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Smokabaga - Cigar City Brewing

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Smokabaga
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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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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-18-2013 22:17:56 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

02-06-2012 07:38:31 | More by Knapp85
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-05-2012 23:50:02 | More by JAHMUR
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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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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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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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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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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Florida

4.78/5  rDev +26.5%

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.

06-21-2011 19:38:03 | More by ktrillionaire
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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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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

06-12-2014 04:13:24 | More by KVNBGRY
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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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socon67

New York

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

04-15-2012 22:35:11 | More by socon67
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JohnParadee

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -14%

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

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-18-2013 17:45:15 | More by sliverX
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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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Bartos

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-16-2014 15:20:49 | More by Bartos
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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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johntfox

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-24-2013 19:58:48 | More by Agentveba
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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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RayUF07

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

07-26-2014 04:46:29 | More by RayUF07
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Smokabaga from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.