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.

Spruce Tree Ale – Tofino Brewing Co. (Tofino, BC, Canada)

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Spruce Tree Ale – Tofino Brewing Company, 6.5% ABV, 650ml, (Tofino, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

on the front-left label:

“This golden ale has been conditioned with fresh picked sitka spruce tips and piney, complimentary hops. To fully understand the true essence and inspiration of this beer, walk into the rainforest, quiet your mind, breath in deeply, and let your senses take you on a tour of the timeless and harmonious place that is our natural world – if you can ignore all the insects and deadly predators. And rain. So much rain.”

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  • Style: (Sitka spruce tips flavoured) IPA
  • Taste: Creamy smooth berry malt subtle spruce bitter hop background tangy
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / Burnaby
  • How much: $8 (after 7.5% off) – 650ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours translucent marmalade orange with a large long-lasting super creamy head, thick sticky lacing, legions upon legions of bubbly activity.

Nose: wet grassy berry malts. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: creamy smooth-short crisp

Mid-palate: background sour-tangy, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) grassy spruce, red berries, honey toffee barley malt

Finish: more tanginess, alcohol, lingering bitter resiny hops, subtle spruce tip exhale.

Summary: Excellent creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied, and a very good use the of spruce – not overpowering but still present.

Kelp Stout – Tofino Brewing (Tofino, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C

Kelp Stout – Tofino Brewing, 6% ABV – 650ml, (Tofino, BC, Canada)

On the front side label:

“If there’s one sentiment that’s constantly repeated among craft beer drinkers it is, ‘This beer is good but it needs more seaweed!’ If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times. Well folks, message received. Tofino Brewing Company presents to you the Kelp Stout. A dark, rich, full-bodied ale brewed with locally harvested kelp, giving it a unique umami-type quality to this complex beer.”

  • Style: (Kelp) Flavoured Stout
  • Taste Profile: Salty roasted malt brown sugar coffee soy sauce
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $8 (after 5% off) – 650ml, March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: KELP! I need somebody… Pours super dark brown with a small quickly dissipating head, not much retention, lots and lots of fast activity.

Nose: sweet brown sugar malts, mild roasted coffee. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: incoming med dark malts

Mid-palate: immediate seawater saltiness, tingly-fizzy, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar malts, light roast, cola, mild soy sauce

Finish: lingering salty, malty, soft bitter hops, malty sweet/salty finish.

Summary: It has the saltiness of the sea but not quite the seaweed or “vegginess” of kelp. Overall the stout is okay, a nice twist, but not that memorable.

Dawn Patrol Coffee Porter – Tofino Brewing (Tofino, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Dawn Patrol Coffee Porter – Tofino Brewing, 6.5% ABV – 650ml, (Tofino, BC, Canada)

On the front side label:

“Porter – Dark brown colour – Rich, choclate malts – Conditioned with locally roasted coffee beans and bourbon flavoured vanilla beans – A winter worth waking up for”

  • Style: (Coffee) Flavoured Porter
  • Taste Profile: fizzy sweetness -> cola/malt/coffee/vanilla -> soy/sourness/roast/bittersweet finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off), July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Coffee, vanilla beans, and chocolate malts…mmm…sounds good already. Pours very cloudy opaque cola brown with almost no head, ringed cola-bubbly retention, lots of moderate speed activity.

Nose: Aromatic roasted coffee beans and a hint of cola.

Attack: fizzy mouthfeel, 7/10-unbalanced sweetness (too bright)

Mid-palate: persistent fizzy, cola/root beer, malts, coffee, vanilla

Finish: light soy sauce, mild sourness-but crisp, light bitter burnt roast, partially watery lingering bittersweet malty finish.

Summary: The beer goes like this: initially bright, attention-grabbing sweetness -> not complex enough mids (cola/malt/coffee); flavours end too quickly not bold enough -> thin finish that doesn’t have enough carry or depth. So in essence, the balance isn’t quite there but overall not terrible by any means.

Tuff Lite Lime – Tofino Brewing (Tofino, BC/Canada)

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  • My Rating: D+

Tuff Lite Lime – Tofino Brewing, 4.0% ABV – 650ml, (Tofino, BC, Canada)

On the front side label:

“Citra Hops – Fresh Lime Zest – Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice”

  • Style: (Lime) Fruit Ale
  • Taste Profile: creamy sweet malted barley -> malt/light sour/lime juice -> hops/lime zest/rough and dry malty finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off), July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: not gonna lie, the LABEL is what caught my eye… pours clear bright golden, very small head, micro CO2 ringed retention, lots of activity.

Nose: lime zest and light barley malt

Attack: fizzy/light creamy, 5/10-crisp sweet malted barley

Mid-palate: more malts, light sour/acidic, lime juice

Finish: med-soft bitter hops, lime zest, rough dry malty light bitter finish.

So new this brew isn’t even on their website (July/2013). I appreciate the authentic lime flavours but the body is way too thin and basic for my liking. Also the finish is quite rough and hard to enjoy.