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Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Stand up and be counted for what you are about to receiveÖ an explosive ordinance of IBUs! This Cascadian citrus hop bomb is sure to satisfy the most die-hard of hop heads. For those who crave hop- we salute you!


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14386) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2014
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.
Lovely.

2014-04-14, cask at St. Augustineís, 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. Itís 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 itís a nice complement in this concoction; the final is extremely long.
Very well constructed hop bomb.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8571) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2011
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Blood oranges and various tropical fruit swim atop this Double IPAís 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.

Bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (6318) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2011
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. Hopheadís paradise.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6004) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2012
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 (Hildegardís). Iím sitting here entering my beer ratings at work, havenít had a beer since yesterday night, I canít wait for this damn sobriety to go away.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4701) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of strong hoppy notes with citrus flavours is pretty nice with some resinous and piney notes also identifiable. Taste is dominated by loads of citrus and piney hoppy flavours with some sweet malt notes that are also discernable. Body is full with great carbonation. Nice hops profile but malt base if just a bit too sweet for my liking in the style.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4611) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2011
Bottle. Big head on copper. Lots of alcohol. Herbal mintiness (maybe herbal eucalyptus).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 27, 2011
herbal, floral and grassy notes balance nicely in the nose. clear golden copper coloured body is topped by a low off-white head with some lacing Really nicely balanced. Strong flavours offset each other well. medium full body with fair to moderate carbonation. I think I really like this one, and will have to give it another go...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4501) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 27, 2011
(650 ml bottle) Purchased at The Strath in Victoria, B.C. Pours a deep orange hue body that is heavily carbonated beneath a lasting thin white foamy head. Nose of pure pine needle resin. The flavor is a concussion of Cascadian proportions: so orange, pine and Amarillo. Strong ABV base and malt backing. Very impressed overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4151) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
650ml bottle pours a golden amber color with a 2 finger white head that retains well and leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is bold grapefruit with some caramel and grains. Taste is a bold grapefruit hop bitterness with a light caramel malty sweetness. Medium to heavy bodied with decent carbonation. Definitely, a hop forward brew with some balance of malt. Sure to satisfy any hop lover out there. Recommended.


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