beerplace (413) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle bought at Bottle Jockey. Pours almost clear golden with a white head. Intense aroma is piney and tropical fruits. Taste is sligtly sweet, piney and tropical fruit bitterness. Very bitter piney, resin aftertaste. Good balanced, but a little bit boozy. Good stuff!
patricks110 (2390) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A whalloping brew with a huge aroma of pine and resin. The pour is awesome, solid carbonation in a bright orange amber body and a sticky, lacing heavy yellowish head. The nose is sweet, caramel, pine, tons of resin and a bit of citrus. Very big and actually a bit boozy on the finish with a big punch of resin and lingering pine and citrus notes. Nicely done. Malty and resinous!
UXO (1339) - CANADA - APR 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: clear pale amber with two fingers of fluffy ivory head, excellent retention and lacing. (5/5) Aroma: citrus, tropical fruit, dank pine, caramel malt. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium oily body, moderate carbonation, sticky and warming bitter finish. (4/5)
Massive across the board, but balanced. I wouldn’t call the hops “bright”, exactly, but they’re certainly fresh - only a couple of weeks old. It’s got to be at least 75-80 IBU, and that amount of bitterness requires a significant supporting malt presence. So, it’s sweet, sure, but not inappropriately so. Drinks pretty easy, with the high ABV manifesting only as a mild warming. An excellent example of the style. (And don’t you just love the new label?) (16/20)
stantheman (861) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2015
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Hops Northwest in New Westminster. A dark reddish amber beer with generous white head and complex nose. In the mouth it’s wonderfully sweet, citrus, bitter, floral and malty.
Make no mistake, folks. This is a big beer, and I’m not talking about the 9% alcohol rating.
There is so much going on here flavour wise. Everything about the flavour of this beer is big. Big hop bitterness. Big fruity sweetness and big malts. This here’s a winner, folks! 4
Yazapapa (9) - - MAY 23, 2015 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have never had a bad batch of 20 pounder. It is consistent throughout the seasonal release. It is a heavy beer and does sometimes come across that way occasionally when the heavy citrus and pineapple curtain parts, which is seldom. Lacking only slightly in body, this thing has a beatific start only matched by the hoppy finish, which lingers in sweet notes of fruit salad. A favourite in my house.
Oakes (14884) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Legacy. Amber, with a bubbly head. Very floral, pears, mangoes and melons. Lean, fruity, with lots of hops, and a nice kiss of sweet pale malt. Quite bright. Less chewy than Fat Tug - go figure.
tom10101 (4982) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (650 ml). From Thomas, thanks!
Appearance: Clear golden-orange with a small persistent white head and little lacing.
Aroma: Burst of fruity hops (tropical fruits, mangoes) along light spiciness, a bit of caramel and light boozy notes.
Taste: Quite malty with citrus, mangoes, resin, leafy hops, light spiciness and medium bitterness.
Palate: Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. A tad oily. Dry finish. Fruity aftertaste.
Overall: A tad too much of the heavy side for me, but another example that Driftwood know how to work with hops. Really nice aroma. Tasty.
czar (7361) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro! pours unclear golden orange with a small creamy white cap, some retention and lacing. lots of mangoes, melons and citrus - very fruity, almost juicy; doughy very lightly toasted maltiness, mint, soft pine, warming. light carbonation, medium body - oily and never too sticky; balanced spicy-citrusy finish. good balanced dipa.
mathieuc (3109) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by tom10101, thanks a lot Tommy. Pours a clear golden with a really thin... scratch that, no head and no lacing.Nose is of tantalizing fruits, lemons and citrus. Taste is of mangoes, as tropical as it can be and only lightly sweet. Moderately bitter. Body and carbonation were both medium. Overall a really nice surprise, I didn’t expect this one to be as good as it was! I’d buy that over and over again...
JulienHuxley (5500) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared. Clear gold pour with thin white head. Aroma is nice and hoppy, leafy hop, light pineapple. Taste is quite bitter, leafy, resinous, some alcohol. Palate is med bodied, good carbonation. Good.