First I must apologize as I’ve always try to stay non-bias but I must state up front I hold Tocobaga Red Ale by Cigar City Brewing as one of my favorite brews since I discovered it last year. If you are open to a red pale ales then you must try Tocobaga Red Ale by Cigar City Brewing. It is listed as an amber style by many people but if you’ve had a chance to try this great tasting and very high quality beer then you know it is more of a red pale ale or even a red ipa in comparison. Although this beer is listed by Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida as a year round brew I’ve only been able to acquire it during the early fall over the past two years. Supposedly this is a very expensive brew and recently due to costs it has been reduced from a 6 pack to a 4 pack to allow for a profit margin which I won’t hold against Cigar City as I know the brewer’s margins are slim compared to the retailers and distributors who usually have much higher margins on craft brews. Getting back to the brew itself this is a very smooth red ale kicking up 7.2 ABV and a 75 IBU but with the great malty backbone it almost plays down the 75 IBU with a more pale ale taste of a much lower IBU. I can find a ton of IPAs and pale ales all day but finding a red ale IPA is a bit less common and this is one of the best if not the best in that twist of styles. It has a rich malty caramel and toffee flavors with hints of biscuit malts then the citrus smells are followed with the flavors of citrus and hints of pine from the large amounts of citra hops that have been added to the brewing process. If I had to list my top 10 favorite brews I’d have to list Tocobaga Red Ale by Cigar City Brewing and #1 favorite red ale.
Citra Dog American IPA by Thirsty Dog Brewing is the true definition of an American IPA with light translucent cooper color with a modest head. This American IPA is sporting an IBU of 95 and a solid 6.5% ABV with loads of amazing flavors from the citra hops. Citra Dog American IPA by Thirsty Dog Brewing comes across as a very mild looking brew with little to no noticeable aroma but with the first sip you get a nice moderate mouthfeel with an juicy smooth malt with a bold bitterness and mild bit that has hints of floral and citrus leaning towards a bit of grapefruit and a subtle pine towards the end of the sip. I was concerned when I first saw a few of the Thirsty Dog Brewing 6 packs locally available as the label looked very trendy and I was concerned they were trying to compensate for the brew but after buying a 6 pack and as this is the last of the 6 I have been pleasantly surprised with an impressive American IPA that I would be proud to share with friends.