Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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3.3/5 rDev -20.1%
Opened on 5.16.12.
A - A very cloudy, dark amber body with a small yellow-tan head. Decent Retention.
S - Sweet fruity malt, almost cherry-like, some hops.
T - Bitter dark fruit, mostly raisin up-front, then some sweet bready malt.
D - Medium carbonation and body. A bitter bite that lingers.
O - Smelled really nice, but taste didn't quite deliver for me.
05-19-2012 05:13:42 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.3/5 rDev -20.1%
Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. Bottling date appears to be 10.7.12.
Look- Three solid fingers of loose toasted coconut head that settles to an inch and a half of silky foam.. Amber-brown, serious haze. Sparse lacing. By the end of the pint, I've got about an eighth inch of sediment in the bottom of my glass.
Aroma- Immediate blast of citrus-pineapple-fir tree. Grapefruity as it warms. Background of graham cracker, moderately sweet. Pretty nice.
Taste- Similar to the aroma, a nearly indecent amount of hop flavor. Not overly bitter, but it's got some bite. Mango-pear-melon with some pine that fades into a grassier flavor. Malt never makes much of a showing, but what's there reminds me of toasted rye bread and maple.
Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, Carbonation has a sharp edge. Granular, silty feel. Clean, but cottony finish. One's enough.
Overall- Alright, aroma and flavor certainly average to above average. The rest, however, is a bit of a mess and really reminds me of a couple mediocre batches of homebrew I've had (and sometimes brewed) in the past. I'd bet it's better on tap, but a bottle's what I've got.
11-12-2012 04:35:30 | More by Lawl3ss
3.38/5 rDev -18.2%
Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a nice slightly hazy reddish amber with a one finger white blanket head that fades to leave a thin, creamy blanket.
S - Perhaps this is a bit on the old side. Getting alot of malt sweetness and honey with this along with dank, cardboard hops. Yeah...eh.
T - Again, yeah, wheres the hops? More of the caramel and malt sweetness. There is some faint, older hops. Its not too bad, but well, I've had better red ales.
M - Mouthfeel Is not that bad for a red ale, alcohol is a bit noticeable. Nice light bitter finish that plays off the caramel sweetness.
O - Overall this isnt a bad beer, I just think it was perhaps not super fresh. All the players are there for this to be a solid brew, they just didnt step up for me.
07-12-2012 18:13:34 | More by rudzud
3.4/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
04-08-2013 01:46:13 | More by ZDub
3.43/5 rDev -16.9%
Bottle obtained in a recent on line order with Leuken's in which they sent a number of less than fresh beers. This was one of them - bottle dated MAY1511. So 6 months old.
Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.
A - Medium orange/amber colour, slightly cloud; one finger of foamy cream-coloured head.
S - Sweet caramel/toffee malts up front with a s light bitterness present. A somewhat one dimensional nose with only the malt bill coming through. Not surprising given the freshness info.
T - A decent hop bitterness is evident up front with some floral and piney notes. A big sweet caramel/toffee malt backbone balances out the palate and as the beer warms, begins to take over the flavour profile. The bitterness returns in the finish. This would probably be excellent fresh, but at this age was a shadow of its former self.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.
11-26-2011 02:12:23 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
06-28-2013 00:38:36 | More by jtierney89
Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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