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Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Tocobaga Red AleTocobaga Red Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,008 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,008
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 151
Gots: 110 | FT: 9
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 ktrillionaire
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%

First off, let me say that this brew is like Jai Alai part II. Which is not to say that it is an IPA, but instead that it is a phenomenally robust and hugely hop-centric brew in the same vein as Jai Alai.

A - Big reddish-amber hue, capped with a voluminous ecru head, it deposits rocky boulders of lace all over the glass.

S - Huge everything is apparent in the nose. The malt is big, even aromatically, and it is slightly toasty as well. Hop contribution is significant, centered in the pine-y and cannabis-dank range at least as much as grapefruit-citrus.

T - This is the best example of the American Red Ale style that I have ever had. Suggestions of green pine cones, cypress, cannabis, and cut-grass are tempered by a toasty and dryly caramelized malt backing.The hop bouquet is huge, the bitter dankness is so palpable, and the body is just big enough to support it all.

M - Just like a big IPA, this brew is a weighty medium-bodied brew, well-carbonated and smooth yet substantial.

ktrillionaire, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

Picked up a couple of singles from Lets Pour back in early October for $5.50 each. Bottled on 8-27-13.

Beer poured amber red with a thin off white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is warming up nicely as the citrus hops and caramel malts are quite nice.

Taste is bready caramel malts that are nicely balanced by citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall this is a smackable brew. Bread malts and citrus pair up very well in this brew. Definitely try it if you get the opportunity.

arizcards, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

beergorrilla, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
4/5  rDev -3.1%

DonFrap, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of markgugs
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of bigfnjoe
4/5  rDev -3.1%

bigfnjoe, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.5/5  rDev +9%

hoppymcgee, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Satchboogie, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a bottle into a fluted beer glass.

Pours a lighter brown color, some copper as well. No foam. Clear top.

Burnt toffee nose, very strong orange peel smell. Quite flavorful. Bready too.

Taste has a wallop of grapefruit and rind bitterness in a tasty malt blend. Very flavorful. And a touch boozy to boot. The hop is very firm.

Not your everyday red - quite good.

KTCamm, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev -3.1%

vermilcj, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of mltobin
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

mltobin, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of CoryR
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

CoryR, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Zbeetleman
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Zbeetleman, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of jegross2
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Reviewing the 2012 release of Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing out of Florida. Cigar City is likely best known for their infamous Hunahpuh's Imperial Stout, but they have plenty of standout beers (especially the Apple Brandy Zhukov). I had a glass of this at Dark Lord Day and enjoyed it thoroughly, so I am glad to finally get a bottle to review. I think Cigar City is planning to can this beer soon.
Score: 92

No bottle date, which is never a good sign for a hoppy beer. I received this beer from a friend (thank you Robbie!) last week, and he received it via trade from Florida earlier in the week. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 05/28/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep and opaque amber, almost mahogany-like, color. Fades from a reddish yellow color at the top of the glass to a ruby red at the bottom when held up to light. A thin layer of fizzy off-white head at pour quickly dissipates into a pencil thin ring around the glass. Slight below average lacing, but good retention. 4/5

Smell: Hoppy and citrus-y caramel, grapefruit and candied orange malt. Some fruity berry, bready grain and a little bit of earthy IPA-like onion aroma too. A touch of warm alcohol. 4/5

Taste: Drinks just like it smells, but smoother, more incorporated and a bit less intense. There's citrus and caramel upfront with the earthy/oniony hops and a mild "toasted grain" flavor in the finish/linger. Very oily, with some lemon, bready grain and modest toffee flavor in the middle. As the beer layers, more of the lemon flavor lasts towards the finish. No alcohol flavor or booziness whatsoever; this beer is quite drinkable. There's a nondescript "butteriness" to the midpalate flavor; I cannot put my finger on what that butteriness is, but it seems quite familiar. Very pleasant. Only slightly fruity/floral upfront, but that yields to the earthy hoppiness towards the finish. Residual lemon and bready grain aftertaste. This beer is not what I would at all call sweet, but it's a nice mix of the bitter and the malty. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-plus carbonation that perks the earthy hops and citrus flavors on the tongue. Oily mouthfeel. Bitter and malty finish, but not overly so on either account. 4.5/5

Overall: Despite my lack of enthusiasm for the style generally, Tocobaga Red Ale is a standout beer on par with Maine Beer Company's Zoe.

Recommendation: Given it's smooth flavor and not overly hoppy approach, I think this beer would make an excellent gateway to hoppy brews for the casual beer drinkers. Beer geeks are encouraged to seek this one out as well.

Pairings: Oyster Gratinee (per a Cigar City food pairing dinner).

Cost: $12 for a six pack.

jegross2, May 29, 2012
Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Zach136, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -27.4%

fredmugs, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of JohnBender
4.5/5  rDev +9%

JohnBender, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

2beerdogs, Dec 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%

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.

trxxpaxxs, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

macrosmatic, May 22, 2012
Photo of MacQ32
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%

A - Pours a nice lighter amber/copperish color with 2 fingers of dense caramel head, great retention and fantastic lacing.

S - Lots of sweet rich caramel malty flavors and some lighter apple/pear/lemon aromas.

T - A nice balance of very light/brief hop bitterness, sweet malts, light fruits and then a mildly acidic/bitter finish. Easy drinking, well balanced, mellow yet complex flavors.

M - Lightish bodied, smooth, decently carbonated.

O - Not my favorite style but a lot going on and working well together.

MacQ32, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

inlimbo77, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev -3.1%

JRod1969, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +21.1%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 1,008 ratings.