Tocobaga Red Ale
Cigar City Brewing

Tocobaga Red AleTocobaga Red Ale
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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #6,110
4.1 | pDev: 10%
Oct 07, 2021
Sep 16, 2010
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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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
10/7/21 On tap at brewery in Tampa on the way for our stay at Sanibel island. Lovely red color, ever so slight sweet and piney aroma. Very bright and bitey in the mouth, finishes bitter.
Oct 07, 2021
Rated: 4.54 by RockyM72 from Florida

Jul 19, 2021
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is amber, a littler murky and opaque, head is off white/light tan, head presents 1/2 inch thick and then dissipates to thin, whispy top and some lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is citrus pith and rind, resinous pine, light caramel malt.

Taste is citrus pith and rind, resinous pine, caramel, toasted malt, biscuit.

Mouthfeel is low/moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, moderate/strong bitterness.

Overall a very nice strong, malty, bitter red ale - self explanatory and well executed.
Apr 13, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by WesMantooth from Ohio

Apr 11, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by mickyge from Massachusetts

Apr 11, 2021
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Reviewed by taint67 from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Another excellent beer from a brewery that is fast becoming one of my favorites. This is a "big" beer, 7.2 % big hops, big malt. So if ya plan on hammering a 6 pack you might need a designated walker. Pours nice hazy red-amber, lots of tropical type hops in the nose. I checked the brewers website and they use citra and summit. A lot of the new big IPAs are seemingly using these varieties of hops. I like them. I lean old school to the cascade, centennial type but this is an excellent beer. It is one that gets better as it warms to me. I poured one cold and just savored it and as it warmed the hop flavors and bitterness and the malty sweetness seemed to blend nicely. Beautiful stuff, nice head, thick lace. Try it.
Mar 20, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by runlikeakenyan from Indiana

Mar 14, 2021
Rated: 2.75 by DaveCash from New York

Feb 16, 2021
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Note: Can lists it as a Red IPA at 7.2%. There's a separate BA listing for that, but nobody seems to be posting there...

Dark garnet with pitted linen foam that rims; fresh orange rind with toffee + ganga; strawberry, caramel, red grapefruit, slight honeydew, pine; round, slightly sticky, salty, scratchy bitterness.

4.25 4.25 4 4 4.25

Late Sept packaging date - coming up on 4 months, which ain’t great, but still in play for something non-NEIPA.
It indeed feels like it maybe lost a step in how it unfolds: big malts, a dip, then big IBUs. Blueberry mentioned on the label makes me think Mosaic, and I’m not getting much Citra; it’s mostly C hop-esque citrus + pine - is something missing?
Still, the bright red notes put me in the mind of all those juicy reds from the Naughties like Lucky 13, back when there was no such thing as “Red IPA,” just Imperial Ambers.

Behind Red Rocket + G’Knight but ahead of Cascazilla; I’d love to taste it fresher.
Jan 27, 2021
Rated: 4.41 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Dec 20, 2020
Rated: 4.44 by Johnnyc3 from Florida

Nov 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Siegman from Florida

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
This beer from Cigar City is like a second Jai-Alai imo as it's a year round consistent beer that's extremely palatable yet stronger than most, especially with it's ABV.

It has a dark-amber color and is quite hoppy with a citrusy-tone, also prevelant is a high hop count and is quite highly bitter although the flavors do make it quite enjoyable and a notable exception.

Overally, it's a bold tasting red-IPA that feels like a true nod to it's indian name and look, a true red warrior that makes it my go-to local beer for a higher ABV that isn't unbearably hoppy.
Nov 10, 2020
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Reviewed by jeffdr123 from Florida

3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Cigar City. A nice twist on the IPA. It's just what the name suggests: malty on the front end and hoppy bite on the back end. I should have this in my frig.
Nov 07, 2020
Rated: 3.98 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Aug 29, 2020
Rated: 4.12 by RollDamnTide from Florida

Jul 03, 2020
Rated: 4.02 by MGibbons from Maryland

Mar 16, 2020
Rated: 4.38 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Mar 14, 2020
Rated: 3.84 by markallmon from Tennessee

Feb 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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
Feb 18, 2020
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Reviewed by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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.
Feb 11, 2020
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Reviewed by hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.
Feb 05, 2020
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Reviewed by Freonicus from Tennessee

4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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?
Jan 30, 2020
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Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
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...
Jan 26, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Jan 23, 2020
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Reviewed by haines710 from Delaware

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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
Jan 01, 2020
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Reviewed by KooVee from Finland

4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
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.
Nov 30, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Oct 30, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Oct 20, 2019
Rated: 4 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Oct 14, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by Gmartin75 from Pennsylvania

Oct 05, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Mattias from Sweden

Sep 27, 2019
Rated: 4.09 by desint from Belgium

Sep 17, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by KenC from South Carolina

Aug 28, 2019
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
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.
Aug 25, 2019
Rated: 3.58 by jimpyle48 from Virginia

Jul 18, 2019
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Reviewed by SmashAdams from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%
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
Jul 18, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by JamesLeung from Florida

Jul 15, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jul 03, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jul 01, 2019
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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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.
Jun 30, 2019
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