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Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

Tocobaga Red AleTocobaga Red Ale

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BA SCORE
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824 Ratings
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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%


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:
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

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 09-15-2010)
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Marty30

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 00:33:45 | More by Marty30
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lazjuarez

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 05:08:49 | More by lazjuarez
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 01:03:34 | More by trxxpaxxs
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amread4

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 22:01:05 | More by amread4
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aubuc1

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 00:25:10 | More by aubuc1
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rhartogsq

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 01:50:54 | More by rhartogsq
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 00:12:26 | More by FanofHefe
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Specialkdb1

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 06:32:27 | More by Specialkdb1
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nofearbeerishere

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 03:30:07 | More by nofearbeerishere
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Shaw

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 06:23:50 | More by Shaw
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 23:54:25 | More by Immortale25
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 03:01:36 | More by Retail1LO
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olfolxholme

California

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

26

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 03:30:59 | More by olfolxholme
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stxSS07

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 10:00:32 | More by stxSS07
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 14:54:16 | More by inlimbo77
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BlastBeats

Illinois

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 09:33:18 | More by BlastBeats
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Holland

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 01:03:36 | More by Holland
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cosmicevan

New York

3.85/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 04:41:09 | More by cosmicevan
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hdelavega

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 19:16:07 | More by hdelavega
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 02:12:23 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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WrathsU

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky brown with red hues to it. Small tan head that lasts a medium amount of time.

S - Strong American pungent hop aroma. It overpowers the smell of caramel or any other "typical" red ale aromas. I don't dislike the smell I just wish there was more to it.

T - Again strong American bitter hop presence throughout. It does finish quite a bit sweeter than you'd expect upon first taste. It's a great hop forward beer but I again find it lacking the essential red ale qualities.

M - A nice medium mouth-feel, it doesn't have any alcohol burn or unpleasantness.

O - Overall this is a great and tasty red ale. It isn't a classical red ale but it is a great American take on one. I'd definitely recommend anyone to try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 22:59:32 | More by WrathsU
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky almost like brown with 1.5 finger of sticky head.

Smells of sweet caramel malt. Some earthy and piney hops.

Starts off with some sweet caramel malt flavor. Some strong bitter earthy hops make a presence at the end and balance out the malt a bit.

Mouthfeel and carbonation levels are both good.

Very solid beer. Got better as it warmed just a little.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 21:29:41 | More by jmarsh123
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 02:29:24 | More by maximum12
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Heatwave33

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured rom a 750ml bottle to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: Redish brown with a khaki colored head.

Smell: Hops, caramel malts, nice sweet notes. IPAish

Taste: Like an IPA. Hops, caramel malts, sweet citrus tone. Very nice!

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, smooth with a dry finish.

Overall: The IPA feel of this brew was great. Loved the hop, citrus aroma and taste. Cannot wait for this two come in six packs! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 14:15:00 | More by Heatwave33
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wspscott

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in pint glass
no date, but in my refrigerator for a couple of months

A: Pours crystal clear with a thick, fluffy, light tan head. I am surprised how quickly the head dropped leaving only a little lace. The red color is quite striking, a number of homebrewers would love to get this color in their own red ales.
S: Medium dark crystal malts and American/citrus hops.
T: A sharp bitterness that is well balanced by the sweet caramel followed by a burst of citrus hops (makes me think Amarillo). There is a hint of earthiness that I can't put my finger on, but it is not unpleasant.
M: Not crisp, not round/full, right in the middle, lower carbonation than I would expect for the style, but not unreasonable.
O: This makes a very good hoppy autumn beer, I am not sure I would want it when it was summer (especially a FL summer), but it is great when it is rainy and 40 degrees outside and I am not ready for a RIS. Worth seeking out, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 00:13:23 | More by wspscott
Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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