Smokabaga | Cigar City Brewing

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85
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40 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cigar City’s Tocobaga Red Ale treated with chili peppers.

Added by ktrillionaire on 06-21-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
40
Reviews:
10
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.12%
 
 
Wants:
1
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of djmichaelk
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewery, served in a snifter. I talked to one of the brewers and apparently this batch was way too spicy, so they blended 1/3 of this with 2/3 regular Toco for the final result.

A - Pours a slightly hazy reddish-amber, with a huge, billowy couple fingers of head that has some staying power. Plenty of lacing around the glass.

S - Hmmmm, I get some spiciness and bitter hops, like a chili beer, but then a band-aid aroma takes over and dominates. Very medicinal.

T - Up front is the spiciness of the chili, along with lots of smoke. Bitter, resinous, piney hops. Then the band-aid comes in. Then back to pine on the finish. Pretty much the whole way you get smoke in the background. Can't make my mind up if I like it or not, but I'm leaning toward no.

M - Somewhat aggressive carbonation, but it's pleasant. Medium-dry finish.

O - The medicinal aspect of the beer isn't too pleasing. I've come back to try it multiple times but it's just not working for me. I think I would like this a lot more without the smoke and just with the chili; I think the spice would pair nicely with the hoppy bitterness.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Swim424
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one out of a cask at proof in tallahassee as a glassware giveaway.
Poured a deep red with a nice big head on top. The head fell pretty slow. Smelled of some toasted malt and maybe a bit of hops and chile. Tasted like some smoked malt and a very small hint of chile's. A tad of hops thrown in there as well. Sort of a medium body, with some well balanced carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good beer. Havent had much for the style but this one was worth the try, and wouldn't mind having it again (actually tried to but they ran out).

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Photo of billab914
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Jason_cs
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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Smokabaga from Cigar City Brewing
3.81 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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