City's best every day beers to date, and it gives fresh Jai Alai a neck and neck run for it's money! Highly recomended!

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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 Marty30
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gatorbeer for this bottle. Poured into a FFF XV pint glass. Fridge temp.

A. Dark ruby red body with good carbonation coming from the sides of the glass. Creamy off-white 1.5 inch head that recedes to a nice cap. Some spotty lacing.

S. Citrus hop notes include lemon, orange and pineapple. Underneath you get some caramel notes but mostly dominated by the hops.

T. At first it's pretty hop forward just as the smell indicates, it balances out on the back of the palate with caramel and toffee.

M. Medium feel makes the drinkabilty on this awesome. Just the right amount of carbonation. Bitter dry finish.

Overall this brew is a winner and so is Cigar City. This is up there with Nugget Nectar in my book. Wish I could get a hold of this on a regular basis.

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Photo of lazjuarez
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated: MAR2012 EIGHT. Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a burnt, amber red color, cloudy, with about a finger worth of an off-white head. Very minimal lacing left behind as the head recedes.

S: Nose is bright with citrusy hops upfront, some mellowing sweet notes as well, then ends with a bit of pine. As it warms the sweeter notes are more prominent than the hops, but are very harmonious in balance.

T: Nice hop bitterness, but again balance is key. The malts are almost in tandem playing together with the hops.

M: Mouthfeel is very nice, sweet breadiness, and a bit astringent. Overall a very solid amber that drinks like APA.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep amber with with hints of brown around the edges. There is about one full finger of off white head that sit top the beer. There some, but not much, lacing as it drinks.

S: I'm picking up berry, citrus, pine, and aluminum. It has a definite berry twang to it.

T: The taste follows the nose. Berries, citrus, pine, canned beer, tin, and weird metals. I'm not diggin' it.

M: Medium bodied beer. There is nothing special about this beer. Nothing cloying, not too thin, not too crisp, not too sweet, not too anything.

O: Not a huge fan of this beer. Something about the taste is off. I've had this many times, a bunch of different batches, and it's always the same. Pretty disappointing. I'll never seek this out again.

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Photo of amread4
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a March 2012 timestamp.

A: cloudy burnt red. Almost a tea color. Nice foamy two finger head that quickly fades. Minimal lacing.

S: hops on the nose with little citrus. Little behind thise scents.

T: wow - very smooth with hops everywhere. Very powerful hops for the style. A bit of a bitter aftertaste, but pleasant and not overwhelming.

M: medium bodied and refreshing. Rather high carbonation, but still enjoyable as a session beer.

O: a very complete effort. Complex and enjoyable as a session beer for those who enjoy hops. This will become a staple for me. Another great effort by the folks at CCB.

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Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no date for me to find.

Pours a bright reddish orange that is slightly hazy with a slowly receding off white head.

Smell is sweet tobacco and faint citrus.

Taste is a balance between sweet citrus, biscuity malt, and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It is very dry.

You cannot taste the alcohol, but is relatively strong. Not a great beer, but a very good amber.

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Photo of rhartogsq
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired through a trade. I first had it on tap on a trip to Florida and was eager to get some at home.
A. Hazy amber...on the darker side of red. Finger head. Slight lacing.
S. hop first, then a little burnt (slightly) caramel. Makes me smile.
T. Damn good! A sweet, but not too sweet roasted caramels rot end, followed by a hoppy after taste.
M. A little carbonation, a littl refreshing.
O. This beer is as good as I remember. I would love to run a little hop through it. But a unique red hoppy ale...beats Nugget Nectar any day.

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

12 oz. bottle, freshness dated as Jan 2012 bottling. Pours a clear, deep amber color, a little hazy, with a slight red tint. About a one-finger tan head that leaves a little scattered lacing.

A very pleasant aroma that is an almost equal balance of earthy/citrus hops and caramel malt. Solid aroma but not overpowering.

The taste is equally satisfying in the blend of hops and malt. Dense flavor and more of a dark malt flavor presents in the taste than in the aroma.

Medium mouthfeel and very easy to drink. This is a complex brew that seems to be a dizzying mix of a red, amber, brown, and IPA. Bottomline is that it is very tasty and I would love to have this as a regular offering. Rock solid.

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Photo of Specialkdb1
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this beer the other day from Italian Market in St. Petersburg and I must say this beer has such a great hoppy taste. It has a very complex yet not bitter finish. Looking forward to trying more beer from Cigar City. If this beer is any indication, I think I might be in for some more pleasant surprises from my local Tampa brewery. I am thinking about heading over this Saturday for the opening of their Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout. Anyways this Red Ale is fantastic and highly recommended!!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark reddish beer with a bit of an ambering on the edges. Had a small, somewhat creamy, off white head.

S - Has some nice tropical notes to go with good pine and citrus. Malt backbone is nice, and there's slight touch of vanilla in there.

T - Good malt backbone that gives a little bit of a sweet vanilla and caramel flavor. Citrus and pine hops add a nice touch, and it finishes pretty cleanly.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Very enjoyable beer. Got this one down pretty easily, would gladly drink again.

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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 Shaw
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the new 12-ounce bottles. Bottled on Jan. 12; reviewing live.

A nice red in color with a frothy head that turns into about a quarter-inch in my glass.

Smells of biscuit and hops.

Nice flavor, with plenty of malt -- again biscuit -- flavors married with a biting bitterness. There's a lot of sweetness in this beer, but it's not cloying. Am I also tasting vanilla?

Very nice body is almost creamy.

A winner. No wonder this went from pilot batch to production in 12-ounce bottles so quickly. I see why it's so popular.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Corona Extra pint glass. Purchased from Cigar City's tasting room two days ago.

A- Pours a copper color with a full finger's worth of off-white head that retains well and fritters down to an 1/8 inch ring around the glass and almost a full sheet of surface foam. Nice, sticky lacing.

S- Fresh, pungent hops that have that trademark Cigar City scent. Slightly soapy.

T- Assertive bitterness upfront that subsides to a smoothness in the aftertaste yet still lingers, but not for too long or heavily. The hop character is burly and full with notes of pine and, obviously, tobacco.

M- Bitey with a clean finish. Medium-high carbonation.

O- This is one of the staples of Cigar City's regular lineup. A must-try for people who like red ales.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my trusty Surly pint glass. Pours a nice reddish amber hue with an ample head of about three fingers width tall...although it fades in a hurry. The nose is very muted. This is almost a stone cold neutral smelling beer. The taste is stellar. This is one of the most flavorful, delicious, drinkable beers I've had in recent memory. It has a minor hop profile with some very pronounced malts in the background. There's also a very minor citrus tone to it. The mouthfeel is also stellar. Smooth as hell with only a minor bitter finish. Overall, this is an awesome beer. I could drink this regularly with no problem.

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Photo of olfolxholme
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


thanks to hdelavega for this 12 oz bottle, poured into a Samuel Smith tulip pint

A - 2 finger head of medium size off white bubbles over a surprisingly cloudy dark copper beer. Head died down to a respectable level that lasted for quite some time. Pretty good lacing. Bottle has a nice story about the Tocobaga people - mentions that they were the only Florida natives to use maize. Seems like a lost opportunity to make a maize beer, but this American Red will have to do. (kidding) Bottling date is NOV2011. Also says "TWO TWO," maybe that means 11/22/11.

S - Beautiful hop aroma on this one. Smells exactly like I want this style to smell. Very inviting, totally classic. Only drawback is it doesn't last the whole time. Also, there is a hint of earthy stone in the back somewhere. First impression was great, though.

T - Really hoppy, good easily be considered an Imperial Red. Malt is there, but has a muted quality about it that reminds me of the earthy stone aroma.

M - I am surprised by how much bitterness is lingering on my tongue. To the point of puckering, even. It's totally smooth and highly refreshing going down, though.

O - I was surprised by how hoppy this beer was. I like hoppy beers but I actually found this a little astringent. I can see how this could become a favorite if I could drink a ton of these all the time. For those who can't get this, I'd compare it to a really hoppy version of Red Chair NWPA from Deschutes. Definitely worth trying and one I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of Finatic
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler poured into a chilled Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a dark orange, red color with a lovely foamy, white head that recedes ever so slowly.

S: Lots and lots of hops with citrus and pine at the forefront, smell some malt sweetness in it as well.

T: Tastes just like it smells with the hops lingering on the palate to the end. Nice sweet malt background balances out the hops brilliantly.

M:Medium bodied and very easy to drink, alcohol masked very well.

O: My favorite amber and when fresh like this one very hard to find a better amber ale out there.

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Photo of stxSS07
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours a dark copper with a finger of off-white head. Leaves cobweb lacing.

S- Caramel malts, bitter earthy hop notes. Not much going on here.

T- Sweet layers of malty caramel and toffee paired with the hop bitterness from the nose and a bit of a citric hop note. Much better than the nose.

M- Medium bodied with slightly aggressive carbonation.

O- Tastes more like a barleywine than a red ale, but pretty decent.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date and no real information on the ABV ( I don't think). I have had this one for about a month I think. Poured into DFH signature glass

A: Very cloudy unfiltered brownish red. Bits of yeast etc. Thin layer of off white head. Fades to ring quickly. Lack of carbonation. Not really any lacing.

S: Piney hops and sweet malts. Pretty simple smells. Some hop astringency.

T: Nice sip actually. Nice piney hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then you get those sweet maltiness in the mid mouth. And a clean piney filled close.

M: medium bodied red ale. Nice mouth coating.

O: B+ on the old grading scale. Might have been higher without some of the flaws in appearance and smell. Those yeast particles really were offputting to me I guess.

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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass for $6.75. Sampled 11/23/10.

A: Amber with red tints and crystal clear. Average sized head of 2 fingers, off-white in color and great retention.

S: Enormous hop character given the style, mostly tropical with light citrusy notes. Bready with strong caramel notes and possibly even a dash of chocolate malt (I may be wrong here though since no one else garnered the hint of chocolate in the aroma).

T: A basic amber recipe with a monstrous hop bite (relatively speaking, of course). 75 IBUs provides more than enough bitterness to balance out the caramel component.

M: The bitter flavor lasts through the finish, promoting the dry quality on the end of the palate. Medium body, ample carbonation.

D: [DRINKABILITY] Definitely an above average amber ale and somewhat unique in this arena. The hop bill certainly solidifies this...

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Photo of BlastBeats
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bryanole27 for this extra!

Appearance: the Tocobaga pours a rustic, red brick color with an off white head that produces some decent lacing.

Smell: very earthy, musty hops.

Taste: I'm definitely picking up an overly steeped tea-like flavor. Some noticeable pomegranate as well.. these flavors seem to coexist well with the leafy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall: I'm not usually a huge fan of red ales but I did enjoy this one quite a bit. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a mostly clear red-copper color with a thick creamy head that has solid retention.

S: smells very hoppy, drowning out just about all the malt on this. Fresh pine sap and a bit of citrus with sweetness.

T: tastes pretty amazing. It's very pine-like, but then has some subtle citrus and sweetness followed by bitterness.

M: medium body, but feels lighter with the fluffy carbonation expanding the beer in my mouth. Not a harsh carbonation at all. Very nice.

O: very nice beer - one of the best in the category. Picked it up (last one) for $10 for a 6-pack at Ward's. Happy to see it there. I've had it on tap before and it

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

Growler purchased yesterday at CCB poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a hazy amber with a one finger light beige head that has fair retention and leaves quite a bit of lace.

S-Slightly sweet malt, maybe a bit of toffee, a nice waft of pine, citrus and earthy hops.

T-Bitter hop bite leads-earthy and citrusy-with slightly sweet caramel and toffee coming in the middle and staying throughout. Hops come back and bite at the back end.

M-Medium body and carbonation, slightly creamy and oily.

O-I like this one. I'd buy it again without hesitation.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. thanks billyshears!!! you da man, great to see you again.

a - opened the bottle and filled my E snifter...brew poured a transparent brown which settled a dark brown with a full finger of bright white frothy bubbly head. lacing was chunky and clingy. to the light, the beer is a murky red...amber. looks really classy for an amber.

s - nicely balanced hoppy red. citric blast...tropical fruit basket. very ipa. possibly even nicer than jai alai.

t - wow, a fight between bittering hops and caramel malts of an amber. a bit of a battle for supremacy.

m - bitter and biting.

o - overall, a very interesting take on the amber style. the hoppy ipa in there seems to clash with the red a bit, but makes for an interesting blend of flavoring. certainly worth a taste or a few...probably pretty polarizing. amazing for the hop heads, but a bit of an identity crisis for the style police.

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Photo of hdelavega
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up from the brewery. Dated November 22nd so four days old. Poured to a Duvel tulip glass.
Pours a murky brownish red with a one finger tan head that's gone in a minute leaving just a film.
Smells like an IPA. Lots of hop, tropical fruit, a bit of a woody pine aroma, slight maltieness in the back.
Wow big hoppy flavor, if my eyes were closed I'd defiantly have guessed this to be an IPA. Lots of citrusy hop, a little sweetness I get that light malt in the back again.
Hop resin flavors coat the mouth leaving a long lasting bitterness. Pretty bright carbonation. On the swallow it goes down real easy and then those hops sneak up and bight you one last time on the finish.
This guy reminded me of the big hoppy monster on steroids. This is the amber ale that haunts the dreams of a hop head and is seriously worthy of some recognition. Awesome beer, especially this fresh.

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Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.