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RATINGS: 515   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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.

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3.3
oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 31, 2016
[email protected] 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.

3.5
zenkis (861) - Ogre, LATVIA - JAN 20, 2016
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.

4.3
smaynard6000 (1167) - 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.

4.4
rajendra82 (1093) - 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.

3.3
Pyrmir (6098) - 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.

3.8
decaturstevo (6244) - 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

3.7
ChadPolenz (1820) - 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. 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.

RATING: 7/10

3.8
hackobock (4029) - 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.

3.8
PotjeBier (3348) - 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. 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.

3.8
islay (2755) - 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.


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