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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: 1,312
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 25.42%
Wants: 183
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: 1,312
Photo of xseanprimex
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: pours an amber color with a small finger of off-white head that diminishes but leaves a good lacing. Not exactly crystal clear.

S: You get the caramel maltiness upfront, a little sweet but far from overbearing. Rounds up with a good citrus hop aroma. Smells great!

T: Tastes a great deal like it smells. The hops are upfront, followed by the sweet caramel malts. Finishes bitter on the tongue. A pretty hoppy red ale.

M: A good bit of carbonation adds to a spicy feeling on the tongue. Doesn't coat the mouth very much.

O: I really enjoy this one from Cigar City. If they distributed to my area in SC i would pick it up regularly. Nice and hoppy, full of flavor, 10/10 will drink again!

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Photo of JohnG190
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Not much lacing. Citrus hop and caramel dominate the nose, with nice bread notes coming through. Drinks like it smells, citrus and caramel upfront with moderate breadiness on the backend. Well balanced. Finishes malty with slight hop bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, even though I'm not a fan of the style, this is an extremely well crafted beer that is insanely drinkable! CCB continues to impress!

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Photo of MacQ32
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice lighter amber/copperish color with 2 fingers of dense caramel head, great retention and fantastic lacing.

S - Lots of sweet rich caramel malty flavors and some lighter apple/pear/lemon aromas.

T - A nice balance of very light/brief hop bitterness, sweet malts, light fruits and then a mildly acidic/bitter finish. Easy drinking, well balanced, mellow yet complex flavors.

M - Lightish bodied, smooth, decently carbonated.

O - Not my favorite style but a lot going on and working well together.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean deep amber with a finger of head which left a nice creamy ring of lacing behind. nice hoppy grapefruit citrus and caramel in the nose.. reminds me a lot of nugget nectar. the flavor profile is different than NN for sure - a nice grapefruit hoppy bitterness followed by a caramel AND bready/nutty notes.. very much more malt oriented, but tasty as all hell! medium body with a creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

this is a really delicious amber ale.. very bready, yet very hoppy, with a nice sweet tone to it. if you don't live within their distribution, check out leuken's online, they deliver (that's how i got mine!)

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Photo of dwren89
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: murky, unfiltered look. Reddish brown with a thin off white head

Aroma: toasted bread and caramel notes with noticeable pine and citrus notes

Taste: smooth and malty with a pleasing citrus and pine character to balance. The malt had a very toasty and bready character that is nicely balanced with hop bitterness and complemented by hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: smooth and mellow, a nice easy drinking pint. Medium-low carbonation

Overall: Definitely a nice swig. Very balanced but both malty and hop character are allowed to shine. Worth a try for sure

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

Thanks to cubanbeerguy for the extra. Bottle says 7.2% ABV. Tasted 25 August 2013.

Pours a lightly hazy rusty amber color. One finger of very light tan head. Good retention and fantastic lacing, with a ring of bubbles around the surface.

Smell is really nice, though I'm having a hard time describing it. It's light on the malts, just a touch toasty, dark grains like rye, but mostly clean. Spicy! A bit herbal. Delicate but complex. Very nice.

Taste is interesting; it's about 2/3 of the smell. Has the grainy malts, spice that's sometimes only a light touch and other times pretty assertive, and a mild bitter swing in the back-end. It's funny; it drifts between boring and good. On balance, it's closer to good.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation. Lasts just the right amount of time, going-staying-almost-staying and then poof it's gone.

I like this beer. It's more spicy than anything else. A spicy red ale is something I don't remember having before, but I'm really enjoying it.

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

smells hoppy with a nice slight hint of malt. This beer taste solid. really nice red ale effort, nice main rotation beer for CCB. Maybe a touch heavy for a red ale, specially one with this intermediate alch %.

Not my favorite red ale or CCB. Worth trying though.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass provided by to cparles as an extra in a trade (Thanks!!).

A: A nice deep red, mahogany color, clear but lots of floaties. Pours to 1-2 fingers of thick tan head settling to a thick collar and leaving some lacing.

S: An interesting nose. Lots of sweet, caramel malt, almost bready with some biscuit aroma. Mild hops but a nice suite of American bittering hops are present with their telltale spiciness, maybe some sweet juicy fruit in the background.

T: As the aroma predicted, the beer starts off malt forward, sweet and rich hinting at caramel, bread, yeast and biscuits. The hops come second and dry the beer out nicely leaving a very pleasant, lingering bitterness. The finish is long and dry and yet remains clean.

M: Medium body, very smooth and round; medium carbonation.

O: A delicious beer and marks very well, except for the floaties. Tocobaga achieves a nice balance of deep maltiness and hop bitterness and remains highly drinkable. It opened up nicely as the beer warmed.

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Photo of BaseballMonster
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tocobaga and the Humidor IPA are my two favorite regular Cigar City beers. The only place you can find it consistently in bottles is at the brewery. They are going to be canning both beers in the very near future. CCB has been using a I'm glad I live a couple miles away.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. My bottle says 7.2% ABV rather than the above-noted 7.4%.

Appearance: medium reddish-copper hue with a moderate haze and moderate effervescence. The body is also suffused with tons of super-tiny floaties; a fascinating look. Head is a thick finger of pillowy tan foam which leaves a chunky lace as it subsides. Pretty attractive, actually!

Smell: very rich aroma of sweet caramel and just a light hint of bready, biscuity character. There's even a light character of dates. Hop character is low, but this has got to be one of the best-executed non-hoppy amber-ale aromas I've ever encountered. It's pretty excellent on its own, but for a style whose aroma is usually quite uninspiring, Tocobaga earns extra points for me. Wonderful!

Taste: caramel flavor, along with a fair bit of biscuitiness. Hop character is a bit citrusy and earthy, with a bit of an acidic touch at the back end. This is still a good beer, but is nowhere near the promise of its aroma.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice, smooth creaminess. It has a richness that seems to punch a little higher than its relatively modest texture. Not bad.

Overall: this is a darn good beer, but I just wish that its flavor lived up to the expectations engendered by the aroma.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a dark red with a small white head that leaves moderate lacing down the glass.

Smell-Smells like caramel malts with hints of cherry and grapefruit.

Taste- Strong caramel malts with moderate bitterness. A bit sour on the end. Not too complex.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Overall- Strong malt and caramel backbone. Hints of grapefruit hops. An ok red ale, nothing mindblowing.

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Photo of Aleks_P
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Certainly meets expectations as this red/amber ale is a translucent red/amber color. Poured from bottle leaving a very very thin light tan head. Interesting observation that moves this above 4 for me is the sediment swirling through the beer as it is poured.

Smell: Heavy pine scent and can detect a lot of syrupy malt sweetness. Great aroma for the beer style, I've had several reds/ambers recently and this is a standount.

Taste: I think the pine flavor stands out the most and the sweetness of the beer is balanced with the pine bitterness. Hint of caramel I suppose, and some grapefruit-type citrus flavor (although I seem to get that in a lot of beers).

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and syrupy, but in a good way. The light carbonation is a good balance balance for the smoothness. Afterfeel (if that's a word) is a little sticky with more pine and hop notes.

Overall: I've had this beer many times as I'm lucky enough to live in the Tampa/St. Pete area, and this is one of our go-to's from CCB. Very balanced as there is malty sweetness and pine bitterness, syrupy mouthfeel balanced with the carbonation, etc. One of our favorites here.

I will mention that I am enamored with CCB, and justifiably so, but figured I'd mention as a caveat to my review. This is one of the beers I grab when I have guests in town to try the local brews, I've never had someone tell me they didn't think it was very good.

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Photo of Ri0
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler poured into Duvel tulip. Grant brought this one up from FL for me.

A - pours dark amber orange in the glass. Nice 2 finger dirty white head, little remains on the glass. Good amount of lacing.

S - Good amount of red malts and some honey scent mixed with a generous amount of hops. Floral, citrus, orange, and pine make it very nice. Some dark fruit scents.

T - Great flavor on this. Nice citrus, orange, and bitterness on the front giving way to fruity tones (bitter ones, however). Nice red malts, breadiness, honey, and dark fruit. The sweetness is followed by a more subdued kick of citrus and bitter hops. I love Red Ales that taste like this.

M - Nice carbonation for a Red Ale. Body is medium with some stickiness to it.

O - Another hopped up Red Ale that I enjoyed. May be closer to a Imperial Red IPA, so damn good. Thank you Grant!

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Semi hazed mahogany color with orange glow around the edges. Off white head. Caramel and hops with a faint dark fruitiness.

Dried dark fruit sweetness up front. Medium bodied that holds up well to the carbonation. Sticky caramelized glazed dark fruit bowl throughout. Faint citrus hop adds a touch of underlying bitterness but for the most part the sweetness overrides this and linger slightly. Very clean finish and smooth beer. Wish it showed a little less dark fruit. Along with the hop finish slightly dried toast flavor to help dry it out. A very clean and very drinkable beer though. Good but nothing to write home about. The alcohol is very deceptive as you cant taste it at all and it could easily pass as a 5% ABV brew.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Aggressive pour leads to a barely 1 finger, light tan head. Hazy amber with lots of sediment. Clearly looks to be bottle conditioned. Don't mind the yeasties, just a little surprised. Avg lacing and retention

S- Citrus and pine hops, dark fruits- dates or raisins, slightest touch of caramel malts. Bready biscuits. Quite hoppy for an amber. Nice aroma, but a pretty timid nose.

T- Hop forward with the citrus and pine. Grapefruit pith, herbal woodsy notes followed by a toasted bread malt. Nice esters fruity notes. Bitter finish that borders on astringency. Certainly a hop take on the style.

M- Mid body near full. Dry as can be in the finish. Some alcohol present. A littel heavy, so not the most drinkable.

O- A beer that seems to taste a litte different with each sip I take. While the hop level tends to overshadow the malt some, it is still a nice beer. Of the 5 or 6 I have had from CCB, this is one of my least favorite....which says a lot about a brewery when one of my least favorite is still pretty good.

$11.49 for a 6 pk

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well hit Raul on the head with a shovel and call him stupid! Raul was never a fan of Red Ales - he may have despised them even. Well, he probably despised them because the only ones that he had were hoopties! But Tocobaga Red? More like Tocobaga Yellow Brick Road Paved With Gold!

This lil sucker is just money. Straight money! There's not all kinds of depth and it isn't technically complicated like an ex; it's just straight smooth, smooth, smooth.


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Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle, throw in on a trade from...er, I don't remember

A pretty typical red ale all over. Reddish amber pour, with a foamy cap of off-white bubbles. Malty aroma with some piney hops coming through. Taste of caramel malt and toffee, piney hops, citrus pith, somewhat metallic in the finish. Pretty average even for the style, but still a good brew. Probably overrated just because it's CC. Medium body, and decently drinkable, aside from that off-flavor, which could just be a freshness issue (didn't check for a bottle date).

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Photo of tbeckett
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. From notes.

A - Dark gold/copper sorta colour with a one finger beige head. Bright. Great long drapes of lace and a one finger retention.

S - Bready, lot's of citrus, juicy, nice.

T - Lot's of citrus, good malt backbone, juicy, pineapple.

M - Good carbonation, full body, nice bitterness.

O/D - A nice strong, hoppy red. Drinkable and flavourful. Enjoyed the amped up balance. Good stuff.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint on tap at the brewpub.

Pours a fiery orange shade with a patchy eggshell head. Big caramel malts and citrusy, white grapefruit hops make up the aroma. The taste is of huge piney, critrusy passionfruit hops mixing flawlessly with a toasty, toffee malt profile and some clean, bready cracker notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fantastic, creamy carbonation level. A chewy maltiness quickly gives way to a strong, resiny bitterness in the finish. Bitterness lasts a long while. Alcohol is impeccably well hidden throughout.

This is a stellar Red Ale. It could easily be considered an American IPA. Very hop forward with excellent malt balance. If in Florida, seek this out.

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Photo of ZDub
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter-tulip hybrid. Nice reddish hue with 1/4inch of cream head that lingers. Upon pouring I immediately smelled some sweet lightly toasted malts. After taking a stronger whiff the piney hops came into play with perhaps some floral/grassy notes. This red ale has a smooth light mouthfeel with a good but not overwhelming malt backbone. What surprised me was the significant hop presence in the finish that hung around for a bit. For me this threw off the overall balance and was a bit disappointing. For the style, I think the hops were too much. This one would be best described as a Red/Amber Ale trying to be an IPA. I'd have it again, but only because we don't get Cigar City in IL. If it was available in IL, I wouldn't hesitate to leave in on the shelf and grab a Bell's Amber Ale.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a CCB shaker.

A: Pours a clear copper amber with a 1 finger white head. After a minute or two the head dissipates to a thin covering. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Hops, hops and more hops. This brew is fresh. A grapefruit citrus aroma. Minimal malt, focus is on the hops.

T: As anticipated from the aroma this is a pleasantly hoppy beer. Very balanced though it isn't too bitter. Lots of floral and fruity tones going on here. ABV is lost in the flavor.

M: Smooth medium to full body. A tad sticky from the hops but expected. Fairly low carbonation.

Overall I can see why this is one of the higher rated CCB brews. It kills the competiton in the amber ale category. Certainly not an IPA but a great hoppiness nonetheless.

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Photo of mnphish
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to Swampsquash for this! It pours a red amber body with a two finger vanilla colored head. Nice lacing. Another beauty from CCB.

This brew reeks of tropical fruits, hops, and slight caramel malt, smelling very close to an IPA. The taste is very citrus forward with lots of juicyfruit, but not overly hoppy. It's balanced nicely by a bready malt background. Very juicy and mildly bitter.

Just another top shelf beer from CCB. I Would buy this stuff regularly if I had access to it.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a auburn colored body with good head on top of a classic amber ale smell of sharp, citric hops and some distinct caramel malt with some breadiness even. Hops are very prevelant in the taste and balance well with the sweet caramel malt. A hoppy, dry, crisp beer in a light-to-medium body that then picks up a little sweetness and finishes with a snappy finish that leaves you wanting for more. A great example of a red ale that is not too sweet or watery and overhopped and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of NoleDoc
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at Tap 42's Cigar City event. Good beer with a pretty dark red amber color. Really likin the color. Not too heavy and very well balance taste with hops and citrus notes. Feel the nice caramel taste, very smooth finish. Hops feel lingers in he mouth, great complexity. Very refreshing.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Dense whipped off-white foam tops a dark amber body with shiny copper highlights.

Big powerful and inviting citrus aroma assaults the nose.

Deep caramel foundation. Breadliness. Juicy fruit follows. Good bitterness that carries through a long aftertaste.

Smooth, creamy medium-plus mouthfeel.

A surprise to find on the shelf on vacation, and I hope to find it again someday.

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