Tocobaga Red Ale
Cigar City Brewing

Tocobaga Red AleTocobaga Red Ale
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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #3
Ranked #3,230
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
Reviews: 292 | Ratings: 1,583 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Tuesday at 03:58 AM
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taint67 from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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
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StJamesGate from New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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
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Siegman from Florida

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
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
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Tony210 from New Jersey

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

Feb 18, 2020
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

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.

Feb 11, 2020
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

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.

Feb 05, 2020
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Freonicus from Tennessee

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?

Jan 30, 2020
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

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...

Jan 26, 2020
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haines710 from Delaware

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

Jan 01, 2020
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KooVee from Finland

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.

Nov 30, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

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.

Aug 25, 2019
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

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

Jul 18, 2019
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Radome from Florida

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.

Jun 30, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

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

Jun 16, 2019
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Mrseanworldwide from Ohio

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.

Apr 21, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

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.

Apr 19, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

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.

Apr 14, 2019
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GACraftAdvo from Georgia

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.

Apr 10, 2019
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 12, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

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,


Mar 01, 2019
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Samlover55 from New York

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

Feb 28, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

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-

Feb 08, 2019
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gentlystewed from Georgia

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.

Jan 25, 2019
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