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


on tap

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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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patricks110 (2794) - 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!

mabel (10004) - 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
(w/ blankboy, Greg Clow, jercraigs, mds)

SardiniaMan (42) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2014
One of my favorite beer - This beer is amazing! Unclear orange copper. Aroma of fresh pungent grassy herbal spicy hops. Taste is crisp and fresh moderate hoppy, herbal and spicy, some pine, with a sweet-ish malt base. This beer is outstanding - a must try for all craft beer drinkers.

Alanthebeerguy (270) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2014
From the bomber. Pours deep orange/amber. Medium head with some lacing. Smells of citrus, orange peel and pine resin. Smells more like an American IPA. Taste is malty upfront with a bitter finish. Like a Pale Ale with some bite. Good balance of sweetness and hop bitter. Bitter but refreshing. Nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

pushkinwow (2962) - Ottawa, CANADA - NOV 2, 2014
Bomber from CANBIF 2014. Dark amber with a beige head. Smells more like a fresh hopped IPA then an ESB but who knows...slightly musty hops, slightly wet, resin, bit of grapefruit. some caramel malt. Moderate carbonation and body, overall bitter but a fair amount of sweetness to balance things out until the end when the pine and grass along with citrus dominate. Tasty.

jonas (8280) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle, thanks a lot David! Amber, rocky off-white head. Resinny pine and lychee hop aroma. Grapefruit, grass and pine hop notes on the palate, medium malt base, some saltiness. Bitter earthy finish. Certainly not lacking in flavour...

mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2014 22oz bottle thanks to JonnyBeers @ BA, part of his CANBIF box to me. Pours a good and clear copper with a medium slightly off white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is light sulfur on the first whiff, caramel, fruits and earthy hops. Taste is moderately sweet and moderately bitter, a bit too sweet if you ask me but not a disaster at all. Flavors of caramel and fruity hops. Finish is strongly bitter and lingers for a long while. Body is medium, carbonation as well. Mouthfeel is quite oily and a little sticky at times. Overall a good beer, just a bit too heavy for me I think.

tom10101 (6297) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle (650 ml). Thanks to Damon for this one! Slightly hazy copper with a medium off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is super hoppy (dank hops_ with nice mineral/earthy notes, resinous presence and caramel. Taste is mineral/earthy with caramel, resinous presence, good malt backbone, very light bitterness and light fruitiness. Light body. Moderate carbonation. Fluffy mouthfeel. Very nice mouthfeel. There’s a good amount of caramel and malt, but because of the mouthfeel it’s never cloying and it’s still super drinkable/quenching. A well executed hybrid between an English IPA and an ESB.

JulienHuxley (5985) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle at Tom’s. Slight hazy copper pour with white head. Aroma is really hoppy, nice dank resinous hop, almost IPA like but with a good dose of earthy, caramel English malt. Taste is grassy, really hoppy, malty but very light palate which prevents it from getting too sticky or cloying, really tasty malt, rich caramel. Really nice.

fiulijn (21516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2017
2017-04-24, bottle, 7-5-8-4-14=38
Very grainy and herbaceous, overwhelming the resiny hops. Good, but a bit too much for me.

2016-06-23, bottle from BCL, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Compared to the tap I had a few days ago, the aroma is more expressive, more hoppy, clearly piney. Nice bready malts, I would be happier without the cereals touch, but it’s very clean, more than the tap, mild character from the yeast, and potent resiny hops, with a delicate fruity touch.

2016-06-18, draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver, 10oz, 7-5-7-3-14=36
Amber color, clean. Some aroma of quality hop and caramel. Highly carbonated, a bit too sour, some malt and caramel, some British yeast, and resiny hopping, almost woody or vegetable.
Robust beer, not as good as I remember from previous years.

2014-09-04, bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Hazy bright amber color with medium head. Wonderful fresh Mosaic aroma, fruity, and some caramel. Light residual sweetness; the lean malt and caramel flavor is very good and doesn’t hide the qualities of the hop; resiny and fruity final, but also a bit woody/vegetable; in the bottle it has just a bit more ESB flavor, otherwise it’s a pure IPA.

2014-08-24, draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver, 8-5-8-5-17=43
Amber color, clean, with compact head. Strong hop aroma, very fruity, with pineapple, mango and more. Sweetish caramel flavor, malt, then powerful hopping with plenty of resins and fruits, sweet oranges and some tropical fruits. Bold but balanced, clean and flawless.
On draught? Delicious.

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