Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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3.51/5 rDev -15%
First had: bottle, throw in on a trade from...er, I don't remember
A pretty typical red ale all over. Reddish amber pour, with a foamy cap of off-white bubbles. Malty aroma with some piney hops coming through. Taste of caramel malt and toffee, piney hops, citrus pith, somewhat metallic in the finish. Pretty average even for the style, but still a good brew. Probably overrated just because it's CC. Medium body, and decently drinkable, aside from that off-flavor, which could just be a freshness issue (didn't check for a bottle date).
04-28-2013 20:18:22 | More by Rifugium
3.53/5 rDev -14.5%
A: Pours a deep amber with with hints of brown around the edges. There is about one full finger of off white head that sit top the beer. There some, but not much, lacing as it drinks.
S: I'm picking up berry, citrus, pine, and aluminum. It has a definite berry twang to it.
T: The taste follows the nose. Berries, citrus, pine, canned beer, tin, and weird metals. I'm not diggin' it.
M: Medium bodied beer. There is nothing special about this beer. Nothing cloying, not too thin, not too crisp, not too sweet, not too anything.
O: Not a huge fan of this beer. Something about the taste is off. I've had this many times, a bunch of different batches, and it's always the same. Pretty disappointing. I'll never seek this out again.
03-28-2012 01:03:34 | More by trxxpaxxs
3.55/5 rDev -14%
12 oz undated bottle (presumably 2012) served in an Anchor Steam pint glass.
Looks like an amber or red ale but smells [3.75] like a pale ale or IPA, with the hops far more evident than the malts. Still hoppy for style in tasting, with at least as much hop presence as the surprising nose suggests. The malt is a bit more obvious in tasting, but little enough to leave this a moderately bitter and quite hoppy "red" ale. Relatively high ABV is almost completely hidden in the flavor and aroma, but lends some harshness to the feel.
12-14-2012 23:01:11 | More by chinchill
3.59/5 rDev -13.1%
Appearance- Pours a dark red with a small white head that leaves moderate lacing down the glass.
Smell-Smells like caramel malts with hints of cherry and grapefruit.
Taste- Strong caramel malts with moderate bitterness. A bit sour on the end. Not too complex.
Mouthfeel- Good carbonation and medium mouthfeel.
Overall- Strong malt and caramel backbone. Hints of grapefruit hops. An ok red ale, nothing mindblowing.
07-21-2013 02:02:40 | More by IPAdams
3.61/5 rDev -12.6%
A- Aggressive pour leads to a barely 1 finger, light tan head. Hazy amber with lots of sediment. Clearly looks to be bottle conditioned. Don't mind the yeasties, just a little surprised. Avg lacing and retention
S- Citrus and pine hops, dark fruits- dates or raisins, slightest touch of caramel malts. Bready biscuits. Quite hoppy for an amber. Nice aroma, but a pretty timid nose.
T- Hop forward with the citrus and pine. Grapefruit pith, herbal woodsy notes followed by a toasted bread malt. Nice esters fruity notes. Bitter finish that borders on astringency. Certainly a hop take on the style.
M- Mid body near full. Dry as can be in the finish. Some alcohol present. A littel heavy, so not the most drinkable.
O- A beer that seems to taste a litte different with each sip I take. While the hop level tends to overshadow the malt some, it is still a nice beer. Of the 5 or 6 I have had from CCB, this is one of my least favorite....which says a lot about a brewery when one of my least favorite is still pretty good.
$11.49 for a 6 pk
05-24-2013 18:39:54 | More by Bosoxfan20
3.65/5 rDev -11.6%
Reviewed from notes.
A- Pours a dark copper with a finger of off-white head. Leaves cobweb lacing.
S- Caramel malts, bitter earthy hop notes. Not much going on here.
T- Sweet layers of malty caramel and toffee paired with the hop bitterness from the nose and a bit of a citric hop note. Much better than the nose.
M- Medium bodied with slightly aggressive carbonation.
O- Tastes more like a barleywine than a red ale, but pretty decent.
01-15-2012 10:00:32 | More by stxSS07
3.7/5 rDev -10.4%
[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]
The pour was a hazy medium caramel brown with a small (1 finger or less) off white rocky head that reduced to a large puddle and medium collar, with very good streaky lacing.
The aroma was of a light bread malt, pine and citrus hops and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit) and a mild fruity ester.
It tasted lightly bitter with a nice malty sweetness, a hint of caramel and a slight fruitiness early on, and then it became very hoppy with a big grapefruit presence towards the end. The flavor was about average in duration with a slightly sweet hoppy citrus taste that was left to hang out a tad longer.
Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and dry in texture with a moderate carbonation.
Overall this was a brew that possessed a bold hoppiness with mild fruity sweetness and a smooth drinkability. This one a really enjoyed and plan on drinking again...
10-30-2012 16:25:39 | More by KajII
3.73/5 rDev -9.7%
A - Pours a murky brown with red hues to it. Small tan head that lasts a medium amount of time.
S - Strong American pungent hop aroma. It overpowers the smell of caramel or any other "typical" red ale aromas. I don't dislike the smell I just wish there was more to it.
T - Again strong American bitter hop presence throughout. It does finish quite a bit sweeter than you'd expect upon first taste. It's a great hop forward beer but I again find it lacking the essential red ale qualities.
M - A nice medium mouth-feel, it doesn't have any alcohol burn or unpleasantness.
O - Overall this is a great and tasty red ale. It isn't a classical red ale but it is a great American take on one. I'd definitely recommend anyone to try this beer.
11-22-2011 22:59:32 | More by WrathsU
3.73/5 rDev -9.7%
At the time of this review, this is the #3 American Amber / Red Ale on beeradvocate.com best of styles lists, slightly overrated in my opinion, served in a DFH snifter.
Beer is dark amber, red, with a nice big tannish head of small bubbles, nice carbonation and lacing, looking good. Beer is mostly clear until the sediment ends up in the glass. Looks pretty decent.
Aroma is malt malt and more malt, a little piny hops.
Beer is thick, seriously thick, heavy on the malt in the front, middle and back. this is a malt bomb. tastes pretty good though, just too heavy for me, especially for such a big bottle. It was good and I'd have it on draft again but not again in the bottle.
08-15-2011 20:53:04 | More by drabmuh
Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.