Smokabaga - Cigar City Brewing
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
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
3.63/5 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
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
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
Smokabaga from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.