medallaisla (91) - - OCT 21, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sabe a fresas frescas, ciruelas, frambuesas. So many sweet fruits with a perfect malt balance to match the fruity hops. Otra cerveza perfecta de Cigar City!
decaturstevo (5613) - 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
Chad9976 (1504) - Albany, New York, 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 ďred aleĒ 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. Thereís definite malt sweetness in the nose as well.
Taste: Thereís a lot going on in this beer, and yet itís also a bit simplistic. For a hop-forward brew itís quite malty (I swear that sentence makes sense). Citrusy bitterness and flavor right away; especially that of ruby red grapefruit. But thereís also a lovely sweetness thatís difficult to ignore. Definitely the flavors commonly found in amber ale Ė caramel or toffee or treacle Ė though not cloyingly sweet. The bitterness is quite strong, which isnít surprising considering the 75 IBUs. Itís 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, itís 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 (2423) - 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 (2169) - 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. Aromaís: 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.
islay (1712) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can, consumed on 10-30-15. Pours a medium to dark brown with a moderate amount of beige head. Quite hazy and with much suspended particulate. Produces pretty good lacing. Not particularly red or even amber in color. Looks good. Very good, dry, piney, hoppy yet malty, red IPA-like aroma. Very substantial taste. Flavors of rye bread and citric, piney hops. Quinine, grapefruit, and bran muffin flavors as well. Soft in the palate. Some liveliness. Medium body. Unremarkable palate effects. My kind of beer! Not spectacular, but quite enjoyable. Should be classified as an American Strong Ale, not an Amber Ale.
HuskerTan (1160) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- Caramel, biscuits, plums, subtle smoke.
A- Brown color, hazy liquid, off white head.
T- Caramel, bready, malty, spices, pine, slight bitterness.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation,
O- As far as Amber Ales go, I suppose this is about as good as it gets. CC does it well and itís full of complexities. Things do start to go downhill as it warms but itís still tasty. And such a high abv.
evergreen0199 (2582) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from Total Wine, North Miami, Florida, USA. A hazy dark amber coloured pour with a healthy off white head on top. Hoppy, fruity, malty, caramel aroma. Tastes similar, hoppy, fruity, malty, caramel. Very nice amber ale from Cigar City.
Concealer (1007) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Hazy, murky, brown with a red tinge. Small beige head that lasts in a ring and laces some. Aromas of pink grapefruit, tangerine, pine resin, light biscuit, and toasted malt. Flavor is pink grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, pine, biscuit and toasted malt. Medium bodied, smooth with a dry end. Fruit and bitterness linger.
Borup (8980) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at CBC 2015. Hazy amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of grass, hops, fruit, bread, malt and caramel.
TH28 (285) - - SEP 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz can. Canned 8/24/15 (17days old). Appearance: Deep red mahogany, slight haze, thick khaki foam cap.
Aroma: Caramel malt undertone, with dominant, strong hop aromas of floral, tropical fruit, and resin.
Taste: Rich caramel maltiness with a touch of dark roasted malt, quickly turning to a strong but balanced hop bitterness with tropical fruit and resin. Roast comes thru on the swallow.
Mouthfeel: Medium creaminess with moderate carbonation.
Finish: Resinous bitterness lingers, along with some light roast.
Overall: Top notch American Amber. Malt complexity ramped up with the addition of roasted malt makes this much more enjoyable than a traditional Amber. Strong hop aromas and flavors are well balanced against the malt.