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

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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
downy_dav69 (60) - Ladysmith, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2013
650 ml. bottle (9% abv.) a friend left in our fridge. Pours a thick, oily light brown copper colour. Head is thick, sudsy, and frothy leaving big lacing around the glass. Aroma is hops (cascade) honey, grass, alcohol, floral, and earthy. Taste is tons of hops, honey, caramel, grass, grapefruit, mint, plums, grapes, mild alcohol, and pepper. Palate is warm with little carbonation, traces of pepper, and a very bitter dry aftertaste from the heavy amount of hops. Tastes very pure and real, no extracts or weird preservatives found in this brew. An excellent DIPA from a very reputable brewery.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yazapapa (9) - - MAY 23, 2015 does not count
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
keenano (25) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 8, 2016
From a bomber into a glass. Pours a golden amber, with one finger of white pillowy head. Huge citrus fruit on the nose in this one - mangoes, passion fruit, grapefruit, pine, a bit of lemon. Wow, really superb through the palate. Not overwhelming bitterness, but matching citrus up front closing with a slight bitterness on the finish. Incredibly drinkable. Really enjoyed this one.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (19119) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
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.
Excellent.

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 Iím missing a punch, but itís 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.
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
Pours a lovely copper orange with a thin off-white head and great lacing. Fresh bitter citrus & light booze aroma. Bitter orange flavour with mild sweetness and lemongrass in the finish. Citrus & spicy hops. Good carbonation, and light creaminess in the body. Fantastic IPA!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
22oz bottle from 16th St.Liquor in West Vancouver. Pours an orange hued amber with thin ring of khaki head. Aroma is pungent citrus hops, very much like Red Racer IPA on steroids (which is saying something!). Some faint malt in the background. Taste is lusciously thick with chewy citrus hops, some pine, fairly potent alcohol hit followed by a tiny malt back. Finish is pot like, resinous and bitter. Wow! It really is a hop bomb...but perhaps a tad too rough. I crave more malt to balance out the ferocious hops...but over all itís very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (769) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2016
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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2016
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brettsky06 (178) - Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 5, 2016
Orange color. Nice tropical fruit and pine aromas. Same goes for the taste and at 100 ibuís it is very flavorful without being too bitter, very nice beer

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blomster (288) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2011
Clear, light copper, big tan head. Ultra-fresh aroma of green pine needles, resin, citrus. Smooth flavor profile with orange jam, pine, some toffee candy in the background. Medium carbonation, light to medium body, long bitter finish. Another Canadian brewery that is getting closer to the better American breweries. Good job!


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