Smokabaga - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 39
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 7.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ktrillionaire on 06-21-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Cigar City’s Tocobaga Red Ale treated with chili peppers.
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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 39
Photo of djmichaelk
2.55/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewery, served in a snifter. I talked to one of the brewers and apparently this batch was way too spicy, so they blended 1/3 of this with 2/3 regular Toco for the final result.

A - Pours a slightly hazy reddish-amber, with a huge, billowy couple fingers of head that has some staying power. Plenty of lacing around the glass.

S - Hmmmm, I get some spiciness and bitter hops, like a chili beer, but then a band-aid aroma takes over and dominates. Very medicinal.

T - Up front is the spiciness of the chili, along with lots of smoke. Bitter, resinous, piney hops. Then the band-aid comes in. Then back to pine on the finish. Pretty much the whole way you get smoke in the background. Can't make my mind up if I like it or not, but I'm leaning toward no.

M - Somewhat aggressive carbonation, but it's pleasant. Medium-dry finish.

O - The medicinal aspect of the beer isn't too pleasing. I've come back to try it multiple times but it's just not working for me. I think I would like this a lot more without the smoke and just with the chili; I think the spice would pair nicely with the hoppy bitterness. (1,124 characters)

Photo of Swim424
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one out of a cask at proof in tallahassee as a glassware giveaway.
Poured a deep red with a nice big head on top. The head fell pretty slow. Smelled of some toasted malt and maybe a bit of hops and chile. Tasted like some smoked malt and a very small hint of chile's. A tad of hops thrown in there as well. Sort of a medium body, with some well balanced carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good beer. Havent had much for the style but this one was worth the try, and wouldn't mind having it again (actually tried to but they ran out). (547 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (892 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (339 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of One2Remeber
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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:) (1,094 characters)

Photo of LowbrowMedic
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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! (1,112 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
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. (1,407 characters)

Smokabaga from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.