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Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Tocobaga Red AleTocobaga Red Ale

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224 Reviews
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Reviews: 224
Hads: 1,351
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 25.42%
Wants: 186
Gots: 188 | FT: 13
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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

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: 224 | Hads: 1,351
Photo of rfbenavi80
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to miamichael2 for sending this my way.
Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a murky brownish or deep copper color with only red hints, and 1 finger of off white head that didn't hang around too long and does not lace the glass.

S- Very hop forward. Lots of citrusy and piny hops on the nose, but then again there are lots of sweet caramel malts present also.

T- Sweet and hoppy. Sweet caramel hits first followed very quickly by a nice dose of bitter piney hops that give this beer good character. Nice tasty breadiness that is expected with a red ale.

M- Almost creamy mouthfeel. Refreshing amount of carbonation.

O- I really like Cigar City's beers. If I could buy them here this would be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is deep amber, almost a reddish copper in color; there's a small head with consistent lacing present; it smells crisp with clear hints of hops up front; subtly grapefruit-y and citrus-y; very well-balanced 'red'; pleasant hop flavor w/o being too overwhelming; some additional notes of sweet fruit, like a pineapple or kiwi...muted, but present; very smooth and almost a silky mouthfeel; a little dry bite on the backend coming from the red ale side of this beer; overall, very quality and completely sessionable.

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Photo of wspscott
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in pint glass
no date, but in my refrigerator for a couple of months

A: Pours crystal clear with a thick, fluffy, light tan head. I am surprised how quickly the head dropped leaving only a little lace. The red color is quite striking, a number of homebrewers would love to get this color in their own red ales.
S: Medium dark crystal malts and American/citrus hops.
T: A sharp bitterness that is well balanced by the sweet caramel followed by a burst of citrus hops (makes me think Amarillo). There is a hint of earthiness that I can't put my finger on, but it is not unpleasant.
M: Not crisp, not round/full, right in the middle, lower carbonation than I would expect for the style, but not unreasonable.
O: This makes a very good hoppy autumn beer, I am not sure I would want it when it was summer (especially a FL summer), but it is great when it is rainy and 40 degrees outside and I am not ready for a RIS. Worth seeking out, recommended.

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Photo of xseanprimex
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: pours an amber color with a small finger of off-white head that diminishes but leaves a good lacing. Not exactly crystal clear.

S: You get the caramel maltiness upfront, a little sweet but far from overbearing. Rounds up with a good citrus hop aroma. Smells great!

T: Tastes a great deal like it smells. The hops are upfront, followed by the sweet caramel malts. Finishes bitter on the tongue. A pretty hoppy red ale.

M: A good bit of carbonation adds to a spicy feeling on the tongue. Doesn't coat the mouth very much.

O: I really enjoy this one from Cigar City. If they distributed to my area in SC i would pick it up regularly. Nice and hoppy, full of flavor, 10/10 will drink again!

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Photo of aepb1
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

notes from phone, on tap at Tipples

A- Copper body with a foamy white head that stays forever

S- Nice malty red ale characteristics wtih a citrusy hop nose underneath, intriguing

T- Malty foretaste and moves into a nice fresh hop bitterness finish. A good balance.

M- Medium body and decent carbonation and the alcohol is hidden well

D- Nice red and intriguing with the fresh hops. Enough intrigue to get me to return to this one.

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

Growler purchased yesterday at CCB poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a hazy amber with a one finger light beige head that has fair retention and leaves quite a bit of lace.

S-Slightly sweet malt, maybe a bit of toffee, a nice waft of pine, citrus and earthy hops.

T-Bitter hop bite leads-earthy and citrusy-with slightly sweet caramel and toffee coming in the middle and staying throughout. Hops come back and bite at the back end.

M-Medium body and carbonation, slightly creamy and oily.

O-I like this one. I'd buy it again without hesitation.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very ruddy red ale, with hints of orange in the pour that overweigh the browns, this is a sugary—near syrupy— red that nonetheless is well-composed enough to escape any miring, in its thickness; instead it even offers limited, though by no means leaden, refreshment via its boozy, well-bittered flavor-profile. It is, foremost, definitely a sticky-ass beer; nonetheless, it boasts decent complexity, and does a very nice job finishing, hitting the hoppy acids hard and late on the tongue. Aromatic oils have been mostly boiled-out, however, so the nose possesses a distinct malt-winey nose that's a bit heavier, even, than most of the other good deep-reds I've tried; any retention of citric or floral oils is expressed through the aforementioned “stickiness,” which is much sappier, woodier, or otherwise more vegetal than a drinker might expect, even from a big red like this. Overall, it works, but it's nonetheless less flexible or for-all-seasons than most entrants in my red-ale wheelhouse; I believe it is, in large part, a function of this being a very straight-up red: not especially or aggressively hoppy, seemingly without any late-stage or dry hopping to add any fresh-hopped notes, and not hedging at all with an adjunct element like rye to add spiciness or crunch to the big-body of the swirly-thick malts. Still, it's good, and certainly fairly fecund—which I guess is the intellectual link between the beer, its name, and the premising patter printed on the side of the can.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tocabaga Red pours a deep dark amber, red through and through, with an off white foamy head leaving minimal lacing as it falls.

This red undoubtably has the freshest, hoppiest aroma of on red I've ever encountered backed by a long shot backed up by a caramel.

The flavor is outstanding, fresh hops, as green and resinous and floral as if they were just picked balanced by a creamy caramel bready malt that hangs in the background providing just the right amount of sweetness for the hops. The hops linger and the finish becomes moderately bitter at the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium and silky with moderate carbonation lending a light creaminess.

With the exception of freshly bottled Jai Alai I believe this is one of Cigar City's best every day beers to date, and it gives fresh Jai Alai a neck and neck run for it's money! Highly recomended!

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Photo of stxSS07
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 CaptCleveland
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can received as an extra from respected BA trader KRG. Date on bottom of can 7/8/2014.

Amber/ruby, clear elixir poured into SA perfect pint glass. Huge 2-finger head with remaining half inch of foam as the tasting progresses. Thick lacing from top to bottom.

Big caramel and sweet citrus up front, spice, earth and bready malt round out the complex aromas.

A real nice, smooth hop bitterness carries this brew with notes of citrus, sweet malt and caramel.

Medium body, smooth, alcohol hidden.

A real nice red ale. It was better when the first batches rolled off the line, with an accent on the hops and the malt taking a backseat. This one is much more balanced, which to this hop head, is not an improvement. Still solid and a nice representation of the style.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep garnet with nice clarity and a sexy frothy khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Nose has slightly roasted caramel malts, nice floral hops along with some citrus pith and some grassy hay. Nice full mouthfeel though could use a touch more carbonation - refreshing and a nice food beer. The taste mirrors the nose though i deducted points for a slight aspirin astringency. Very nicely done beer and my favorite so far from ccb, though i am still sitting on my bigger bottles from them.

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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 ryanonline
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy brownish red with a light tan foamy head. lots of active carbonation.

smells extra piney and hoppy, with a bit of burnt orange zest in the nose. very earth as well, smells almost like an ipa, more than a red ale.

tastey and sweet with a piney aftertaste. less citrussy than in the nose, however, there is a light bit of almost melon flavor. earthy and dry in the finish. also has the trademark cigar city funk that all there beers seem to have. also I may be detecting a hint of cedar.

mouthfeel is creamy and dry with some prickly carbonation and a very light body.

this is a very drinkable beer, not to heavy, very flavorful but not overpowering. also just different enough to be interesting. num num.

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Photo of DavidBart
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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'.

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Photo of mnphish
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to Swampsquash for this! It pours a red amber body with a two finger vanilla colored head. Nice lacing. Another beauty from CCB.

This brew reeks of tropical fruits, hops, and slight caramel malt, smelling very close to an IPA. The taste is very citrus forward with lots of juicyfruit, but not overly hoppy. It's balanced nicely by a bready malt background. Very juicy and mildly bitter.

Just another top shelf beer from CCB. I Would buy this stuff regularly if I had access to it.

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Photo of Finatic
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler poured into a chilled Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a dark orange, red color with a lovely foamy, white head that recedes ever so slowly.

S: Lots and lots of hops with citrus and pine at the forefront, smell some malt sweetness in it as well.

T: Tastes just like it smells with the hops lingering on the palate to the end. Nice sweet malt background balances out the hops brilliantly.

M:Medium bodied and very easy to drink, alcohol masked very well.

O: My favorite amber and when fresh like this one very hard to find a better amber ale out there.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler recieved in a trade from a local BA, Gtreid.

Growler aggressively poured into pint glass a deep copper amber with a huge light khaki head. Lacing rings everywhere sticking to the sides, EVERY WHERE!

Nose is mostly spicy, floral hops, grapefruit & sweet soft caramel malts. Literally smells like candy, only this candy is 7.4% abv.

Strong fruits - grapefruit, orange, pineapple - all the way through. Malts on the tongue are rather mild & subdued a bit by the hops, but it works. Its a bit thin in the body (5/10), but carbonation is fine.

Overall, its a solid American Amber Ale. This is one of my least favorite styles, but I was really anxious to see what CCB would do with the style. They did not fail to impress here.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of IPAdams
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 fields336
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler served in SN snifter.

A:dark red, purplish color almost, with 2 fingers of frothy creamy, khaki/mocha colored head. this is an intense looking red ale.

S: citrusy and piney in aroma, with caramelly, malty background notes.

T:tons of pine, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, delicious delicious red ale. truly amazing

M:cant expect much more from a red ale, medium body, really nice carbonation, not too dry of a finish.

O: I really really enjoyed this beer, truly one of CCB's most awesome style examples of how far they can take it. I think it's more of an Imperial Red but I'm not complaining. I'm going to be getting this on growler a lot more frequently.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of Marty30
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gatorbeer for this bottle. Poured into a FFF XV pint glass. Fridge temp.

A. Dark ruby red body with good carbonation coming from the sides of the glass. Creamy off-white 1.5 inch head that recedes to a nice cap. Some spotty lacing.

S. Citrus hop notes include lemon, orange and pineapple. Underneath you get some caramel notes but mostly dominated by the hops.

T. At first it's pretty hop forward just as the smell indicates, it balances out on the back of the palate with caramel and toffee.

M. Medium feel makes the drinkabilty on this awesome. Just the right amount of carbonation. Bitter dry finish.

Overall this brew is a winner and so is Cigar City. This is up there with Nugget Nectar in my book. Wish I could get a hold of this on a regular basis.

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Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.