Cosmic Wave Double IPA – Tofino Brewing Co. (Tofino, BC, Canada)


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.

Double Cyclope – Brasserie Dunham (Dunham, QC, Canada) 

Double Cyclope – Brasserie Dunham, 8.6% ABV – 341 ml., (Dunham, Quebec, Canada)


3x dry-hopped. Hops: citra, ekuanot, el dorado, mosaic, amarillo


  • Style: Double IPA / Imperial IPA
  • Taste: big bright orange citrus bitter resiny hop sweet toffee malt
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.90 CAD (after 20% off) – 341 ml., October 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: big bright orange citrus hops

Visual: Pours clear honey orange without much of a head, a hazy spotty micro layer with ring, lots of singular fast and slow steady streams.

Nose: bright tangerine-mandarin orange hop oils, hints of pomelo. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: thicker crisp, fruity citrus impression

Mid-palate: mild alcoholic heaviness, (lvl-4-sweetness), fruity tangerine toffee malt, metallic-resiny bitter

Finish: grapefruit-tangerine exhale, lingering soft bitter orange citrus hops

Summary: Big all around fruity orange citrus notes with soft bitter resiny hops and a solid malt backbone. Very sippable and went down with ease. Quite boozy by the last sip. Recommended.

Pasionaria Double IPA 2011 – Brasserie Trois Dames (Saint-Croix, Switzerland)

Pasionaria Double IPA 2011 – Brasserie Trois Dames, 9% ABV, 75 cl., (Saint-Croix, Switzerland)


  • Style: Imperial IPA / Double IPA
  • Taste: Heavy sweet apple-date toffee barley malt alcoholic
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $16 CAD (10% off) – 750 ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah
  • What was the impression: too heavy sweet malt

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Pours almost opaque reddish-brown with a large suspended sediment, no head, very thin ringed retention, no activity.

Nose: brown sugar pruney toffee barley malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: dull-almost flat CO2, light crisp

Mid-palate: apple toffee malt, (lvl-7-sweetness), tangy heavy alcohol, dates

Finish: residual heavy sugars

Summary: Decent smooth drinkability but flavours are on the heavy and dull side. It needs some brightness to improve the overall balance.

A Blessing & A Curse Double IPA – Left Hand Brewing Co. (Longmont, CO, USA)

A Blessing & A Curse (Double IPA) – Left Hand Brewing Company, 9.5% ABV, 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Longmont, Colorado, USA)


on the front-left label:

“This double IPA delivers a synthesis of hops from opposite hemispheres with an aggressive disposition of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit characteristics for a delightfully juxtaposed consequence. Count your blessings, accept the curse.”

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  • Style: Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA)
  • Taste: Bright apricot-mango pine medium hop bitter stealth hard alcohol
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $14.85 (after 5% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., October 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes
  • What made an impression: bright apricot fruity, very engaging

Visual: Pours clear golden orange with a 1mm head and retention, half stick lacing, lots of tight clustered streams.

Nose: citrus apricot fruity hops (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, mild thicker-creamy, subdued fruity bitter

Mid-palate: fruity bright apricot, (lvl-4-sweetness), pine, alcoholic medium heavy, soft tangy, tangerine toffee malt

Finish: medium bitter biting lingering resiny hops

Summary: Very bright and tropical fruity for a double IPA, which translates into being very sippable yet also hard hitting at the same time. Excellent body, depth, and mouthfeel. The alcohol is moderately invasive in the mids to finish, but manageably so. Recommended.

 

Dubaï Pillée – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

Dubaï Pillée (Extra Strong Invasive Beer, IIPA)- Le Trou du Diable, 9% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“In 1954, Dubai was invaded and looted of its alcohol by extraterrestrials. Unfortunately, very few realize that the stocks are constantly diminishing… Their return is imminent.

Thus, we present this offering consisting of a beer with a white, lasting head, from which emerge fine exotic bubbles filled with predominant aromas of mango, passion fruit and apricot. Initially fruity, this beer features a well rounded and smooth a palate, punctuated with an alcohol warmth and a pronounced bitterness, which are both engaging in an ultimate conflict, therefore convincing the sceptics [sic] that the Great Invasion is coming.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, yeast.

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  • Style: Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA)
  • Taste: toffee malt sweet slight apricot heavy alcohol
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.90 (after 20% off) – 600ml., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not in particular
  • What made an impression: overbearing alcohol

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). (Cellared for 1 year). Pours rich golden orange with a fine 1mm lasting head, sticky lacing, very tight clustered micro active streams.

Nose: honey biscuity toffee barley malt, chamomile. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp-thicker, heavy malt with alcohol impression

Mid-palate: honey toffee malt, (lvl-7-sweetness) with some alcoholic heat, chamomile, tangy apricot

Finish: woody honey exhale, residual malty bittersweet

Summary: Drinks good at 17.5°C. Good body and flavour, but the alcohol detection is on the invasive side, making it too heavy after multiple sips. Not quite as tropical as the description.

 

India Golden Ale – Breakside Brewery (Portland, OR, USA)

India Golden Ale (Double India Pale Ale) – Breakside Brewery, 8.1% ABV, 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)


from ratebeer.com:

“Formerly a collaboration with Ninkasi Brewing. IGA highlights the route that lots of new hop bombs are headed: light in body, lighter in color, and HUGE in citrus flavor and aroma. India Golden Ale or “I.G.A.” is a showcase for two relatively new hops, Mosaic and Eldorado. Mosaic gives the beer a bright mix of stonefruit and tropical flavors along with a big piney backbone. Eldorados are fruity and soften the finish. Breakside keeps the malt bill incredibly simple to allow the hops to take center stage in this elegant and beguiling beer. 8.1% ABV 60 IBU malts: 2 Row, British Munich hops: Mosaic, Eldorado, Chinook”


  • Style: Imperial IPA / Double IPA
  • Taste: Tropical fruity to grainy barley malt stealth alcohol subtle bitter
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $9.42 CAD – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., July 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: for sure

Visual: Pours virtually clear golden orange with a small 1mm head, half lacing, loose clusters of active streams.

Nose: passionfruit-tangerine brightness with a touch of grassy hop, very clean and inviting. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: thicker-crisp, slightly creamy, citrus malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), alcohol hit-low detection, passionfruit, mild pineapple, big tangerine citrusy, fruity-toffee barley malt

Finish: mild grapefruit bitter, tangerine exhale, off-dry bready grain, subtle bitter

Summary: Super stealth 8.1% ABV happening here, meaning that the complexity and balance matches its moderately high alcohol content. I wished for the tropical fruitness in the mids to last longer but instead the sweet barley kicks in a bit early.

Final Frontier DIPA – To Øl (Denmark)

Final Frontier (DIPA) – To Øl, 9% ABV, 33 cl., (Copenhagen N, Denmark)


info from ratebeer.com:

“Efterfølgeren til To Øl humlesucces First Frontier er nu på banen og har navnet Final Frontier. Øllen er lige den tand mere af det hele end sin forgænger, med lidt ekstra krop, ekstra fylde, ekstra alkohol, ekstra smag og selvfølgelig ekstra humle. Dette giver en utrolig potent og samtidig velafbalanceret Double India Pale Ale! Øllen bør drikkes når du når din yderste grænse i det mest ekstreme vildernes, hvor eksistentialerne bliver sat på prøve og livet for alvor nydes!

Ingredienser: Vand, Malt, Havre, Humle (Simcoe, Centennial, Columbus) og Gær.

English: The sequel to To Øls Hop devil “First Frontier” is here and the name is Final Frontier. It is a hoppy DIPA with a little more of everything compared to its predecessor. We recommend taking this baby into the wild!

Ingredients: Water, Malt, Flaked Oat, Hooooooopppppppsssssss (Simcoe, Centennial, Columbus) and yeast. ”

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  • Style: Double IPA / Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Supremely creamy smooth heavy alcoholic toffee soft grapefruit barley malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $7 CAD (after 10% off) – 33 cl., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: excellent mouthfeel

Visual: Pours translucent luminescent orange with a large 3cm head, a 1cm layer of retention, ultra-sticky lacing, tight clustered slow steady streams.

Nose: sweet toasty bready toffee barley malt, dull citrus hop overtones. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: super smooth thick-creamy entry, incoming alcoholic malts

Mid-palate: continuously creamy, background subdued tanginess, (lvl-5-sweetness), thick toffee-grapefruit citrus barley malt,

Finish: resiny-numbing hops, residual medium hopped bitterness

Summary: Quite a bold one, monstrously meaty toffee malts and a somewhat dull grapefruit hop component. It drinks on the darker, weightier side, but still has enough tangy brightness to keep it balanced. You can certainly taste the Danish To Øl quality.