Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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4.19/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a murky copper color with hints of red and brown all over; hazy and cloudy with little tiny bits of sediment floating from bottom to top and back. Beige head forms, very foamy with large bubbles; settles quick and leaves some lacing behind. Aroma is wonderful, full of wet hops, floral, piney, and ashy; caramel malt distinguishable in the backbone with a touch of fruity sweetness. The palate picks up a slight ashy and white pepper character from the hops, alongside the slightly floral and piney tones, just a slight bit of resin. Nice bitter bite, but not overpowering or harsh. Oranges, vague grapefruit rind, and citrus take over midway through and cut through the bitterness of the hops bit by bit. Caramel and toffee accents come alive a little more upon warming up thanks to the malts used. Finish is slightly bitter with some citrus notes and a touch of caramel and yeast. Medium body, medium-high carbonation.
Very impressed, a high quality red ale and also my first ever brew from Cigar City. After tasting this, it's needless to say that I'll be trying to get my hands on more.
01-02-2013 12:26:35 | More by tectactoe
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured a auburn colored body with good head on top of a classic amber ale smell of sharp, citric hops and some distinct caramel malt with some breadiness even. Hops are very prevelant in the taste and balance well with the sweet caramel malt. A hoppy, dry, crisp beer in a light-to-medium body that then picks up a little sweetness and finishes with a snappy finish that leaves you wanting for more. A great example of a red ale that is not too sweet or watery and overhopped and quite enjoyable.
03-29-2013 18:33:32 | More by clayrock81
3.38/5 rDev -18.2%
Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a nice slightly hazy reddish amber with a one finger white blanket head that fades to leave a thin, creamy blanket.
S - Perhaps this is a bit on the old side. Getting alot of malt sweetness and honey with this along with dank, cardboard hops. Yeah...eh.
T - Again, yeah, wheres the hops? More of the caramel and malt sweetness. There is some faint, older hops. Its not too bad, but well, I've had better red ales.
M - Mouthfeel Is not that bad for a red ale, alcohol is a bit noticeable. Nice light bitter finish that plays off the caramel sweetness.
O - Overall this isnt a bad beer, I just think it was perhaps not super fresh. All the players are there for this to be a solid brew, they just didnt step up for me.
07-12-2012 18:13:34 | More by rudzud
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
Thanks to moose3285 for yet another bottle of Cigar City, as I wind my way slowly through their entire bottle population. Mostly thanks to the mooseguy. I like moose. I've seen a few out of a canoe. They're big enough to be scary & intimidating. The animal, not moose3285. 750 ML bottle poured into a pair of pint glasses.
Pour is red squirrel amber, deep, vibrant, but quieter. An uncouth pour results in an overabundance of head in the first glass; more caution is exercised for the second. Smell is typical sweet malts, but cut nicely with citrus; but the smell vanishes quickly. Odd.
Tocobaga Red Ale is deep into the red. The malts are beautiful, racing from sweetly smiling to slightly toasted to caramel. Citrusy hops are mild, sensed more in the nose & aftertaste than the foreground. Underlying earthiness doesn't detract, but adds a nice layer. Crisp for a red, & as my wife put it, 'chuggable'. 750ML of this red wouldn't be hard to sip through a crazy straw.
One of the best straight-up reds I've had, this brew has a fantastic layering & depth that's lacking in the majority of the style. Excellent beer.
11-03-2011 02:29:24 | More by maximum12
4.13/5 rDev 0%
Tim's Creation and it is a good one.
A: Pours a nice amber hue with a solid off white head. Good retention and some nice chunky lace.
S: Wonderful sweet yet hoppy. Lots of caramel and toffee. Bold citrus hops with lots of earthy goodness.
T: The sweet candy malts are there up front. The back end is all about the hops though. Very aggressive without being over done. Bold citrus with strong grassy notes.
M: Medium in body, smooth, a bit dry in the finish.
D: Good Really like this one. Look forward to it's cousin...the lager version.
09-15-2010 23:32:51 | More by tpd975
3.95/5 rDev -4.4%
A-Pours a brownish/red color. Head is creamy and lightly tan. Head hangs around for a while. Head laces well too.
S-A nice balanced mixture of caramel sweetness and juicy hops. Hops also show up as light pine and florals. The sweetness is stronger than I expected it to be. Smells very balanced.
T-Like the nose. Balance. I wanted this to display more hoppy assertiveness. It still tastes very nice but the malt to hop ratio is too close to 1 for me. Caramel glazed muffins and floral hops.
M-A bit creamy with a round feel. Has some nice body to it. Carbonation is rather light. Feels good.
O/D-Really ecstatic to be able to try this brew. Unfortunately I was a bit let down. Perhaps this was a bit old. Not as hoppy as I was expecting. The beer in its current state was tasty and balanced but I wanted more from this brew. Could be more dynamic. I will search this one out again and make sure its fresh and compare. Score will be edited accordingly.
07-23-2012 23:22:59 | More by VelvetExtract
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
A: pours a mostly clear red-copper color with a thick creamy head that has solid retention.
S: smells very hoppy, drowning out just about all the malt on this. Fresh pine sap and a bit of citrus with sweetness.
T: tastes pretty amazing. It's very pine-like, but then has some subtle citrus and sweetness followed by bitterness.
M: medium body, but feels lighter with the fluffy carbonation expanding the beer in my mouth. Not a harsh carbonation at all. Very nice.
O: very nice beer - one of the best in the category. Picked it up (last one) for $10 for a 6-pack at Ward's. Happy to see it there. I've had it on tap before and it
12-06-2011 01:03:36 | More by Holland
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
Bottle dated 8/23/11
A - Pours a clear deep red/amber with almost two fingers of off-white head. Head has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.
S - Some caramel, a bit of sugar and some dark fruits. Also a nice hop presence.
T -- Taste is opposite of smell, with a big hop presence up front, mostly citrus. All the other components of the smell are present in the taste, but play a supporting role. Very tasty.
M -- Medium mouthfeel. A bit oily. Finishes somewhat bitter and dry.
O - I like hoppy amber ales, and this is one of the best I've had. Would definitely get this again.
10-12-2011 02:45:29 | More by warnerry
Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 982 ratings.