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

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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WheatKing (1296) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RumRunner101 (766) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2012
Aromas of leafy hops, toffee - very pleasant. Medium /full bodied. Medium bitterness, nicely balanced. Finish lingering bitterness and Iím picking up a touch of sourness. Delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LarryBeast (491) - - MAY 19, 2012
Pours ruddy brown with thick foamy beige head. Heavy citrus hop aroma.Very strong orange over top of a deeper umami taste I couldnít quite identify -- roasted meat? Full-bodied with a long finish. A very original offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4151) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2011
650ml bottle pours a light brown color with a finger and a half of white head and some really nice lacing. Aroma is lightly toasted malts and floral hops. Taste is balanced between floral and earthy hops with a light sweetness underneath. A very fine representation of a bitter. Well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (2331) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2011
Thanks to manuchampions for this. Pours a deep amber with a nice frothy head and great lacing. Aroma is a malty hop backbone with a hint of apple. Taste is a great slow boil of hop bitterness with maltiness that is somewhat sweet and slight caramel. Just a pleasure of a beer.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sammy (8566) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2011
Fresh bottle from rutager. Pours tan brown body with small retained white head. Smells odd. Taste is mild hoppy competing with some sourness and buttery. Really not meeting the style.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6670) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
Bottle, brought back and shared by Parksy. Dark orange amber, lacy orange tinted head. Initial aroma is orange rind and pine, then after a bit of time to breathe, some caramel, and a pungent earthiness emerge. Flavour has a nice toasty malt base with equal elements of fruity and earthy hops. A bit of a hash oil thing in here, which I love. Finish is juicy and bitter. Carbonation is medium, perfect for the lighter body this beer possesses. An absolutely awesome ESB!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6004) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
In short: An American style hop bomb IPA with an English twist. Excellent session beer.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed very fresh a few days after receiving it from presario. Thanks a lot Trevor.
The look: Slightly cloudy dark golden body topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention
In long: Nose is very aromatic with a ton of juicy leafy hops, pine tree notes. Taste has a fair amount of toasted sweet cereals, half honey, half caramel. A few dried fruits. A lot of fruity hops, grassy hops, leafy hops, piney hops. Finish is medium bitter, medium dry. Carbonation is a lot of very small bubbles. For anybody who was ever served a real ESB in England this is not much of an ESB. More like an American IPA with an enlgish hops twist. Whatever it is I thought it was excellent, tasty and very sessionnable. One of the very best Canadian west-cost beer Iíve had. Wow, I rarely praise western Canadian beer but this is awesome. Great sessions beers, one of the leading cause of the ďI love you manĒ phrases being spoken in modern society.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3339) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2010
Hazy amber,lasting tan head.Complex earthy carmel citrus hop nose.Faint carmel start medium citrus hop profile.Too citrusy for style

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2010
Poured a hazy dark orange body beneath a large ivory, rocky head. Aroma was quite hoppy with malt undertones. Flavour couldíve been mistaken for an IPA, for again there was a generous hop presence underpinned with caramel. Mouth began on the thin side, but as things progressed, it became more robust. Nice embossed bottle, too.


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