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Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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978 Ratings
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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 145
Gots: 99 | FT: 7
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

Hoppy red, the caramel malt is very much in the secondary. Light red colour, very lacey, with minimum head. Big hops, some caramel.
On tap at the brewery. Meets the style, popular locally, fresh. Hoppy aroma, good drinkabilty,
Had agin on bottle and was very interesting, citrus hoppy, piney, with malt balance.So drinkable.Big head.

05-15-2011 22:16:02 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

09-15-2012 21:55:25 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

09-20-2013 00:42:52 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

07-12-2011 23:43:22 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-08-2012 14:11:12 | More by nmann08
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +8%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper with three fingers of foam that just won't fade; sticks clumps of lace around the pint glass

Smell: Smells like a pine forest; very resiny, with subtle caramel undertones

Taste: Although the bread and caramel leave a hint on the tastebuds, up front, the resiny pine flavors quickly jump forward to dominate the middle and the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Most Amber Ales dominate with caramel sweetness and bring along the hops as an afterthought; this one turns the equation inside out and delivers a great hop profile that is backed up by the caramel - highly recommended

10-21-2012 22:29:11 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

10-27-2013 02:07:00 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

09-20-2013 01:07:24 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

01-12-2013 01:14:44 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +17.2%

huge thanks for sending this one up to me, i was simply not expecting it to be as good as it was, but damn i was suprised as hell by what i got. growler poured into a pint glass and enjoyed on 10/29/2010.

pour is a medium amber color with a light cloudiness that settles out quickly. a big head of white foam then towers over the top of the glass and quickly coats the sides and leaves a ton of lace all around it.

aroma again is classic ccb. loads of hops and cedar notes right up front. takes a while to get any caramel malts to come through but they are there, albeit in lesser quantity then you would expect in a normal red ale, but this is simply an amazing beer on all other accounts. smooth hops and a rich and creamy feel are just what is needed as the flavor simply cannot be beat. clean hops, resin, notes of cedar, light malts and a light dry finish seal the deal.

overall an excellent beer on all accounts. i would love to try this again.

10-31-2010 15:32:17 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

Thanks to Mike for this beer.

A: The pour is a really nice bright ruby color with a thin layer of off-white head.

S: Plenty of hops on the nose. They're primarily of the oily pine variety, which is always welcomed. There's some toffee and bread, along with a bit of citrus.

T: The hops are again the dominant characteristic. Quite bitter, which is always nice, with some earth, pine, and citrus notes. The caramel, toffee, and bread are still there as well. There's also a hint of roast at times.

M: The body is medium as is the carbonation.

D: I really had no idea what this beer was until I came on here to review it (though I sort of figured it was some sort of red ale). Pretty nice, actually.

09-25-2010 06:14:37 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

01-06-2012 17:58:00 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-20-2011 22:52:32 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15%

01-28-2012 02:08:35 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

01-13-2013 20:33:53 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-25-2011 20:44:13 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

A: single finger head with brown body and crimson hues.

S: pine and grass hop aroma

T: strong hop flavor. A little sweet upfront. Floral and wood notes. Pine is also present.

M: moderate carbonation, medium body

Overall: This was a pleasantly surprising beer. The taste is excellent though it has a little alcohol that comes through but the taste is complex. This may be my favorite of the cigar city beers I have tried.

08-28-2011 22:48:06 | More by kylehay2004
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -9%

11-12-2013 04:09:54 | More by jaydoc
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-14-2011 22:16:27 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-12-2013 18:40:22 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -15%

01-20-2012 21:20:09 | More by JAHMUR
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

10-06-2013 01:14:55 | More by SocalKicks
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nickfl

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

A - Poured with a one finger head of off-white foam on top of a dark, copper-brown body with light haze. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - Pungent, fruity hops that are reminiscent of jaialai IPA. Sweet caramel malt and toffee in the background with a hint of resinous pine.

T - Sweet caramel and toasted malt notes up front with some toffee. The hops speak up in the middle with notes of pineapple, mango and solventy pine that all blend well with the caramel. The malt remains moderately sweet and thick through the finish with surging pine and mango hops notes as well as moderate bitterness that would be quite sharp if not for the relatively thick caramel malt.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very nice, the malt and hops are perfectly balanced, especially in the aroma where the fruity notes perfectly compliment the sweetness of the toffee and caramel. The flavor hop characteristics are sharper and push back more against the malt but still leave the beer balanced and drinkable. This is another excellent beer from the boys down in Tampa, and it rivals true west coast red ales such as those from Green Flash and Stone.

12-09-2010 23:26:03 | More by nickfl
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.53/5  rDev +10%

Canned 7/02/2014

Pours an effervescent, orange/copper with 2 fingers of tan head. Sheets of lacing & stellar head retention

S: Breadyness, caramel, pineapple & grapefruit, orange peels, biscuitty malt

T: Pineapple, slight breadyness, mangoes, toasty & caramel. Oranges, pineapple & grapefruit, plus a little toastyness/biscuitty malt as this warms, some dryness.. Finishes dry, with biscuitty malt, grapefruit & pineapple & a touch of woody hops

MF: Medium bodied/chewy, slight carbonation. Great balance

A well put together beer, this may be my favorite CCB beer, mind you I haven't had many of their whales, drinks so easy

07-07-2014 10:51:00 | More by russpowell
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

12-18-2010 16:51:34 | More by MasterSki
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Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.