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Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: American Pale Ale
Victoria, Canada

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A perfect marriage of Northwest and German hops balanced with cotton candy malt notes and a hint of fruit courtesy of our own special yeast.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6406) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle 650 ml
Aroma sweet caramel candy nose with high fresh hop notes. Slight citrus at edges.
Appearance medium haze on bright amber with medium white top. Fairly presentable. 3+.
Flavor and Palate : Sweet candy like front, Hop , lemon/bison grass herbal character with slight citric hints. Touch of orange peel? Lemon tea like finish. Refreshing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 27, 2011
Tap. Nearly golden with some head retention. Aromas of crisp hops and clean malt. Some hay and barley too. Taste is malty with a zing of hops. Aftertaste is dry and wheaty. Pretty enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7790) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2011
2011-03-23. Hazy orange body, smooth off-white head. 3+ Aroma is very perfumey and floral up front, floral lemon candy character, grassy, cotton candy, with a lemongrass transition, mild citrus hop character comes out as it warms. 6+ Flavour has modest hoppy bitterness throughout, citrus up from is overtaken by a weird floral sweetness, notes of cotton candy flavoured Jelly Belly candy at times, bitterness takes increased prominence as it warms. 6+ Average palate. Sort of enjoyable but the juxtaposition of flavours can be both intriguing and jarring depending on the sip. Unique. Bottle at Volo, Toronto

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
DeanF (1707) - Nunavut, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011
Very nice large solid head and a darkish yellow with some fog, quite good in the world of golden ales. Very hoppy aroma, almost IPA-ish. Flavour is essentially that of an IPA with just a hint of bready malts in there to indicate otherwise. Not bad, very drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6670) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 21, 2010
Bottle. Slightly hazy golden, huge clingy, lasting white head. Aroma is initially a little sweaty, with citrus and sharp green elements (like fresh carrot tops). Flavour is citrus-kissed sweet pale malts with a nice rich earthy leafy hop finish, leaning toward marijuana in character. Really tasty. Finish is solidly bitter.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
microakes (159) - CANADA - SEP 21, 2010
Apricot fills the nose here, slightly orange tint to otherwise normal pale ale. The taste is of hops and citrus rind. Could be less bitter and more sour, I think.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2010
Slightly cloudy copper-gold with small head. Some lace. Slightly grassy & floral scent. Malt is on the light side with a hint of honey. A little bitter hop. Persistent and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink and refreshing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4611) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2010
Bottle. Amber with thin head. Grassy scent with some floral tinges. Nice quaffable beer with enough hops to meditate on. Taste of grain and a bit of honey sweetness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (1866) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2010
650 mL bottle. Rusty gold with a very nice, white head which, unfortunately, doesn’t last. Not much in the aroma department. Smells sweetish, a little noble hops. Flavour is also fairly unassuming, although there is a nice level of C-hops in there. Body is a little on the thin side. Not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This galant Golden Ale balances refreshing citrusy hops and slender pale malts in a wash of big bubbles and wooden, green hop bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A lofty head of foam decorates the misty amber-hued golden.
-The pale malt flavors are simply beautifully extracted and present from aroma to finish.
-That green wood note from the bittering hops last well after the initial sip is gone.
-This is a great summer brew, or year-round quencher for that matter. Since this is their flagship brew, I can’t wait to try the rest of the lineup!

Bottle. Thx Stephen!


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