Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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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%
Poured chilled in lager glass
A: dark red, not much head; small carb beads, ok lacing
S: hoppy resiny, sweet, strong
T: very hoppy, dark, and resiny. Complex and perfectly balanced between hops and malt; complex and flavorful
I can think of no red ales that achieve this depth and body
07-21-2012 21:53:11 | More by Arithmeticus
4.8/5 rDev +16.2%
Pour is light amber with a serious soda pop fizzy head. This thing smells like it was just randallized with fresh hops. Super juicy mangoes, apricots, and a hit of pineapple just dominate. I love it! Lots of sticky sweet malt to back what is already sweet. Kind of like a darker Waldo's 420 from Lagunitas. The taste is more bitter and malty than the nose led on, but not in a bad way. It gives the beer some body to back that uber sweetness. Chalky bready malt comes through quite nicely. Theres still a ton of apricots just wanting to take over, but they really just add a very nice balance. Finishes sweet and citric with a hint of alcohol coming very late only to be destroyed by more citric hops.
Nugget Nectar aims to be more of a traditional bitter IPA, this thing goes for a West Coast super tropical fruit Amber. For my taste, this is preferred to the famed NN.
07-20-2012 16:37:17 | More by VncentLIFE
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
4/5 rDev -3.1%
12oz bottle thanks to dolfan54fl. Poured into CCB snifter.
A- Pours an opaque dark nutty/chocolaty slightly reddish brown. Not too much of a head. Average, to slightly below average carbonation.
S- Sweet and malty with aromas of caramel, honey, and some floral notes.
T- Sweet, malty, caramel, honey, definitely sweeter then your average red ale. Finishes with a nice sweet, malty finish.
M- Medium bodied, slightly below average carbonation, finishes smoothly, abv very well hidden.
O- This was another great CCB offering. Not my favorite beer that I've ever had, but fantastic for a red ale. Lots of flavor and easily drinkable. If anything it might be a tiny bit too sweet. Definitely recommended trying.
06-23-2012 02:51:13 | More by jaasen64
3.93/5 rDev -4.8%
Bottle given to me in a trade from raczkowski, thanks again!
Got a bunch of CC goods in this trade, I like the labels a lot on these.
Poured a nice deep red color, amber is the proper word I'm sure. Poured from a real cold temp, still had a good amount of head on it that was good as soon as I got to the page to review this beer.
I love the way red/amber beers look, so this was nice.
Smell: A touch of caramel and a little bit of a "rusty" hop/pine type smell, fun to sniff, makes me think a lot. It smells bitter, for lack of better word.
Taste: I mostly taste the piney hops in this, I don't get too much of the malt until right before the swallow. Nicely bitter, just a touch sweet, really compliments the smell in a good way.
M: Carbonation, sort of filmy rolling around in my mouth. Thin and refreshing.
Overall: Unsure of what my individual ratings will add up to, I want to say this is a treat. The only real thing I have to compare it to in its catagory is Zoe and Nugget Nectar. I'd say its a bit better than Zoe and just a hair behind Nugget Nectar. I feel like the hops really make this beer what it is and when they fade, I'm not sure whats going to be left while a 4-5 month old Nugget Nectar is STILL something special.
In closing, I'm glad I got to try this beer...its my first CC beer and I can't wait to try the other 4-5 I've got here or on my way.
06-20-2012 23:59:23 | More by mwrecording
4.5/5 rDev +9%
A - Hazy brown with a reddish tinge to it, cream colored head that sticks around
S - Citrus hops with some lightly toasted malt, very nice smelling.
T - Wham, citrus hops right off the bat hit you, mostly grapefruit, then mellows to the malt and eventually a bready flavor. Lots of good flavor packed into this beer.
M - Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation, flavor sticks in your mouth for a while, very nice.
O - Beautifully crafted beer. Maybe slightly less hops with a touch more of the bready flavor would have made it epic to my taste buds.
06-20-2012 16:45:54 | More by Jerone
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
A: medium red/brown in color, small head that fades relatively quickly. The lacing is rather thick and well-defined.
S: One of the best beers I have ever smalled. It's layers of flowers and tropical fruits. Intense and aromatic. I know my bottle isn't super fresh either so this is outstanding.
T: Delicious. A tad hoppier than I expected, this red ale is really complex
M: Mouthcoating, hits all of the sensory areas of your mouth. It even has a long finish. Impressive!
Overall one of the best red ales I have ever had. Cheers!
06-19-2012 01:26:20 | More by gothedistance
Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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