fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2016
2016-05-06, draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver, 16oz, 8-4-8-5-16=41
Golden color, just hazy, with small head. It seems a bit more malty than the one from bottle, maybe it has less carbonation; less pungent, less punching, sweeter, maybe more balanced.
2016-05-02, bottled Apr 08 2016, 3 weeks old, 8-5-8-5-16=42
Golden color, hazy, with generous compact head. Loaded with pungent hopping, the flavor brings fruity and mellow hops too; given the recent trends, it can be considered fairly sweet compared to the most modern ones, but the pale malt flavor is excellent; resiny and piney in the final.
Tonight I’m missing a punch, but it’s still a wonderful beer.
2014-06-07, draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver, 7-3-8-5-15=38
Cloudy deep blond color, almost murky, with compact head. Nice hop aroma, fruity hops, light animal character, a bit pungent. Full bodied, although the mouthfeel is a bit oily; moderately sweet, some malt flavor, strong hopping with a lot of resins but also a nice fruity character, and evident animal character too.
Nice but the bottled one is cleaner and more interesting.
2014-06-05, bottle from Viti, Vancouver, 8-5-8-5-17=43
Hazy light amber color, bright, with generous compact head. The aroma is very fruity; there are apricots, plums, and a pungent touch too. The body is manageable, the sweetness is moderate; the hopping has the great value of being very fruity, but also resiny, piney.
2014-04-14, cask at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 9-5-8-5-18=45
Cloudy light amber color with small creamy head and sticky lace. The aroma is an explosion of fresh tropical fruits, mango, sweet orange; only later it reveals a light animal hop character. It’s served at a good warmish temperature; the mouthfeel is lean despite the high gravity, sweet but without being cloying; the malt flavor has a toffee character, hay, grassfields, chamomile; strong bitterness, but considered at the right level, carrying a load of resins and fruits.
Excellent hop bomb.
2011-08-19, bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver, 9-5-8-5-17=44
Amber color, bright, with a medium sized creamy head, persistent. Impressive aroma, hoppy, but also earthy with arrogance; lemony resins and manure, very pungent.
It has a good body strength, with caramel flavor, some toffee too; the sweetness is present but moderate; very powerful hopping, with loads of piney resins and some bitter orange peel; the alcohol is evident, and it’s a nice complement in this concoction; the final is extremely long.
Very well constructed hop bomb.
Oakes (15483) - 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.
mcberko (13894) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy orangey copper with a small white head. Aroma of piney and citrus hops and a bit of caramel. Flavour is robustly hpppy, with loads of resinous hops, with hardly any malt backing to balance - very bitter finish. Unbalanced, but done so well I can hardly fault it. Hophead’s paradise.
Ferris (12406) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Grapefruit, tropical fruit and rind. Clearish gold with a rich white head. Grapefruit, sweet malts and nice citrus and tropical fruit. Not nearly as boozy and rich as I though it would be. Quite pleasant and deceptively drinkable.
Sammy (11060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Derek. Golden coloured body with generous retained head. Malty hoppy aroma. Smooth moutheel. A very drinkable beer, although cascadian hop alone makes it a good but not a great cradfted or super interesting beer.
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Blood oranges and various tropical fruit swim atop this Double IPA’s honeyed sugars before laying on the resinous hop bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the misty honeyed amber.
-The aroma is beautifully hoppy, but the flavor profile is a tad too sweet for my liking within the style.
-The flavor profile is cohesive and refined.
-The bitterness is nicely offset by the honeyed malt sugars.
tderoeck (8057) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5/V/16 - 650ml bottle @ home - BB: n/a (2016-507) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the bottle!
Clear orange beer, big creamy yellowish head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: bit cheesy, dank, resinous. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very hoppy, fruity touch, very resinous, malty. Aftertaste: tropical fruits, pineapple, some passion fruit, very bitter resinous finish.
czar (7525) - 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.
jonas (6698) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle bb 02/15/12, thanks for this blast from the past Todd! Dank pine and earthy hop aroma. Hazy orange amber, low golden head. Fullbodied sweet, initially, berries, low stickiness though with a broad hop front to cut through: Funny tobacco, lemon drops, pine, dry herbal, almost meaty and earthy finish. Leaves with sparkles on the tongue. The powder did not get wet in the last three years.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A sugary-sweet and resinous-citrusy IPA. Decent beer but I expected better from Driftwood
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed approximately 3 months after the beer release. Bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Clear dark golden body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is generous in aromatic hops with a flowery and citrusy character. The aroma also shows a light sweetness. Taste is sweeter than expected, the body is crisp and clean with a bit of caramel and honey but also a strong white sugar sensation. The hops bitterness is nose-to-nose with the malt sweetness. The bitterness is quite resinous with only mild fruity/citrusy notes. After taste is hops resin and refined white sugar. I am a hop-head but one bomber was enough for me, the sweetness was starting to bother me after a single bomber. Not a bad beer at all but I was expecting better from the a Driftwood Double IPA, this is a far cry from their excellent regular IPA (Fat Tug) or their hoppy ESB (Hildegard’s). I’m sitting here entering my beer ratings at work, haven’t had a beer since yesterday night, I can’t wait for this damn sobriety to go away.