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

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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 (60) - - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6743) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
downy_dav69 (60) - Ladysmith, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
650 ml. (6.5%) pours a beautiful copper/ brown with a sudsy and frothy 2 finger head. Aroma is full of citrus and hops. Taste is floral, citrus, hops, honey, with some evident spices. Palate is smooth with flashes of citrus and hops. Exceptional caramel malt backbone and a warm mouthfeel. Very nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gramity (1440) - 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!

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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrFecesious (1091) - 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 (675) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2014 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!

And Aug 28, 2014 on tap at The Tangent in Vancouver. Still a great ESB in the newer actually bitter style.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blomster (259) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (1992) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5624) - 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.


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