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Tocobaga Red Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Tocobaga Red AleTocobaga Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

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

Added by tpd975 on 09-15-2010

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Reviews: 235 | Ratings: 1,403
Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I think that this CAN may have come to me courtesy of my local, in-person trader, tone77, who always hooks me up nicely on his visits. The CANQuest (tm) abides.

From the CAN: "Drink fresh! Do not age! Pour gently into a glass."; "The Tocobaga lived off the bounty of Tampa Bay hundreds of years before the arrival of the Spanish in the 1500's. They were potters, tool makers and the only Florida natives to grow maize. The large platform mounds they built are still with us today, with one of the largest found near Old Tampa Bay in Safety Harbor, Florida. Climb to the top, and with a little imagination, you [CAN] see Tampa Bay as they did."; "Graphic design by Eric Swanson. Recipe by Tim Ogden."

I love the auditory nature of the Crack! It always does wonders for my mood, but I feel like a gentle Glug today, with gainful employment beginning just a week from today. It has been a good ride & I have certainly plowed through a lot of beer, like this one. Onward! An in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, frothy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a pretty Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very bready with a smell like CANdied fruits, adding up to fruitcake! Cool. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste was a bit more bitter than the nose had led me to expect. It was kind of like citrus rind or peel as opposed to actual fruit. I am not CANplaining as I like that type of bitterness, but it was unexpected. Finish was bready, doughy, slightly bitter, adding up to semi-sweet. I stand by my initial thoughts of fruitcake. Mmmm.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to another fun day on vacation, went to SeaWorld in Orlando.
12 oz can, poured into a basic glass.
Dark amber color, nice white head, and a few "floaties" in the beer.
It still tasted very good, very balanced with some more hop bitterness up front.

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

pours a cloudy orange amber with a medium head. chock full of tiny sediment. nose; citrus hops, grapefruit, & sugar. taste; caramel malt, honeyed biscuit, citrus hops, grapefruit zest & pulp, sugar, & light pine. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. probably the best red out there; hoppy and fruity, and maybe just a smidge too sweet. =)

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Photo of Slayback
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Red ales never seem to get as much hype as other styles but this is top notch!! Smooth with a little roasted flavor. Getting some raisin smell and taste in there. Hops are there but balanced with the malts. Some citrus flavors thrown in. Just very complex but no single flavor stands out. I could drink this all day long!

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark amber, bordering on brown. The pour produces 3+ fingers of light tan, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leves a beautiful webby wash of lacing. Aroma is earthy/floral, tropical fruit, light citrus, pepper, toasted malt, burnt caramel & hints of cocoa. Taste is toasted/roasted malt, burnt caramel, faint cocoa balanced with floral, earthy notes with minor tropical fruit & no real citrus culminating in a spicy finish with moderately intense pepper in a roasted, bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with medium-high carbonation, full, slightly oily with a heavy pepper prickle. Different but in a surprisingly satisfying way.... Touché Cigat City! NICE!

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Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh my, this is not what I was expecting! It's pretty in the glass like a red must be. It has fine head and some lacing. The aroma is pronounced. Roasty and hoppy and somewhat skunky.

The taste is really not what I expected. This is a huge red - hoppy, roasty, bitter and even a little yeasty flavor. It is one of the biggest tasting reds I've had in a while. The aftertaste is bitter and dark.

This is a great introduction to the brewery that the ABC Liquors sales person said was one of the better ones in the region. Highly recommended - a BIG red!

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Photo of tillmac62
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

COD 12/11/15. Beautiful dark ruby pour with just a touch of cloudiness. Quite outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of Florida citrus (lemon, lime, orange), a touch of mango and a very light herbal pine over a solid malt base with caramel notes.

Almost medium body that is quite smooth with a good amount of creaminess and a light oily character. Slightly above normal carbonation level with a bit of middle effervescence and a prickly finish.

A quite outstanding atypical flavor profile that really pushes sweet Florida citrus to the forefront while maintaining a light airiness to it. It begins with a lemon lime blend over a subtle sweetness that is slightly tart. This flows into a very mildly bittered middle with a mango sub note. Caramel makes it strongest showing as the bitterness begins to fade but is quickly replaced with a sub current that has leather and tobacco elements. The finish is a slow fade of orange rind bitterness. Complex and delicious.

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

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours rust colored with amber highlights. It is topped with three inches of tan head that leaves decent lacing.

The smell is citrus fruit and caramel malt with some toast.

I get citrus flavors with a solid malt backbone.

Medium mouthfeel

This is an enjoyable beverage. It might be a little past its prime, but I had a non BA friend shop for me in Florida, so beggars can't be choosers.

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Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, citrus hops. Taste is the same, well balanced caramel malts and citrus hops, some bread, a touch of sweetness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer worth trying.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, beautiful copper red with a large yellow white head that lingers leaving good lacing, floaties

S: vibrant citrus hops, orange, lemon, pine, honey, slightly sweet, fruity

T: grapefruit, bready malt, honey, leather, pine, biscuit, bitter finish

M: full bodied with nice carbonation

O: great balance between hop bitterness and malt, drinks like an IPA

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A. pours an opaque reddish brown with small chunks of yeast settling. Layers of big fluffy head with good retention and stickiness.

S. Bread dough and malt forward on the nose. Citrus hops, piney and herbal.

T. Piney, resinous, caramel malts, biscuity, yeasty, bread dough. Bit of a chewy mouth feel. Finishes bitter and dry on your palate.

O. Solid red ale with goof balance. Def worth a try.

Notes. Enjoyed while on vacation to lovely lake Mary Florida.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish copper color, thick 1 inch off white head, has something floating around in the beer that I did not notice with the first two but I poured the third one down the drain thinking I had poured it in a dirty glass but the last one had it as well, could be yeast but it is in larger clumps than Im used to with an unfiltered beer,

S: Really good amount of nose, I get caramel, toffee, then some citrus hops like grapefruit

T: The sweet caramel and toffee come in up front, the citrus hops comes in to give a great balance

M: Medium

O: I was kind of freaked out about the floaties and it killed me to pour such a good beer down the drain. Not sure what it is but the beer still tastes awesome. Really great one from cigar city as usual.

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice Amber dark and thick juicy beer. Head was thick and frothy. Taste of fruit and hop with a nice smooth finish. Was juicy like a TG beer with a balance that was amazing.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The reddish amber body was clear, and the head formation was two fingers thick. The aroma of the beer was well balanced between malts and hops, as I could smell grapefruit, mango, melon, toffee, and a touch of honey. The taste was quite IPA like, as there was an immediate rush of tropical fruit flavors on first sip, followed by a spicy hop flavor. There was more malt presence than an IPA, but not as much as a typical red ale. The beer was very easy to drink, and had a medium mouthfeel and a sweet aftertaste. This was a very well made, hoppy red ale.

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Photo of CalebM
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pretty exciting red amber. I estimated it was pretty carbonated from the pour.
Smell: Fruity hops, very strong citrus smell, light malt.
Taste: Almost a 1:1 of the smell. It's like a hoppy, citrusy red ale. Honestly, the balance between the fruitiness and the bitterness is outstanding (to me).
Feel: Medium bodied, dry finish, highly carbonated without going overboard. Someone on here said "sparkling," and I would agree with that descriptor.
Overall: An red/amber ale that has balance and class. The flavors aren't obscure or surprising, but they collaborate uniquely.

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Photo of DevWand
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another solid beer from Cigar City;

Pours a fantastic amber color and does a decent job of maintaing that head.
Tastes almost like it smells: hops up front, with the malty portion of the beer bringing everything together. A tad bit bitter towards the end, but being a fan of IPA's...that doesn't bother me too much

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a nice red amber color with a thick dirty white head. Has a very overpowering hoppy smell to it. Can definitely tastes the hops in this along with some malts.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Cloudy and opaque. The bubbles rise very slowly, giving this beer the appearance of being very thick and rich. The half-inch head is pretty much locked in place. It literally didn’t move for three minutes and only began to subside once I took my first sip. The lacing is excellent, covering most of the back of the glass.

SMELL: The malt has a mild toasty characteristic to the nose and the comes through strong. The hops back it up nicely with a little orange, lemon peel and pine.

TASTE: This is a very malty and if it wasn’t for the really big and tasty hop balance, I’d think it was too much. However, it works really well. The same hop flavors from the nose hit the palate and the malt is very sweet and bready, but also seems to have a hint of smokiness to it too.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to big in body and sweet up front with a drying finish. It is nice and sticky, but not cloying. Smooth and very drinkable, but with a nice sparkle.

OVERALL: I was not a huge fan of Jai Alai, so I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this one. I was pleasantly surprised and will seek this out when I’m in Cigar City’s footprint.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - A bubbly pour with a dark amber color; a late arriving head of about 3/4" with a white color.

Smell - Hops, caramel malt, toffee.

Taste - Citrus and pine, slight hops. A slightly sweet but smoked flavor that tastes most like burnt brown sugar; caramel in between sips.

Feel - Bubbly at first but then quite silky smooth.

Overall - Really enjoyable amber/red style beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a great red ale, big juicy hops and sharp malts that complement each other, not cancel each other out. The barley is boughy, with toffee and toast, which lead right into the spicy pine and orange peel. I'd like to try a fresh one next to Nugget Nectar or Furious.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just got a 4-pack courtesy of @csp0380.
Poured into my DFH IPA glass.
A - Pours a clear orange amber color with a 1 finger head that reduces to a thin cap.
S - Aroma is bread or biscuits with just a little citrus.
T - Unique flavor, definitely sweet, some citrus, some caramel.
M - Medium mouth feel, somewhat creamy.
O - This is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of VTR
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not sure what to expect from this beer but living in Florida I will try most of cigar city's offerings. This beer was stamped from early Oct so I know this was fresh. Poured a nice red color. The nose was not much other than hops, pine hops with some fruit mixed in there. The taste had some malts to it but was overtaken by the hops. I am not an IPA fan and to me this was like drinking an IPA as the hops were very present. I did not know what to expect from this and I can tell you I will not purchase anymore.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: dark brown to ruby. khaki to caramel head

S: hops, pine, malt, biscuits

T: good hoppiness. some bread and yeast. bitter pine with roasty notes.

F: clean and crisp

O: pretty good. hoppy for a red ale.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours deep amber, hazy, finger white head lasts. Great aroma for an amber, on top of the bready nose is some tropical fruit, plum. I like hoppy brews so this amber was killer to me. Caramel malt flavor is immediately met by citrusy floral hops, which lasts throughout. Soft creamy mouthfeel. Overall delish hoppy amber.

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Photo of TH28
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Canned 8/24/15 (17days old). Appearance: Deep red mahogany, slight haze, thick khaki foam cap. Aroma: Caramel malt undertone, with dominant, strong hop aromas of floral, tropical fruit, and resin. Taste: Rich caramel maltiness with a touch of dark roasted malt, quickly turning to a strong but balanced hop bitterness with tropical fruit and resin. Roast comes thru on the swallow. Mouthfeel: Medium creaminess with moderate carbonation. Finish: Resinous bitterness lingers, along with some light roast. Overall: Top notch American Amber. Malt complexity ramped up with the addition of roasted malt makes this much more enjoyable than a traditional Amber. Strong hop aromas and flavors are well balanced against the malt.

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