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Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Victoria, Canada
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Whids (47) - - JUL 17, 2013
Wonderful ESB. Beautiful copper colour with small tannish head. Medium bodied, citrusy hops and really nice spicy, peppery finish. Great balance throughout this beer, very well done Driftwood.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrFecesious (928) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
hahaha compiling my beers i had in various closets, this one pops up. thought i had reviewed it, as i was giving a bunch of them away. itís a bit passed its prime, but seems to be relatively fine. nice burnt orange colour, with citric bitter, and caramel aroma. Prominent orange flavour, spices, a bit of vanilla. good bitterness to it normally, but yeah, itís a bit weak at this point, compared to when itís fresh. typically has a lasting bitter finish to it.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stantheman (630) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
From a large bottle. Lots of tan head, but it falls quickly. Itís a very promising amber color. Over the gums! Itís a bitter, resiny, citrus hop-bomb, folks. Yes, thereís some malt there in the background. An ESB thatís actually bitter. Very refreshing!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2012
Single bottle purchased from a BC Liqour Store on 08/11/2012 in Invermere, BC. Colour: Light red and dark brown mix with low head. Nose: Delicious dark bread, hints of mild cocoa, caramel, herbal hops, and a bit of glue. Taste: Medium sweet, medium bitter, medium-light sour. Some decent caramel sweetness accompanies a spiced herbal bitterness that runs through the palate. I love a beer that has a peppery spice and this one is just that. It comes strong accompanied by smooth hops in the finish. Long lingering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
Beautiful, complex aroma of pine and hops...however the taste had a great balance of malt and hops with a lean towards a quiet bite in the lingering finish. Full bodied with a creamy texture. Very impressed with this brew not to mention the label is awesome!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (1691) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 6, 2012
650 ml bottle. 2012 vintage. Pours an orange amber with a light head. Sour malty aroma with hops and caramel, almost like a barley wine. Flavors of fresh dark fruit, orange peel, toasted malts, and little bit of brown sugar. Nice carbonation. Light bitter finish. Much better than the 2011.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Bottle courtesy of James at a tasting at Andyís the day after doing a tasting at Paulís. Pours a clear caramel color with a thin to medium head. Nice nutty malt, a touch of toast. Medium bodied, crisp malt and toast. Nutty and toasty, good amount of malt. Nice earthy bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5262) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle shared at Andyís. Pours a deep amber body with white lacing. Aroma is fresh bitter hop, light resin, light floral tones. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of spicy hops, light grass, and nice bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blomster (255) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear, light copper. Hoppy nose, orange, pine, some caramel. Lightly toasted malts with fruity and earthy hops. A bit thin mouthfeel, abrupt finish. A decent beer that I would not call a bitter/ESB

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WheatKing (1279) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2012
Haha I had lots of local ales in England and Scotland before joining this site but since I retried the Fullerís ESB recently and loved it I thought I should from now on consider that the standard-bearer. I then go to the BJCP guidelines and it says "Judges should not judge all beers in this style as if they were Fullerís ESB clones." so never mind. This is certainly the hoppiest example of its style Iíve had yet; if it were made by an English brewer I think it would be labelled an IPA. However when I plug my nose and take a sip the sweet seems stronger than the bitter. The latest three Driftwood beers Iíve had -- the saison, the altbier, and this -- are much more similar than youíd expect. Not getting much of a biscuity flavour here, the only thing setting it apart are the English hops (which Iím loving) which are painted across the typical well-crafted Driftwood canvas. For a moment I thought the finish was hot but thatís pine (EDIT: No thereís definitely warming alcohol here). Mild diacetyl. Good brew.


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