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Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Tocobaga Red AleTocobaga Red Ale

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92
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940 Ratings
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Ratings: 940
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 141
Gots: 84 | FT: 7
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:
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

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 09-15-2010)
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-03-2013 11:05:21 | More by jbaker67
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

07-25-2012 22:44:35 | More by kaelingirl
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Lost Spring Break 2012 Beer Reviews - Chapter Seven

Dense whipped off-white foam tops a dark amber body with shiny copper highlights.

Big powerful and inviting citrus aroma assaults the nose.

Deep caramel foundation. Breadliness. Juicy fruit follows. Good bitterness that carries through a long aftertaste.

Smooth, creamy medium-plus mouthfeel.

A surprise to find on the shelf on vacation, and I hope to find it again someday.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 02:19:32 | More by RonfromJersey
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Arbitrator

California

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of JeepCop. Thanks!

A: Pours a hazy maroon body with a pinky finger of beige head. Poor retention, but it maintains a fairly thick collar on the beer. No lace.

S: A substantial dose of caramel malt, bread, and plenty of piney hops. A touch of toast.

T: I think this was going for the hop-forward approach, but it's a bit faded now, causing the malt to step forward. It is caramel-dominated, along with a rye bread and toast characteristic that emerges during the odd sip. I detect a lesser character of pine hops. Good balance.

M: Full-bodied, and surprisingly so for a 7.2% beer. I found this kind of a chore to drink due to the heaviness. No trace of the alcohol, and no lingering bitterness.

O: A pretty tasty amber ale on the whole; I suspect this isn't all that fresh, and I'd probably enjoy it more if it were. I'd also probably enjoy it more if it were drier. But it's very solid.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 06:50:48 | More by Arbitrator
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Lovely85

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.1%

10-10-2012 01:06:24 | More by Lovely85
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Corona Extra pint glass. Purchased from Cigar City's tasting room two days ago.

A- Pours a copper color with a full finger's worth of off-white head that retains well and fritters down to an 1/8 inch ring around the glass and almost a full sheet of surface foam. Nice, sticky lacing.

S- Fresh, pungent hops that have that trademark Cigar City scent. Slightly soapy.

T- Assertive bitterness upfront that subsides to a smoothness in the aftertaste yet still lingers, but not for too long or heavily. The hop character is burly and full with notes of pine and, obviously, tobacco.

M- Bitey with a clean finish. Medium-high carbonation.

O- This is one of the staples of Cigar City's regular lineup. A must-try for people who like red ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 23:54:25 | More by Immortale25
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, let me say that this brew is like Jai Alai part II. Which is not to say that it is an IPA, but instead that it is a phenomenally robust and hugely hop-centric brew in the same vein as Jai Alai.

A - Big reddish-amber hue, capped with a voluminous ecru head, it deposits rocky boulders of lace all over the glass.

S - Huge everything is apparent in the nose. The malt is big, even aromatically, and it is slightly toasty as well. Hop contribution is significant, centered in the pine-y and cannabis-dank range at least as much as grapefruit-citrus.

T - This is the best example of the American Red Ale style that I have ever had. Suggestions of green pine cones, cypress, cannabis, and cut-grass are tempered by a toasty and dryly caramelized malt backing.The hop bouquet is huge, the bitter dankness is so palpable, and the body is just big enough to support it all.

M - Just like a big IPA, this brew is a weighty medium-bodied brew, well-carbonated and smooth yet substantial.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2010 14:58:08 | More by ktrillionaire
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-09-2013 23:44:25 | More by DonFrap
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-25-2013 22:32:26 | More by bigfnjoe
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egrace84

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-28-2013 21:57:14 | More by egrace84
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-02-2013 21:46:01 | More by 2dogbrew
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 20:25:24 | More by BMMillsy
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Brew33

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.1%

04-12-2013 00:33:21 | More by Brew33
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arizcards

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a couple of singles from Lets Pour back in early October for $5.50 each. Bottled on 8-27-13.

Beer poured amber red with a thin off white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is warming up nicely as the citrus hops and caramel malts are quite nice.

Taste is bready caramel malts that are nicely balanced by citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall this is a smackable brew. Bread malts and citrus pair up very well in this brew. Definitely try it if you get the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 20:43:54 | More by arizcards
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep clear ruby in the glass, one finger off white head with some lacing.

S-Great balance, lots of malt and caramel. But then it has a good deal of earthy grassy hops.

T-Quite malty, caramel, earthy grass dirt. Then ends with a nice bitterness.

M-Light not much carbonation.

O-A great red ale. One of the better ones produced the balance is very good with just enough hops to provide a nice kick to the malt base.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:20:33 | More by rlee1390
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TX-Badger

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9%

06-07-2014 19:12:27 | More by TX-Badger
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

04-01-2012 21:38:27 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Zbeetleman

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

07-07-2013 04:44:20 | More by Zbeetleman
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a fluted beer glass.

Pours a lighter brown color, some copper as well. No foam. Clear top.

Burnt toffee nose, very strong orange peel smell. Quite flavorful. Bready too.

Taste has a wallop of grapefruit and rind bitterness in a tasty malt blend. Very flavorful. And a touch boozy to boot. The hop is very firm.

Not your everyday red - quite good.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 21:28:42 | More by KTCamm
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jegross2

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the 2012 release of Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing out of Florida. Cigar City is likely best known for their infamous Hunahpuh's Imperial Stout, but they have plenty of standout beers (especially the Apple Brandy Zhukov). I had a glass of this at Dark Lord Day and enjoyed it thoroughly, so I am glad to finally get a bottle to review. I think Cigar City is planning to can this beer soon.
Score: 92

No bottle date, which is never a good sign for a hoppy beer. I received this beer from a friend (thank you Robbie!) last week, and he received it via trade from Florida earlier in the week. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 05/28/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep and opaque amber, almost mahogany-like, color. Fades from a reddish yellow color at the top of the glass to a ruby red at the bottom when held up to light. A thin layer of fizzy off-white head at pour quickly dissipates into a pencil thin ring around the glass. Slight below average lacing, but good retention. 4/5

Smell: Hoppy and citrus-y caramel, grapefruit and candied orange malt. Some fruity berry, bready grain and a little bit of earthy IPA-like onion aroma too. A touch of warm alcohol. 4/5

Taste: Drinks just like it smells, but smoother, more incorporated and a bit less intense. There's citrus and caramel upfront with the earthy/oniony hops and a mild "toasted grain" flavor in the finish/linger. Very oily, with some lemon, bready grain and modest toffee flavor in the middle. As the beer layers, more of the lemon flavor lasts towards the finish. No alcohol flavor or booziness whatsoever; this beer is quite drinkable. There's a nondescript "butteriness" to the midpalate flavor; I cannot put my finger on what that butteriness is, but it seems quite familiar. Very pleasant. Only slightly fruity/floral upfront, but that yields to the earthy hoppiness towards the finish. Residual lemon and bready grain aftertaste. This beer is not what I would at all call sweet, but it's a nice mix of the bitter and the malty. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-plus carbonation that perks the earthy hops and citrus flavors on the tongue. Oily mouthfeel. Bitter and malty finish, but not overly so on either account. 4.5/5

Overall: Despite my lack of enthusiasm for the style generally, Tocobaga Red Ale is a standout beer on par with Maine Beer Company's Zoe.

Recommendation: Given it's smooth flavor and not overly hoppy approach, I think this beer would make an excellent gateway to hoppy brews for the casual beer drinkers. Beer geeks are encouraged to seek this one out as well.

Pairings: Oyster Gratinee (per a Cigar City food pairing dinner).

Cost: $12 for a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 05:59:58 | More by jegross2
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-22-2013 00:36:46 | More by SadMachine
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +9%

04-06-2012 02:04:58 | More by hoppymcgee
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-28-2013 03:27:01 | More by lupercmda
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CoryR

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-07-2012 16:09:51 | More by CoryR
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

09-25-2013 05:05:36 | More by beergorrilla
Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.