Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Tocobaga Red AleTocobaga Red Ale

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Reviews: 208
Hads: 1,247
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 3.13%
Wants: 173
Gots: 154 | FT: 12
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:
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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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy red, the caramel malt is very much in the secondary. Light red colour, very lacey, with minimum head. Big hops, some caramel.
On tap at the brewery. Meets the style, popular locally, fresh. Hoppy aroma, good drinkabilty,
Had agin on bottle and was very interesting, citrus hoppy, piney, with malt balance.So drinkable.Big head. (335 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%

Canned 8/15/14. Made in Tampa.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with strong citrus zest and herbal hop qualities all around.

Serving type: can. (623 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head with brown body and crimson hues.

S: pine and grass hop aroma

T: strong hop flavor. A little sweet upfront. Floral and wood notes. Pine is also present.

M: moderate carbonation, medium body

Overall: This was a pleasantly surprising beer. The taste is excellent though it has a little alcohol that comes through but the taste is complex. This may be my favorite of the cigar city beers I have tried. (424 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up at Connecticut Ave in DC. So happy that this is finally out in bottles, as I've been looking for it ever since it was first released. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a dark blood-amber color with a two-finger off-white head and quite a bit of sticky lacing on the way down. Thin cap throughout. The nose carries a really nice burst of fresh citrus and pine with slight tropical notes. Underneath that is a bit of caramelized sugar and bready sweetness. Really quite nice and nails the description for a hoppy amber.

The flavor falls back a bit from there, as the hop flavor isn't as prevalent as the nose would lead you to believe. However, there are certainly still plenty of hops. Nice brown sugar and caramel sweetness plus backing malt. Medium body that is fairly chewy and has a bitter finish that is slightly dry. Good carbonation. Really, really solid effort all around. Well worth the wait. (922 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)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a tribute to the Tocobaga establishment in early florida, the taste of citrus, grain, and earth culminate in a taste that's every bit IPA as it is an amber ale.

Obvious amber overtones set the pace with the beer's brightly hazed pour. As the beer relaxes, it releases a mildly tan-ish foam that rests sturdily above the beer. With solid foam stance, the beer laces intricately as the beer fades. The beer is every bit as impressive as it is inviting.

Resinous citrusy hops spring to the nose with quite a zesty surprise. Grapefruit and pine gently make way for more malty elements to rise to balance. Crusted bread, toasted grain, lightly scorched caramel, and dry biscuit aromas come close to matching that of the hops before leveling out in support.

Hoppy flavors also strike first- citrusy grapefruit and dried oranges early, and then the more woody pine and resin notes follow shortly. As the hops settle onto the tongue, the malty middle palate is dry yet lightly sweet. The taste of caramel, savory bread crust, and sun kissed grain present themselves but without much of the sweetness that is normally associated with those flavors. It's malty dry taste provides an even-keel richness before a return of deeply resinous hops to finish.

Malty-dry in texture too, the early embedded carbonated creaminess slowly recedes and allows the dryness from hops to dictate the late palate. Alcohol warmth and a light grainy-sweet texture is all that's left in its terse aftertaste.

With the bitterness and hop profile of IPA, the beer is tampered by a balancing malt sweetness, starchiness, and body- it both appeases hop heads and those who prefer balance alike. (1,667 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

huge thanks for sending this one up to me, i was simply not expecting it to be as good as it was, but damn i was suprised as hell by what i got. growler poured into a pint glass and enjoyed on 10/29/2010.

pour is a medium amber color with a light cloudiness that settles out quickly. a big head of white foam then towers over the top of the glass and quickly coats the sides and leaves a ton of lace all around it.

aroma again is classic ccb. loads of hops and cedar notes right up front. takes a while to get any caramel malts to come through but they are there, albeit in lesser quantity then you would expect in a normal red ale, but this is simply an amazing beer on all other accounts. smooth hops and a rich and creamy feel are just what is needed as the flavor simply cannot be beat. clean hops, resin, notes of cedar, light malts and a light dry finish seal the deal.

overall an excellent beer on all accounts. i would love to try this again. (953 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for this beer.

A: The pour is a really nice bright ruby color with a thin layer of off-white head.

S: Plenty of hops on the nose. They're primarily of the oily pine variety, which is always welcomed. There's some toffee and bread, along with a bit of citrus.

T: The hops are again the dominant characteristic. Quite bitter, which is always nice, with some earth, pine, and citrus notes. The caramel, toffee, and bread are still there as well. There's also a hint of roast at times.

M: The body is medium as is the carbonation.

D: I really had no idea what this beer was until I came on here to review it (though I sort of figured it was some sort of red ale). Pretty nice, actually. (702 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 jlindros
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to elCharderino (Reddit) badboy7113 for providing this one.

Pours an off-white fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly no real lacing left on the sides, a ruby cranberry mahogany semi clear beer.

Nose brings some nice fresh hops at first, a little fruit hop kick with hints of stone fruit and a bit of tropical even, a touch of citrus, tangerine, guava, pear, hint of resin. Then some malts, slight sweet like caramel reddish malt, little candy like.

Taste starts with malts this time, sweet caramel and reddish candy malts, fairly sweet overall but not overly. Then fruity hops, more citrus oriented with tangerine, nectarine, little papaya like, some tropical fruit, etc. Hint of resin and floral hop flavors, with med to lighter bitterness overall, and hints of yeast additions with a touch of esters and fruity flavors, with a touch of warming booze to go with the mild estery flavors. Finish is not too dry, little sticky sweet, nice lingering bitterness with more floral type hops, little caramel candy sweet flavors lingering as well.

Mouth is med bodied, hint of warming booze, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice hop presence that doesn't get overly bitter, nice malt presence as well that gives some decent flavors and backbone, a touch of the yeast coming through as well. A well done beer. (1,322 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/02/2014

Pours an effervescent, orange/copper with 2 fingers of tan head. Sheets of lacing & stellar head retention

S: Breadyness, caramel, pineapple & grapefruit, orange peels, biscuitty malt

T: Pineapple, slight breadyness, mangoes, toasty & caramel. Oranges, pineapple & grapefruit, plus a little toastyness/biscuitty malt as this warms, some dryness.. Finishes dry, with biscuitty malt, grapefruit & pineapple & a touch of woody hops

MF: Medium bodied/chewy, slight carbonation. Great balance

A well put together beer, this may be my favorite CCB beer, mind you I haven't had many of their whales, drinks so easy (631 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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). (538 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours with two-plus fingers of orange-tinged foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind sheets of lace. Slightly hazed caramel brown body.

S - The initial onslaught is big pine and citrus zest hop aroma. However, as it warms a little, the red ale character emerges with sugary malt and light toffee. The hops are delicious, but this still has sufficient balance for the style.

T - Big toffee mixed with fresh citrus, pine, dankness, and tropical fruits. Hop bitterness is intense, but not oppressive.

M - Medium sticky body that is sufficiently hefty for the ABV. Medium carbonation that is quite refreshing. Could stand to be a little bit drier.

D - This is really good - it's up there with fresh Nugget Nectar. I had multiple pours at the taproom, and bought a few growlers. It was probably for the best that the keg blew, as it prevented me from buying even more. (919 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (682 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (532 characters)

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a matching cigar city snifter. Big thanks go to sendsilk for the opportunity to try this brew. It appears a hazed burnt copper with a hue to it that is more of a brownish-red. A tan cap swells just shy of a finger strong and fades back to a thin lacing atop. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a ring around the perimeter.

The aroma is very hoppy with a fruity and floral scent. Quite a bit of alcohol is noted that draws more focus into the fruity aspects of the aroma that are at this point a bit more rindy smelling. The grain is present with a caramel to toffee inclusion that provides enough sweetness to really play nice with the fruity and floral aspects of the hops. Everything about this aroma is quite nice.

The taste is just what you would expect based off of the aroma. A big hop punch of flavors and bitterness open up with fruity rind quality, pulp and a floral element. The alcohol inclusion is noticed immediately with an accenting fruity ester that compliments the hops nicely. The backend is all about the malt which is caramel to toffee flavored and produces enough sweetness to really round this brew out nicely.

This is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. My immediate reaction to this brew based on the nose and secondly confirmed by the taste was that this is Florida's answer to Nugget Nectar. Fans of hoppy reds or imperial reds will really enjoy this. Nicely done cigar city, I would enjoy more of this! (1,470 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

The beer is russet brown, with orange to crimson highlights. The head is an inch thick, composed of dense, off white sea foam. The snifter is utterly caked with lacing.

The aroma brings some nice hop character, along with a faint malt presence. The scent is reminiscent of many Cigar City brews I have had, with notes of dense smoke.

Great flavor and quite interesting. Not your ordinary red ale. The smoke and hop flavors are integrated elegantly. This beer is great for sipping or rapid consumption.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Alcohol content is minimal.

Overall, an interesting and unique brew. Fun to drink. I am glad for the opportunity to sample this. (721 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very large foaming light tan cap sitting on a bit of a cloudy amber body. Pinhead sized uniform bubbles a little bit of a dull looking body. Clumpy retention for the head.

Bouquet is a nice hop and mix of sweet malt. Sort of floral and nice, perfume like but not overbearing.

Taste is a good hop floral sense with a lingering slow hippy finish. Caramel malts seem a little overtaken by the big hop presence, but they show up in a good coating texture in the palate. A little bit of spicy sensations as well on the swallows, a nice tannic nut like dryness too.

Overall pretty solid. I'am not that amazed by it, but it is just a good solid well done amber ale. (663 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Reviewed from some old notes.

Appearance - Deep red body. Quite dark for an amber/red. Nice off-white head and excellent retention and lacing.

Smell - Pine hops with a touch of citrus. Nice malt backbone of caramel and a touch of cinnamon spice.

Taste - Piney hops up front and immediately creamy. Nice and malty with some cinnamon spice. A good bitter finish keeps it in the amber range.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and a little heavy. Ok, it's really heavy.

Overall - Very nice flavors without anything being particularly standout. Good stuff. (556 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, opaque, suspended sediment filled, amber-brown coloring with a thin, filmy, sparse surface coating of head. Aromas of tangy sweetness, tropical fruit sweetness, and some floral hops characteristics. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, with a caramel backbone and tart grapefruit and pineapple blend, as well as some earthy notes, bitter and spiced hops profiles, and bready characteristics. Very layered and deep, especially for the style. Tasty beer. The body is full, which I was expecting after watching it pour and settle. It also leaves a decent lacing behind on the glass. The aftertaste leans more towards an IPA, with tropical fruit, heavy on the grapefruit and pineapple, bitterness, and pepper spices. The finish is slick and slightly dry, with bitter and subtle richly sweet notes. This is a bit rough around the edges, but I like it a lot. (906 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle brought back from Florida from my girlfriend, 12oz into a tulip.

Unfiltered reddish brwon, with an offwhite head. Relatively dense lace and a good film. A good bit of malt in the nose, caramel and some a bit of toasty malts. Grapefruit and some darker fruits perhaps, almost berry-like. Fairly sweet, but some nice hop character as well. Lots more caramel malt on the palate, and similar hop characteristics - a bit herbal and a dash of pine in the finish perhaps as well. Fruity but more of a malt show than anything. Medium full feel, and medium low carb with a smooth feel. Easily consumed, a tasty red ale - glad to have 5 more in the pack. (652 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Great Lakes stemmed pint glass on 8/9/11.
*From notes

A: This beer glows. Literally, it's a ball of sunsetting amber light that filled the room. A hard pour yields a superb 1.5 finger head and gobs of stickiness around the glass.

S: Tropical notes of pineapple, tangelo rind and juicy mango. I'll be damned if this isn't one of the most aromatic ambers I've ever encountered.

T: Halved yellow grapefruit, ripe juicy orange and pineapple upside down cake. Balance that with a solid dose of toasty malt and a somewhat bitter finish and you've got the makings of an impressive amber ale. It's slightly acidic and earthy on the middle, and the finish dries up on a unique and delicious island fruit note.

M: Another creamy and top notch mouthfeel from the boys (and girls) at CCB. It's not sharp or brash in any way. Instead it's rich, frothy and an absolute pleasure to drink.

O: Cigar City's Tocobaga Red Ale is one of the top two or three ambers I've consumed. It's got everything I look for within the style's limitations, plus an agressive hop profile that demands respect. Have I had better? Possibly, but this is certainly no slouch, and one which you should actively be ISO. (1,204 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.41/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained in a recent on line order with Leuken's in which they sent a number of less than fresh beers. This was one of them - bottle dated MAY1511. So 6 months old.

Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Medium orange/amber colour, slightly cloud; one finger of foamy cream-coloured head.

S - Sweet caramel/toffee malts up front with a s light bitterness present. A somewhat one dimensional nose with only the malt bill coming through. Not surprising given the freshness info.

T - A decent hop bitterness is evident up front with some floral and piney notes. A big sweet caramel/toffee malt backbone balances out the palate and as the beer warms, begins to take over the flavour profile. The bitterness returns in the finish. This would probably be excellent fresh, but at this age was a shadow of its former self.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. (870 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of BrewerB in a recent box, thanks Brian! I'm a really big fan of Cigary City so I didn't expect to get some CC from San Fran haha. I even tend to like their beers that are styles that I'm not fond of. This is one of those styles that I'm not too fond of.

This beer pours a cherried wood in color, medium in body, with an off white lacing around my snifter. It smells of light and piny hops, some cherry, and clean malts. I definitely didn't expect it to be this hoppy. It's simple yet really nice. The flavor too is pretty simple but overly effect. It features flavors of slightly sweet malts and really clean, and not overly sticky bitter hops. It's just really approachable and easy to drink. For an amber, it's pretty stellar. Never would I have imagined this beer to be so hoppy. Yet again, another great beer from Cigar City. (857 characters)

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