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

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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SardiniaMan (42) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2014
One of my favorite beer - This beer is amazing! Unclear orange copper. Aroma of fresh pungent grassy herbal spicy hops. Taste is crisp and fresh moderate hoppy, herbal and spicy, some pine, with a sweet-ish malt base. This beer is outstanding - a must try for all craft beer drinkers.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
manisthebeer (246) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2013
smells of pungent thick hopps fuckin killer smell pours dark amber with an off white sexy fresh smelling head the taste is undeniably just like an ipa but with a little something extra amazing beer try it if you can must try

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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2016
2016-06-23, bottle from BCL, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Compared to the tap I had a few days ago, the aroma is more expressive, more hoppy, clearly piney. Nice bready malts, I would be happier without the cereals touch, but it’s very clean, more than the tap, mild character from the yeast, and potent resiny hops, with a delicate fruity touch.
Excellent.

2016-06-18, draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver, 10oz, 7-5-7-3-14=36
Amber color, clean. Some aroma of quality hop and caramel. Highly carbonated, a bit too sour, some malt and caramel, some British yeast, and resiny hopping, almost woody or vegetable.
Robust beer, not as good as I remember from previous years.

2014-09-04, bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Hazy bright amber color with medium head. Wonderful fresh Mosaic aroma, fruity, and some caramel. Light residual sweetness; the lean malt and caramel flavor is very good and doesn’t hide the qualities of the hop; resiny and fruity final, but also a bit woody/vegetable; in the bottle it has just a bit more ESB flavor, otherwise it’s a pure IPA.

2014-08-24, draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver, 8-5-8-5-17=43
Amber color, clean, with compact head. Strong hop aroma, very fruity, with pineapple, mango and more. Sweetish caramel flavor, malt, then powerful hopping with plenty of resins and fruits, sweet oranges and some tropical fruits. Bold but balanced, clean and flawless.
On draught? Delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2010
Woody, earthy and floral spiciness to the hops in the nose with a pleasantly sweet caramel malt base. Mild citrus character also emerges as it warms. Hazy darkened copper coloured body is topped by a generous off white head that recedes to a lasting cover with very nice lacing. Caramel malts are sweet up front and are then joined by a fairly pronounced bitterness with toasted malts coming out in the aftertaste. Plenty of floral and earthy notes and some honey character round things out. Medium body with moderate to strong carbonation that is pleasantly prickly on the tongue. Really enjoyed this one a lot! Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek in Mar-10.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (1286) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2016
Thanks to Matt for this brew! Liquide ambré à moitié filtré présentant une mousse bien fournie aux allures fières et nobles. Vapeurs fort agréables de houblons du Nouveau Monde sur base maltée typiquement anglaise. Les houblons sont très intenses pour le style.Quantité importante de fruits tels le pamplemousse et le citron. Le malt sert d’assis confortable et fiable à ce cocktail de fruits qui n’a cependant rien d’une Pale Ale. Bonne quantité de malts caramels et de sucres céréaliers qui balancent à merveille la légèreté des houblons. Cocktail d’une grande fraîcheur en bouche où les houblons apportent à la fois une importante amertume et un profil aromatique des plus agréables. Encore une belle présence de grains germés et entiers dans cette bière d’une grande buvabilité. Longueur très appréciable de l’arrière-goût sans jamais tomber dans l’amertume excessive ni dans le sucre résiduel écoeurant. Une bière absolument irréprochable dans son style que je pourrais facilement boire sur une base régulière.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lady_Bastet (113) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2010
Bottle purchased at Darby’s on 16th and MacDonald in Vancouver. 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 and looking forward to trying more of Driftwood’s beers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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 I’ve had. Wow, I rarely praise western Canadian beer but this is awesome. Great sessions beers, one of the leading cause of the “I love you man” phrases being spoken in modern society.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (15490) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
Golden-amber. Bright woodsy hop aroma with earthy, caramelly malt. Bright, woody, earthy palate with a hint of citrus. Complex, nice yeastiness. Has new world character with an old world sense of balance. Interesting.

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 could’ve 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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