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Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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208 Reviews
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Reviews: 208
Hads: 1,248
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 177
Gots: 156 | FT: 13
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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: 1,248
Photo of ThickNStout
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Bottled 11/19/12. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours deep chestnut with a half finger cream head that leaves lace trail where it rests against the glass.

Smells of citrus and floral hops with sugary bread backing it up and sweet berries as it warms.

Taste is a nice balance of sweet bready malts and hops. Toffee, floral, citrus, sweet bread, berries and sugar. Very little alcohol presence.

Slick but almost creamy medium feel with a decent bit of carbonation that rests on the base of the tongue. Berries and hops in the finish.

One of my favorite red ales. My wife rocks for finding me a couple bottles in Florida over her Christmas break. It borders an IPA but the malty notes of toffee and berry help it stand apart. Good stuff here and well worth a try. (785 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 nickfl
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured with a one finger head of off-white foam on top of a dark, copper-brown body with light haze. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - Pungent, fruity hops that are reminiscent of jaialai IPA. Sweet caramel malt and toffee in the background with a hint of resinous pine.

T - Sweet caramel and toasted malt notes up front with some toffee. The hops speak up in the middle with notes of pineapple, mango and solventy pine that all blend well with the caramel. The malt remains moderately sweet and thick through the finish with surging pine and mango hops notes as well as moderate bitterness that would be quite sharp if not for the relatively thick caramel malt.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very nice, the malt and hops are perfectly balanced, especially in the aroma where the fruity notes perfectly compliment the sweetness of the toffee and caramel. The flavor hop characteristics are sharper and push back more against the malt but still leave the beer balanced and drinkable. This is another excellent beer from the boys down in Tampa, and it rivals true west coast red ales such as those from Green Flash and Stone. (1,203 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (592 characters)

Photo of Specialkdb1
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this beer the other day from Italian Market in St. Petersburg and I must say this beer has such a great hoppy taste. It has a very complex yet not bitter finish. Looking forward to trying more beer from Cigar City. If this beer is any indication, I think I might be in for some more pleasant surprises from my local Tampa brewery. I am thinking about heading over this Saturday for the opening of their Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout. Anyways this Red Ale is fantastic and highly recommended!! (499 characters)

Photo of JohnQVD
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark red with a thick, foamy head that dissipates slowly leaving little behind on the glass. Smell is grapefruit with a touch of pine. Taste is caramel and citrus. The finish is dry and bitter with a light, lingering sweetness. Feel is fairly thick and chewy with light, effervescent carbonation.

Overall, this is a very good red ale. It's hoppy, but still with prominent maltiness. (384 characters)

Photo of TheTippler
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of amread4
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a March 2012 timestamp.

A: cloudy burnt red. Almost a tea color. Nice foamy two finger head that quickly fades. Minimal lacing.

S: hops on the nose with little citrus. Little behind thise scents.

T: wow - very smooth with hops everywhere. Very powerful hops for the style. A bit of a bitter aftertaste, but pleasant and not overwhelming.

M: medium bodied and refreshing. Rather high carbonation, but still enjoyable as a session beer.

O: a very complete effort. Complex and enjoyable as a session beer for those who enjoy hops. This will become a staple for me. Another great effort by the folks at CCB. (627 characters)

Photo of MichPaul
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired this in a trade a while back and just hadn't tried it till now. Not too old with a May 3 2012 bottle date.
This pours a very cloudy deep brown color. Mine didn't have much of a head to speak of at all, and no lacing seems to remain on the glass while drinking.
I see some raving about the aroma of this beer, but mine didn't have much too it unfortunately.
The taste made up for the lack of smell. I liked the surprising bitterness of this beer. I guess I don't know the style that well, but it wasn't expected from this. Nice bitterness, medium carbonation. This beer is kinda piney but has a good sweetness to balance it out.
Overall, I truly enjoyed this beer! If it was available in my area, I think I would revisit time and time again. (749 characters)

Photo of bernardus1212
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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! (588 characters)

Photo of BigBlacke
4.37/5  rDev +5%
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! (401 characters)

Photo of adam42381
4.37/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,089 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark red with a creamy off white head and lots of lacing as it recedes. Smell of hops and more hops. Plenty of grassy, earthy pine and some notes of caramel and bread malt in the background. even a good bit of citrus here. Flavor is pine hops and a bit of candy sweet flavor, more pine and sweet citrus fruits. Very much reminds me of a DIPA, which I was not expecting. Lighter mouthfeel for that style though and finishes nice and dry and clean. Fantastic. New favorite red ale for me, but keep in mind that comes from a hop head. This is a world class brew and arguably the best thing that CCB makes relative to the style. Wow.

Interestingly I had this right after a Bell's Goes to 11 the first time I had it and they are very similar beers (which I was not expecting). I think I enjoyed this one a bit more with plenty more complexity that coats the palate with flavor that goes on forever. So so good. (912 characters)

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

Enjoyed on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Winter Park, FL.

Reddish orange color with a nice finger of tan head. he head lasts long into the drink and provides some nice lace.

Smell is a mixture of citrus hops with a caramel malt backbone. One sniff and my mouth is watering.

Taste is a nice hop bite on the front, with the caramel malt providing a moderately sweet finish. Delicious.

Medium body and carbonation, well balanced.

I had two of these and was wanting more, but at 7.4% abv, I stopped at two.

Highly recommend! (523 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 Aleks_P
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Certainly meets expectations as this red/amber ale is a translucent red/amber color. Poured from bottle leaving a very very thin light tan head. Interesting observation that moves this above 4 for me is the sediment swirling through the beer as it is poured.

Smell: Heavy pine scent and can detect a lot of syrupy malt sweetness. Great aroma for the beer style, I've had several reds/ambers recently and this is a standount.

Taste: I think the pine flavor stands out the most and the sweetness of the beer is balanced with the pine bitterness. Hint of caramel I suppose, and some grapefruit-type citrus flavor (although I seem to get that in a lot of beers).

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and syrupy, but in a good way. The light carbonation is a good balance balance for the smoothness. Afterfeel (if that's a word) is a little sticky with more pine and hop notes.

Overall: I've had this beer many times as I'm lucky enough to live in the Tampa/St. Pete area, and this is one of our go-to's from CCB. Very balanced as there is malty sweetness and pine bitterness, syrupy mouthfeel balanced with the carbonation, etc. One of our favorites here.

I will mention that I am enamored with CCB, and justifiably so, but figured I'd mention as a caveat to my review. This is one of the beers I grab when I have guests in town to try the local brews, I've never had someone tell me they didn't think it was very good. (1,418 characters)

Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured rom a 750ml bottle to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: Redish brown with a khaki colored head.

Smell: Hops, caramel malts, nice sweet notes. IPAish

Taste: Like an IPA. Hops, caramel malts, sweet citrus tone. Very nice!

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, smooth with a dry finish.

Overall: The IPA feel of this brew was great. Loved the hop, citrus aroma and taste. Cannot wait for this two come in six packs! Cheers! (418 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep hazy copper color with thumb sized tan head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is wonderful deep caramel notes with lots of hops citrus notes, floral mingled with tobacco hints. Rich malty plus a good dose of the hop.

Taste is is same as the nose nice rich caramel malts all be it little lighter then the nose by a hair. Hops kick in subdued citrus notes bigger herbal/tobacco notes finish is citrus bitterness though. Light alcohol esters as it warms that blend perfectly just adding to the flavors.

Mouthfeel is good for amber big medium smooth with light pep in the finish.

Overall I am loving this one wish I had picked up more then a sixer. If available in my area this would move up to my go to amber. (727 characters)

Photo of DavidBart
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this local brew being down in Florida for a winter get-away. Shares a common characteristic with Jai Alai, as all Cigar City beers do, which I like. May just be my favorite Red Ale. Jai Alai and some of the other Cigar's are very abundant here. I didn't know about this and wasn't looking for it. It took a while to stumble upon it. When, I finally did, it was at a large gas station, that is 70% dedicated to craft beer. Times are a-changin'. (457 characters)

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really impressed with this beer. Outstanding Amber/Red Ale from CCB here. Compliments of zac16125, a bonus in our trade...thanks!!!

This is my first CCB beer and it is great! Opened and enjoyed on 15 May 2012...drinking it right now. Notes follow:

A: Brown, copper, muted bronze in color with a nice clean reddish-hued head

S: Big caramel nose, citrus notes...

T: Toasted caramel with a sweet and bitter mix of sugar and sweetness with a nice dry hoppy finish...a really complex beer....really nice!

M: Smooth; finishes nice

O: Impressed by this beer, really nice. Leaves me with a really good look on CCB beers. Can't wait to try some more! (647 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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! (851 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered via Leuken's Liqours in Dunedin, FL. Nice to get a taste of home.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with yellow highlights, and well-retained light tan head that's leaving lacing aside the glass.

Loaded with some aromas including grapefruit, orange. Also a hint of papaya and pineapple. Underlying caramel maltiness. Touches of chocolate and deeper roasted grains.

Initial citrus hoppy bite sits atop the firmly formed malt backbone. Toasty grain middle followed fluidly with a sweeter caramel conclusion. Medium-long, dry finish with a linger caramel sweetness and hints of grapefruity hops.

Crisp, snappy carbonation keeps the aromas unlocked and a medium body rounds out the flavor profile.

Overall I'm both disappointed that it took me moving across the country to have beer like this originate from Tampa but delighted to get my hands on it. Will certainly be looking forward to more. (902 characters)

Photo of croixian1
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Truly delightful beer! Reminds me why I quit drinking 'Shareholder Beer' like Bud and Miller. Nice carbonation that lingers in the mouth, intensifying the hopy bitterness.
The really wonderful surprise, however, is the most wonderful toasted-cherry-like aftertaste, even though this is not a fruit-flavored brew. This sweetish aftertaste and the bitter hops are perfectly balanced. Fantastic beer! (397 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper with three fingers of foam that just won't fade; sticks clumps of lace around the pint glass

Smell: Smells like a pine forest; very resiny, with subtle caramel undertones

Taste: Although the bread and caramel leave a hint on the tastebuds, up front, the resiny pine flavors quickly jump forward to dominate the middle and the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Most Amber Ales dominate with caramel sweetness and bring along the hops as an afterthought; this one turns the equation inside out and delivers a great hop profile that is backed up by the caramel - highly recommended (655 characters)

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