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Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Victoria, Canada
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Generous malt body thanks to the use of the classic Scottish base malt, Golden Promise. This supports big flavours of guava, mango and citrus to deliver a juicy hop-malt balance that is deceptively easy to drink. A Pacific Northwest jam on a UK classic.

Malts: Golden Promise, Crystal, Cara120
Hops: Amarillo, Columbus, Mosaic

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4.2
yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2016
Thanks to Matt for this brew! Liquide ambré à moitié filtré présentant une mousse bien fournie aux allures fières et nobles. Vapeurs fort agréables de houblons du Nouveau Monde sur base maltée typiquement anglaise. Les houblons sont très intenses pour le style.Quantité importante de fruits tels le pamplemousse et le citron. Le malt sert d’assis confortable et fiable à ce cocktail de fruits qui n’a cependant rien d’une Pale Ale. Bonne quantité de malts caramels et de sucres céréaliers qui balancent à merveille la légèreté des houblons. Cocktail d’une grande fraîcheur en bouche où les houblons apportent à la fois une importante amertume et un profil aromatique des plus agréables. Encore une belle présence de grains germés et entiers dans cette bière d’une grande buvabilité. Longueur très appréciable de l’arrière-goût sans jamais tomber dans l’amertume excessive ni dans le sucre résiduel écoeurant. Une bière absolument irréprochable dans son style que je pourrais facilement boire sur une base régulière.

3.8
pintbypint (3668) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2016
650ml brown bottle. Lightly hazy and deep golden in the glass. White foam on top that settles into a thin consistent layer and eaves a lot of patchy lacework in the glass. The aroma has bitter citrus, tropical fruit, and resins, much hoppier and brighter than I was expecting for this style. Tastes very similar to the aroma, pine, orange peel, resin and tropical fruit. The malts seem a little hard to find for me, definitely a hop forward take to the style. Medium length aftertaste pine and oily orange peel. Really good.

3.8
Hungover (103) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 31, 2016
Copper color and delicious. Resin with tropical notes. Very well balanced with a beautiful finish. Top notch.

4
DomD (307) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2016
Bottle into glass. An amazing aroma of citrusy hops that seems nicer on the nose than many other hoppy beers out there. Pours a clear reddish copper with white head. Taste is medium to heavy bitter. Full bodied with a creamy texture and bitter finish. An awesome hoppy bitter.

3.9
beerplace (1724) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2016
On tap at St. Augustine’s. Pours a clear pale copper with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, sweet, with tropical fruits notes. Taste is sweet, caramel, resin, tropical fruits bitterness. Sweet, tropical fruit bitterness aftertaste. Very good. Though not a ESB at all, but who cares? :-)

3.6
VertBaconStrips (2389) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JUN 29, 2016
Elaborating later. Too citrusy to be an esb but who cares. Light pepper, almost oily, pine, caramel,

3.6
pictoman (1146) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2015
Poured from 650mL bottle. Clear orangey brown with off-white head. Tropical hops, caramel malt, light piney finish. Pretty decent overall.

4
UXO (1896) - CANADA - JUL 6, 2015
Appearance: hazy pale amber with two fingers of loose off-white head diminishing fairly quickly to a thin skim, patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, citrus, pine, caramel malt. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, lingering leafy hoppy black tea finish. (4/5) Oh, Hildegard, you have been naughty, haven’t you, putting all those hops in the vicar’s bitter? Time for your spanking, you naughty nun, you! Let’s find out what those stockings are attached to, anyway... (ahem) Where was I? Oh, yes, beer! Not nun-spanking. Not at all. On to the beer! And what a beer! No hesitation in saying this is the best ESB I’ve ever had. I am loving this brewery - their witbier wasn’t anything special, but when it comes time to bring the hops, they bring ‘em in spades. Lots of complexity in the aroma, nicely balanced bitter and malt on the tongue, and a finish that honestly reminds me of nothing so much as unsweetened iced tea. Lovely. (16/20)

3.8
patricks110 (2502) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 24, 2015
Really great esb. Pours a bright orange with a ruby red colour, thick off white head settles down to thin layer. Tons of sticky lacing. The aroma is fruity, tons of hoppy citrus and pine resin notes. Light caramel and biscuity malts, bit of toffee, bready. Very english style malt base. fruity citrus hops balance well. Tons of pinepple, light grapefruit, spicy hop notes, floral notes, light pine. Just easy going but also very complex and hoppy. Neat brew!

3.4
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
[5904-20131010] 650mL bottle. Fragrant fruity flower petal aroma. Clear, orange brown body with a medium-lasting foamy white head. Bitter herbal fruity flavour has a long leafy aftertaste. Medium body. Tasty, bitter. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
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