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RATINGS: 509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
The Tocobaga lived off the bounty of Tampa Bay hundreds of years before the arrival of the Spanish in the 1500’s. They were potters, tool makers and the only Florida natives to grow maize. The large platform mounds they built are still with us today, with one of the largest found near Old Tampa Bay in Safety Harbor, Florida. Climb to the top, and with a little imagination, you can see Tampa Bay as they did. Graphic design by Eric Swanson. Recipe by Tim Ogden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (5031) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 15, 2016
Can kindly shared by MisoW. Many thanks! Intense resiny citrusy zesty grapefruit and orange aroma and flavour. Strong hops bitterness and flavour. Malt only in background. Very tasty very hoppy very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
magnus314 (2) - USA - JAN 31, 2016 does not count
Really wanted to like this. Had a decent aroma of crystal malt, hops, and sweetness. Head is fine but thin, appearance was basically horrible with green chunks and dead yeast chunks. Full on floaters / yeast rafts. First taste is harsh and chunky with definite yeast bite. Sad, really, because the aroma promised so much. Hops were abrasive and really not good enough to get me over the giant floaters and horrible off tastes. Overall not good, texture was challenging with so many chunks. A good idea poorly executed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewBrain (160) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Can to glass. Gorgeous ruby-brown mostly clear with some Unidentified Floating Objects as others have mentioned. Aroma of sugar syrup with fresh hop floral and mango. Flavor is surprising assault of sugar crystal malt component as well as hop- origin grapefruit and a very decent bitterness. 2 beers for the price of 1! Gotta love it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (25477) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 31, 2016
Draught@CBC2015. Reddish amber colour with a mediumsized slightly off-white head. Aroma is wood, some grains, mild sweet malts as well as some floral and herbal notes to it. Flavour is quite sweet maltiness with some grains, mild hay as well as some floral, mild alcohol and nutty notes to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zenkis (775) - Ogre, LATVIA - JAN 20, 2016
Tastes almost identical as one of my homebrews: caramely, malty thick, rather sweet but with some tiny sour notes amber ale infused with lots of toasted malts character notes. Above medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smaynard6000 (1007) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2016
can. Pours a reddish amber color with a small beige head. Aroma is a combination of grapefruit and caramel malt. Flavor is balanced, with some bitterness up front followed by some sweetness. Smooth with a hoppy bite on the palate. This is very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (1053) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2015
The reddish amber body was clear, and the head formation was two fingers thick. The aroma of the beer was well balanced between malts and hops, as I could smell grapefruit, mango, melon, toffee, and a touch of honey. The taste was quite IPA like, as there was an immediate rush of tropical fruit flavors on first sip, followed by a spicy hop flavor. There was more malt presence than an IPA, but not as much as a typical red ale. The beer was very easy to drink, and had a medium mouthfeel and a sweet aftertaste. This was a very well made, hoppy red ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrmir (5638) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2015
On tap at CBC15. Amber with off white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruit, marmalade, pine, resin, caramel, peach. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Slightly hazed orange pour with off white head and lace. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and some citrus notes. Flavor is slight sweet caramel malt followed by a very nice citrus bitter finish. Light sweet/dry finish if that makes sense. Nice beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1701) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Beers that are red in color tend to be some of the most attractive and appealing beers out there. Yet, no one seems to agree on what exactly a “red ale” is; though most seem to be either an amber ale or an IPA that happens to red instead of golden, copper or orange. Cigar City Tocobaga Red Ale seems to be a little of both as it has the malty sweetness of an amber, but the strong hop profile of an IPA. Consider it a red IPA I suppose.

I poured a 12oz can into a red wine glass. It was canned on 10/1/15 and cost $2.49 ($0.21 per ounce). Thanks to Mike for this can!

Appearance: Magenta/maroon hue; very dark though plenty of murky sediment bits can be seen floating around. Pours to a thumb-width, tan, foamy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Citrusy and floral hops for sure. Clean, bright, classic. There’s definite malt sweetness in the nose as well.

Taste: There’s a lot going on in this beer, and yet it’s also a bit simplistic. For a hop-forward brew it’s quite malty (I swear that sentence makes sense). Citrusy bitterness and flavor right away; especially that of ruby red grapefruit. But there’s also a lovely sweetness that’s difficult to ignore. Definitely the flavors commonly found in amber ale – caramel or toffee or treacle – though not cloyingly sweet. The bitterness is quite strong, which isn’t surprising considering the 75 IBUs. It’s also intensely dry and seems to absorb all the moisture out of the mouth after each swig. Alcohol is prominent as well and creates for a slight medicinal character; thankfully, it’s not all that annoying or distracting. Overall, the taste here is pretty nice.

Drinkability: At 7.2% ABV, Cigar City Tocobaga Red Ale is a pretty strong brew by most measurements. This creates for a bold palette, though the actual delivery is no burden whatsoever. Mouthfeel is thick with a slight sticky sensation to the texture. The alcohol imparts warmth and the hops do linger to dry out the tongue. Probably a good beer to stand up to savory food.

RATING: 7/10

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