Tofino Brewing Co. Cosmic Wave – American Double / Imperial IPA at 9% ABV

Tofino Brewing Co. Cosmic Wave American Double / Imperial IPA at 9% ABV (C$9.36 at Collective, 650 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 4-Dec-2018, reviewed 9-Dec-2018)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale amber with one fat finger of rocky ivory head, excellent retention and heavy soapy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: citrus, caramel, pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium slightly slick body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter warming finish. (4/5)

I sometimes use “old-fashioned” as a bit of a criticism, but in this case, it really isn’t: this is an old-school hop bomb DIPA, whose malt bill, despite being beefy, is just sufficient to provide the necessary support. I don’t think I’ll ever stop appreciating this particular style of A/DIPA, and this is a good example of it. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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