Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 213
Hads: 1,271
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 25.67%
Wants: 178
Gots: 167 | FT: 13
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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 CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark reddish brown with a loaded head and good retention. Had it poured in a unibroue tulip.

smell: nice hop presence

taste: awesome imeprial red. balanced caramel and citrus hops.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: I'm still waiting for CC to miss on a beer. Seems like they are perfect!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold in a shaker pint at Hops & Pie in Denver.

Tocobaga is a beautiful hazy red color with a thin layer of tight creamy head.

Aroma immediately lets you know that this is going to be a hoppy red. Citrusy, piney, and a little bit malty sweet.

Flavor is really something special. It's such a great balance of malty red ale and big hop flavor. It doesn't knock you out with bitterness but gives you lots of hop goodness.

Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth and easy drinking for a strong hoppy beer.

Overall this is such an amazing beer. Flavor and mouthfeel are spot on. I've always wondered if Cigar City beers were overrated but, if this is anything to go by, they've earned their hype.

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Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to dolfan54fl. Poured into CCB snifter.

A- Pours an opaque dark nutty/chocolaty slightly reddish brown. Not too much of a head. Average, to slightly below average carbonation.

S- Sweet and malty with aromas of caramel, honey, and some floral notes.

T- Sweet, malty, caramel, honey, definitely sweeter then your average red ale. Finishes with a nice sweet, malty finish.

M- Medium bodied, slightly below average carbonation, finishes smoothly, abv very well hidden.

O- This was another great CCB offering. Not my favorite beer that I've ever had, but fantastic for a red ale. Lots of flavor and easily drinkable. If anything it might be a tiny bit too sweet. Definitely recommended trying.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date and no real information on the ABV ( I don't think). I have had this one for about a month I think. Poured into DFH signature glass

A: Very cloudy unfiltered brownish red. Bits of yeast etc. Thin layer of off white head. Fades to ring quickly. Lack of carbonation. Not really any lacing.

S: Piney hops and sweet malts. Pretty simple smells. Some hop astringency.

T: Nice sip actually. Nice piney hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then you get those sweet maltiness in the mid mouth. And a clean piney filled close.

M: medium bodied red ale. Nice mouth coating.

O: B+ on the old grading scale. Might have been higher without some of the flaws in appearance and smell. Those yeast particles really were offputting to me I guess.

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

Thanks to cubanbeerguy for the extra. Bottle says 7.2% ABV. Tasted 25 August 2013.

Pours a lightly hazy rusty amber color. One finger of very light tan head. Good retention and fantastic lacing, with a ring of bubbles around the surface.

Smell is really nice, though I'm having a hard time describing it. It's light on the malts, just a touch toasty, dark grains like rye, but mostly clean. Spicy! A bit herbal. Delicate but complex. Very nice.

Taste is interesting; it's about 2/3 of the smell. Has the grainy malts, spice that's sometimes only a light touch and other times pretty assertive, and a mild bitter swing in the back-end. It's funny; it drifts between boring and good. On balance, it's closer to good.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation. Lasts just the right amount of time, going-staying-almost-staying and then poof it's gone.

I like this beer. It's more spicy than anything else. A spicy red ale is something I don't remember having before, but I'm really enjoying it.

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Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost murky, more-brown-than-red ale, topped by a firm cream head with excellent retention and leaving long lines of lacing.

Lovely aroma blending citrus and floral hops with brown sugar and caramel. Bright and bready.

Flavor beautifully matches the aroma, with sweet juicy citrus notes up front, tons of caramel and brown sugar throughout, a slightly green, herbal edge to the bitterness, lots of bread to the malt, and a bitter, citrus peel-tinged finish.

Lively mouthfeel, slightly slick and syrupy, long wet and oily finish.

This is a lovely, tasty ale, reminiscent of a lower ABV version of Brown Shugga.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to my buddy Chris for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a hazy mahogany color into a tulip with a half finger of tan head.

Smell – Nice hops, berries, citrus, caramel.

Taste – Wow. I’m not a red ale fan and this is starting out nice. Great citrus hops up front, slight berry flavor, floral notes, and a nice sweetness that is not cloying.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – A red ale I’d have again. Thanks Chris!

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

Pours a hazy red-tinted dark orange with two fingers of dense cream colored foam, settles very slowly to a thin cap. Sheet of delicate lace left down the glass. Smell: caramel and toasted grain base with a dose of pineapple. Citrus rind and a soft note of tropical fruit along as well. Taste: caramel, mildly toasty, sugared tropical fruit, blam of white grapefruit, earthiness, and a note of alcohol. Medium bodied with exceptionally creamy feel. Liked this on tap last year, love it in the bottle now. 6 packs, please. And, whoa, is this a bottling stamp from CCB? May 15 11 stamped in white on the side of the label.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice semi-clear ruby color. Nice thicker white heading with some great lacing. Some particulates left over while pouring the second half of the bottle.

Nice sweet caramel aroma pulling through here to start things off. Nice bit of hops settle in behind the sweeter caramel wall along with a decent cedar wood finish. Very nice.

This was a tad of a let down. After a big build up in the nose this didn't seem to capitalize on the bigger hoppy notes that I initially smelled. Crisp and malty but no big hop bite that I have grown accustomed to in this style.

Mouth was kind of the same thing. A little thin a little watery but was smooth. Slight buttery slickness in the mouth the left a film. Good carbonation.

Not a bad offering at all.

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Photo of shand
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the CCB taproom.

Pours a copper color with a nice head that retains well and leaves nice chunky lacing down the glass. The smell is absolutely amazing. Like sticking your nose into a bag of hops. There's just a bit of malt in the back of the nose. The taste here is a hop-head's dream. Nice citrus and tropical hops are really front and center here. The malts are just a supporting role, this is a superlative hop-forward brew that drinks closer to an IPA.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, if fairly unremarkable. The drinkability is absolutely stellar. This is an absolutely phenomenal brew, and I'm looking forward to the bottles they made yesterday so I can bring this bad boy home and drink it every night.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean deep amber with a finger of head which left a nice creamy ring of lacing behind. nice hoppy grapefruit citrus and caramel in the nose.. reminds me a lot of nugget nectar. the flavor profile is different than NN for sure - a nice grapefruit hoppy bitterness followed by a caramel AND bready/nutty notes.. very much more malt oriented, but tasty as all hell! medium body with a creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

this is a really delicious amber ale.. very bready, yet very hoppy, with a nice sweet tone to it. if you don't live within their distribution, check out leuken's online, they deliver (that's how i got mine!)

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

Pours a deep hazy copper color with thumb sized tan head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is wonderful deep caramel notes with lots of hops citrus notes, floral mingled with tobacco hints. Rich malty plus a good dose of the hop.

Taste is is same as the nose nice rich caramel malts all be it little lighter then the nose by a hair. Hops kick in subdued citrus notes bigger herbal/tobacco notes finish is citrus bitterness though. Light alcohol esters as it warms that blend perfectly just adding to the flavors.

Mouthfeel is good for amber big medium smooth with light pep in the finish.

Overall I am loving this one wish I had picked up more then a sixer. If available in my area this would move up to my go to amber.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky almost like brown with 1.5 finger of sticky head.

Smells of sweet caramel malt. Some earthy and piney hops.

Starts off with some sweet caramel malt flavor. Some strong bitter earthy hops make a presence at the end and balance out the malt a bit.

Mouthfeel and carbonation levels are both good.

Very solid beer. Got better as it warmed just a little.

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

CCB event at Barcade.

Red body, white head and lace. Effervescence is apparent amidst the malty, hoppy aromas.

Nicely blended and balanced as I sip; high drinkability doesn't bode well for tomorrow morning. Between this, the Orange Wood IPA, and Huna on tap, tomorrow will be rough. Cheers!

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Photo of kbutler1
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Pours a clear copper red color with a slight tan head. Hoppy citric aroma on the nose along with sweet malt and some woodiness. Nice lace left on the glass as it settles. Medium mouthfeel with good carb. The flavor starts off with some sweetness followed by flavors of citrus hops and the earthy/woody notes in the nose. For a red ale this is nicely balanced without being too maltyl. Very easy drinking as well. Ends with a lingering bitterness from the hops.

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Photo of brother_kenneth
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden red with a fair amount of white/cream colored foam; lacing is pretty nice. Sticky brew!

S- Aromas are very citrus-fruity and hop-forward with a nice caramel smell. There are floral and pine notes as well.

T- Delicious malt is the undertone for the prominent citrusy hops, pine, and caramel. The malty caramel thing goes incredibly well with the hop. Probably the best I have tasted in a hoppy red. It is nicely carbonated and juicy (I have seen that as a descriptor before and I have not really understood it until now). Great mouthfeel!

O- This is a remarkable beer, and is the first I have tried from CCB. Looking forward to many more if they are half as good as this one!

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint on tap at the brewpub.

Pours a fiery orange shade with a patchy eggshell head. Big caramel malts and citrusy, white grapefruit hops make up the aroma. The taste is of huge piney, critrusy passionfruit hops mixing flawlessly with a toasty, toffee malt profile and some clean, bready cracker notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fantastic, creamy carbonation level. A chewy maltiness quickly gives way to a strong, resiny bitterness in the finish. Bitterness lasts a long while. Alcohol is impeccably well hidden throughout.

This is a stellar Red Ale. It could easily be considered an American IPA. Very hop forward with excellent malt balance. If in Florida, seek this out.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Bottled 11/19/12. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours deep chestnut with a half finger cream head that leaves lace trail where it rests against the glass.

Smells of citrus and floral hops with sugary bread backing it up and sweet berries as it warms.

Taste is a nice balance of sweet bready malts and hops. Toffee, floral, citrus, sweet bread, berries and sugar. Very little alcohol presence.

Slick but almost creamy medium feel with a decent bit of carbonation that rests on the base of the tongue. Berries and hops in the finish.

One of my favorite red ales. My wife rocks for finding me a couple bottles in Florida over her Christmas break. It borders an IPA but the malty notes of toffee and berry help it stand apart. Good stuff here and well worth a try.

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Photo of richj1970
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice extra in a recent trade. Poured from 12 oz can into tulip glass.

A: Ruby tinted brown with a generous 3 finger fluffy white head that left some nice chunky lacing.

S: Resiny hops, oranges, caramel.

T: A nice balance of citrus notes with bitterness from the hops. A bit of sweetness creeps in at the last minute.

M: Medium body with a good level of carbonation. Easy drinking brew.

O: This a nicely balanced red ale. Would be a nice one to have 6 or 12 on the boat for a nice day of fishing...

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Photo of JayS2629
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep red with a creamy white head that faded slowly but left minimal lacing.

The aroma was of toast, nutty notes, and rich caramel with orange zest and grapefruit notes.

Simple, but complex. An oxymoron of making harmony of some clashing elements. Hints of spice in the back of big caramel, apples, and citrus. Nice balance.

Medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, very good, complex and interesting. Wouldn't drink a lot.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-apricot colored with a thick cream colored head that has good lacing

S-well it also smells like apricot, fresh apricot. some spices and caramel. and a lot of citrusy hops. this is a complex smelling beer.

T-this is amazing. comes in with smooth apricot, hops, and caramel with a tinge of bitterness. the after-taste is a long lasting bitterness along with what reminds me of rye. has a certain amount of spice to it as well.

M-medium and creamy carbonation with a creamy bitter finish.

O-becomes less complex but still stays great. i want them to bottle this. people will love this. i could drink this all night long. i find it to be MUCH better that nugget nectar.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: I've mostly been on a hop kick with IPAs & DIPAs.

However, this was an excellent red ale. Fantastic smell and with great mouth feel and taste.

Found a 6-er of this 3 days old and figured I would finally try it...glad I did.

A refreshing ale and a good benchmark for this style, though I'm not that prevalent in this style currently.

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Photo of Ri0
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler poured into Duvel tulip. Grant brought this one up from FL for me.

A - pours dark amber orange in the glass. Nice 2 finger dirty white head, little remains on the glass. Good amount of lacing.

S - Good amount of red malts and some honey scent mixed with a generous amount of hops. Floral, citrus, orange, and pine make it very nice. Some dark fruit scents.

T - Great flavor on this. Nice citrus, orange, and bitterness on the front giving way to fruity tones (bitter ones, however). Nice red malts, breadiness, honey, and dark fruit. The sweetness is followed by a more subdued kick of citrus and bitter hops. I love Red Ales that taste like this.

M - Nice carbonation for a Red Ale. Body is medium with some stickiness to it.

O - Another hopped up Red Ale that I enjoyed. May be closer to a Imperial Red IPA, so damn good. Thank you Grant!

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with an engraved date to mark the bottling date of this brew: 10/15/13. I received this as part of a Cigar City sampler pack with small Belgian tulip glass. Poured into said tulip glass.

Appearance - I love the hue of this beer, a murky burgundy red with undertones of garnet/ruby--very similar to the hue of clay red on the bottle label. The head, unfortunately, leaves a bit to be desired, with an aggressive pour barely coaxing out a finger of taupe foam that dissipates fairly quickly. Admittedly, my use of the Cigar City tulip, which seems to hold only about eight ounces, may have hindered the head formation. Eventually settles with a film of thin bubbles across the surface of the glass.

Smell - A wonderful balance of tropical and citrus fruit hops, some nice earthy peat and grass, and the caramel malts that likely impart a great deal of the stunning color of this brew. Upon my first whiff out of the bottle before pouring, I thought this was going to be one of those big hop "red IPA" style amber ales, but given room to breathe, those hop notes become just a piece--a very important one--in a aromatic puzzle.

Taste - The hops are a little less aggressive here, with hints of the tropical and citrus elements lurking in the background, but a nice sweet (but not overly so) and malty profile of caramel, toasted bread and sugar caramelizing in a sautee pan are the stars of the show, as they should be for a proper amber. Still, the hops do not go quietly, providing just enough pungent counterpoint to the sweeter grains.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied, with just a tiny touch of wateriness. Moderate carbonation and a semisweet finish. Honestly, the feel is the first place that this beer has seemingly come up a bit short.

Overall, a fantastic beer from Cigar City, and one that immediately takes its place amongst my preferred offerings in the style. I could see this particular brew appealing both to amber purists, who love that chewy malt profile, and hopheads like myself, who prefer their caramel malts with a lupulin glaze. A 'tweener, if you will.

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

Served in a pint glass for $6.75. Sampled 11/23/10.

A: Amber with red tints and crystal clear. Average sized head of 2 fingers, off-white in color and great retention.

S: Enormous hop character given the style, mostly tropical with light citrusy notes. Bready with strong caramel notes and possibly even a dash of chocolate malt (I may be wrong here though since no one else garnered the hint of chocolate in the aroma).

T: A basic amber recipe with a monstrous hop bite (relatively speaking, of course). 75 IBUs provides more than enough bitterness to balance out the caramel component.

M: The bitter flavor lasts through the finish, promoting the dry quality on the end of the palate. Medium body, ample carbonation.

D: [DRINKABILITY] Definitely an above average amber ale and somewhat unique in this arena. The hop bill certainly solidifies this...

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Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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