Tocobaga Red Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Tocobaga Red AleTocobaga Red Ale
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Tocobaga Red AleTocobaga Red Ale

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by tpd975 on 09-15-2010

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Ratings: 1,454 |  Reviews: 248
Photo of HoosierInOhio
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Tampa buddy for this trade.

A - Dark Red, with a caramel/brown color, topped with 1 inch of thick foamy head that took a few moments to dissipate. Opaque, looks like a brown ale.

S - Tough to get a read even after letting it warm. Some Dark fruits, smokey aroma, molasses or caramel.

T - Lots going on to the taste. Mild hops, caramel, some sweetness possibly a hint of vanilla? A slight smokey burn aftertaste but just right, not too much.

M - Creamy, swishy, velvety, feels great.

O - My second CC beer. While the nose was tough to pick up, everything else was great. Very good and a memorable red ale.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice semi-clear ruby color. Nice thicker white heading with some great lacing. Some particulates left over while pouring the second half of the bottle.

Nice sweet caramel aroma pulling through here to start things off. Nice bit of hops settle in behind the sweeter caramel wall along with a decent cedar wood finish. Very nice.

This was a tad of a let down. After a big build up in the nose this didn't seem to capitalize on the bigger hoppy notes that I initially smelled. Crisp and malty but no big hop bite that I have grown accustomed to in this style.

Mouth was kind of the same thing. A little thin a little watery but was smooth. Slight buttery slickness in the mouth the left a film. Good carbonation.

Not a bad offering at all.

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Photo of baconbourbon
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tocobaga: bottle
Appearance: Very dark amber with a nicely sustainable head and excellent lacing.

Smell: A light piny aroma. The smell is not too strong or overpowering. That is always a plus for me.

Taste: Spicy up front, followed by notes of malt and caramel. The caramel is extremely prominent in the finish.

Mouth feel: There is a slight bubbly feeling from the carbonation, but other than that it goes down very smoothly.

Overall: I love a good red ale, and this beer is exactly that. This beer is incredibly well balanced, and very drinkable. I just polished off this 750ml by myself and I would not mind having a bit more.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep red with a creamy white head that faded slowly but left minimal lacing.

The aroma was of toast, nutty notes, and rich caramel with orange zest and grapefruit notes.

Simple, but complex. An oxymoron of making harmony of some clashing elements. Hints of spice in the back of big caramel, apples, and citrus. Nice balance.

Medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, very good, complex and interesting. Wouldn't drink a lot.

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Photo of socon67
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours amber with a tan foam that lingers. Minimal lacing however.

S - Scents of citrus, and caramel. Kinda like a caramel apple. Funky, but relatively faint.

T - I like that this has some complex layers of flavor. Spicy, malty, and a touch of fruit sugars. It is tame, and I don't know if I like that it isn't just another in your face amber, or if I would like a more robust beer.

M - Extremely drinkable and smooth. Perfect for just about anytime you want a beer. Carbonation is soft, robust body yet not too heavy, and easy on the taste buds.

O - Another solid offering from CCB. This is a good change of pace and an example of subtle characteristics making a good beer.

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Photo of flexabull
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of cyrusthepup, thanks again!

Pours a dark and hazy amber color with a fine white head.

Aromas are of brewed tea, caramel, and earthy malts.

Taste is very earthy, with brewed tea, slightly sweet caramel, and some spicy bread dough. Finish is dry, tart, earthy, and with some pine and mineral hops.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, very full, smooth, and with good body.

Overall this is a very well made amber. A bit on the strong side, but quite flavorful, and well worth trying. My first beer from Florida, and it's a good one.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear amber-red with moderate carbonation producing a 1/2 inch light tan head. Nice for style. Hint of lacing.
S: Citrus and pine hops. Soft melon, mint, sweet caramel malt, and a hint of wood (cedar?).
T: Amalgam of citrus (grapefruit especially), pine, aromatic herbal, and sharp-bitter hops...nice balance amid the chaos. In the background lies sweet caramel malt, cedar, and mild tobacco. Quite nice.
M: Smooth and oily with a sharp, bitter, and moderately dry hop finish.
D: Another solid offering from CCB. A nice take on the style. Love the hop chaos.

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Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass at the Distillery in Savannah, GA. First (legal) kegs of CCB available in Georgia! Woot!

Poured a dark amber-red with a creamy white head that fades to a slight soapy haze. Lovely nose of sweet amber malt and dank, piney hops. Taste follows the nose nicely, lots of pungent pine and grapefruit hops backed up by the sweet amber malt backbone. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Overall an excellent Amber that can stack up to the big boys (N.N. & Zoe) easily. So glad we can get it here in Georgia now!

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Photo of BrewerB
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered via Leuken's Liqours in Dunedin, FL. Nice to get a taste of home.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with yellow highlights, and well-retained light tan head that's leaving lacing aside the glass.

Loaded with some aromas including grapefruit, orange. Also a hint of papaya and pineapple. Underlying caramel maltiness. Touches of chocolate and deeper roasted grains.

Initial citrus hoppy bite sits atop the firmly formed malt backbone. Toasty grain middle followed fluidly with a sweeter caramel conclusion. Medium-long, dry finish with a linger caramel sweetness and hints of grapefruity hops.

Crisp, snappy carbonation keeps the aromas unlocked and a medium body rounds out the flavor profile.

Overall I'm both disappointed that it took me moving across the country to have beer like this originate from Tampa but delighted to get my hands on it. Will certainly be looking forward to more.

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Photo of fields336
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler served in SN snifter.

A:dark red, purplish color almost, with 2 fingers of frothy creamy, khaki/mocha colored head. this is an intense looking red ale.

S: citrusy and piney in aroma, with caramelly, malty background notes.

T:tons of pine, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, delicious delicious red ale. truly amazing

M:cant expect much more from a red ale, medium body, really nice carbonation, not too dry of a finish.

O: I really really enjoyed this beer, truly one of CCB's most awesome style examples of how far they can take it. I think it's more of an Imperial Red but I'm not complaining. I'm going to be getting this on growler a lot more frequently.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head with brown body and crimson hues.

S: pine and grass hop aroma

T: strong hop flavor. A little sweet upfront. Floral and wood notes. Pine is also present.

M: moderate carbonation, medium body

Overall: This was a pleasantly surprising beer. The taste is excellent though it has a little alcohol that comes through but the taste is complex. This may be my favorite of the cigar city beers I have tried.

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Photo of fsvan
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Deep, translucent amber. Big, slightly amber head that is thick and persisting.

S- Big, unique hops. A bit of pine, and interesting, almost overripe citrus dominates. A light, typical red ale malt profile in the background.

T- Follows the nose fairly well. Big hops, but not an overload. And, again, this isn't a typical hop profile. It's very hard to put a finger on. A good amount of slightly sweet malt on the back end, finishing with a lingering bitterness.

M- Medium bodied. Very carbonated.

O- A good beer, but I was a bit disappointed based on the reviews.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at CCB. Served on a pint glass.

A: dark amber color with some glowing red tones. Small head that managed to stay for a bit, good retention. Lacing was excellent and decorated the pint glass very vigorously.

S: the smell was a bit mute and hard to get on this one, but I was able to tell woody aromas, clear pine and fresh hops.

T: hops, then some hops and then more hops. They create a bitter taste that goes well along the other woody flavors.

M: medium body, very low carbonation. Goes down smoothly and easily.

O: this was the second beer of the night while at CCB and they kept delivering. Highly recommended.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A – Poured out a deep ruby red with two solid fingers of off white head. Nice lacing left behind to the finish.

S – Malt, nice citrus nose with definite grapefruit. Piney hops.

T – Like the nose it has a solid pack of citrus right up front. Malty baby. Hop bitterness follows along. Trace amounts of caramel sweetness linger at the back end. Pineapple, grapefruit and oranges.

M – Medium to big bodied with lively carbonation. Drying at the finish.

O – Solid CCB offering here. It’s a big malty ale. Nice bite all around and a pretty easy drinker. This is one to try. No disappointment here. Will be getting more.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #3 American Amber / Red Ale on best of styles lists, slightly overrated in my opinion, served in a DFH snifter.

Beer is dark amber, red, with a nice big tannish head of small bubbles, nice carbonation and lacing, looking good. Beer is mostly clear until the sediment ends up in the glass. Looks pretty decent.

Aroma is malt malt and more malt, a little piny hops.

Beer is thick, seriously thick, heavy on the malt in the front, middle and back. this is a malt bomb. tastes pretty good though, just too heavy for me, especially for such a big bottle. It was good and I'd have it on draft again but not again in the bottle.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler recieved in a trade from a local BA, Gtreid.

Growler aggressively poured into pint glass a deep copper amber with a huge light khaki head. Lacing rings everywhere sticking to the sides, EVERY WHERE!

Nose is mostly spicy, floral hops, grapefruit & sweet soft caramel malts. Literally smells like candy, only this candy is 7.4% abv.

Strong fruits - grapefruit, orange, pineapple - all the way through. Malts on the tongue are rather mild & subdued a bit by the hops, but it works. Its a bit thin in the body (5/10), but carbonation is fine.

Overall, its a solid American Amber Ale. This is one of my least favorite styles, but I was really anxious to see what CCB would do with the style. They did not fail to impress here.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Great Lakes stemmed pint glass on 8/9/11.
*From notes

A: This beer glows. Literally, it's a ball of sunsetting amber light that filled the room. A hard pour yields a superb 1.5 finger head and gobs of stickiness around the glass.

S: Tropical notes of pineapple, tangelo rind and juicy mango. I'll be damned if this isn't one of the most aromatic ambers I've ever encountered.

T: Halved yellow grapefruit, ripe juicy orange and pineapple upside down cake. Balance that with a solid dose of toasty malt and a somewhat bitter finish and you've got the makings of an impressive amber ale. It's slightly acidic and earthy on the middle, and the finish dries up on a unique and delicious island fruit note.

M: Another creamy and top notch mouthfeel from the boys (and girls) at CCB. It's not sharp or brash in any way. Instead it's rich, frothy and an absolute pleasure to drink.

O: Cigar City's Tocobaga Red Ale is one of the top two or three ambers I've consumed. It's got everything I look for within the style's limitations, plus an agressive hop profile that demands respect. Have I had better? Possibly, but this is certainly no slouch, and one which you should actively be ISO.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy Jefe73 for this one! Signed by the brewer and label artists (1 of 80???)! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, bitter hop, and subtle citrus. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this brew was quite good. Really glad CCB started to bottle this one as I have been wanting to try it for quite awhile. It did not disappoint... The Amber flavor profile on this one was definitely present and quite enjoyable. The malt backbone on this one was pretty solid and enjoyable. The citrus aspect on this one just took it to another level. Really glad I finally got to try this one!

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Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Currently the #3 American Amber/Red Ale.

I grabbed this one from the brewery in Tampa and split with my pal Huzuhbendah.

A: Dark red, ruby, and totally looks like beet juice. Fairly cloudy, with a finger or so fluffy off-red(?) head that had major retention.

S: Hoppy red velvet cake and then some. Fruity for sure, and with a substantial amount of yummy yeast mixed in.

T: Bitter, but in a candy-like sort of way. It tasted like a melted Astro-Pop (you remember those right? Huhzuhbenah didn't), but with a hugely bitter kick on the back end. Very hop forward overall... more so than most Cigar City beers I've tried.

M: Bitter lingering, but in a good way. Creamy, but still very deadly in the hop realm.

O: You'd have to have a magnifying glass to detect any sort of Cigar City taste profile on this one, but it's still fantastic nonetheless!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

The beer is russet brown, with orange to crimson highlights. The head is an inch thick, composed of dense, off white sea foam. The snifter is utterly caked with lacing.

The aroma brings some nice hop character, along with a faint malt presence. The scent is reminiscent of many Cigar City brews I have had, with notes of dense smoke.

Great flavor and quite interesting. Not your ordinary red ale. The smoke and hop flavors are integrated elegantly. This beer is great for sipping or rapid consumption.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Alcohol content is minimal.

Overall, an interesting and unique brew. Fun to drink. I am glad for the opportunity to sample this.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy brownish red with a light tan foamy head. lots of active carbonation.

smells extra piney and hoppy, with a bit of burnt orange zest in the nose. very earth as well, smells almost like an ipa, more than a red ale.

tastey and sweet with a piney aftertaste. less citrussy than in the nose, however, there is a light bit of almost melon flavor. earthy and dry in the finish. also has the trademark cigar city funk that all there beers seem to have. also I may be detecting a hint of cedar.

mouthfeel is creamy and dry with some prickly carbonation and a very light body.

this is a very drinkable beer, not to heavy, very flavorful but not overpowering. also just different enough to be interesting. num num.

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Photo of imbibehour
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very large foaming light tan cap sitting on a bit of a cloudy amber body. Pinhead sized uniform bubbles a little bit of a dull looking body. Clumpy retention for the head.

Bouquet is a nice hop and mix of sweet malt. Sort of floral and nice, perfume like but not overbearing.

Taste is a good hop floral sense with a lingering slow hippy finish. Caramel malts seem a little overtaken by the big hop presence, but they show up in a good coating texture in the palate. A little bit of spicy sensations as well on the swallows, a nice tannic nut like dryness too.

Overall pretty solid. I'am not that amazed by it, but it is just a good solid well done amber ale.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Pours a deep red-amber color with ruby highlights and a 2-3 finger frothy pale tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Pineapple, coconut and pine with a touch of sweet malt. Smells a lot like their White Oak Aged Jai Alai.

Taste: Pine and bitter citrus up front followed by a hint of toasted malt in the middle before ending with another round of bitter hops at the finish. There are undertones of sweet citrus and coconut throughout. Aftertaste is bitter with just a light amount of sweetness that really balances it out. The aftertaste really lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. The hop oils are very sticky and really coat the palate.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. I wish they offered this in 4 or 6 packs.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. Not your typical American Amber/Red Ale since it is so hoppy, but the category isn't too precisely defined in the first place. I would rank this among the best Cigar City beers that I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up at Connecticut Ave in DC. So happy that this is finally out in bottles, as I've been looking for it ever since it was first released. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a dark blood-amber color with a two-finger off-white head and quite a bit of sticky lacing on the way down. Thin cap throughout. The nose carries a really nice burst of fresh citrus and pine with slight tropical notes. Underneath that is a bit of caramelized sugar and bready sweetness. Really quite nice and nails the description for a hoppy amber.

The flavor falls back a bit from there, as the hop flavor isn't as prevalent as the nose would lead you to believe. However, there are certainly still plenty of hops. Nice brown sugar and caramel sweetness plus backing malt. Medium body that is fairly chewy and has a bitter finish that is slightly dry. Good carbonation. Really, really solid effort all around. Well worth the wait.

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Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pours a dark hazy amber with a big creamy beige head that recedes pretty quickly to a thin collar and leaves really nice lacing.

Aroma is hoppy with some pine resin and lots of caramel malts and a bit of toasted bread. There is a little bit of wood character as well, interesting nose for an amber.

Taste has a little more citrus than the nose, with some oranges and white grapefruit up front giving way to the caramel malts, bread and hints of sweet fruit. Lightly bitter finish, roasty.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for an amber and really creamy with strong carbonation.

This is an excellent amber, one of the better ones I've had lately with a nice balance of sweetness and hops with that distinctive CCB woody character. Good stuff.

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Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,454 ratings