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Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Victoria, Canada
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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Stand up and be counted for what you are about to receive… 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15217) - 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. 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgermani (1000) - 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 (1237) - 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 it’s very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vadie (800) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2013
UPDATED: APR 20, 2014 Ambrée jaunatre avec une grande mousse blanche. L’arôme très fort d’agrumes predominé par le pamplemousse. D’abord, le goût est fort d’agrumes, suivie par un amertume d’houblon qui est, selon moi, parfaitment équilibrée. La finale est d’agrumes et houblon mais il ne domine pas la palate avec un amertume forte.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blomster (259) - Göteborg, 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2498) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2012
Thanks to Derek for this. Pours a dark golden yellow with a big frothy white top. Aroma is intense grapefruit and floral hops with a little bready. Taste is a nice blast of grapefruit hops that is dry bitterness. Resiny, stickly sweet, really enjoyed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (1989) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2013
650 ml bottle. Pours a clear orange/amber with very light head. Aromas of grapefruit and ripe tropical fruit tending to pineapple with a bit of toasted malts in the background. Bitter orange and pink grapefruit up front, followed by nice smooth malt and toffee flavors. Light bitter finish. Tasty. Seems even better this year.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ardiesr (62) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2011
Strong hop aroma of resin and pine. Not much in the way of citrus comes through. Very clear with a nice amber colour. Flavour is immediately hop-driven with almost no residual sweetness. Some biscuity malt comes through in the middle followed by intense bitterness on the back end. Bitterness lingers for at least an hour after you finish the beer. Great strong IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (7053) - 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. Hophead’s paradise.


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