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Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Tocobaga Red AleTocobaga Red Ale

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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 142
Gots: 84 | 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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Photo of inlimbo77


3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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
Photo of macrosmatic


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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep reddish brown in color. Thin white head, about 1/2 finger's worth. Significant visible carbonation bubbles. Even with the deep color, it's nearly clear.

S: Citrus hop, sweet malts. A bit muted overall.

T: Pine and citrus hops up front. Fades to a caramel sweetness in the middle. Hop bitterness at the end, and there is just a bit of hang with it. The alcohol is noticeable near the swallow.

M: Really nice here. A body that's somewhat heavier than an IPA, and very smooth for the style to almost creamy in the middle. Good amount of carbonation sensation.

O: Don't know that it's my favorite style, but this is a quality beer. Personal preference would be a little heavier with the hops. The only complaint I have is the alcohol presence seems a little heavy given it's (relatively) tame ABV.

EDIT: I've updated the ratings to reflect a fresh bottle I had from a recent batch. The comparison is nearly non-existant. Much hoppier, more citrus character and the malt is less sticky sweet. Also (or perhaps as a result), the alcohol presence is significantly decreased. Much improved.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 03:13:18 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of Zach136


4/5  rDev -3.1%

10-29-2012 20:46:54 | More by Zach136
Photo of HopStoopid120


5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-15-2011 23:01:28 | More by HopStoopid120
Photo of mrebeka


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-25-2014 01:09:17 | More by mrebeka
Photo of JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

10-12-2012 01:06:03 | More by JRod1969
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 02:22:14 | More by SpdKilz
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Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

07-20-2014 16:49:10 | More by Howlader
Photo of beergorrilla


3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

09-25-2013 05:05:36 | More by beergorrilla
Photo of 2beerdogs


3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

12-27-2013 05:47:49 | More by 2beerdogs
Photo of fredmugs


3/5  rDev -27.4%

06-21-2014 21:44:48 | More by fredmugs
Photo of Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-16-2011 20:18:31 | More by Satchboogie
Photo of mltobin


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-24-2013 18:34:52 | More by mltobin
Photo of GilGarp


4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold in a shaker pint at Hops & Pie in Denver.

Tocobaga is a beautiful hazy red color with a thin layer of tight creamy head.

Aroma immediately lets you know that this is going to be a hoppy red. Citrusy, piney, and a little bit malty sweet.

Flavor is really something special. It's such a great balance of malty red ale and big hop flavor. It doesn't knock you out with bitterness but gives you lots of hop goodness.

Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth and easy drinking for a strong hoppy beer.

Overall this is such an amazing beer. Flavor and mouthfeel are spot on. I've always wondered if Cigar City beers were overrated but, if this is anything to go by, they've earned their hype.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2012 19:56:43 | More by GilGarp
Photo of Zachtheporter


3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

02-09-2013 17:34:10 | More by Zachtheporter
Photo of CampusCrew


4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark reddish brown with a loaded head and good retention. Had it poured in a unibroue tulip.

smell: nice hop presence

taste: awesome imeprial red. balanced caramel and citrus hops.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: I'm still waiting for CC to miss on a beer. Seems like they are perfect!

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 15:04:43 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of jaasen64


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

12oz bottle thanks to dolfan54fl. Poured into CCB snifter.

A- Pours an opaque dark nutty/chocolaty slightly reddish brown. Not too much of a head. Average, to slightly below average carbonation.

S- Sweet and malty with aromas of caramel, honey, and some floral notes.

T- Sweet, malty, caramel, honey, definitely sweeter then your average red ale. Finishes with a nice sweet, malty finish.

M- Medium bodied, slightly below average carbonation, finishes smoothly, abv very well hidden.

O- This was another great CCB offering. Not my favorite beer that I've ever had, but fantastic for a red ale. Lots of flavor and easily drinkable. If anything it might be a tiny bit too sweet. Definitely recommended trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 02:51:13 | More by jaasen64
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

01-08-2014 04:37:15 | More by richkrull
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

09-08-2013 07:21:51 | More by CoolEthan
Photo of JohnBender


4.5/5  rDev +9%

11-21-2012 00:50:18 | More by JohnBender
Photo of Photekut


3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

08-03-2013 13:40:21 | More by Photekut
Photo of vermilcj


4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-22-2014 19:52:32 | More by vermilcj
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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
Photo of PorterLambic


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

Poured a slightly hazy reddish brown with a smallish head that dissipated rather uickly to a thin film. Little lace expected but some clings rather tenaciously for a long while.
Smell is hoppy with citrus and a faint malt in the background.
Taste is along those lines in that hops predominates with a slight citrus note and some malt following in the distance though it is more noticeable in the aftertaste as the hops fades.
Nearly full in body, this brew has good carbonation, tangy upfront with a fairly quick fade. A citrusy hop note lingers longest, even surpassing the malt. Some warming occurs late. Another good beer from CCB.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 16:51:44 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of ajzy


4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-24-2013 21:26:23 | More by ajzy
Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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