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

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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blomster (256) - Göteborg, - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1707) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2014
The Premium Bitter/ESB title isn’t close to accurate, anyway... Bottle. Pours amber with a white head. Sweet, sugary, funky aroma with over ripe fruit... Medium body, medium carbonation. There’s candy, pine, lemon, orange, grapefruit, tangerine. Nice and juicy with a solid, slightly woody bitter finish. Tasty, but not what it says on the tin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
khays (53) - - AUG 20, 2014
Smells fruity, almost topical, and malty. Pours clear brown with a light tan coloured head. Tastes malty, lightly burnt, nutty, a little spicy. The body is medium, carbonation is in the low side, the finish is bitter. A decent beer, if you looking for something bitter, strong by not too west coast. Nice to see the driftwood can make a great tasting IPA and an ESB.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimspady (179) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 2, 2013
Hoppy & sweet. Great mouthfeel. Smells like something and tastes like something else etc. Very good beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
manisthebeer (240) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6030) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle [650ml] shared with GregClow, mds, jerc & mabel -- c/o j&m. Pours a murky orange-amber with a small semi-lasting frothy off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, sweet fruit and a good amount of earthy hops. Flavour of caramel malt, fruit and earthy hops. Moderate bitter finish. Average to medium bodied. Not sure if it’s on style but regardless, it’s pretty good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagerboy (1217) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2013
Bomber. Unclear orange copper, firm foamy off-white head slowly fades. Aroma of fresh pungent grassy herbal spicy hops, some evergreen. Taste is crisp and fresh moderate hoppy, herbal and spicy, some pine, with a sweet-ish malt base. Soft carbonation, lighter bodied. ESB overlapping into PNW IPA territory. Deliciously drinkable makes it deserve a new designation: MLF (More Lagerboy Friendly) meaning more friendly than not.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7790) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2013
2013-10-10. Dark orange amber body small but nice foamy beige head. 3+ Aroma is mild but pleasant. muted malt and light hoppy overtones. Flavour is also mild, sweetish base malt with notes of caramel. Average plus to medium bodied palate, soft carbonation. Bottle via trade with Ferris.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bcraig824 (7) - Kamloops, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 9, 2013 does not count
An ESB where the hops steal the show. A nice change. Driftwood is consistently putting out quality brews and putting Canada on the craft beer map.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cirrhosis (1203) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 9, 2013
Clear copper body with a massive white crown, lacing is redickulas, and the cap will not dissipate. Aroma is wacky wack wack. Big hops, massive every thing, all citrus, leathery. Is this really an ESB it seems very IPAish to me. Massive citrus flavour, big bitter, leather, earth, flowers. The bitterness lingers forever, but it also has a big sweetness. Awsome beer but is this an ESB.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4701) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of earthy bitter hops with light dry caramel malt notes. Taste is also a well-balanced mxi between some earthy hops with some citrus bitter notes with a solid dry caramel malt backbone. Body is above average for style with good carbonation. Very enjoyable beer with nice earthy hops mix but not sure it has much to do with actual Bitter anymore.


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