Friday, July 22, 2011

Tocobaga Red Ale ~ Cigar City Brewing

Appearance: browns of the forest and the colors of long fallen leaves. Off-white head leaves lace around a thin film.

Nose: green hops – pine trees and pine needs with the essence of forest. Crunchy underneath – crisp twigs and pine cones. Nondescript spices, thin apple crisps, and the musk of older forgotten times. Fir and pine meets sweet crunchies.

Palate: clean. Crunchy caramelized sweetness underneath while atop twigs, pine needles, fir trees, fall leaves mingle together. Apple skins in the back with more twigs and whole cinnamon sticks. Whole hop cones – sticky and parching. More hop cones and pine in the breath. Nicely attenuated.

Final Thoughts: I drank a lot of this beer when it was on draft at Hurricanes. A lot. So much so I forgot about these tasting notes and so here we are, months later, and it remembers as good as it tasted. 

(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)

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