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Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 927
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 140
Gots: 83 | 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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11-29-2012 03:39:51 | More by duceswild
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-26-2012 15:10:29 | More by chubby2u
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-25-2012 02:28:43 | More by Keith_R
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-24-2012 18:30:25 | More by rev3rb
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

11-21-2012 05:38:07 | More by kirbmeist
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

11-21-2012 00:50:18 | More by JohnBender
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +15%

11-18-2012 01:53:48 | More by mcsauter82
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-17-2012 17:52:24 | More by thebigredone
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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

11-16-2012 05:34:00 | More by chippo33
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

11-14-2012 17:07:22 | More by Ketelswan
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, body is a hazy reddish brown. Poured easily to make a 1 inch head, quickly dissipates into a film and ring leaving curtains of light sticky lacing.

Smells malty sweet, caramel sugar, and fruity, citrus and maybe some passionfruit.

Tastes of sweet, toasted bready malt, caramel, a little milk chocolate, citrus hops. Just a touch of bitterness and citrus peel, especially in the dry finish. Quite tasty, well balanced between malts and hops.

Body is medium and carbonation is light. Tends to go flat.

Overall, a delicious beer that is a surprisingly good red ale, pleasant to drink and has a nice long bitter aftertaste. One of the better of the CCB beers I have tried thus far.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 05:32:02 | More by Beerenauslese
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3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. Bottling date appears to be 10.7.12.

Look- Three solid fingers of loose toasted coconut head that settles to an inch and a half of silky foam.. Amber-brown, serious haze. Sparse lacing. By the end of the pint, I've got about an eighth inch of sediment in the bottom of my glass.

Aroma- Immediate blast of citrus-pineapple-fir tree. Grapefruity as it warms. Background of graham cracker, moderately sweet. Pretty nice.

Taste- Similar to the aroma, a nearly indecent amount of hop flavor. Not overly bitter, but it's got some bite. Mango-pear-melon with some pine that fades into a grassier flavor. Malt never makes much of a showing, but what's there reminds me of toasted rye bread and maple.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, Carbonation has a sharp edge. Granular, silty feel. Clean, but cottony finish. One's enough.

Overall- Alright, aroma and flavor certainly average to above average. The rest, however, is a bit of a mess and really reminds me of a couple mediocre batches of homebrew I've had (and sometimes brewed) in the past. I'd bet it's better on tap, but a bottle's what I've got.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 04:35:30 | More by Lawl3ss
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is deep amber, almost a reddish copper in color; there's a small head with consistent lacing present; it smells crisp with clear hints of hops up front; subtly grapefruit-y and citrus-y; very well-balanced 'red'; pleasant hop flavor w/o being too overwhelming; some additional notes of sweet fruit, like a pineapple or kiwi...muted, but present; very smooth and almost a silky mouthfeel; a little dry bite on the backend coming from the red ale side of this beer; overall, very quality and completely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 00:45:08 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-11-2012 00:08:32 | More by 2GOOFY
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold in a shaker pint at Hops & Pie in Denver.

Tocobaga is a beautiful hazy red color with a thin layer of tight creamy head.

Aroma immediately lets you know that this is going to be a hoppy red. Citrusy, piney, and a little bit malty sweet.

Flavor is really something special. It's such a great balance of malty red ale and big hop flavor. It doesn't knock you out with bitterness but gives you lots of hop goodness.

Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth and easy drinking for a strong hoppy beer.

Overall this is such an amazing beer. Flavor and mouthfeel are spot on. I've always wondered if Cigar City beers were overrated but, if this is anything to go by, they've earned their hype.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2012 19:56:43 | More by GilGarp
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of October 18, 2012 printed in fuzzy, hard-to-read, red ink near the top of the label, toward the back side (“18 OCT – 12,” I think). So, that makes this bottle two days under three weeks old on the date of consumption. I’d say that’s acceptable.

Appearance (4.5): Two full fingers of very light tan head comes off the pour, rocky at first and then more even across the top as it dies down. The body is a surprisingly dark, moderately hazy, garnet-amber color, and very attractive. Makes the beer look quite a bit more sturdy than you might have expected. Some very nice lacing around the top of the glass, a thick ring of tight webbing all around, and fat splotches here and there as it goes down.

Smell (4.0): Citrus, quite clearly, is a prominent character here but it’s hard to pin down: passionfruit, maybe some pineapple, but there’s an oddly hard to place fruity, almost vegetal character going on, like some sweet grapefruit with a dank twang on the back end . . . if that makes any sense at all. There’s a very nice, notably rich and moderately sweet malt character here too, more molasses than caramel.

Taste (4.0): Good dose of sweet citrus, à la pineapple and some orange, again paired with an oddly vegetal (but not oniony unpleasant) twang as it moves into a grapefruit rind bitterness on the back end. The malt is rich and sturdy here, acting as a strong counterpart and balancing the hops well—molasses, pumpernickel bread, some dark brown sugar, more of that rich but not particularly sweet bread character. No alcohol detected at all, in fact it seems like it could be absorbing some that’s been squirreled away in my liver.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Modest carbonation that tingles softly on the way down; the body is medium weight and moderately viscous with just a barely dry finish. Fits the character of the palate well.

Overall (4.0): This winds up being a surprisingly mellow beer, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, it’s plenty hoppy and has a good dose of bitterness but it’s nicely balanced, and doesn’t harass or assault the palate in quite the way Jai Alai can. Also, it seems that the hop profile used in this beer fits the malt body surprisingly well, and in a way that suits the style: the hop profile of Jai Alai would not be as good of a fit for this beer, nor would Tocobaga’s hop profile be as good of a fit for Jai Alai. They’re well-matched. Overall, this is a very solid beer and absolutely worth seeking out if you’re a fan of this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 03:07:18 | More by fmccormi
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 17:35:14 | More by barleywinefiend
Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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