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Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 1,250
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 177
Gots: 156 | FT: 13
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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: 210 | Hads: 1,250
Photo of BaseballMonster
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (1,281 characters)

Photo of IPAdams
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of Aleks_P
4.41/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,418 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
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! (861 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
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 (1,043 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Yep! (457 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
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). (538 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of ZDub
3.39/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of mnphish
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of NoleDoc
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark red with a creamy off white head and lots of lacing as it recedes. Smell of hops and more hops. Plenty of grassy, earthy pine and some notes of caramel and bread malt in the background. even a good bit of citrus here. Flavor is pine hops and a bit of candy sweet flavor, more pine and sweet citrus fruits. Very much reminds me of a DIPA, which I was not expecting. Lighter mouthfeel for that style though and finishes nice and dry and clean. Fantastic. New favorite red ale for me, but keep in mind that comes from a hop head. This is a world class brew and arguably the best thing that CCB makes relative to the style. Wow.

Interestingly I had this right after a Bell's Goes to 11 the first time I had it and they are very similar beers (which I was not expecting). I think I enjoyed this one a bit more with plenty more complexity that coats the palate with flavor that goes on forever. So so good. (912 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a tribute to the Tocobaga establishment in early florida, the taste of citrus, grain, and earth culminate in a taste that's every bit IPA as it is an amber ale.

Obvious amber overtones set the pace with the beer's brightly hazed pour. As the beer relaxes, it releases a mildly tan-ish foam that rests sturdily above the beer. With solid foam stance, the beer laces intricately as the beer fades. The beer is every bit as impressive as it is inviting.

Resinous citrusy hops spring to the nose with quite a zesty surprise. Grapefruit and pine gently make way for more malty elements to rise to balance. Crusted bread, toasted grain, lightly scorched caramel, and dry biscuit aromas come close to matching that of the hops before leveling out in support.

Hoppy flavors also strike first- citrusy grapefruit and dried oranges early, and then the more woody pine and resin notes follow shortly. As the hops settle onto the tongue, the malty middle palate is dry yet lightly sweet. The taste of caramel, savory bread crust, and sun kissed grain present themselves but without much of the sweetness that is normally associated with those flavors. It's malty dry taste provides an even-keel richness before a return of deeply resinous hops to finish.

Malty-dry in texture too, the early embedded carbonated creaminess slowly recedes and allows the dryness from hops to dictate the late palate. Alcohol warmth and a light grainy-sweet texture is all that's left in its terse aftertaste.

With the bitterness and hop profile of IPA, the beer is tampered by a balancing malt sweetness, starchiness, and body- it both appeases hop heads and those who prefer balance alike. (1,667 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing branded shaker pint glass

Pours a hazy amber with heavy rusty highlights. A one a half finger cream colored caps the brew, average retention, scattered splotchy lacing. Caramel notes, citrus blossoms, and orange rind on the nose. Opens with flora and citrus specifically tangerine, mandarin orange, and pineapple. Light toffee and caramel malt midpalate. Finishes pleasantly dry with mild mandarin orange rind bitteress with more caramel accents. Abundant but gentle carbonation. Smooth, silky, fairly large malt bill and on the lighter side of medium bodied. Amber/Red Ales are certainly not one of my favored styles, but this is certainly one of the better ones I've had. Yet another winner, among many, from Cigar City Brewing. (785 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Bottled 11/19/12. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours deep chestnut with a half finger cream head that leaves lace trail where it rests against the glass.

Smells of citrus and floral hops with sugary bread backing it up and sweet berries as it warms.

Taste is a nice balance of sweet bready malts and hops. Toffee, floral, citrus, sweet bread, berries and sugar. Very little alcohol presence.

Slick but almost creamy medium feel with a decent bit of carbonation that rests on the base of the tongue. Berries and hops in the finish.

One of my favorite red ales. My wife rocks for finding me a couple bottles in Florida over her Christmas break. It borders an IPA but the malty notes of toffee and berry help it stand apart. Good stuff here and well worth a try. (785 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky copper color with hints of red and brown all over; hazy and cloudy with little tiny bits of sediment floating from bottom to top and back. Beige head forms, very foamy with large bubbles; settles quick and leaves some lacing behind. Aroma is wonderful, full of wet hops, floral, piney, and ashy; caramel malt distinguishable in the backbone with a touch of fruity sweetness. The palate picks up a slight ashy and white pepper character from the hops, alongside the slightly floral and piney tones, just a slight bit of resin. Nice bitter bite, but not overpowering or harsh. Oranges, vague grapefruit rind, and citrus take over midway through and cut through the bitterness of the hops bit by bit. Caramel and toffee accents come alive a little more upon warming up thanks to the malts used. Finish is slightly bitter with some citrus notes and a touch of caramel and yeast. Medium body, medium-high carbonation.

Very impressed, a high quality red ale and also my first ever brew from Cigar City. After tasting this, it's needless to say that I'll be trying to get my hands on more. (1,097 characters)

Photo of brother_kenneth
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden red with a fair amount of white/cream colored foam; lacing is pretty nice. Sticky brew!

S- Aromas are very citrus-fruity and hop-forward with a nice caramel smell. There are floral and pine notes as well.

T- Delicious malt is the undertone for the prominent citrusy hops, pine, and caramel. The malty caramel thing goes incredibly well with the hop. Probably the best I have tasted in a hoppy red. It is nicely carbonated and juicy (I have seen that as a descriptor before and I have not really understood it until now). Great mouthfeel!

O- This is a remarkable beer, and is the first I have tried from CCB. Looking forward to many more if they are half as good as this one! (695 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled November 20th, 2012. Poured into a pint glass.

Burnt amber to red ochre in color. Yellow-white head forms over an inch and sits steadily. Medium lacing.

Unexpected burst of piney and grapefruit hops with a kiss of tropical fruit and lime. Sun-ripened citrus and clean toasted grains that balance nicely. Earthy aromas range from hop oils to baked earth itself. Nice aroma.

Spicy red ale with more pine than grapefruit in the flavor. Flourishes of orange and assorted citrus. Very toasty grains that still can't overcome the spicy bitterness from the hops. Many evergreen flavors at work here. Hoppy, but not overly. A delicious beer.

Drinks very easily. Has some prickle from the alcohol level which peels layers away from a simply-smooth body and carbonation combination.

A red ale I'd seek out again. Recommended. (828 characters)

Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.