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

hazy brownish red with a light tan foamy head. lots of active carbonation.

smells extra piney and hoppy, with a bit of burnt orange zest in the nose. very earth as well, smells almost like an ipa, more than a red ale.

tastey and sweet with a piney aftertaste. less citrussy than in the nose, however, there is a light bit of almost melon flavor. earthy and dry in the finish. also has the trademark cigar city funk that all there beers seem to have. also I may be detecting a hint of cedar.

mouthfeel is creamy and dry with some prickly carbonation and a very light body.

this is a very drinkable beer, not to heavy, very flavorful but not overpowering. also just different enough to be interesting. num num.

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Photo of baconbourbon
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tocobaga: bottle
Appearance: Very dark amber with a nicely sustainable head and excellent lacing.

Smell: A light piny aroma. The smell is not too strong or overpowering. That is always a plus for me.

Taste: Spicy up front, followed by notes of malt and caramel. The caramel is extremely prominent in the finish.

Mouth feel: There is a slight bubbly feeling from the carbonation, but other than that it goes down very smoothly.

Overall: I love a good red ale, and this beer is exactly that. This beer is incredibly well balanced, and very drinkable. I just polished off this 750ml by myself and I would not mind having a bit more.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from the CCB taproom on 12/13/10.

Pours a strawberry copper color in which I can see through. The best part of the pour is the amazing head. I am 20min into this beer and there is still a white foam head covering the top of the brew. The lacing is tremendous really sticking to the glass.

If you handed this to me, I would think it was an IPA from the scent. Pleasant malts holding up banana, pine, lemon, and apple hoppy notes.

This is malt forward in the beginning and provide a tobacco undertone. Next comes plenty of hops with are slightly tropical but mellowed by the tobacco bitterness. The end provides some candy malt sweetness.

Medium in the mouth, nothing exciting but nothing detrimental.

This is very drinkable and very enjoyable. Definitely one of the best reds/ambers I've had. It drinks like a hoppy pale ale.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to miamichael2 for sending this my way.
Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a murky brownish or deep copper color with only red hints, and 1 finger of off white head that didn't hang around too long and does not lace the glass.

S- Very hop forward. Lots of citrusy and piny hops on the nose, but then again there are lots of sweet caramel malts present also.

T- Sweet and hoppy. Sweet caramel hits first followed very quickly by a nice dose of bitter piney hops that give this beer good character. Nice tasty breadiness that is expected with a red ale.

M- Almost creamy mouthfeel. Refreshing amount of carbonation.

O- I really like Cigar City's beers. If I could buy them here this would be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of TH28
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Canned 8/24/15 (17days old). Appearance: Deep red mahogany, slight haze, thick khaki foam cap. Aroma: Caramel malt undertone, with dominant, strong hop aromas of floral, tropical fruit, and resin. Taste: Rich caramel maltiness with a touch of dark roasted malt, quickly turning to a strong but balanced hop bitterness with tropical fruit and resin. Roast comes thru on the swallow. Mouthfeel: Medium creaminess with moderate carbonation. Finish: Resinous bitterness lingers, along with some light roast. Overall: Top notch American Amber. Malt complexity ramped up with the addition of roasted malt makes this much more enjoyable than a traditional Amber. Strong hop aromas and flavors are well balanced against the malt.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to N. Ketchum for the opportunity to try this one out.

Poured out of a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A) Red, maybe better described as rust in color. A nice two finger head, which settled into a nice white cap. Lacing is up and down the glass.

S) A slight sweetness, but mostly a very nice hop presence. Pine and citrus fruits.

T) This is a hop lovers red. Some pine, citrus and tropical fruit. There is a little caramel sweetness in the finish. Nice malt/hops balance. Well done...

M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. This is a smooth, well rounded brew. Nice feel...

O) This is what I was hoping for with Cigar City. Glad I got to try this one. A fantastic beer for sure. Hey Uncle Mark, when you drive the Caddy back from Florida in the Spring, load some of this in the trunk for me.

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Photo of gothedistance
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: medium red/brown in color, small head that fades relatively quickly. The lacing is rather thick and well-defined.

S: One of the best beers I have ever smalled. It's layers of flowers and tropical fruits. Intense and aromatic. I know my bottle isn't super fresh either so this is outstanding.

T: Delicious. A tad hoppier than I expected, this red ale is really complex

M: Mouthcoating, hits all of the sensory areas of your mouth. It even has a long finish. Impressive!

Overall one of the best red ales I have ever had. Cheers!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in lager glass

A: dark red, not much head; small carb beads, ok lacing
S: hoppy resiny, sweet, strong
T: very hoppy, dark, and resiny. Complex and perfectly balanced between hops and malt; complex and flavorful

I can think of no red ales that achieve this depth and body

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just got a 4-pack courtesy of @csp0380.
Poured into my DFH IPA glass.
A - Pours a clear orange amber color with a 1 finger head that reduces to a thin cap.
S - Aroma is bread or biscuits with just a little citrus.
T - Unique flavor, definitely sweet, some citrus, some caramel.
M - Medium mouth feel, somewhat creamy.
O - This is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of skateclutch
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass. Canned on 8/15/14

Appearance - deep amber color with a small creamy white head.

Smell - citrus hops. Grapefruit smell is very forward. Slight hint of caramel malt.

Tastes - follows the nose very well. Lots of citrus hops upfront with a nice taste of grapefruit and orange flavors. The malt flavor balances it out very well with a slighty bready taste.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied beer with slight carbonation. ending is very dry.

Overall - a very good brew by ccb. Definitely one I always love picking up.

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/1/14, reviewed 1/2/15

Appearance: Hazy amber one finger beige head with great lacing.

Aroma: Intense caramel malt and grapefruit.

Flavor: Sticky sweetness and medium+ intensity citrus-pine hop. Bitterness is very in check.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, soft carbonation, sticky finish.

Overall: Stoked to be able to finally get a can relatively fresh. So much better, and still amazing 32 days in.

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep reddish brown in color. Thin white head, about 1/2 finger's worth. Significant visible carbonation bubbles. Even with the deep color, it's nearly clear.

S: Citrus hop, sweet malts. A bit muted overall.

T: Pine and citrus hops up front. Fades to a caramel sweetness in the middle. Hop bitterness at the end, and there is just a bit of hang with it. The alcohol is noticeable near the swallow.

M: Really nice here. A body that's somewhat heavier than an IPA, and very smooth for the style to almost creamy in the middle. Good amount of carbonation sensation.

O: Don't know that it's my favorite style, but this is a quality beer. Personal preference would be a little heavier with the hops. The only complaint I have is the alcohol presence seems a little heavy given it's (relatively) tame ABV.

EDIT: I've updated the ratings to reflect a fresh bottle I had from a recent batch. The comparison is nearly non-existant. Much hoppier, more citrus character and the malt is less sticky sweet. Also (or perhaps as a result), the alcohol presence is significantly decreased. Much improved.

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Photo of StutterHead
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Had this at the tasting room. Took a couple six packs with me back to California. Great aroma with balanced hop profile all the way through and a malty backbone that isn't too sweet.

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Photo of jkrich
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

This is a good example of not judging a beer solely by its pour; this ale is not the most pleasant to view. This ale poured a murky brown with lots of sizable sediment floating in the glass. When held up to the light, there are some hints of red. On a more positive note, the off white head was very foamy and sustained with nice lacing.

And now for the positive: the aroma was fresh, fruity with very nice hops wafting from the can.

The flavor is rather complex with a nice and solid malt background that gives the ale a slightly chewy taste and feel. However, this is no cloying mess as the zesty hops give a flavorful fruity taste. By fruity, I mean the dark, mellow fruits - not the citrus variety. In fact, I am reminded of figs and plum when sipping this ale.

The mild carbonation and long, semisweet mouth feel only add to an excellent drinking experience.

This is one of my top "amber" or "red" ales, and I have tried quite a few. After the initial pour, this is one solid and dangerously drinkable ale. You would never know this ale is 7.2 ABV.

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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 CaptCleveland
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can received as an extra from respected BA trader KRG. Date on bottom of can 7/8/2014.

Amber/ruby, clear elixir poured into SA perfect pint glass. Huge 2-finger head with remaining half inch of foam as the tasting progresses. Thick lacing from top to bottom.

Big caramel and sweet citrus up front, spice, earth and bready malt round out the complex aromas.

A real nice, smooth hop bitterness carries this brew with notes of citrus, sweet malt and caramel.

Medium body, smooth, alcohol hidden.

A real nice red ale. It was better when the first batches rolled off the line, with an accent on the hops and the malt taking a backseat. This one is much more balanced, which to this hop head, is not an improvement. Still solid and a nice representation of the style.

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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 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 SomethingClever
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can dated this month

A: reddish hue so it's not just a clever name, not much head

S: very Carmel toffee maybe a faint hint of hops and bread

T: very sweet malts with lots of caramel and toffee maybe a slight bit of burnt roast and then I think floral hops but very light

M: mediumish this is a smooth beer a little softer on the carbonation

O: This beer is pretty damn good I could see drinking this one after the other without much difficulty. it's just a nice sweet malty beer that is very smooth.

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Photo of claspada
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours is a medium red/amber color with a light/translucent cloudiness; it has a huge head of white foam then towers over the top of the glass and quickly coats the sides and leaves a ton of lacing. Is this the prettiest beer I have ever seen, it just might be. Aromas are definitely intense and complex. It begins with a toasty and caramel maltiness with an underlying pine hop character. A nice earthiness is the background as well.
The tastes begin with a nice nutty and caramel maltiness but is immediately counter-acted with an aggressive amount of resiny/piney hop flavor. Smooth but huge hops and a rich, semi-sweet flavors and creamy feel; the balance of hop flavor with a big malt presence is perfectly executed here. Not at all bitter or palate wrecking; hooray for late/flavor/aroma-hopping! Mouthfeel finished nice and dry from the ample hopping, a little sticky, quite full bodied and amply carbonated, this all adds up to YUM!
Overall, yeah, great. So, so, so much flavor packed into an "average" ABV IPA, this is crazy

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep garnet with nice clarity and a sexy frothy khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Nose has slightly roasted caramel malts, nice floral hops along with some citrus pith and some grassy hay. Nice full mouthfeel though could use a touch more carbonation - refreshing and a nice food beer. The taste mirrors the nose though i deducted points for a slight aspirin astringency. Very nicely done beer and my favorite so far from ccb, though i am still sitting on my bigger bottles from them.

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Photo of maximum12
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to moose3285 for yet another bottle of Cigar City, as I wind my way slowly through their entire bottle population. Mostly thanks to the mooseguy. I like moose. I've seen a few out of a canoe. They're big enough to be scary & intimidating. The animal, not moose3285. 750 ML bottle poured into a pair of pint glasses.

Pour is red squirrel amber, deep, vibrant, but quieter. An uncouth pour results in an overabundance of head in the first glass; more caution is exercised for the second. Smell is typical sweet malts, but cut nicely with citrus; but the smell vanishes quickly. Odd.

Tocobaga Red Ale is deep into the red. The malts are beautiful, racing from sweetly smiling to slightly toasted to caramel. Citrusy hops are mild, sensed more in the nose & aftertaste than the foreground. Underlying earthiness doesn't detract, but adds a nice layer. Crisp for a red, & as my wife put it, 'chuggable'. 750ML of this red wouldn't be hard to sip through a crazy straw.

One of the best straight-up reds I've had, this brew has a fantastic layering & depth that's lacking in the majority of the style. Excellent beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours with two-plus fingers of orange-tinged foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind sheets of lace. Slightly hazed caramel brown body.

S - The initial onslaught is big pine and citrus zest hop aroma. However, as it warms a little, the red ale character emerges with sugary malt and light toffee. The hops are delicious, but this still has sufficient balance for the style.

T - Big toffee mixed with fresh citrus, pine, dankness, and tropical fruits. Hop bitterness is intense, but not oppressive.

M - Medium sticky body that is sufficiently hefty for the ABV. Medium carbonation that is quite refreshing. Could stand to be a little bit drier.

D - This is really good - it's up there with fresh Nugget Nectar. I had multiple pours at the taproom, and bought a few growlers. It was probably for the best that the keg blew, as it prevented me from buying even more.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark reddish with a small amberish cap, light bubbles and a small ring with decent head retention

S: Pine and citrus but pre-dominately pine. A little toasted biscuits and grains and whiff of caramel

T: Immediate good caramel malt backbone, touch of breadiness leading into a pine note and undertones of citrus, a little sweetness appears leaving a full tasting, enjoyable, dry beer

M: Well carbobated, medium bodied but seems fuller than most for the style. A nice sweetness, good hop bitterness, pine

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

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up at Connecticut Ave in DC. So happy that this is finally out in bottles, as I've been looking for it ever since it was first released. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a dark blood-amber color with a two-finger off-white head and quite a bit of sticky lacing on the way down. Thin cap throughout. The nose carries a really nice burst of fresh citrus and pine with slight tropical notes. Underneath that is a bit of caramelized sugar and bready sweetness. Really quite nice and nails the description for a hoppy amber.

The flavor falls back a bit from there, as the hop flavor isn't as prevalent as the nose would lead you to believe. However, there are certainly still plenty of hops. Nice brown sugar and caramel sweetness plus backing malt. Medium body that is fairly chewy and has a bitter finish that is slightly dry. Good carbonation. Really, really solid effort all around. Well worth the wait.

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