Smokabaga - Cigar City Brewing
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
4.24/5 rDev +12.2%
Growler fill from Growler Tuesday (6/25/13) enjoyed in a CCB Pint glass.
A - Pours a deep red or muted brown/copper (depending on your lighting) with apx .5-1 inch of a light beige head. Foam dissipated after ~2 minutes leaving nice rim of lacing on the glass edges.
S - Hint of hops and a deep smoke like you've been tending to a caja china all day.
T - Initial flavor is floral, juicy, balanced and refreshing like the regular Tocobaga. Aftertaste leaves the back of the tongue and throat with a spiced chili and rest of the mouth with a rich smoke without the carbon flavor. "Tastes just like a cigar!" squealed a female friend while tasting.
M - Light, watery, good carbonation thought the drinking period.
Final Thoughts - Really enjoyed this one. Had more flavor and not nearly as spicy as the Mango Habanero IPA that they offer while leaving a nice zing in the aftertaste. Didn't get to have this one at Hunahpu's Day but glad I got a growler of it to share. If you like a beautiful balance between smoke, spice, and floral notes where you can't taste the alcohol in it; then this is the one for you!
06-28-2013 23:50:40 | More by LowbrowMedic
3.63/5 rDev -4%
Reviewed from notes. On tap at Churchkey Savor week. Ruby red in color with a thin head clinging to the edges of the glass. Nice looking color to it.
The aroma immediately shows the hot peppers. I get a good amount of the actual pepper coming through thankfully, instead of all heat. Not much else can come through the pepper flavors. It's very flavorful, but also a little too vegetable like.
The pepper flavors are pretty good in the taste. It's hot but not overwhelmingly hot. It is a little like liquified hot peppers though. For a pepper beer though, it's not bad at all.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall, it was a decent beer for the style. The peppers were very flavorful and not overwhelmingly hot, which I liked. It was interesting, but not something I'd want that much of. They did a good job getting the pepper flavors to really shine though.
07-26-2012 18:19:13 | More by billab914
District of Columbia
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
On draft at Churchkey in D.C.
The beer is amber hued with a quarter inch of off-white head. The aroma offers a healthy dose of smoke, ash, spicy peppers atop a sturdy malt bill. The flavor is more assertive, with smoky, spicy peppers leading the charge. A bit of a lingering, spicy burn in the throat. Overall, a fun and interesting beer.
07-04-2012 16:46:01 | More by Huhzubendah
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
I had this on-tap at Churchkey in DC. Served in a snifter.
Appearance: Pours a red amber color with a layer of white head that leaves a ring around the pour.
Smell: Full of peppers with some smoke and malt sweetness. Not overly powerful.
Taste: Like the smell but stronger. I'm getting some sweetness but the dominant flavor is from the peppers. There is a burn that carries through the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a tingle of carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: I'm always a sucker for pepper beers. I enjoyed this one, it had just the right amount of burn. I would have another.
06-13-2012 03:22:34 | More by oline73
4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
Has this on cask at the Blue Point Cask Festval.
A - Pours red with an off-white foam. Slight carbonation.
S - Smells of tabasco and fresh chillies. Would easily clear your sinus. The scent is potent, yet still enjoyable.
T - Smoky flavor that quicky goes to a chili burn. Spicy feel hits your mouth and feels like good cajun food.
M - Spicy burn, but is just smooth enough to be enjoyed.
O - Very impressed by this beer. Its actually a decent drinking beer that would go great with a sweet thai dish.
04-15-2012 22:35:11 | More by socon67
Smokabaga from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.