Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Tocobaga Red AleTocobaga Red Ale

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Reviews: 208
Hads: 1,247
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 3.13%
Wants: 174
Gots: 154 | FT: 12
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 09-15-2010

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
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Reviews: 208 | Hads: 1,247
Photo of DIPA10
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well done, CC. This a hoppier red ale, not especially typical of the style, though perhaps my favorite of the Reds I've had. Good balance with a bit of malty sweetness as well. I've seen a few people taste it for the first time and open their eyes wide with a "wow." (266 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a tulip

A. Pours a dark amber color with a two finger khaki head. Reminds me of being warm in autumn.

S. Nice malt character with some pine and a slight amount of citrus.

T. Really nice. It has a biscuit major and brown sugar sweetness with a touch of autumn fruit like pear. Nice amount of bitterness for a red ale with nice piney aftertaste. Hitting some nice notes and is layered with flavor.

M. A medium bodied ale with medium carbonation. Wrote refreshing.

O. I was surprised by this. It doesn't strike me as a typical English red ale. It's quite layered with some complexity and nice carbonation. Has done fruit elements and a decent bitterness that play very well with the major sweetnees. Was quite satisfied and would defiantly drink again. Versitile with good food pairing ranging from apple pie to a nice pot roast. Liking this beer. (873 characters)

Photo of EFitzsimmons
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not usually a huge red fan, but this has to be one of my tops if not the top Red. I am impressed so far by Cigar City Brewing and look forward to having their other beers.

Darkish amber color, with a great dirty head to it that foams up extra after the end of the pour and stays with the beer throughout drinking it.

The smell is good, but it's not something that really jumps out and says drink me. It's faint, but intriguing. You smell the hops, the citrus, and you can tell you are in for a full beer. (7.2 abv)

Taste is great, starts off with a smooth woody/wheat flavor to me, then transitions into a clean bitterness, then it gets a citrus slightly sweet flavor, finishing with a long dry finish that stays with you and makes you want to drink more.

Enjoy. I know I'll be having more. (798 characters)

Photo of jkrich
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

This is a good example of not judging a beer solely by its pour; this ale is not the most pleasant to view. This ale poured a murky brown with lots of sizable sediment floating in the glass. When held up to the light, there are some hints of red. On a more positive note, the off white head was very foamy and sustained with nice lacing.

And now for the positive: the aroma was fresh, fruity with very nice hops wafting from the can.

The flavor is rather complex with a nice and solid malt background that gives the ale a slightly chewy taste and feel. However, this is no cloying mess as the zesty hops give a flavorful fruity taste. By fruity, I mean the dark, mellow fruits - not the citrus variety. In fact, I am reminded of figs and plum when sipping this ale.

The mild carbonation and long, semisweet mouth feel only add to an excellent drinking experience.

This is one of my top "amber" or "red" ales, and I have tried quite a few. After the initial pour, this is one solid and dangerously drinkable ale. You would never know this ale is 7.2 ABV. (1,064 characters)

Photo of pagriley
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

12oz can a few weeks old - received as an extra in a trade

A- pours a murky, cloudy reddish mud color - not the best start, but a good head with heavy lacing
S- Citrus hops with a hint of stone fruit sweetness
T- Smooth malt with a kick of hops. Not sure but there is a slightly unusual almost metallic edge to the aftertaste bitterness. Not my favorite
M - decent body, but not noteworthy.

Overall not entirely sold on this. It is good, and I am glad i tried it, but a harshness to the hop profile wasn't my favorite. (524 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter.

Pours a clear deep amber body with a 2 finger whie head that reduces to leave a ring of foam and some blotchy lacing

Smell is hoppy, floral, piney, sitting on a light malt backbone. Upfront I get semisweet caramel and toffee, followed by floral and piney notes finished with a slightly roasty, resinous aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation.

I really liked this one - nothing huge but definitely drinkable and tasty. Wish I had constant access to it! (497 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very ruddy red ale, with hints of orange in the pour that overweigh the browns, this is a sugary—near syrupy— red that nonetheless is well-composed enough to escape any miring, in its thickness; instead it even offers limited, though by no means leaden, refreshment via its boozy, well-bittered flavor-profile. It is, foremost, definitely a sticky-ass beer; nonetheless, it boasts decent complexity, and does a very nice job finishing, hitting the hoppy acids hard and late on the tongue. Aromatic oils have been mostly boiled-out, however, so the nose possesses a distinct malt-winey nose that's a bit heavier, even, than most of the other good deep-reds I've tried; any retention of citric or floral oils is expressed through the aforementioned “stickiness,” which is much sappier, woodier, or otherwise more vegetal than a drinker might expect, even from a big red like this. Overall, it works, but it's nonetheless less flexible or for-all-seasons than most entrants in my red-ale wheelhouse; I believe it is, in large part, a function of this being a very straight-up red: not especially or aggressively hoppy, seemingly without any late-stage or dry hopping to add any fresh-hopped notes, and not hedging at all with an adjunct element like rye to add spiciness or crunch to the big-body of the swirly-thick malts. Still, it's good, and certainly fairly fecund—which I guess is the intellectual link between the beer, its name, and the premising patter printed on the side of the can. (1,507 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a shaker pint. Pours amber in color. A bit hazy. Thin white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Smell is mainly citrus. A lot of orange juice and some mango. A bit of caramel. Taste follows the nose. A nice breadiness in there, although the malty sweetness is a tad overwhelming. Very sharp bitterness. It could be a bit harsh and lingers for a little while. Mouthfeel is pretty good, if a little thick. Overall a very good amber. The hop profile is very similar to Jai Alai, but maybe less on the tropical fruit side. It reminds me of a tamer version of Arrogant Bastard. (593 characters)

Photo of StutterHead
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Had this at the tasting room. Took a couple six packs with me back to California. Great aroma with balanced hop profile all the way through and a malty backbone that isn't too sweet. (182 characters)

Photo of skateclutch
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass. Canned on 8/15/14

Appearance - deep amber color with a small creamy white head.

Smell - citrus hops. Grapefruit smell is very forward. Slight hint of caramel malt.

Tastes - follows the nose very well. Lots of citrus hops upfront with a nice taste of grapefruit and orange flavors. The malt flavor balances it out very well with a slighty bready taste.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied beer with slight carbonation. ending is very dry.

Overall - a very good brew by ccb. Definitely one I always love picking up. (561 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%

Canned 8/15/14. Made in Tampa.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with strong citrus zest and herbal hop qualities all around.

Serving type: can. (623 characters)

Photo of RockinRich
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Had it in a can (which is beautiful; one of Cigar City's better designs, imho, by Eric Swanson). Poured with a nice head; beautiful amber color.

Maybe it's me, but if I had no preconceived notions and drank this blindfolded, I might at first think it was an IPA, so present is its initial hoppiness. Nose is piney and the citrus and pineapple notes are present but not sharp or bitter. Very smooth mouth feel with a malty finish
Quite drinkable. One of Cigar City's best — which is saying a lot! (498 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange brown and red with only a tint of haze, no carbonation. 3 fingers of orange cream head. A little crusty lacing.

S: Big citrus piney fresheness pops out of the can on opening without even lifting it to my nose. Orange candy, malt, red pepper.

T: Orange candy, pine, sweet, citrus, spicy like orange peel and mulling spices. In spite of the big freshness of hop character, not a huge bitterness. Emphasis seems to be on the finishing hops which keep the freshness.

M: Medium, slightly resinous, lightly syrupy body with little carbonation.

O: Excellent, definitely one of my favourites in this style. Will give it 9 out of 10. Bought in Lakeland, FL, drank in Kansas City, MO, August 10th, 2014. (707 characters)

Photo of JayBrewsBeer
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep crimson with hop aromas that explode from the can. Mouth-feel is full with an intense, yet pleasant malt backbone. Notes of sweet citrus linger long after the finish. Mild to moderate alcohol warming with a lingering sweet finish. Review is from a can purchased at Cigar City Brewing approximately two weeks after canning (3/14/14) consumed on 8/8/14. (364 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can received as an extra from respected BA trader KRG. Date on bottom of can 7/8/2014.

Amber/ruby, clear elixir poured into SA perfect pint glass. Huge 2-finger head with remaining half inch of foam as the tasting progresses. Thick lacing from top to bottom.

Big caramel and sweet citrus up front, spice, earth and bready malt round out the complex aromas.

A real nice, smooth hop bitterness carries this brew with notes of citrus, sweet malt and caramel.

Medium body, smooth, alcohol hidden.

A real nice red ale. It was better when the first batches rolled off the line, with an accent on the hops and the malt taking a backseat. This one is much more balanced, which to this hop head, is not an improvement. Still solid and a nice representation of the style. (772 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/8/14, poured into a pint

A- pours a deep amber color with a small creamy white head that reduces to a small ring around the glass, good clarity

S- Citrusy hop aromas with an emphasis on grapefruit zest, earthy & leafy, caramel malt & fresh sweet bread. Fresh hop aroma really sticks out

T- citrusy hop flavors with more grapefruit zest coming through, and some orange peel. Fresh leafy notes lead to sweet caramel maltiness with doughy beady sweetness, the finish is bone dry, but lingers of citrusy hop

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth & velvety dry finish

O- this is an outstanding amber ale, the fresh citrusy hops are balanced tremendously with a sweet caramel malt backbone. If this were regularly available to me, it would be a staple in my rotation (809 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"The Tocobaga lived off the bounty of Tampa Bay hundreds of years before the arrival of the Spanish in the 1500's. They were potters, tool makers and the only Florida natives to grow maize. The large platform mounds they built are still with us today, with one of the largest found near Old Tampa Bay in Safety Harbor, Florida. Climb to the top, and with a little imagination you can see Tampa Bay as they did." Brewed in the style of an American Red Ale. A year-round, Florida exclusive release. Available in 12 oz. can 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a pint glass. Served above 61º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy brown-tinged white head over a maple amber body. Sediment is plentiful and varies from specks to chunks in the brew. Little to no carbonation is visible. Retention is above average. Lacing is light and streaked. 4

(Smell) Bready, biscuity malts with a medium perceived sweetness pair with a barrage of spicy, tropical fruity and mildly piney hops. Moderate bitterness, well balanced and inviting aroma. Potency is medium-high. 4.25

(Taste) Bready caramel malts with a touch of spicy grain character and a pinch of tropical fruit, finishing with a lingering wave of peppery and resinous hops amidst a bed of lightly toasted malt. Bitterness is moderate, right in tune with the sweetness of the beer. Quite tasty despite a lacking of the significantly bright hops in the flavor. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is chewy, smooth, clean. Carbonation is very modest, generating a soft, meager mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is spot on, just enough sweetness with bitterness to match. Alcohol presence is low, off characters are minimal. 3.75

(Overall) An impressive Red Ale that does a nice job in balancing hops and malt while keeping things relatively clean. Although the hop flavor was mildly tempered in comparison to the aroma, it's a very drinkable ale, and one of the cleanest, most drinkable Red Ales I've had the opportunity to consume. Floridians are very fortunate to have this as a state exclusive. 4

Cigar City Brewing's
Tocobaga Red Ale
4.03/5.00 (2,132 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/02/2014

Pours an effervescent, orange/copper with 2 fingers of tan head. Sheets of lacing & stellar head retention

S: Breadyness, caramel, pineapple & grapefruit, orange peels, biscuitty malt

T: Pineapple, slight breadyness, mangoes, toasty & caramel. Oranges, pineapple & grapefruit, plus a little toastyness/biscuitty malt as this warms, some dryness.. Finishes dry, with biscuitty malt, grapefruit & pineapple & a touch of woody hops

MF: Medium bodied/chewy, slight carbonation. Great balance

A well put together beer, this may be my favorite CCB beer, mind you I haven't had many of their whales, drinks so easy (631 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Dense thick foam capped a hazy copper hue. The lacing was thick and sticky.

Obviously this Red Ale is immensely hopped as I catch tons of fruit on the nose. Oranges, lemon, and tangerines with a bit of caramel malt.

I taste oranges, lemon and tangerines but also get raspberries. Some bitter hop pine, comes near the finish. The body is laced with caramel malts and subtle residual sweetness.

The feel is a bit bitter slightly astringent and sort of full. A bit of carbonated bite eats at the palate.

This is a fully hopped ale with tons of complexity and lots of flavor. (575 characters)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from Florida with a date of 2/18/14

A - Pours out a cloudy light red with a bunch of hop sediment flouting around. Has a two finger frothy off yellowish off white head. Well carbonated.

S - Hops come through on the nose with a piney citrus follow with a bready sweet maltiness and some earthyness.

T - Sweet malt breadiness, caramel, followed by the piny citrus earthyness that drys out. Balanced from malts to hops and pretty smooth and enjoyable.

M - Medium to full bodied smooth with nice carbonation. Dry on the mouth leaving you wanting more.

O - Very enjoyable red ale that is balance with pronounce malt and hop profiles. Not a beginner beer for a red ale coming in at over 7 % abv. (703 characters)

Photo of Beer4B
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: I've mostly been on a hop kick with IPAs & DIPAs.

However, this was an excellent red ale. Fantastic smell and with great mouth feel and taste.

Found a 6-er of this 3 days old and figured I would finally try it...glad I did.

A refreshing ale and a good benchmark for this style, though I'm not that prevalent in this style currently. (348 characters)

Photo of lochef81
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Let me start by saying that cigar city should please come to Michigan. This ale pours a handsome amber red color With a generous frothy white head that lasts throughout the pour. It leaves a decent amount of lacing. The nose is balanced with a tremendous amount of hops and a very nice amount of malt. It is sweet but bitter all at once. The body is medium in nature with a lot of coating of hoppy resin and sweet malts. The flavor begins with an ipas generosity of hops followed by the sweet balance of roasty malts. This is a delicious ale with an almost unheard of amount of balance. Thus is a greatly crafted ale from a brewer that is quickly impressing me more and more. (675 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice extra in a recent trade. Poured from 12 oz can into tulip glass.

A: Ruby tinted brown with a generous 3 finger fluffy white head that left some nice chunky lacing.

S: Resiny hops, oranges, caramel.

T: A nice balance of citrus notes with bitterness from the hops. A bit of sweetness creeps in at the last minute.

M: Medium body with a good level of carbonation. Easy drinking brew.

O: This a nicely balanced red ale. Would be a nice one to have 6 or 12 on the boat for a nice day of fishing... (504 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this can into a snifter. Bottled Dec. 2013.

A glowing and opaque maple-amber body suspends a decent amount of sediment within it. The tawny cap swells to two-fingers in width, bubbles sitting on the surface. Great retention, the beer leaves behind a soild wall of sheet lace with burst bubbles.

Aromas of resiny hops, oranges, slight bready malt, and a bit of esters climb out of the glass. The bouquet could pack a bigger punch, still great!

The palate remains about the same as the nose. A bigger note of earthiness joins the citrus-y and resin-y hops and rides throughout the taste of this red ale. The front of the drink to mid-palate focuses on the subtle citrus fruit and estery notes, while the back of the throat and finish hits with resin, earthiness, and a peppery herbalness. All these coalescing flavors are quite enjoyable!

Tocobaga is very creamy, almost syrupy, with a watery expression over the tongue, more dry than crisp.

Tocobaga drinks ridiculously easy, smells good, and tastes great. I could do with more citrus notes on the palate, and a more explosive nose. Man, this beer is fun and easy to drink! (1,134 characters)

Photo of dwillia90
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clean pour with a beautiful amber color .Small head yet unexpectedly powerful hoppy aroma for a red ale. Excellent taste, starting with a citrusy hop flavor and nice malt finish. Finished the glass with the bitter hoppy flavor pleasantly lingering on my palate. Overall a very easy to drink beer in spite of its decent ABV. Would definitely drink again. (353 characters)

Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.