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Smokabaga - Cigar City Brewing

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Smokabaga
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BA SCORE
85
very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
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:
Cigar City’s Tocobaga Red Ale treated with chili peppers.

(Beer added by: ktrillionaire on 06-21-2011)
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nmann08

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

02-07-2012 15:03:58 | More by nmann08
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RayUF07

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

07-26-2014 04:46:29 | More by RayUF07
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djmichaelk

Florida

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
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.6%

07-20-2014 16:48:59 | More by Howlader
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JohnParadee

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -14%

06-09-2014 00:18:34 | More by JohnParadee
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ThreeFishes

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -14%

01-29-2014 02:06:36 | More by ThreeFishes
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tugg407

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-06-2012 07:33:26 | More by tugg407
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-29-2012 17:06:34 | More by ROGUE16
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cp45

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-06-2014 02:40:26 | More by cp45
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Swim424

Florida

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
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billab914

Virginia

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
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Huhzubendah

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
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johnyb

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-05-2014 13:46:37 | More by johnyb
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CGMLS3

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-02-2013 03:17:55 | More by CGMLS3
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-07-2014 13:00:18 | More by InspectorBob
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-05-2012 06:17:15 | More by orangesol
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LambicKing

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-11-2014 14:56:47 | More by LambicKing
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johntfox

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

09-11-2013 18:45:39 | More by johntfox
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-18-2013 22:17:56 | More by kylehay2004
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oline73

Maryland

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
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nickhiller

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-05-2012 21:46:43 | More by nickhiller
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-12-2012 14:47:42 | More by Tyrawlings
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manutdfan

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-27-2013 17:58:55 | More by manutdfan
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Friskybeerrapist

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-15-2012 13:50:32 | More by Friskybeerrapist
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bob727

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-21-2011 17:27:11 | More by bob727
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Smokabaga from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.