Smokabaga - Cigar City Brewing

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very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Cigar City’s Tocobaga Red Ale treated with chili peppers.

(Beer added by: ktrillionaire on 06-21-2011)
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.78/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-cask at Hoptomic. This is Tocobaga Red, aged on Ancho and Pasilla peppers.

A - It pours a murky tea-brown hue and is capped with a small off-white crown of soapy froth.

S - Wow, this is a ridiculous nose. The essence of smoke is strong, but the aroma also betrays that the smoke is culled entirely from the peppers. Underlying is a caramel maltiness, and spicy-savory herbal hop character. The capsaicin seems to have supplanted a lot of the more vibrant hop notes; it is a wonderful exhibition of chilies.

T - The flavor delivers on the promise of the nose, and then some. The malt provides a rich caramelized, toffee-ish and maple-like base for the exposition of some deep smoke and pepper flavor. There seems to be a bit of UK Ale yeasty fruit character, and the malt is taking on some nutty and chocolatey undertones; very well-integrated. The hops, again, seem to be supplanted in some aspects by the chilies, but that is the whole point of this brew; that which remains apparent from Tocobaga's base hop profile serves to add complementary complexity to the spicy-sweet interplay. This is the best pepper-centric beer I have had.

M - The brew has a creamy feel that adds complementary texture to the toffee-ish nature of the base.

O - Tocobaga, the base beer, is a delicious and superbly crafted beer, and this treatment tends to highlight some of its greatest strengths. Best Chile Beer ever.

Photo of socon67
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of LowbrowMedic
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of One2Remeber
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Brewer's Pizza in Jax, FL. My favorite beer is Tocobaga so I am real excited to try this out.

A: A light murky brown color with an amber/orange hue. Creamy off-white head stays around for a while. Thin lace left on the rim. Very distinctive appearance.

S: Potent chile pepper smell off the bat, lightly smoked. Aroma is clean, subtle and inviting. Hints of caramel malts underneath, have to try hard to find them.

T: Taste of smoked malts up front like a rauchbier but a small fraction in comparison. At the back end the smoked presence quickly fades to let the caramel sweet malts shine. After the swallow a spicy sensation comes back on the palate for a pleasant lingering taste that is not over-bearing by any means.

M: The hops and chile peppers combine for a unique bitterness on the outside of the mouth. Light body and creamy presence balances out the potent spiciness.

O: Extremely impressed. I really enjoy this style. I would put this on the level of Terrapin Reunion 2011 (Chile Brown) just not as complex. Very drinkable and pairs well with some spicy gator stew:)

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is probably one of the best Chile beers I've had yet. This poured out as a nice deep red color with a cream colored head on top. The smell of the beer has some light smoked pepper aromas along with a little bit of the malt coming through. The taste of the beer had a good amount of caramel flavor at first that faded into the smoked flavors which them started to heat up from the pepper. The mouthfeel was heavy and a bit thicker than I expected it to be. Overall I found that this beer has the perfect balance of flavors in it. There is just enough heat in the finish to say "there are peppers in there!" but still maintains a good drinkablity for the common person. Really nice brew here.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Smokabaga from Cigar City Brewing
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