Tofino Super Tuff Imperial Session Ale

Brewer: Tofino Brewing, Tofino, BC
Style: Imperial Ale
ABV: 10%
IBUs: Unlisted

Description: To celebrate 5 years of brewing beer in Tofino, we bring you the Super Tuff. This is an Imperial take on our brewery staple, the Tuff Session Ale.

Tasting Notes: This is another limited release that I’ve been long on wanting, slow on trying. And it is what is advertised – an imperial version of their session ale. The beer pours of a deep ruby-brown, has a rich malt nose and powerful notes of west coast hops, and packs a punch in the flavor department. Like a good barely wine and/or imperial ale, this is characterized by sweet/coarse malt that has notes of syrup, caramelized sugar, and notes of tropical fruits.

Tofino Reign In Blonde

tofino_breweryThe Tofino Brewery is one of those island operations who’s beers I have few chances to ever sample. While their distributorship appears to be growing, it seems opportunities for me to try their wares are few and far between. The first time I tried anything by them, it was their Tuff Session Ale, which I tried while the wife and I were on vacation there last year. The second time came just a few months ago, when their Hoppin Cretin IPA appeared at my local beer store. And now, I finally found my way to their Reign In Blonde, the third beer to be introduced in their general lineup (followed by their wheat and porter).

Tofino_reign_in_blondeAnd honestly, I had mixed feelings about this one. While it was very refreshing and clean, it was light to the point of being quite watery. And while I do enjoy a lighter beer as much as anyone, I do insist that a craft beer have some range and a degree of subtlety to its flavor. And if its going to be light on hops, the malt profile should have more depth. Otherwise, its virtually indistinguishable from generic brands.

Appearance: Deep golden, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Mild malts, very light citrus and honey
Taste: Mild, clean malts, quite light, slight notes of honey
Aftertaste: Very clean finish, mild hops, quite refreshing

As my sampling from this brewery continues, I remain largely impressed, and happy that the west island has its own operation named in honor of its coolest town! Now if only they would brew a dark lager, or some seasonals and limited releases, like a good old fashioned bock or Barley Wine!