Pours clear with a half glass of thick, tan foam. Retention is above average. Lacing is sporadic but sticky with staying power.
Aroma has citrus written all over it will some pine hops backing it up. Caramel malts form the backbone that the hops sit on. Don't be surprised if you mistake for an IPA by aroma only.
Taste is sweet up front with hops joining in the middle, through to the end and into the finish. Hops are mainly citrus: orange, apricot, and mango. The finish is slightly sweet coinciding with a bitter bite that is pleasant with some staying power.
Medium body with a medium carbonation that fits with a creamy center.
One of the finer amber ales I have had. Maybe it is the hops, and it probably is, as this beer is easy to drink. The ABV is hidden well and makes it dangerously easy to drink on another hot, humid day in the mid west. Enjoy!
The Tocobaga Indians lived off of the bounty of Tampa Bay for hundreds of years before discovered by the Spanish in the 1500's. They were potters, tool makers and the only Florida native Indians to grow corn. The large platform mounds they built are still with us today, with one of the largest found in Philippe Park in Safety Harbor, Florida. Climb to the top, and with a little imagination, you can see Tampa Bay as they did. Today Cigar City Brewing honors this native spirit with Tocobaga Red Ale. A deep-colored amber ale with an abundance of hop flavor and aromas balanced with a subtle caramel malt sweetness in the finish. We believe if the Tocobaga were here today they would join us in raising a glass to the bay we call home.
"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, 'It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than selfish and worry about my liver.'" - Jack Handy