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Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Tocobaga Red AleTocobaga Red Ale

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970 Ratings
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Ratings: 970
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 145
Gots: 94 | 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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drabmuh

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -9.7%

At the time of this review, this is the #3 American Amber / Red Ale on beeradvocate.com best of styles lists, slightly overrated in my opinion, served in a DFH snifter.

Beer is dark amber, red, with a nice big tannish head of small bubbles, nice carbonation and lacing, looking good. Beer is mostly clear until the sediment ends up in the glass. Looks pretty decent.

Aroma is malt malt and more malt, a little piny hops.

Beer is thick, seriously thick, heavy on the malt in the front, middle and back. this is a malt bomb. tastes pretty good though, just too heavy for me, especially for such a big bottle. It was good and I'd have it on draft again but not again in the bottle.

08-15-2011 20:53:04 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Thanks to elCharderino (Reddit) badboy7113 for providing this one.

Pours an off-white fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly no real lacing left on the sides, a ruby cranberry mahogany semi clear beer.

Nose brings some nice fresh hops at first, a little fruit hop kick with hints of stone fruit and a bit of tropical even, a touch of citrus, tangerine, guava, pear, hint of resin. Then some malts, slight sweet like caramel reddish malt, little candy like.

Taste starts with malts this time, sweet caramel and reddish candy malts, fairly sweet overall but not overly. Then fruity hops, more citrus oriented with tangerine, nectarine, little papaya like, some tropical fruit, etc. Hint of resin and floral hop flavors, with med to lighter bitterness overall, and hints of yeast additions with a touch of esters and fruity flavors, with a touch of warming booze to go with the mild estery flavors. Finish is not too dry, little sticky sweet, nice lingering bitterness with more floral type hops, little caramel candy sweet flavors lingering as well.

Mouth is med bodied, hint of warming booze, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice hop presence that doesn't get overly bitter, nice malt presence as well that gives some decent flavors and backbone, a touch of the yeast coming through as well. A well done beer.

10-28-2012 18:23:54 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -15%

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).

04-28-2013 20:18:22 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

03-02-2013 03:57:53 | More by oline73
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

11-29-2012 14:57:45 | More by mendvicdog
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

11-22-2013 05:29:15 | More by XmnwildX12
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-01-2014 19:38:18 | More by DrunkinYogi
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

09-15-2012 10:52:44 | More by beernads
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

11-29-2012 13:31:46 | More by oriolesfan4
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-27-2013 04:33:44 | More by yourefragile
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

A: Poured a dark reddish with a small amberish cap, light bubbles and a small ring with decent head retention

S: Pine and citrus but pre-dominately pine. A little toasted biscuits and grains and whiff of caramel

T: Immediate good caramel malt backbone, touch of breadiness leading into a pine note and undertones of citrus, a little sweetness appears leaving a full tasting, enjoyable, dry beer

M: Well carbobated, medium bodied but seems fuller than most for the style. A nice sweetness, good hop bitterness, pine

O: Very enjoyable beer. Got this one down pretty easily, would gladly drink again.

10-31-2012 17:35:14 | More by barleywinefiend
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12oz bottle into a matching cigar city snifter. Big thanks go to sendsilk for the opportunity to try this brew. It appears a hazed burnt copper with a hue to it that is more of a brownish-red. A tan cap swells just shy of a finger strong and fades back to a thin lacing atop. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a ring around the perimeter.

The aroma is very hoppy with a fruity and floral scent. Quite a bit of alcohol is noted that draws more focus into the fruity aspects of the aroma that are at this point a bit more rindy smelling. The grain is present with a caramel to toffee inclusion that provides enough sweetness to really play nice with the fruity and floral aspects of the hops. Everything about this aroma is quite nice.

The taste is just what you would expect based off of the aroma. A big hop punch of flavors and bitterness open up with fruity rind quality, pulp and a floral element. The alcohol inclusion is noticed immediately with an accenting fruity ester that compliments the hops nicely. The backend is all about the malt which is caramel to toffee flavored and produces enough sweetness to really round this brew out nicely.

This is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. My immediate reaction to this brew based on the nose and secondly confirmed by the taste was that this is Florida's answer to Nugget Nectar. Fans of hoppy reds or imperial reds will really enjoy this. Nicely done cigar city, I would enjoy more of this!

05-05-2012 01:13:33 | More by stakem
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-29-2012 03:39:51 | More by duceswild
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.4%

12-25-2012 19:41:07 | More by ejimhof
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

The beer is russet brown, with orange to crimson highlights. The head is an inch thick, composed of dense, off white sea foam. The snifter is utterly caked with lacing.

The aroma brings some nice hop character, along with a faint malt presence. The scent is reminiscent of many Cigar City brews I have had, with notes of dense smoke.

Great flavor and quite interesting. Not your ordinary red ale. The smoke and hop flavors are integrated elegantly. This beer is great for sipping or rapid consumption.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Alcohol content is minimal.

Overall, an interesting and unique brew. Fun to drink. I am glad for the opportunity to sample this.

07-28-2011 19:45:28 | More by Huhzubendah
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

01-16-2013 23:20:59 | More by brandoman63
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smakawhat

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.1%

A very large foaming light tan cap sitting on a bit of a cloudy amber body. Pinhead sized uniform bubbles a little bit of a dull looking body. Clumpy retention for the head.

Bouquet is a nice hop and mix of sweet malt. Sort of floral and nice, perfume like but not overbearing.

Taste is a good hop floral sense with a lingering slow hippy finish. Caramel malts seem a little overtaken by the big hop presence, but they show up in a good coating texture in the palate. A little bit of spicy sensations as well on the swallows, a nice tannic nut like dryness too.

Overall pretty solid. I'am not that amazed by it, but it is just a good solid well done amber ale.

07-20-2011 23:07:57 | More by smakawhat
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9%

09-08-2013 19:16:19 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-04-2013 20:35:59 | More by Kelp
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sendbeer

Georgia

5/5  rDev +21.1%

10-27-2012 15:56:10 | More by sendbeer
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-08-2014 20:52:29 | More by billab914
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -14%

12 oz undated bottle (presumably 2012) served in an Anchor Steam pint glass.
Looks like an amber or red ale but smells [3.75] like a pale ale or IPA, with the hops far more evident than the malts. Still hoppy for style in tasting, with at least as much hop presence as the surprising nose suggests. The malt is a bit more obvious in tasting, but little enough to leave this a moderately bitter and quite hoppy "red" ale. Relatively high ABV is almost completely hidden in the flavor and aroma, but lends some harshness to the feel.

12-14-2012 23:01:11 | More by chinchill
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-14-2012 20:03:40 | More by Zaphog
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, opaque, suspended sediment filled, amber-brown coloring with a thin, filmy, sparse surface coating of head. Aromas of tangy sweetness, tropical fruit sweetness, and some floral hops characteristics. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, with a caramel backbone and tart grapefruit and pineapple blend, as well as some earthy notes, bitter and spiced hops profiles, and bready characteristics. Very layered and deep, especially for the style. Tasty beer. The body is full, which I was expecting after watching it pour and settle. It also leaves a decent lacing behind on the glass. The aftertaste leans more towards an IPA, with tropical fruit, heavy on the grapefruit and pineapple, bitterness, and pepper spices. The finish is slick and slightly dry, with bitter and subtle richly sweet notes. This is a bit rough around the edges, but I like it a lot.

01-15-2014 00:39:09 | More by GarthDanielson
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -20.1%

Opened on 5.16.12.

A - A very cloudy, dark amber body with a small yellow-tan head. Decent Retention.

S - Sweet fruity malt, almost cherry-like, some hops.

T - Bitter dark fruit, mostly raisin up-front, then some sweet bready malt.

D - Medium carbonation and body. A bitter bite that lingers.

O - Smelled really nice, but taste didn't quite deliver for me.

05-19-2012 05:13:42 | More by HuskyinPDX
Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.