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Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 213
Hads: 1,272
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 25.67%
Wants: 179
Gots: 167 | FT: 13
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 Retail1LO
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of October 18, 2012 printed in fuzzy, hard-to-read, red ink near the top of the label, toward the back side (“18 OCT – 12,” I think). So, that makes this bottle two days under three weeks old on the date of consumption. I’d say that’s acceptable.

Appearance (4.5): Two full fingers of very light tan head comes off the pour, rocky at first and then more even across the top as it dies down. The body is a surprisingly dark, moderately hazy, garnet-amber color, and very attractive. Makes the beer look quite a bit more sturdy than you might have expected. Some very nice lacing around the top of the glass, a thick ring of tight webbing all around, and fat splotches here and there as it goes down.

Smell (4.0): Citrus, quite clearly, is a prominent character here but it’s hard to pin down: passionfruit, maybe some pineapple, but there’s an oddly hard to place fruity, almost vegetal character going on, like some sweet grapefruit with a dank twang on the back end . . . if that makes any sense at all. There’s a very nice, notably rich and moderately sweet malt character here too, more molasses than caramel.

Taste (4.0): Good dose of sweet citrus, à la pineapple and some orange, again paired with an oddly vegetal (but not oniony unpleasant) twang as it moves into a grapefruit rind bitterness on the back end. The malt is rich and sturdy here, acting as a strong counterpart and balancing the hops well—molasses, pumpernickel bread, some dark brown sugar, more of that rich but not particularly sweet bread character. No alcohol detected at all, in fact it seems like it could be absorbing some that’s been squirreled away in my liver.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Modest carbonation that tingles softly on the way down; the body is medium weight and moderately viscous with just a barely dry finish. Fits the character of the palate well.

Overall (4.0): This winds up being a surprisingly mellow beer, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, it’s plenty hoppy and has a good dose of bitterness but it’s nicely balanced, and doesn’t harass or assault the palate in quite the way Jai Alai can. Also, it seems that the hop profile used in this beer fits the malt body surprisingly well, and in a way that suits the style: the hop profile of Jai Alai would not be as good of a fit for this beer, nor would Tocobaga’s hop profile be as good of a fit for Jai Alai. They’re well-matched. Overall, this is a very solid beer and absolutely worth seeking out if you’re a fan of this style.

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Photo of JohnQVD
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark red with a thick, foamy head that dissipates slowly leaving little behind on the glass. Smell is grapefruit with a touch of pine. Taste is caramel and citrus. The finish is dry and bitter with a light, lingering sweetness. Feel is fairly thick and chewy with light, effervescent carbonation.

Overall, this is a very good red ale. It's hoppy, but still with prominent maltiness.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Cigar city tocobaga red ale
Citrus and piney notes
Pours to cloudy deep reddish brown
Tan pillowy top
Complex hop bite to sour middle to sweet finish with bitterness fade out
Thick mouthfeel
Kind of funky
Not my bag
Smell 3.25 appear 3.75 taste 3.25 overall 3.25 mouth 4.25

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Photo of mtomlins
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass provided by to cparles as an extra in a trade (Thanks!!).

A: A nice deep red, mahogany color, clear but lots of floaties. Pours to 1-2 fingers of thick tan head settling to a thick collar and leaving some lacing.

S: An interesting nose. Lots of sweet, caramel malt, almost bready with some biscuit aroma. Mild hops but a nice suite of American bittering hops are present with their telltale spiciness, maybe some sweet juicy fruit in the background.

T: As the aroma predicted, the beer starts off malt forward, sweet and rich hinting at caramel, bread, yeast and biscuits. The hops come second and dry the beer out nicely leaving a very pleasant, lingering bitterness. The finish is long and dry and yet remains clean.

M: Medium body, very smooth and round; medium carbonation.

O: A delicious beer and marks very well, except for the floaties. Tocobaga achieves a nice balance of deep maltiness and hop bitterness and remains highly drinkable. It opened up nicely as the beer warmed.

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Photo of MichPaul
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired this in a trade a while back and just hadn't tried it till now. Not too old with a May 3 2012 bottle date.
This pours a very cloudy deep brown color. Mine didn't have much of a head to speak of at all, and no lacing seems to remain on the glass while drinking.
I see some raving about the aroma of this beer, but mine didn't have much too it unfortunately.
The taste made up for the lack of smell. I liked the surprising bitterness of this beer. I guess I don't know the style that well, but it wasn't expected from this. Nice bitterness, medium carbonation. This beer is kinda piney but has a good sweetness to balance it out.
Overall, I truly enjoyed this beer! If it was available in my area, I think I would revisit time and time again.

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Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of pagriley
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

12oz can a few weeks old - received as an extra in a trade

A- pours a murky, cloudy reddish mud color - not the best start, but a good head with heavy lacing
S- Citrus hops with a hint of stone fruit sweetness
T- Smooth malt with a kick of hops. Not sure but there is a slightly unusual almost metallic edge to the aftertaste bitterness. Not my favorite
M - decent body, but not noteworthy.

Overall not entirely sold on this. It is good, and I am glad i tried it, but a harshness to the hop profile wasn't my favorite.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
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.


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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 Pintofbrown
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this can into a snifter. Bottled Dec. 2013.

A glowing and opaque maple-amber body suspends a decent amount of sediment within it. The tawny cap swells to two-fingers in width, bubbles sitting on the surface. Great retention, the beer leaves behind a soild wall of sheet lace with burst bubbles.

Aromas of resiny hops, oranges, slight bready malt, and a bit of esters climb out of the glass. The bouquet could pack a bigger punch, still great!

The palate remains about the same as the nose. A bigger note of earthiness joins the citrus-y and resin-y hops and rides throughout the taste of this red ale. The front of the drink to mid-palate focuses on the subtle citrus fruit and estery notes, while the back of the throat and finish hits with resin, earthiness, and a peppery herbalness. All these coalescing flavors are quite enjoyable!

Tocobaga is very creamy, almost syrupy, with a watery expression over the tongue, more dry than crisp.

Tocobaga drinks ridiculously easy, smells good, and tastes great. I could do with more citrus notes on the palate, and a more explosive nose. Man, this beer is fun and easy to drink!

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.31/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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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 jkrich
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

This is a good example of not judging a beer solely by its pour; this ale is not the most pleasant to view. This ale poured a murky brown with lots of sizable sediment floating in the glass. When held up to the light, there are some hints of red. On a more positive note, the off white head was very foamy and sustained with nice lacing.

And now for the positive: the aroma was fresh, fruity with very nice hops wafting from the can.

The flavor is rather complex with a nice and solid malt background that gives the ale a slightly chewy taste and feel. However, this is no cloying mess as the zesty hops give a flavorful fruity taste. By fruity, I mean the dark, mellow fruits - not the citrus variety. In fact, I am reminded of figs and plum when sipping this ale.

The mild carbonation and long, semisweet mouth feel only add to an excellent drinking experience.

This is one of my top "amber" or "red" ales, and I have tried quite a few. After the initial pour, this is one solid and dangerously drinkable ale. You would never know this ale is 7.2 ABV.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can dated this month

A: reddish hue so it's not just a clever name, not much head

S: very Carmel toffee maybe a faint hint of hops and bread

T: very sweet malts with lots of caramel and toffee maybe a slight bit of burnt roast and then I think floral hops but very light

M: mediumish this is a smooth beer a little softer on the carbonation

O: This beer is pretty damn good I could see drinking this one after the other without much difficulty. it's just a nice sweet malty beer that is very smooth.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.8/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Buck89
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange color. Head is off white with moderate retention. Aroma is orange with caramel and slightly sweet, seems appropriate for style. Taste is nice, with orange and citrus bitter, balanced with malt and a hint of cedar. Nice fairly dry finish. Very nice.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Not much lacing. Citrus hop and caramel dominate the nose, with nice bread notes coming through. Drinks like it smells, citrus and caramel upfront with moderate breadiness on the backend. Well balanced. Finishes malty with slight hop bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, even though I'm not a fan of the style, this is an extremely well crafted beer that is insanely drinkable! CCB continues to impress!

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Photo of BrewerB
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered via Leuken's Liqours in Dunedin, FL. Nice to get a taste of home.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with yellow highlights, and well-retained light tan head that's leaving lacing aside the glass.

Loaded with some aromas including grapefruit, orange. Also a hint of papaya and pineapple. Underlying caramel maltiness. Touches of chocolate and deeper roasted grains.

Initial citrus hoppy bite sits atop the firmly formed malt backbone. Toasty grain middle followed fluidly with a sweeter caramel conclusion. Medium-long, dry finish with a linger caramel sweetness and hints of grapefruity hops.

Crisp, snappy carbonation keeps the aromas unlocked and a medium body rounds out the flavor profile.

Overall I'm both disappointed that it took me moving across the country to have beer like this originate from Tampa but delighted to get my hands on it. Will certainly be looking forward to more.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to miamichael2 for sending this my way.
Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a murky brownish or deep copper color with only red hints, and 1 finger of off white head that didn't hang around too long and does not lace the glass.

S- Very hop forward. Lots of citrusy and piny hops on the nose, but then again there are lots of sweet caramel malts present also.

T- Sweet and hoppy. Sweet caramel hits first followed very quickly by a nice dose of bitter piney hops that give this beer good character. Nice tasty breadiness that is expected with a red ale.

M- Almost creamy mouthfeel. Refreshing amount of carbonation.

O- I really like Cigar City's beers. If I could buy them here this would be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is deep amber, almost a reddish copper in color; there's a small head with consistent lacing present; it smells crisp with clear hints of hops up front; subtly grapefruit-y and citrus-y; very well-balanced 'red'; pleasant hop flavor w/o being too overwhelming; some additional notes of sweet fruit, like a pineapple or kiwi...muted, but present; very smooth and almost a silky mouthfeel; a little dry bite on the backend coming from the red ale side of this beer; overall, very quality and completely sessionable.

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Photo of xseanprimex
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: pours an amber color with a small finger of off-white head that diminishes but leaves a good lacing. Not exactly crystal clear.

S: You get the caramel maltiness upfront, a little sweet but far from overbearing. Rounds up with a good citrus hop aroma. Smells great!

T: Tastes a great deal like it smells. The hops are upfront, followed by the sweet caramel malts. Finishes bitter on the tongue. A pretty hoppy red ale.

M: A good bit of carbonation adds to a spicy feeling on the tongue. Doesn't coat the mouth very much.

O: I really enjoy this one from Cigar City. If they distributed to my area in SC i would pick it up regularly. Nice and hoppy, full of flavor, 10/10 will drink again!

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Photo of wspscott
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of aepb1
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

notes from phone, on tap at Tipples

A- Copper body with a foamy white head that stays forever

S- Nice malty red ale characteristics wtih a citrusy hop nose underneath, intriguing

T- Malty foretaste and moves into a nice fresh hop bitterness finish. A good balance.

M- Medium body and decent carbonation and the alcohol is hidden well

D- Nice red and intriguing with the fresh hops. Enough intrigue to get me to return to this one.

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Photo of Lerxst
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased yesterday at CCB poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a hazy amber with a one finger light beige head that has fair retention and leaves quite a bit of lace.

S-Slightly sweet malt, maybe a bit of toffee, a nice waft of pine, citrus and earthy hops.

T-Bitter hop bite leads-earthy and citrusy-with slightly sweet caramel and toffee coming in the middle and staying throughout. Hops come back and bite at the back end.

M-Medium body and carbonation, slightly creamy and oily.

O-I like this one. I'd buy it again without hesitation.

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Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.