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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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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 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 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 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 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 StoneTSR
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Cloudy and opaque. The bubbles rise very slowly, giving this beer the appearance of being very thick and rich. The half-inch head is pretty much locked in place. It literally didn’t move for three minutes and only began to subside once I took my first sip. The lacing is excellent, covering most of the back of the glass.

SMELL: The malt has a mild toasty characteristic to the nose and the comes through strong. The hops back it up nicely with a little orange, lemon peel and pine.

TASTE: This is a very malty and if it wasn’t for the really big and tasty hop balance, I’d think it was too much. However, it works really well. The same hop flavors from the nose hit the palate and the malt is very sweet and bready, but also seems to have a hint of smokiness to it too.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to big in body and sweet up front with a drying finish. It is nice and sticky, but not cloying. Smooth and very drinkable, but with a nice sparkle.

OVERALL: I was not a huge fan of Jai Alai, so I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this one. I was pleasantly surprised and will seek this out when I’m in Cigar City’s footprint.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to my buddy Chris for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a hazy mahogany color into a tulip with a half finger of tan head.

Smell – Nice hops, berries, citrus, caramel.

Taste – Wow. I’m not a red ale fan and this is starting out nice. Great citrus hops up front, slight berry flavor, floral notes, and a nice sweetness that is not cloying.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – A red ale I’d have again. Thanks Chris!

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from Florida with a date of 2/18/14

A - Pours out a cloudy light red with a bunch of hop sediment flouting around. Has a two finger frothy off yellowish off white head. Well carbonated.

S - Hops come through on the nose with a piney citrus follow with a bready sweet maltiness and some earthyness.

T - Sweet malt breadiness, caramel, followed by the piny citrus earthyness that drys out. Balanced from malts to hops and pretty smooth and enjoyable.

M - Medium to full bodied smooth with nice carbonation. Dry on the mouth leaving you wanting more.

O - Very enjoyable red ale that is balance with pronounce malt and hop profiles. Not a beginner beer for a red ale coming in at over 7 % abv.

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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 NolaHopHead
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours deep amber, hazy, finger white head lasts. Great aroma for an amber, on top of the bready nose is some tropical fruit, plum. I like hoppy brews so this amber was killer to me. Caramel malt flavor is immediately met by citrusy floral hops, which lasts throughout. Soft creamy mouthfeel. Overall delish hoppy amber.

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Photo of richj1970
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice extra in a recent trade. Poured from 12 oz can into tulip glass.

A: Ruby tinted brown with a generous 3 finger fluffy white head that left some nice chunky lacing.

S: Resiny hops, oranges, caramel.

T: A nice balance of citrus notes with bitterness from the hops. A bit of sweetness creeps in at the last minute.

M: Medium body with a good level of carbonation. Easy drinking brew.

O: This a nicely balanced red ale. Would be a nice one to have 6 or 12 on the boat for a nice day of fishing...

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

This bottle was courtesy of BrewerB in a recent box, thanks Brian! I'm a really big fan of Cigary City so I didn't expect to get some CC from San Fran haha. I even tend to like their beers that are styles that I'm not fond of. This is one of those styles that I'm not too fond of.

This beer pours a cherried wood in color, medium in body, with an off white lacing around my snifter. It smells of light and piny hops, some cherry, and clean malts. I definitely didn't expect it to be this hoppy. It's simple yet really nice. The flavor too is pretty simple but overly effect. It features flavors of slightly sweet malts and really clean, and not overly sticky bitter hops. It's just really approachable and easy to drink. For an amber, it's pretty stellar. Never would I have imagined this beer to be so hoppy. Yet again, another great beer from Cigar City.

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

Poured out of a bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A – Poured out a deep ruby red with two solid fingers of off white head. Nice lacing left behind to the finish.

S – Malt, nice citrus nose with definite grapefruit. Piney hops.

T – Like the nose it has a solid pack of citrus right up front. Malty baby. Hop bitterness follows along. Trace amounts of caramel sweetness linger at the back end. Pineapple, grapefruit and oranges.

M – Medium to big bodied with lively carbonation. Drying at the finish.

O – Solid CCB offering here. It’s a big malty ale. Nice bite all around and a pretty easy drinker. This is one to try. No disappointment here. Will be getting more.

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


Thanks to my FL trader GallowsThief for the badass extra!

Pours a nice brownish red color that lets in only a bit of light. The lacing clings in off white patches along the glass. The nose has a very nice hoppiness to it. Inviting bouquet of pine and sweet malt entices. The taste is clean and hoppy up front and offers some sweetness in the back. Clean, crisp and dry mouthfeel is suiting for the style. Overall, another bomb ass brew from CCB, and a great representation of the style.

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