Tuff Session Ale
Tofino Brewing Company

Tuff Session AleTuff Session Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,166
Ranked #36,997
3.65 | pDev: 9.04%
Tofino Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
Tuff Session AleTuff Session Ale
Notes: A bright copper coloured pale ale with a toasty malt base balanced with west coast hops. Its light to medium body and clean, dry finish gives this full-flavoured ale dangerously inviting drinkability.

25 IBU
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 37 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tofino Brewing 'Tuff Session Ale' @ 5.0% , originally tasted on tap at IBF'12 & served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.60
A-pour is gold from the tap/bottle to a clear amber in the glass with a small thin off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the sampler/pint
S-caramel malt & mild hoppyness
T-crisp & clean tasting pale ale , toasty malt palate
MF-ok carbonation , medium body , dryness lingers after the swallow
Ov-ok beer & pale ale , with no wow factor
prost LampertLand

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LampertLand from British Columbia (Canada), Dec 26, 2015
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3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle - I suppose a 'tuff' session ale is one whose ABV is not dropped below that standard 5% ABV, then, eh?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely rocky, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves a bit of sudsy hanging molar lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve into the ether.

It smells of bready, lightly biscuity pale and caramel malt, a muddled pome and citrus fruitiness, free-range dark sugars, and some plain leafy, weedy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, a bit of grapey vineyard fruitiness, strange sensations of watery cold cocoa beverages, and some leafy, citrusy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly prevalent in its aggressive frothiness and laid-back fizziness, the body on the far light side of yer typical middleweight, and more or less smooth. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt still looking sideways at that weird chocolate add-on that continues to follow it around like a lost puppy.

A bit of a head-scratcher, this one is - the overall thin nature surely screams out session ale, but everything else leans almost towards a brown ale sort of thing. Whatever, I'm not about to question the temerity or veracity of 'Tuff City Brewery, Ltd' over such things - or am I? Nah, I've got other Christmas shit to get done now.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Dec 24, 2015
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3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a light copper with two fingers of foamy cream coloured head.

Smell - toasted malts, earthy and leafy hops, hint of lemon, and hint of brown sugar.

Taste - Toasted malts start things off. The earthy and leafy hops come into play next. The hint of lemon and brown sugar finish off the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a hint of lingering bitterness.

Overall - A refreshing and crisp pale ale. I would have liked the hops to be a little more pronounced but considering this is a "session ale" I think the hop level is sufficient.

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leaddog from Alberta (Canada), Jul 19, 2015
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3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance. Pours a clear, deep amber with a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Sweet caramel malts, brown sugar and maybe a bit of sweet spice with a slight bit of citrusy hops.

Taste. Sweet caramel malts again with a bit of brown sugar and a little lightly bitter piney hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. A decent pale ale that's heavy on the sweet malts. Well made, but a bit sweet and malty for me.

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Rutager from British Columbia (Canada), Mar 02, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tuff session ale pours a slightly hazy copper with a thin head. The carbonation is mild but not bad from a growler. The aroma is slightly buttery caramel malt with a nice herbal hop character. More well balanced malt and hops in the flavor with hints of dark fruit. The finish is crisp with a mild butteriness.

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ericj551 from Alberta (Canada), Jul 21, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4oz taster @ The Island Beer Festival, Club 919

A: Translucent amber-brown, little head, nice, simple lacing

S: Very little, some malt with a bit of hop

T: Roasted malt, slight hop, chocolate better. A pleasant surprise after the sniff!

M: Medium-body, foamy with a moderate carb throughout

O: A nice all-rounder for a (presumably) one-hit brewery, bit porter-like but not super memorable.

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BashOnABike from Alberta (Canada), Feb 27, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Shelter in Tofino. This is a pale ale, not a red/amber as classified in the entry here.

Nice copper colour. Good thick and steady head.

Nicely balanced aroma. Malt and assertive hops mingle.

Piney and citrus hops make the beer quite lively, a really fun beer to drink. Add this to a great caramel malt profile and it's a lovely session ale indeed.

Good things should come out of this brewery if their flagship pale ale is anything to go by.

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CanuckRover from Ontario (Canada), Dec 31, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just picked this up at the Tofino Brewing Company. They've only been open a few months, but show some promise as a decent craft brewery.

The beer pours a medium brown/amber color with a foamy offwhite head.

The aroma is sweet and slightly spicy. Cinnamon comes through alongside some nice cascade hops.

The flavour is slightly sweet to start. There is a nice malty backbone, but the hops make themselves known. The finish is slightly nutty.

Overall, this is a great session ale (as the name suggests). There are a lot of flavours, but it never gets too intense. I've had 2 growlers full, and I'm sad that I won't be able to have this beer for a while

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evlu1441 from Alberta (Canada), Aug 12, 2011
Tuff Session Ale from Tofino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 37 ratings