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Tocaloma Amber Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Tocaloma Amber AleTocaloma Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by watermelonman:
Photo of watermelonman
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured to a dark amber. It looks pretty nice. The head is moderate, and the lacing looks nice.

The smell is good but for some reason I don't think it reflects the rest of the flavor. The taste had a touch of honey, but being a little too light and watery kept it from being really good. The hops are solid and well-represented. I'd guess that there's some galena hops in there.

It's pretty good; that's about the long and short of it. There's other ambers that I'd seek out before this one.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like a well hopped American Red and this near perfectly fits the bill,poured a clear amber/bronze with a creamy-like 1/2 finger head that left one wide ring around the glass as it settled into a frothy mass.What great balance in the nose the is a big piney hop note but a just as big caramel and brown sugar sweeter malt base as well with a lighter roasted note as well,alot of things going on in this amber flavor wise somewhat sweet and buttery upfront with caramel and brown sugar once again the piney,grassy hop flavors linger into a nice finish.Wow what a nice amber its Cali all the way with its hop profile but the sweeter malt that goes with it is outstanding.

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Photo of Jason
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz short brown twist bottle, no freshness date found.

Appearance: Dark amber with a brown hue, slight chill haze. A pillow-like head forms from the vigorous pouring and very slow subsides to a thick cake of lace with sticky patches on the glass. Best head I have seen in a while.

Smell: Sweet and grainy with notes of toasted grain and caramel, very faint buttery diacetyl.

Taste: Well structured medium body with a moderate carbonation and smooth mouth feel. A layered malt profile shows it is dominant though the hops do balance adequately. Levels of toasted, caramel and even a touch of roasted malt hit the palate one by one. Hints of chocolate and bitter coffee with a toffee back round are additions to the complexities. Finish is long and hard with toasted grain and leaf hop flavours.

Notes: Drinkable enough to have year round but it makes for even a better cold weather brew to warm the spirits. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew, a stupendous blend of malts to come up with those big malty flavours. One of the greatest amber ales I have had to date.

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Photo of ADR
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brown color, a few chunks, big head of very satiny character. A peach-like aroma. Fruity flavors to the malt, peach and a little grape. Mouthfeel is decent. Best characteristic is the brew's balance, the hop bittering is distinct and kicks in just at the right point on the back of the tongue. There's little about an Amber in this brew, but hey, its California. I pretty much liked the distinctive flavor.

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Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper to rub redy with a 2 fingers+ deep off white head that drops to a healthy film with bubbles still rising from the bottom of my pint glass. Good head retention, slight lacing

Smell; Rich maltiness, some fruitness &slight grainy smell

Taste: Maltiness followed by slight grain/hops bitterness. Slight nuttiness with dryness/maltiness on the finish

MF: Balanced with good carbonation.

Very drinkable, would make a great session beer IMO. Nice amber that shows a lot of character. I've not had any beer that's ever let me down from the lagunitas kennel. Try this!

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Photo of Murph
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extrenely dark amber, almost brown, with a nice tan head that stays nicely. Smell is of some good malt content and a nice balancing hops. Taste is great maltiness with a perfect balancing amount of hops. Not quite enough hops for the style. Smooth and creamy acroos the tongue and very drinkable. Tastes more like a brown ale than an amber, not quite hoppy enough. Very well balanced and great tasting just not really on for the style.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another hefty-priced Lagunitas 6-pack found at Kensington Wine Market here in Cowtown--but it's still cheaper than the gas would be for a quick juant over the border to pick up some of this otherwise.

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle, brown and yellow label. This stuff is absolutely gorgeous to look upon, when held to the light it's a luminous rich ruddy copper hue, a fine exemplar of what an amber ale is capable of in appearance. I was so caught up in the body that by the time I noticed the beige head had already receded to a thick ring, so I can't really comment much more about it. Flowery and citrusy hops greet the nose first, laid-back caramel and toasted malts supporting as the backbone.

The backbone weakens with the flavour a bit though. Nice blend of malt and hops, sweet toasty caramel embraced by coquettish flowery hops, little bit of a grassy kick on the finish, and then tastefully balanced aftertaste. But it's all so subdued, very mild, like the flavour profile expected of a mild brown ale or an average dunkel. Perhaps the stunning appearance sets it up for higher expectations from me than it has to offer. Muted, like listening to a great symphony cranked up on a kick ass stereo system, but through your neighbour's wall, instead of within your own space where you can fully appreciate it.

That said, the mouthfeel redeems it once again with a full creamy velvety richness that rolls over the tongue, but still has its watery patches that also lesson the impact of the flavour profile. A decent amber overall, they just need to crank up the robustness of the flavour a couple of notches, and everything will be in synch.

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Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite breweries and I keep a good supply of their beers at all time, because they always manage to hit the “B” spot.

Pleasant lucent deep amber on the pour, the head is presentable, the consistency smooth and the color a light tan with the resultant lace a thick sheet to cover the glass. Nose is sweet malt, crisp and clean, hints of caramel. Start rich with malt, slightly sweet, the top middle of the road feel wise. Finish has a nice crisp acidic bite, the hops just right and the aftertaste dry and lingering, a great “session” beer and one that is always a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of marc77
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very well balanced Amber Ale! Great head retention with a dark red hue. Very bready aroma with a slight caramel note. Grainy, biscuity malt flavors balanced by a clean hop bitterness and slightly earthy hop flavor. It's got lots of flavor for a session beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good tasting, definitely darker than amber. Malt first then some hop flavor. Good carbonation & head. The ABV is 5.0%.

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Photo of misterscooter
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great looking beer. It pours a very clear, deep brown with an unmatched head that was very even throughout. I didn't want to drink it because it looked so good but in the name of beer, I was able to twist my arm. I didn't get a lot of smell out of it, which isn't necessarily bad. It definitely had a mellow beer smell with just a bit of nuttiness.

What a great feeling when this beer hits your mouth. So smooth and refreshing with just enough hops to have a dry bite. Ever so slight sweetness sits in the background and slowly edges forward to balance out the hops.

I think Lagunitas has produced such a well balanced ale. If you want to take a larger swallow, it works, if you want to slowly enjoy it, this is also your beer. I'm glad I found this one.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of GClarkage
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

05/30/05- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Amber colored pour, thick foamy head and nice lacing.

Smell- Good amount of caramel scented malt overrides any other scents.

Taste- Definite caramel roasted malt with maybe a tad bit of hops in the background. Maybe even some coffee flavor?

Mouthfeel- Perfect level of carbonation for this type of style.

Drinkability- I was dying of thirst and this one certainly helped out. Very tasty red ale. It's no Imperial Red Ale or Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale, but it's still holds it's own.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, medium head. Medium bodied amber. Roasted malts, slightly sweet. Some hop spiciness, but the malts predominate. Full flavor. Mild taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet, some bitterness. Nice milder tasting amber.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super nice color, is a dark ruby, orangey, brown, kinda hazy, with a small bubbly white head and patches of tight lace around the glass. Smells of nice sweet, fruit-like, malt with some fresh hops. Taste is great, very smooth, bold, clean, & fresh. Creamy and sweetly done malt with a very nice smooth, but slight hop dryness. Perfect medium body with a light and sweet dry finish. Very nice indeed. Well balanced and yummy. This is a great amber!
I can absolutely drink alot of these.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looks like a brown ale as it pours. In the glass, it is a dark ruby. Very nice beige head with some retention. On the nose, I get some musty, oily hop notes and some sweet underlying caramel malt tones. Not bad, but nothing to get excited about. Taste is pretty unique for an amber. There's a dryness present that I don't usually find in ambers. There's some nice maltiness, but not the abundant caramel or vienna malt that I like in Reds. And very little toasted quality to speak of either. Nothing stands out with this brew, but it's definitely not a bad one.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The original Lagunitas brew and still one of their best. Pours a dark, almost maroon amber, with a decent head and above average lacing. Smells deeply of roasted malt with less of a hop twang than expected. What is there is complexly citrusy, though. The taste is immediately sweet and biscuity, but the backbone is all smokey maltiness. A very refreshing bitterness lingers at the back of the tongue and on the roof of the mouth, with some mineral notes going away. Mouthfeel is a little thin, even for the style and especially considering the menacing shade it carries. Drinkability, however is great. This beer is very versatile in the seasonal sense as it is both hearty and quenching.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnished, darkly bronzed orange; one of the darkest, richest amber ales that I've ever seen. The almond colored head is three fingers of quality and features a weathered surface that takes its sweet time approaching the beer beneath. Fractured fingers of lace are arrayed haphazardly on the glass.

Amber ale noses often have a hard time impressing me... and this one doesn't. There's so little power that it's tough to get a handle on things. It's a little toasted malty, perhaps some weak caramel, no hoppiness that I can detect. An infusion of *something* is needed for it to rise above average.

Tocaloma is a decent amber ale. It's much more caramel malty than it is hoppy, which is an inversion of my preference for this style. The focal point of the flavor profile is toasted grain, although not as much as the dark color would suggest (if the two are even related). The flavor is on the low end of the intensity scale and never really finds its stride.

There is a mild hoppiness on the finish, but not enough to hazard a guess as to hop varieties. The beer tastes a little like weak tea with a pinch or two of sugar added. Even though the mouthfeel is acceptable and is in line with the style, it too fails to stand out.

Tocaloma Amber Ale isn't a dog, but neither is it 'doggone good!' as the label proclaims. It's somewhere in the middle; a drinkable, unassuming ale that is doomed to be forgotten by this beer drinker.

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Photo of dgilks
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark copper colour with a foamy tan head. Good head retention.

Nice nutty, bready aroma with slightly fruity esters.

Sweet malt flavour with plenty of nuts and toast. A touch of biscuit adds complexity. Nice.

Medium-full body with mild carbonation. Very suitable for this cask example.

A malty ale with good balance and a very silky mouthfeel.

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Tocaloma Amber Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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