Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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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
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
750 mL bottle. Reviewed from some old notes.
Appearance - Deep red body. Quite dark for an amber/red. Nice off-white head and excellent retention and lacing.
Smell - Pine hops with a touch of citrus. Nice malt backbone of caramel and a touch of cinnamon spice.
Taste - Piney hops up front and immediately creamy. Nice and malty with some cinnamon spice. A good bitter finish keeps it in the amber range.
Mouthfeel - Creamy and a little heavy. Ok, it's really heavy.
Overall - Very nice flavors without anything being particularly standout. Good stuff.
05-16-2012 01:16:32 | More by Alieniloquium
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev 0%
From 750mL bottle to Great Lakes stemmed pint glass on 8/9/11.
A: This beer glows. Literally, it's a ball of sunsetting amber light that filled the room. A hard pour yields a superb 1.5 finger head and gobs of stickiness around the glass.
S: Tropical notes of pineapple, tangelo rind and juicy mango. I'll be damned if this isn't one of the most aromatic ambers I've ever encountered.
T: Halved yellow grapefruit, ripe juicy orange and pineapple upside down cake. Balance that with a solid dose of toasty malt and a somewhat bitter finish and you've got the makings of an impressive amber ale. It's slightly acidic and earthy on the middle, and the finish dries up on a unique and delicious island fruit note.
M: Another creamy and top notch mouthfeel from the boys (and girls) at CCB. It's not sharp or brash in any way. Instead it's rich, frothy and an absolute pleasure to drink.
O: Cigar City's Tocobaga Red Ale is one of the top two or three ambers I've consumed. It's got everything I look for within the style's limitations, plus an agressive hop profile that demands respect. Have I had better? Possibly, but this is certainly no slouch, and one which you should actively be ISO.
08-10-2011 22:59:12 | More by Rhettroactive
3.86/5 rDev -6.5%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. My bottle says 7.2% ABV rather than the above-noted 7.4%.
Appearance: medium reddish-copper hue with a moderate haze and moderate effervescence. The body is also suffused with tons of super-tiny floaties; a fascinating look. Head is a thick finger of pillowy tan foam which leaves a chunky lace as it subsides. Pretty attractive, actually!
Smell: very rich aroma of sweet caramel and just a light hint of bready, biscuity character. There's even a light character of dates. Hop character is low, but this has got to be one of the best-executed non-hoppy amber-ale aromas I've ever encountered. It's pretty excellent on its own, but for a style whose aroma is usually quite uninspiring, Tocobaga earns extra points for me. Wonderful!
Taste: caramel flavor, along with a fair bit of biscuitiness. Hop character is a bit citrusy and earthy, with a bit of an acidic touch at the back end. This is still a good beer, but is nowhere near the promise of its aroma.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice, smooth creaminess. It has a richness that seems to punch a little higher than its relatively modest texture. Not bad.
Overall: this is a darn good beer, but I just wish that its flavor lived up to the expectations engendered by the aroma.
07-29-2013 19:04:29 | More by flagmantho
3.43/5 rDev -16.9%
Bottle obtained in a recent on line order with Leuken's in which they sent a number of less than fresh beers. This was one of them - bottle dated MAY1511. So 6 months old.
Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.
A - Medium orange/amber colour, slightly cloud; one finger of foamy cream-coloured head.
S - Sweet caramel/toffee malts up front with a s light bitterness present. A somewhat one dimensional nose with only the malt bill coming through. Not surprising given the freshness info.
T - A decent hop bitterness is evident up front with some floral and piney notes. A big sweet caramel/toffee malt backbone balances out the palate and as the beer warms, begins to take over the flavour profile. The bitterness returns in the finish. This would probably be excellent fresh, but at this age was a shadow of its former self.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.
11-26-2011 02:12:23 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
Big thanks goes out to my boy Jefe73 for this one! Signed by the brewer and label artists (1 of 80???)! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, bitter hop, and subtle citrus. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this brew was quite good. Really glad CCB started to bottle this one as I have been wanting to try it for quite awhile. It did not disappoint... The Amber flavor profile on this one was definitely present and quite enjoyable. The malt backbone on this one was pretty solid and enjoyable. The citrus aspect on this one just took it to another level. Really glad I finally got to try this one!
08-10-2011 19:23:45 | More by thagr81us
4.23/5 rDev +2.4%
A - Dark reddish beer with a bit of an ambering on the edges. Had a small, somewhat creamy, off white head.
S - Has some nice tropical notes to go with good pine and citrus. Malt backbone is nice, and there's slight touch of vanilla in there.
T - Good malt backbone that gives a little bit of a sweet vanilla and caramel flavor. Citrus and pine hops add a nice touch, and it finishes pretty cleanly.
M - Moderate carbonation, medium bodied.
O - Very enjoyable beer. Got this one down pretty easily, would gladly drink again.
02-28-2012 03:54:34 | More by AgentZero
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours is a medium red/amber color with a light/translucent cloudiness; it has a huge head of white foam then towers over the top of the glass and quickly coats the sides and leaves a ton of lacing. Is this the prettiest beer I have ever seen, it just might be. Aromas are definitely intense and complex. It begins with a toasty and caramel maltiness with an underlying pine hop character. A nice earthiness is the background as well.
The tastes begin with a nice nutty and caramel maltiness but is immediately counter-acted with an aggressive amount of resiny/piney hop flavor. Smooth but huge hops and a rich, semi-sweet flavors and creamy feel; the balance of hop flavor with a big malt presence is perfectly executed here. Not at all bitter or palate wrecking; hooray for late/flavor/aroma-hopping! Mouthfeel finished nice and dry from the ample hopping, a little sticky, quite full bodied and amply carbonated, this all adds up to YUM!
Overall, yeah, great. So, so, so much flavor packed into an "average" ABV IPA, this is crazy
07-09-2011 00:35:50 | More by claspada
4.06/5 rDev -1.7%
12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$
Appearance - Slightly hazy copper colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.
Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit, apricots/guava
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruit/guava/raspberry flavours. It ends with a fruity sweet aftertaste and a bit of lingering hop bitterness.
Overall – Maybe just a touch too sweet to drink a whole lot of, but a great american amber. It reminds me a bit of a Ithaca Cascazilla.. but better. Cigar city makes some fine brews.
01-19-2013 02:59:05 | More by spinrsx
4.13/5 rDev 0%
A- Great looking pour. Near two-inch, light-tan head. Deep mahogany body with chunks of yeast sediment...maybe I poured to hard. Excellent lacing and head retention.
S- Can smell the citrusy hops from a foot away. getting my nose in there i get big juicy oranges and mangoes perhaps.
T- Now that's a red! Big time juicy citrus hops in the taste as well. Still very balanced with a good malt backbone, somewhat bready aftertaste. Would not guess at the ABV being as high as the one stated.
M- Medium mouthfeel, somewhat creamy. low-mid carbonation.
D/O- Very balanced, highly drinkable even for the 7+% alcohol. Didn't know about this one until recently. Would want to have again. Great job with a "normal" beer Cigar City!
08-09-2012 03:50:28 | More by Duff27
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours a dark hazy amber with a big creamy beige head that recedes pretty quickly to a thin collar and leaves really nice lacing.
Aroma is hoppy with some pine resin and lots of caramel malts and a bit of toasted bread. There is a little bit of wood character as well, interesting nose for an amber.
Taste has a little more citrus than the nose, with some oranges and white grapefruit up front giving way to the caramel malts, bread and hints of sweet fruit. Lightly bitter finish, roasty.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for an amber and really creamy with strong carbonation.
This is an excellent amber, one of the better ones I've had lately with a nice balance of sweetness and hops with that distinctive CCB woody character. Good stuff.
07-09-2011 03:39:55 | More by gford217
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
On tap at the brewpub. From notes.
A - Dark gold/copper sorta colour with a one finger beige head. Bright. Great long drapes of lace and a one finger retention.
S - Bready, lot's of citrus, juicy, nice.
T - Lot's of citrus, good malt backbone, juicy, pineapple.
M - Good carbonation, full body, nice bitterness.
O/D - A nice strong, hoppy red. Drinkable and flavourful. Enjoyed the amped up balance. Good stuff.
04-21-2013 11:23:01 | More by tbeckett
4.08/5 rDev -1.2%
A- Poured into a CCB glass. Pours a dark reddish color with an off- white head.
S- The aroma is malt, hints of caramel and a lot of fresh leafy hops.
T- The taste has some malt up front with a good dose of bitterness from the hops in the finish along with a hint of alcohol coming through as well.
M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
O- Overall, this is a very solid red that is very drinkable. Another great beer from Cigar City that I will definitely purchase again from time to time.
04-04-2012 03:12:00 | More by cjgator3
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
This bottle was courtesy of BrewerB in a recent box, thanks Brian! I'm a really big fan of Cigary City so I didn't expect to get some CC from San Fran haha. I even tend to like their beers that are styles that I'm not fond of. This is one of those styles that I'm not too fond of.
This beer pours a cherried wood in color, medium in body, with an off white lacing around my snifter. It smells of light and piny hops, some cherry, and clean malts. I definitely didn't expect it to be this hoppy. It's simple yet really nice. The flavor too is pretty simple but overly effect. It features flavors of slightly sweet malts and really clean, and not overly sticky bitter hops. It's just really approachable and easy to drink. For an amber, it's pretty stellar. Never would I have imagined this beer to be so hoppy. Yet again, another great beer from Cigar City.
10-05-2011 03:12:23 | More by aasher
Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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