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Smokabaga - Cigar City Brewing

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Smokabaga
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85
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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:
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%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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%
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).

Serving type: cask

02-16-2012 05:48:25 | More by Swim424
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billab914

Virginia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 18:19:13 | More by billab914
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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.