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RATINGS: 489   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 1500ís. 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2010
On draft at CCB. I have had this beer a few times, and I am really growing to like it more and more. Pours a hazy light amber to copper color with off-white one finger head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, citrus, grapefruit, pine, light spice. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of citrus, caramel, grapefruit, floral esters. Medium body with a floral hop finish. Another great offering from CCB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5613) - 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
Chad9976 (1504) - Albany, New York, 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 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.

RATING: 7/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2423) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PotjeBier (2169) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
islay (1712) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HuskerTan (1160) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Can. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2582) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Concealer (1007) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (8980) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2015
From tap at CBC 2015. Hazy amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of grass, hops, fruit, bread, malt and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TH28 (285) - - SEP 11, 2015
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.

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