Tocobaga Red Ale
Cigar City Brewing

Tocobaga Red AleTocobaga Red Ale
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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #2,933
4.12 | pDev: 9.95%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Tocobaga Red AleTocobaga Red Ale
Notes: Pours amber in color with notes of citrus and caramel. Citrus hop bitterness upfront with notes of caramel and an Amish bread sweetness. Citrus hop bitterness returns at the end for a long dry finish.

75 IBU
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Photo of Tony210
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy reddish color, minimal head. Nice aroma of malt and hops. Great hoppy flavor with a nice caramel malt flavor. Nice hop bite on the finish. Carbonation adds to a creamy texture. Overall a very, very good red ipa, would buy again. Would like to try a fresher can next time.

12 oz can dated 11/18/19
4.25 rating

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Photo of Guppy314
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a can, pours as a cloudy brown with a two-finger frothy lasting off-white head. Distinct aromas of hops and (to me) fresh hay. Taste is entirely hops-forward with a nice level of bitterness (less bitter than I would have expected given the level of hops). Herbal, citrus, and caramel sweetness flavors follow. Overall, this is really solid -- a little too sweet for me, but offer this to my guests.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This Red IPA by Cigar City Brewing has 7.2% ABV and 75 IBUs. I poured it chilled into a standard pint glass.

Look-It has a copper color with red hues and a mahogany tone. The head is khaki colored and a rich silky foam.

Smell-It smells of citrus and pine with some caramel malts.

Taste-It has lots of hop bitterness alongside pine and citrus. I also get caramel notes from the malts. Essentially the taste follows the nose, but it has a rich flavor and is on the high-end of medium-bodied. It leaves a sticky coating on the tongue, but it is not sweet.

Overall-It has a pleasant appeal and is a well-executed Red IPA.

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Photo of Freonicus
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Lots of cherry tobacco flavor in this. I'm not usually impressed by red ipa's, but this one is pretty damn good. Got a 6'er of cans at my local Total. Fresh date. Reasonably priced, what's not to love?

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Photo of cjeep
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

heck of a beer. definitely deserving of the high rating and praise you can see on this page.
L: murky, slightly hazy deep red color. nice head that dissipates in moderate time.
S: subdued. bready, slight smell of sweet pine.
T: lots of pine. nice combination of caramel sweetness with hoppy bitterness. works quite well for me.
F: mouthfeel is smooth and rich. modest carbonation.
O: red ipa or hoppy red? who cares? heckuva beer that definitely merits a spot on your list...

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Photo of haines710
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great surprise. Found a six pack at a good price at Wegmans and had to give it a try. Hooked from the label and first sip. Love the citra hops and this is my current favorite. Hats off to Cigar City for a fine addition and perfect winter ale to have with food

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Photo of KooVee
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

33cl on tap.

Very murky amber, baldish head with decent lace.

Citrus blended with sweet bread and a hint of pine.

In the mouth the pine overrides citrus until right before the final notes. Nice solid, but streamlined, body that turns the sweet bread towards caramel but never goes overboard. The coniferous bitterness sustains interest throughout and makes you want to taste more. In equilibrium.

An excellent malty side IPA. Red ale imho means nothing much as a style.. this is simply a remarkably quaffable example of balancing sweet breadiness correctly.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smooth pour and hazy chocolate amber color with spicy and medicinal notes in the nose. Well balanced in the flavor, with dark malt and chocolate notes but a strong answer from the saltym, piney medicinal hops. This tastes good but feels a little bit like they kind of jammed this Frankenstein beer together with contrasting qualities. Not something I'll look for on the regular, but worth a try.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really solid hoppy red ale. Not quite up there with Nugget Nectar but damn good. Quite hazy with lots of hops and also an earthy or maybe herbal character that separates it from Nugget Nectar's more caramel flavors. yb

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Photo of Radome
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 12 oz can.

L - Reddish-orange color with a cloudy appearance. Strong, persistent, fluffy tan head.

S - Strong hops aroma includes low pine, earthiness and low tropical fruit. This combines seamlessly with nutty malt to give great depths of aroma. Low fruitiness from yeast character.

T - Flavors are good but not as rich as the aromas. Balance leans toward hops, which focus on pine and grapefruit, with lower levels of tropical fruit, The malt is bready and slightly nutty.

F - Medium body. Low, smooth carbonation lends a creaminess. Medium to high hops bitterness. Low alcohol presence.

O - An enjoyable beer but is it a red IPA (as the label says) or an American amber with a strong charge of hops? I'm not sure the hops are enough of a standout from the malt to call it an IPA,. I enjoyed its balance, which is not something I can say of many IPAs.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Burnt brown with a medium tan, creamy head that sticks around leaving behind a nice cap and some lacing along the way - some particulate floating around as well (not entirely sure it's supposed to be there) - the color isn't exactly appealing
S - Bready yeast and caramel along with bitter piney hops
T - Follows the nose: Piney bitter hops up front and throughout with bready yeast and caramel notes as well as slight blueberry notes. Some citrus notes throughout as well
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and somewhat creamy
O - A pretty solid red IPA with a good flavor profile

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Photo of Mrseanworldwide
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can calls this a red ipa. Taste incorporates a combination of typical traits associated with this two styles (red ale and ipa). Long dry finish. Bitter but pleasantly so. The scent is my favorite aspect of this buddy. Sessionable.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark, ruby red coloration with a large, creamy head. Smells of bready, caramel malt and notes of citrus and red berries, with just a hint of pine. Taste follows the nose, with a great balance of bready, caramel malt and piney, bitter citrus hops as well as a good dose of red berries, with notes of toffee, grapefruit, redcurrant and pine. Finishes with a strong bitterness and some citrus and pine lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This reminds me a LOT of Arrogant Bastard, but seems almost better, as blasphemous as that may sound, but perhaps this is simply due to this being a lot fresher than I was ever able to find AB. Great balance of bready, caramel malts and resinous, citrus hops, with a strong, piney bitterness, awesome stuff.

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Photo of Amendm
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An average pour from a 12-oz. can produced a finger of rocky light beige froth with long retention and arches of lacing. Murky opaque light brown (hint of red) with large floaties.
Smells of piney and citrus hops with a caramel malt sweetness and faint alcohol.
The taste begins neutral on sweetness with above average bitterness. The bread-like malty middle also features citrus fruits and baked apple, leading to quick and semi-dry finish. Bitter hops linger as an aftertaste. Medium-light body, smooth and abundant carbonation.
Alcohol is noticeable and bitterness is high (it says RED IPA on the label). Canned on 2/6/19, enjoyed on 4/7/19. Not very "true to style", competes with Imperial Reds and AIPAs.

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Photo of GACraftAdvo
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: This beer pours a darkish, red amber with about a finger of head. The head dissipates rather quickly.
Smell: The smell is extremely hoppy with some toasted malt smells. The hops consist of citrus, floral and maybe some blueberry aroma.
Taste: The taste is toasted malt with citrus hops. The bitterness is medium and the malt is balanced. Very clean and crisp.
Feel: The feel is a little on the thicker side as one should expect. I would call this medium bodied. It is slightly sticky on the tongue, but leaves a dryness at the back of the throat.
Overall: A great beer! If it is available to you I recommend you get some. It is not a party beer, but a few in the afternoon would suit you well.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a tulip pint.

Amber-mahogany. 1 finger of creamy tan head. Good clarity. Light carbonation.

Tangerine, pine, dank, biscuit, caramel, toffee, and candy sugar.

Pine resin, grapefruit pith, and hints of candied tangerine. Firm caramel, toffee, and toasted biscuit maltiness. Finishes bitter with pine and grapefruit.

Medium bodied, crisp, oily, dry, and bitter.

A dry, bitter, hoppy Red Ale. As advertised.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.16/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Can (01/08/19) to snifter.

LOOK: reddish brown, small but lasting off white head.
AROMA: Citrus, hay or wood
TASTE: lemongrass, hairspray, blood orange in the finish.
FEEL: Medium body, average carbonation,


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Photo of Samlover55
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into ipa glass
Canned on 11/16/18
Pours a murky brown with thin off-white head
Sweet caramel,  passion fruit
Rich chewy caramel, followed by fruity notes, with a nice bitter finish
Feel is medium- bodied and creamy with average carbonation
Overall this drinks like a throwback IPA, big malt up front with big piney finish

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours honey amber with two fingers of creamy head- Smells like pine, hops, berry. Feels luscious and creamy, nice hop bite with equal malt billing to even it out. Dry finish- Overall a fresh tasting IPA. Would recommend-

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Photo of gentlystewed
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky tea colored brown body, giving up a creamy tan head.
The aroma is densely sweet with mega brown sugar notes, and a hint of tangerine.
The flavor is perfectly balanced with an earthy caramel front-end, followed by a hefty hop slap on the backside.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Overall a fantastic effort from a great brewery. This is easily one of my favorites.

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Photo of jaialai-untilidie
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I believe they changed the recipe for tocobaga is its not exactly what I remembered. Abv is at 7.2 % now. Pours a cloudy, unfiltered amber. Smell is heavenly. Sweet malts, citra hops, a glorious thing. Probably the best part of this beer is the mouthfeel. Just silky smooth, almost an imperial feel to it, but alcohol is very restrained. Awesome beer

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Photo of sbruno1025
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark red into a frozen glass. Floral aroma and a nice tan head. The front is a nice balance of crispy carbonation and bread/caramel notes. Finishes very smooth for an IPA. Great overall. Very pleased.

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Photo of spectru
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TOCOBAGA Red India Pale Ale: A cloudy, semi-opaque dark tea color. This pale ale is definitely not pale. The tan head doesn't recede too quickly. Smells like a tasty IPA. Oh - and it is a tasty IPA, rich and smooth, full-bodied, not bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, good carbonation. Cigar City makes good IPAs.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can from BIF box. Canned 7/10/18.

Dark mahogany color with bright red hues up the sides, with an egg-foam yellow head of 2 fingers. Lace absolutely destroys the glass as the head recedes slowly.

Aromas of cured wood, a heavy mix of caramel and medium pale malts, slight dark berry, and lemon rind.

Flavor brings forth wild blueberries and caramel malts, slight lemon, dusty grain, pine, dark bread crusts, and some significant hop spoilage hiding underneath.

Feel is creamy and full, with a nice electric carbonation. Dry dusty finish with slight alcohol heat.

Overall, this CC beer holds up better than any of their other IPAs.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a reddish brown with a sudsy tan head. Perfectly on point for the style, IMHO. The nose is full of sweet fruity hops and caramalt - LOADS of caramalt.

The taste has an abundance of berry flavors, which combine exquisitely with the caramalt notes. This is an exceptional red IPA, IMHO.

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