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Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 213
Hads: 1,272
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 25.67%
Wants: 179
Gots: 167 | FT: 13
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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 tpd975
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tim's Creation and it is a good one.

A: Pours a nice amber hue with a solid off white head. Good retention and some nice chunky lace.

S: Wonderful sweet yet hoppy. Lots of caramel and toffee. Bold citrus hops with lots of earthy goodness.

T: The sweet candy malts are there up front. The back end is all about the hops though. Very aggressive without being over done. Bold citrus with strong grassy notes.

M: Medium in body, smooth, a bit dry in the finish.

D: Good Really like this one. Look forward to it's cousin...the lager version.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/1/14, reviewed 1/2/15

Appearance: Hazy amber one finger beige head with great lacing.

Aroma: Intense caramel malt and grapefruit.

Flavor: Sticky sweetness and medium+ intensity citrus-pine hop. Bitterness is very in check.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, soft carbonation, sticky finish.

Overall: Stoked to be able to finally get a can relatively fresh. So much better, and still amazing 32 days in.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a slightly cloudy fire orange with thin white head. The nose is deep and earthy with heavy hop character in the form of tea, earth, and pine. Notes of caramel malts come through the hop profile as well. The taste starts with some candied malt notes and is followed by some fruity notes of tangerine and citrus as well as some piney notes. The bitterness builds but is not over the top. The mouthfeel is well carbonated with moderate body. Overall, solid beer with nice balance between assertive hops and sweet malts.

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

Bottled November 20th, 2012. Poured into a pint glass.

Burnt amber to red ochre in color. Yellow-white head forms over an inch and sits steadily. Medium lacing.

Unexpected burst of piney and grapefruit hops with a kiss of tropical fruit and lime. Sun-ripened citrus and clean toasted grains that balance nicely. Earthy aromas range from hop oils to baked earth itself. Nice aroma.

Spicy red ale with more pine than grapefruit in the flavor. Flourishes of orange and assorted citrus. Very toasty grains that still can't overcome the spicy bitterness from the hops. Many evergreen flavors at work here. Hoppy, but not overly. A delicious beer.

Drinks very easily. Has some prickle from the alcohol level which peels layers away from a simply-smooth body and carbonation combination.

A red ale I'd seek out again. Recommended.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice lighter amber/copperish color with 2 fingers of dense caramel head, great retention and fantastic lacing.

S - Lots of sweet rich caramel malty flavors and some lighter apple/pear/lemon aromas.

T - A nice balance of very light/brief hop bitterness, sweet malts, light fruits and then a mildly acidic/bitter finish. Easy drinking, well balanced, mellow yet complex flavors.

M - Lightish bodied, smooth, decently carbonated.

O - Not my favorite style but a lot going on and working well together.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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

Bottle courtesy of cyrusthepup, thanks again!

Pours a dark and hazy amber color with a fine white head.

Aromas are of brewed tea, caramel, and earthy malts.

Taste is very earthy, with brewed tea, slightly sweet caramel, and some spicy bread dough. Finish is dry, tart, earthy, and with some pine and mineral hops.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, very full, smooth, and with good body.

Overall this is a very well made amber. A bit on the strong side, but quite flavorful, and well worth trying. My first beer from Florida, and it's a good one.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Dense thick foam capped a hazy copper hue. The lacing was thick and sticky.

Obviously this Red Ale is immensely hopped as I catch tons of fruit on the nose. Oranges, lemon, and tangerines with a bit of caramel malt.

I taste oranges, lemon and tangerines but also get raspberries. Some bitter hop pine, comes near the finish. The body is laced with caramel malts and subtle residual sweetness.

The feel is a bit bitter slightly astringent and sort of full. A bit of carbonated bite eats at the palate.

This is a fully hopped ale with tons of complexity and lots of flavor.

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Photo of arizcards
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Currently the #3 American Amber/Red Ale.

I grabbed this one from the brewery in Tampa and split with my pal Huzuhbendah.

A: Dark red, ruby, and totally looks like beet juice. Fairly cloudy, with a finger or so fluffy off-red(?) head that had major retention.

S: Hoppy red velvet cake and then some. Fruity for sure, and with a substantial amount of yummy yeast mixed in.

T: Bitter, but in a candy-like sort of way. It tasted like a melted Astro-Pop (you remember those right? Huhzuhbenah didn't), but with a hugely bitter kick on the back end. Very hop forward overall... more so than most Cigar City beers I've tried.

M: Bitter lingering, but in a good way. Creamy, but still very deadly in the hop realm.

O: You'd have to have a magnifying glass to detect any sort of Cigar City taste profile on this one, but it's still fantastic nonetheless!

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

Poured into a Pint Glass at the Distillery in Savannah, GA. First (legal) kegs of CCB available in Georgia! Woot!

Poured a dark amber-red with a creamy white head that fades to a slight soapy haze. Lovely nose of sweet amber malt and dank, piney hops. Taste follows the nose nicely, lots of pungent pine and grapefruit hops backed up by the sweet amber malt backbone. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Overall an excellent Amber that can stack up to the big boys (N.N. & Zoe) easily. So glad we can get it here in Georgia now!

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Photo of Danny1217
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a red hue. A small foamy head. Excellent lacing.
Smells of hops, citrus fruits, and dare I say... guava. Big tropical fruit aroma. I love the smell so much. I want to bathe in it.
The taste is almost as good as the smell. Lots of citrus and tropical flavors with a bit of a caramel sweet malty flavor. A nice crisp, dry finish similar to an IPA. Good carbonation and medium body.
Once again Cigar City brewing makes me happy to live in Florida. Unfortunately, even in Florida, this beer isn't available as often as I would like, because I would like to be drinking this all the time. This is the best American red ale available, and my favorite of Cigar City's year round beers.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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

A: Orange brown and red with only a tint of haze, no carbonation. 3 fingers of orange cream head. A little crusty lacing.

S: Big citrus piney fresheness pops out of the can on opening without even lifting it to my nose. Orange candy, malt, red pepper.

T: Orange candy, pine, sweet, citrus, spicy like orange peel and mulling spices. In spite of the big freshness of hop character, not a huge bitterness. Emphasis seems to be on the finishing hops which keep the freshness.

M: Medium, slightly resinous, lightly syrupy body with little carbonation.

O: Excellent, definitely one of my favourites in this style. Will give it 9 out of 10. Bought in Lakeland, FL, drank in Kansas City, MO, August 10th, 2014.

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

Poured a slightly hazy reddish brown with a smallish head that dissipated rather uickly to a thin film. Little lace expected but some clings rather tenaciously for a long while.
Smell is hoppy with citrus and a faint malt in the background.
Taste is along those lines in that hops predominates with a slight citrus note and some malt following in the distance though it is more noticeable in the aftertaste as the hops fades.
Nearly full in body, this brew has good carbonation, tangy upfront with a fairly quick fade. A citrusy hop note lingers longest, even surpassing the malt. Some warming occurs late. Another good beer from CCB.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red/copper color with an off white head that leaves superb lacing all the way down the pint glass.

Nose has tons of citrus hop goodness with some caramel malts, very nice.

Taste is citrus, grassy, pine, nice malty backbone with a little sweetness and a nice hop finish, outstanding.

Very easy to drink, even with the 7+ ABV, which is pretty well hidden

This is a great example of a hopped up red ale, well done. This is one of my favorite CCB beers, they need to bottle this one.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly burgundy tint brown. Great fluffy head with retention and strong lacing on the glass, good looking beer. Aroma was surprising, had the hop smell of an IPA, grapefruit citrus with some interesting background aromas that I was unable to pick up but enjoyed. Taste was different, the grapefruit is there but muted, a little roast, maybe a bit on the burnt side, bitter finish but not enough sweet malt to balance. I was expecting more bang from the flavor. No exactly what I would want but interesting, enjoyable, quality brew.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Amber body with a sticky tan head that leaves a ton of lacing. Transparent body, simple and good looking.

S- Big, juicy hop aroma that has grapefruit and herbal notes. Caramel malt sneaks in to provide a slightly malty aroma.

T- More of the herbal hop flavors come through, along with the grapefruit flavor. Caramel backbone provides a smooth and balanced finish.

M- Medium bodied with full flavor and medium carbonation.

O- Very good hoppy amber. Hops shine, but the flavor is balanced.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.8/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of jegross2
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.

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Photo of socon67
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours amber with a tan foam that lingers. Minimal lacing however.

S - Scents of citrus, and caramel. Kinda like a caramel apple. Funky, but relatively faint.

T - I like that this has some complex layers of flavor. Spicy, malty, and a touch of fruit sugars. It is tame, and I don't know if I like that it isn't just another in your face amber, or if I would like a more robust beer.

M - Extremely drinkable and smooth. Perfect for just about anytime you want a beer. Carbonation is soft, robust body yet not too heavy, and easy on the taste buds.

O - Another solid offering from CCB. This is a good change of pace and an example of subtle characteristics making a good beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep reddish brown in color. Thin white head, about 1/2 finger's worth. Significant visible carbonation bubbles. Even with the deep color, it's nearly clear.

S: Citrus hop, sweet malts. A bit muted overall.

T: Pine and citrus hops up front. Fades to a caramel sweetness in the middle. Hop bitterness at the end, and there is just a bit of hang with it. The alcohol is noticeable near the swallow.

M: Really nice here. A body that's somewhat heavier than an IPA, and very smooth for the style to almost creamy in the middle. Good amount of carbonation sensation.

O: Don't know that it's my favorite style, but this is a quality beer. Personal preference would be a little heavier with the hops. The only complaint I have is the alcohol presence seems a little heavy given it's (relatively) tame ABV.

EDIT: I've updated the ratings to reflect a fresh bottle I had from a recent batch. The comparison is nearly non-existant. Much hoppier, more citrus character and the malt is less sticky sweet. Also (or perhaps as a result), the alcohol presence is significantly decreased. Much improved.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/8/14, poured into a pint

A- pours a deep amber color with a small creamy white head that reduces to a small ring around the glass, good clarity

S- Citrusy hop aromas with an emphasis on grapefruit zest, earthy & leafy, caramel malt & fresh sweet bread. Fresh hop aroma really sticks out

T- citrusy hop flavors with more grapefruit zest coming through, and some orange peel. Fresh leafy notes lead to sweet caramel maltiness with doughy beady sweetness, the finish is bone dry, but lingers of citrusy hop

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth & velvety dry finish

O- this is an outstanding amber ale, the fresh citrusy hops are balanced tremendously with a sweet caramel malt backbone. If this were regularly available to me, it would be a staple in my rotation

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Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.