- My Rating: [B], I gave it a (3.6 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
TL:DR – “smoothing drinkable 9%’er, big toffee-caramel malt with a bit of citrus. Guaranteed buzz.”
Cosmic Wave Double IPA – Tofino Brewing Co., 9% ABV, 650 ml., (Tofino, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)
on the front-left label:
“Join us on a transcendental journey free from the shackles of physical existence and beyond the known realms of consciousness. Let your mind’s eye guide you to the astral planes of extrasensory non-being where we will collectively ride the cosmic waves of unity deep inside the endless barrel of the infinite void. Also, this is a strong hoppy beer.”
(cool story, bra)
- Style: Double IPA / Imperial IPA
- Taste: Cloying authentic basic raspberry-apple light sour acidic
- Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
- How much: $7.10 (after 20% off) – 650 ml., October 2016
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Recommended: 50/50
- What made an impression: solid toffee-caramel malt
Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Pours translucent copper brown-orange without much of a lasting head, half sticky lacking, ringed retention with a large island, lots of loose clustered active streams.
Nose: toffee malt, caramel, slight citrus undertones. (lvl-6)-pungency.
Attack: crisp, thicker mouthfeel
Mid-palate: light tingly, (lvl-7-sweetness), alcohol hit mixed with BOLD toffee-caramel malt, mild orange citrusy tang
Finish: orange peel exhale, resiny light bitter hop, subdued alcohol detection, slight grassy hop note
Summary: Big toffee-caramel malt flavour accompanied by a high but well-hidden ABV content. Smooth and very drinkable, goes nice with a meal. The alcohol hit comes later. This is still sippable and interesting after one glass down and as it decreases in temp. More resiny as it warms. Solid brew.