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RATINGS: 514   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 1500s. 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smaynard6000 (1117) - 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 (1073) - 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 (5864) - 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 (6121) - 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 (1784) - 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. Theres definite malt sweetness in the nose as well.

Taste: Theres a lot going on in this beer, and yet its also a bit simplistic. For a hop-forward brew its quite malty (I swear that sentence makes sense). Citrusy bitterness and flavor right away; especially that of ruby red grapefruit. But theres also a lovely sweetness thats 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 isnt surprising considering the 75 IBUs. Its 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, its 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 (3932) - 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 (3027) - 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. Aromas: 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 (2527) - 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 (2077) - 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 its full of complexities. Things do start to go downhill as it warms but its still tasty. And such a high abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (3276) - 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.

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