VerticalBaconStrips (1899) - Assat, Alberta, - JAN 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ahhhhhh.. this is how an IPA should taste! Excellent right out of the gates. My happy nose is treated with smelly things. Pine, oranges, grapefruit - cannot decide between rrgf or unsweetneed... there is a sweet funky floral note that swirls around with ease, apricots and peaches. The orange is quite sweet - not candy sweet tho - very similar to these stellar organic oranges that you can only buy at Save on Foods - they are to die for - everything that your old ass taste buds crave to turn back time to when fruit actually tasted good - any local reading this - trust me and go get these freaking oranges as they are truly the greatest tasting oranges of our lifetimes. Great sharp citrus flavour, freaking hard bitterness but not so much where these wonderful fruity flavours can’t shine. Solid malt support group... but one of those groups one would only hear as background thoughts when required, pine stuff, great spice - I wish I knew how to describe it but I can say that it is unlike anything I can recall in an IPA and this beer for whatever reason went straight to me brain. It’s got decent depth, a thick and full middle and a rounded after taste of things I already typed, finishes as strong as it begins which is very cool... odd juts got a hint of a strongly flavoured well done craft lager on a couple of finishes... I blame the alcohol. Carbonation is a touch touch in respect to the bitterness but who cares. Stellar brew that I enjoyed from the second the cap was pried off - if only this quality was achieved locally.
vadie (210) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2013 Un couleur ambrée, pas beaucoup de mousse. Un arome d’agrumes. Un goût Un couleur ambrée, pas beaucoup de mousse. Un arome d’agrumes. Un goût d’houblon très, très fraiche. Très bien equilibré, l’amertume est clairement la, mais il ne reste pas longtemps. Excellente, un IPA très bonne. d’houblon très, très fraiches. Très equilibré, l’amertume est clairement la, mais il ne reste pas longtemps. Excellente, un IPA très bonne.
pivnizub (8000) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (Großes Dankeschön nach Garching!!!): Deep golden, a bit unclear, stable creamy off-white head, flowery and distinctive piney hoppy nose; creamy MF, moderate to solid bitter-sweet flavour; lingering and well balanced piney-hoppy and caramalty finish. Great stuff...
v1rgil (150) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle -pours yellow gold with medim creamy head.
Aroma is mild hoppy citrusy with hint of mint and pine.
First sip is creamy citrus hoppy goodness. So worth the wait and hardship of finding it.
No bitter aftertaste. Aftertase is creamy sweet with citrus and mint.
MrFecesious (329) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I'm doing a hybrid 2011-recall and late 2012, review. I DID, however, enjoy multiple bottles of 2012 before meow.
To begin, I have an eternal chub for driftwood for many of their brews, mainly limited's. That is, until they decide to suck a gophers anus like Phillips.
On the pour, a lively airy white cap forms atop a hazed gold body. It doesn't retain, but clings nicely to the glass. The aroma is robust with citric acidity. Grapefruit and sweet pine. It might be my beard, but I also get wet bark. The taste contains the bitterness you love in an ipa, but the sweetness you dig in a good pale. Drinking this makes you wish for more. It's a supreme shame it sells out within 72hrs in Vancouver. Highly drinkable, excellent enjoyability by most craft lovers.
I'll add that 2011 was slightly better than 2012. A touch more piney and full bodied. Slightly drier citric finish. Got my palate horny for more.
By far the best wet-hopped ipa I've had (and obviously posted).
I'm already looking forward to next year'ses' batch.
LarryBeast (274) - - OCT 11, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
650ml bottle. Love at first pour. Perfectly balanced: complex, yet smooth. Combines fresh hop bitterness with Centennial’s fruity and mild sweetness. Improves on Fat Tug by cutting out the slight muddy/smokiness. If I was stuck on a desert island (not the dessert island of my dreams, mind you) I would want this beer stranded right there by my side.
colinw (19) - , British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 9, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. There is good reason this beer is hotly anticipated every year and flies off the shelves. Intense orange colour in the glass. Hops with ash/gooseberry on the nose, this is almost the best part. Taste is resiny, fresh hops, apple and pear, with a lingering bitter finish.
blankboy (5153) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at The Alibi Room, Vancouver, Oct.4. Pours a hazy golden-orange with an average size long-lasting frothy white head. Lovely, lovely hoppy aroma -- citrusy, juicy and fruity. Fruity, citrusy, resiny hoppy flavour -- so awesome. Medium bodied. I don’t have a lot to write about it, it’s just an amazing IPA -- I want much more!
Jmax604 (1) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I’ve been waiting since last fall for the return of this. Delivered to local beer stores on Thursday and we bought the limit at two different stores.
Love the flavones from Driftwood.
Kind of like Fat Tug’s little brother.
Gerbeer (859) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle. 2012 vintage. Pours a clear gold with light head and lots of carbonation. Aromas of spruce/pine, leather, earthy/floral and sweat. Smooth. Chewy hops. Flavors of wood, malts, dried citrus candy, a bit of rubber, and a ton of fresh hops.
cfrancis (1774) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Derek for this. This is the best harvest IPA I’ve ever had. Pours a hazy amber gold with a small white ring. Aroma is pine hops and citrus with a slight spice. Taste has a bold pine hop bitterness with citrus and some great malt sweetness that balances this so well. Great beer.