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Smokabaga - Cigar City Brewing

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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:
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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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

nmann08, Feb 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

RayUF07, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of djmichaelk
2.55/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

djmichaelk, Oct 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

JohnParadee, Jun 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

ThreeFishes, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of tugg407
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

tugg407, Jan 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

ROGUE16, Oct 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

cp45, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Swim424
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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).

Swim424, Feb 16, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

billab914, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Huhzubendah, Jul 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

johnyb, Feb 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

CGMLS3, Jan 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

InspectorBob, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

orangesol, Jun 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

LambicKing, Mar 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

johntfox, Sep 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

kylehay2004, Jul 18, 2013
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.

oline73, Jun 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

nickhiller, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Tyrawlings, Mar 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

manutdfan, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Friskybeerrapist, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

bob727, Nov 21, 2011
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Smokabaga from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.