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


on tap

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3872) - Qubec, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (5911) - 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. Theres a good amount of caramel and malt, but because of the mouthfeel its never cloying and its still super drinkable/quenching. A well executed hybrid between an English IPA and an ESB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (5762) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle at Toms. 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (20222) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2016
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 its 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 doesnt 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 its 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (2427) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
The Premium Bitter/ESB title isnt close to accurate, anyway... Bottle. Pours amber with a white head. Sweet, sugary, funky aroma with over ripe fruit... Medium body, medium carbonation. Theres candy, pine, lemon, orange, grapefruit, tangerine. Nice and juicy with a solid, slightly woody bitter finish. Tasty, but not what it says on the tin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
khays (89) - - AUG 20, 2014
Smells fruity, almost topical, and malty. Pours clear brown with a light tan coloured head. Tastes malty, lightly burnt, nutty, a little spicy. The body is medium, carbonation is in the low side, the finish is bitter. A decent beer, if you looking for something bitter, strong by not too west coast. Nice to see the driftwood can make a great tasting IPA and an ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimspady (219) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 2, 2013
Hoppy & sweet. Great mouthfeel. Smells like something and tastes like something else etc. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
manisthebeer (246) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2013
smells of pungent thick hopps fuckin killer smell pours dark amber with an off white sexy fresh smelling head the taste is undeniably just like an ipa but with a little something extra amazing beer try it if you can must try

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7598) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle [650ml] shared with GregClow, mds, jerc & mabel -- c/o j&m. Pours a murky orange-amber with a small semi-lasting frothy off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, sweet fruit and a good amount of earthy hops. Flavour of caramel malt, fruit and earthy hops. Moderate bitter finish. Average to medium bodied. Not sure if its on style but regardless, its pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagerboy (2136) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2013
Bomber. Unclear orange copper, firm foamy off-white head slowly fades. Aroma of fresh pungent grassy herbal spicy hops, some evergreen. Taste is crisp and fresh moderate hoppy, herbal and spicy, some pine, with a sweet-ish malt base. Soft carbonation, lighter bodied. ESB overlapping into PNW IPA territory. Deliciously drinkable makes it deserve a new designation: MLF (More Lagerboy Friendly) meaning more friendly than not.

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