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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Pour from a bottle. Murky amber red color with an off white head. Aromas were of sweet malt. Medium and nice mouthfeel. Mild bitter hop presence along with the crystal malt sugar. Not a whole lot else going on. Pleasant beer but would not search it out.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2011
bottle thanks to kiefdog. poured amber with a white head. aroma was floral, caramel, and some slight pine. flavor had a big malt backbone, citrus, and pine. body was medium with low-medium carbonation. I wish that I would have drank this fresh.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2011
The aroma is strong with citrus and pine hops as well as caramel malt and a bit of candy sweetness. The appearance is deep amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a really good amber.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Reddish pour. Cream head. Lots of caramel, golden raisins, sugar cookie aroma. Flavor is full and slightly sweet. Tons of caramel malt. Great for the style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13231) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2011 Hazy brown color, beige head. Aroma of plain caramel. Taste of bitter pine. Interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2011
(750ml bottle courtesy of Markwise!). Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head. Arom has lots of citrusy hops, sweet malts and hard candy. Taste follows suit with the maltiness and some hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. Bitter finish. Not bad, but not my cup of tea.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
storminorman (78) - Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Nice red color. You can snell the hops. Very smooth. There is a subtle caramel flavor and a sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11841) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2011
Bottle shared at CPK, London, thanks to Paul. Pours rich ruby with a foamy, off-white head. Toasty malt aroma with plenty of hops. Fully sweet flavor in this guy, heavy malts, bread, some toast. Yeah, just big toast and sugar. Full bodied with average carbonation. Mild warming finish with very good balance. Plenty sweet, some pine and grapefruit. Very solid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jlo7399 (217) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Pours red with white head. Smells of floral hops. Taste is strong grassy hops with a solid malt backbone. Alcohol is apparent in this one, but not overwhelming. A little sweetness is detected but a nice bitterness is left by the aggressive hopping of this one. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2011 Bottle. Deep amber color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is nice; shows a caramel and pine needle dominant scent but with also some grapefruit and a touch of toffee. I must say, this is probably better than I thought it would be. Nice and clean, not one of these over the top Imperial Red/Strong Ales with one too many ingredients. There’s definitely some caramelized sweetness but not overdone, along with pine hops, a little citrus, and a toasty component. A little bit of the 7.4% shows in the finish as this warms up a bit but not much of it. I’ll be the first to admit the strong(er) Red is not really my thing but this was quite solid.


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