Smokabaga - Cigar City Brewing
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
2.55/5 rDev -32.5%
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.
10-07-2011 19:42:04 | More by djmichaelk
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
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).
02-16-2012 05:48:25 | More by Swim424
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
Smokabaga from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.