Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 213
Hads: 1,271
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 25.67%
Wants: 178
Gots: 167 | FT: 13
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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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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Great Lakes stemmed pint glass on 8/9/11.
*From notes

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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Currently the #3 American Amber/Red Ale.

I grabbed this one from the brewery in Tampa and split with my pal Huzuhbendah.

A: Dark red, ruby, and totally looks like beet juice. Fairly cloudy, with a finger or so fluffy off-red(?) head that had major retention.

S: Hoppy red velvet cake and then some. Fruity for sure, and with a substantial amount of yummy yeast mixed in.

T: Bitter, but in a candy-like sort of way. It tasted like a melted Astro-Pop (you remember those right? Huhzuhbenah didn't), but with a hugely bitter kick on the back end. Very hop forward overall... more so than most Cigar City beers I've tried.

M: Bitter lingering, but in a good way. Creamy, but still very deadly in the hop realm.

O: You'd have to have a magnifying glass to detect any sort of Cigar City taste profile on this one, but it's still fantastic nonetheless!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy brownish red with a light tan foamy head. lots of active carbonation.

smells extra piney and hoppy, with a bit of burnt orange zest in the nose. very earth as well, smells almost like an ipa, more than a red ale.

tastey and sweet with a piney aftertaste. less citrussy than in the nose, however, there is a light bit of almost melon flavor. earthy and dry in the finish. also has the trademark cigar city funk that all there beers seem to have. also I may be detecting a hint of cedar.

mouthfeel is creamy and dry with some prickly carbonation and a very light body.

this is a very drinkable beer, not to heavy, very flavorful but not overpowering. also just different enough to be interesting. num num.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of adam42381
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Pours a deep red-amber color with ruby highlights and a 2-3 finger frothy pale tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Pineapple, coconut and pine with a touch of sweet malt. Smells a lot like their White Oak Aged Jai Alai.

Taste: Pine and bitter citrus up front followed by a hint of toasted malt in the middle before ending with another round of bitter hops at the finish. There are undertones of sweet citrus and coconut throughout. Aftertaste is bitter with just a light amount of sweetness that really balances it out. The aftertaste really lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. The hop oils are very sticky and really coat the palate.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. I wish they offered this in 4 or 6 packs.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. Not your typical American Amber/Red Ale since it is so hoppy, but the category isn't too precisely defined in the first place. I would rank this among the best Cigar City beers that I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up at Connecticut Ave in DC. So happy that this is finally out in bottles, as I've been looking for it ever since it was first released. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a dark blood-amber color with a two-finger off-white head and quite a bit of sticky lacing on the way down. Thin cap throughout. The nose carries a really nice burst of fresh citrus and pine with slight tropical notes. Underneath that is a bit of caramelized sugar and bready sweetness. Really quite nice and nails the description for a hoppy amber.

The flavor falls back a bit from there, as the hop flavor isn't as prevalent as the nose would lead you to believe. However, there are certainly still plenty of hops. Nice brown sugar and caramel sweetness plus backing malt. Medium body that is fairly chewy and has a bitter finish that is slightly dry. Good carbonation. Really, really solid effort all around. Well worth the wait.

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Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

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.

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Photo of claspada
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of CoastieSimon
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a delicious brew from Cigar City! The smell of this beer is amazing citrusy, and kind of like a cotton candy smell mixed together. The taste was excellent, a malty IPA with a bunch of flavors but the caramel flavor is very prominent. The mouthfeel again is great. Overall one of the best brews I have tried as of late, easy drinker to!

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Photo of Kshock
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris for the Cigar City love

A- Ruby red color, with a little chilled haze. Little to no lacing or head retention.

S- Smells of malt sweetness with some earthy hops and a hint of spice. Mellow aroma, but everything it needs to be.

T- Malt sweetness with some spicy character, then finished by a mild hop flavor. Nice beer, nothing is over barring or outlandish.

M- Nice and soft, with a little abrasive carbonation on the back end.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep garnet with nice clarity and a sexy frothy khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Nose has slightly roasted caramel malts, nice floral hops along with some citrus pith and some grassy hay. Nice full mouthfeel though could use a touch more carbonation - refreshing and a nice food beer. The taste mirrors the nose though i deducted points for a slight aspirin astringency. Very nicely done beer and my favorite so far from ccb, though i am still sitting on my bigger bottles from them.

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Photo of babaracas
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy red-tinted dark orange with two fingers of dense cream colored foam, settles very slowly to a thin cap. Sheet of delicate lace left down the glass. Smell: caramel and toasted grain base with a dose of pineapple. Citrus rind and a soft note of tropical fruit along as well. Taste: caramel, mildly toasty, sugared tropical fruit, blam of white grapefruit, earthiness, and a note of alcohol. Medium bodied with exceptionally creamy feel. Liked this on tap last year, love it in the bottle now. 6 packs, please. And, whoa, is this a bottling stamp from CCB? May 15 11 stamped in white on the side of the label.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy reddish brown with a smallish head that dissipated rather uickly to a thin film. Little lace expected but some clings rather tenaciously for a long while.
Smell is hoppy with citrus and a faint malt in the background.
Taste is along those lines in that hops predominates with a slight citrus note and some malt following in the distance though it is more noticeable in the aftertaste as the hops fades.
Nearly full in body, this brew has good carbonation, tangy upfront with a fairly quick fade. A citrusy hop note lingers longest, even surpassing the malt. Some warming occurs late. Another good beer from CCB.

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Photo of shand
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the CCB taproom.

Pours a copper color with a nice head that retains well and leaves nice chunky lacing down the glass. The smell is absolutely amazing. Like sticking your nose into a bag of hops. There's just a bit of malt in the back of the nose. The taste here is a hop-head's dream. Nice citrus and tropical hops are really front and center here. The malts are just a supporting role, this is a superlative hop-forward brew that drinks closer to an IPA.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, if fairly unremarkable. The drinkability is absolutely stellar. This is an absolutely phenomenal brew, and I'm looking forward to the bottles they made yesterday so I can bring this bad boy home and drink it every night.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy red, the caramel malt is very much in the secondary. Light red colour, very lacey, with minimum head. Big hops, some caramel.
On tap at the brewery. Meets the style, popular locally, fresh. Hoppy aroma, good drinkabilty,
Had agin on bottle and was very interesting, citrus hoppy, piney, with malt balance.So drinkable.Big head.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-apricot colored with a thick cream colored head that has good lacing

S-well it also smells like apricot, fresh apricot. some spices and caramel. and a lot of citrusy hops. this is a complex smelling beer.

T-this is amazing. comes in with smooth apricot, hops, and caramel with a tinge of bitterness. the after-taste is a long lasting bitterness along with what reminds me of rye. has a certain amount of spice to it as well.

M-medium and creamy carbonation with a creamy bitter finish.

O-becomes less complex but still stays great. i want them to bottle this. people will love this. i could drink this all night long. i find it to be MUCH better that nugget nectar.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the CCB tasting room. Served in a pint glass. Thanks to Tim for brewing this up.

A: Deep amber color. Nice finger of off white head recedes to a thin rim and leaves some sheets of lace.

A: Sweet caramel and hops. Big time grass and pine followed by the sweetness from the malts.

T: Sweet, hoppy, goodness. Notes of pine sap and grass with caramel and vanilla. The beer finishes dry with a very aperant alcohol heat.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Very drinkable. The hops and malt bill is balanced nicely. A little too much alcohol comes through, which is this brew's only downfall. I wish they would've filled me a growler of this. Skal.

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Photo of aepb1
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

notes from phone, on tap at Tipples

A- Copper body with a foamy white head that stays forever

S- Nice malty red ale characteristics wtih a citrusy hop nose underneath, intriguing

T- Malty foretaste and moves into a nice fresh hop bitterness finish. A good balance.

M- Medium body and decent carbonation and the alcohol is hidden well

D- Nice red and intriguing with the fresh hops. Enough intrigue to get me to return to this one.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from the CCB taproom on 12/13/10.

Pours a strawberry copper color in which I can see through. The best part of the pour is the amazing head. I am 20min into this beer and there is still a white foam head covering the top of the brew. The lacing is tremendous really sticking to the glass.

If you handed this to me, I would think it was an IPA from the scent. Pleasant malts holding up banana, pine, lemon, and apple hoppy notes.

This is malt forward in the beginning and provide a tobacco undertone. Next comes plenty of hops with are slightly tropical but mellowed by the tobacco bitterness. The end provides some candy malt sweetness.

Medium in the mouth, nothing exciting but nothing detrimental.

This is very drinkable and very enjoyable. Definitely one of the best reds/ambers I've had. It drinks like a hoppy pale ale.

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Photo of TheTippler
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber coppery color. Pours a thin head that dissipates to nothing quickly. Quite bitter and hoppy in the mouth, but its very smooth about it. Light malt and resin flavors that are very pleasant. There is a nice tartness and a bit of dryness on the finish.

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Photo of Ben505
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've actually had this twice, once on tap at World of Beer on Brude B Downs and once when I got a growler from the brewery. Interestingly, the two batches tasted a little different, with the second batch seeming even hoppier than the first.

Appearance is a great copper/red color with a nice head that does its job leaving a nice lace down the glass as you drink.

Smell was pleasant and somewhat as expected with lovely citrus hops coming through while still giving off the nice malt you would expect from a red ale.

Taste was absolutely fantastic. I'm not the best at describing this stuff, but it really is a great red ale with the added twist & uniqueness of having a strong hoppy flavor. As I said, the most recent batch was to me (as well as a friend who has had it many, many times) even hoppier than the first. I'm a hophead so this was a welcome surprise!

As others have said, it is very easy to drink and the alcohol really doesn't come through at all.

Just an outstanding beer, very similar to Terrapin's Big Hoppy Monster (which you should try if you like Tocobaga). I can't wait for them to start bottling it, I heard the newest batch was going to be bottled in 750ml sizes...not sure if its been done yet or not.

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Photo of bernardus1212
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler for the holidays. Poured in to a CCB snifter.

Darker shade of Ruby Red. Fizzy white head. Stuck to glass nicely. Very clear.

Lots of Astringent citrus hops up front Then the quintsential "red" malts and a balance of sweet ness.

Taste wise its very similar to SN Celebration. Except I like this even better because of the fresh hops. Great bittersweet hop to malt ratio.

I wish this would be a year rounder for them.

Only problem was the gas from the growler filled me up quick. So I only had 2 glasses. Everyone else finished it off. IF you can get it, Get it!

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Photo of BigBlacke
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the brewery. Tocobaga has a nice 1inch head that slowly dissipates down to leave a nice sticky ring atop its orange/amber body. Smells of sweet malt, lemon, and citrusy hops. Taste is just as inviting a smell. Slight sweetness with a wide hop variety. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp with just the right amount of carbonation. My all time favorite red. Appeals more to the hop head!

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Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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