BrewBrain (137) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
oh6gdx (24585) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 31, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
zenkis (747) - Ogre, LATVIA - JAN 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
smaynard6000 (939) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
rajendra82 (1031) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Pyrmir (5318) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at CBC15. Amber with off white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruit, marmalade, pine, resin, caramel, peach. Nicely balanced.
decaturstevo (5742) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
ChadPolenz (1623) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
hackobock (3210) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
May 1, 2015. On tap at CBC2015, Blue session.
Cloudy brown with a smal frothy off-white head. Aroma is toffee, dark fruits, grapefruit, peach, hay,pine and grass. Taste is light to medium sweet, piney and grassy bitterness. Finish is sweet malty and fruity with toffee, peach, some grapefruit, grassy and piney bitterness,
Medium bodied, average carbonation.
PotjeBier (2556) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz can from De Bierkoning @ home, canned 1 October, enjoyed 11 November. Dark red/brown color, with yeast particles floating around. Light beige head with short retention. Aroma’s: hops, pine, resin, citrussy sourness. Retronasal: citrus sour, caramel, dark malts, resin, wet hops or tea leaves. Flavor is light to moderate sweet, with hints of fruity sourness, hardly any bitterness. Medium bodied. Long finish full of hop character, but only lightly bitter, herbal.