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


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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!

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fiulijn (21214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2017
2017-04-28, bottle from High Point, Vancouver, 8-5-9-5-16=43
Hazy golden color with generous head. Delicate aroma, peach, mango, a bit piney. The mouthfeel is lean, quite dry, with elegant crackery malts, hints of toffee, the hops are resiny and very piney, with citrus zest, possibly a bit pithy in the final. Very drinkable.
Excellent as usual, I probably like the flavor more this time, while waiting for the aroma to develop in the next weeks.

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.

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 I’m missing a punch, but it’s 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.

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.

mcberko (18950) - 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.

Oakes (18794) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle, Legacy. Amber, with a bubbly head. Very floral, pears, mangoes and melons. Lean, fruity, with lots of hops, and a nice kiss of sweet pale malt. Quite bright. Less chewy than Fat Tug - go figure.

Ferris (16498) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle - Grapefruit, tropical fruit and rind. Clearish gold with a rich white head. Grapefruit, sweet malts and nice citrus and tropical fruit. Not nearly as boozy and rich as I though it would be. Quite pleasant and deceptively drinkable.

Sammy (12760) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2011
Bottle from Derek. Golden coloured body with generous retained head. Malty hoppy aroma. Smooth moutheel. A very drinkable beer, although cascadian hop alone makes it a good but not a great cradfted or super interesting beer.

tderoeck (10195) - 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.

MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Blood oranges and various tropical fruit swim atop this Double IPA’s honeyed sugars before laying on the resinous hop bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the misty honeyed amber.
-The aroma is beautifully hoppy, but the flavor profile is a tad too sweet for my liking within the style.
-The flavor profile is cohesive and refined.
-The bitterness is nicely offset by the honeyed malt sugars.


czar (9430) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro! pours unclear golden orange with a small creamy white cap, some retention and lacing. lots of mangoes, melons and citrus - very fruity, almost juicy; doughy very lightly toasted maltiness, mint, soft pine, warming. light carbonation, medium body - oily and never too sticky; balanced spicy-citrusy finish. good balanced dipa.

jonas (8035) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 9, 2015
Bottle bb 02/15/12, thanks for this blast from the past Todd! Dank pine and earthy hop aroma. Hazy orange amber, low golden head. Fullbodied sweet, initially, berries, low stickiness though with a broad hop front to cut through: Funny tobacco, lemon drops, pine, dry herbal, almost meaty and earthy finish. Leaves with sparkles on the tongue. The powder did not get wet in the last three years.

Boutip (6533) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of strong hoppy notes with citrus flavours is pretty nice with some resinous and piney notes also identifiable. Taste is dominated by loads of citrus and piney hoppy flavours with some sweet malt notes that are also discernable. Body is full with great carbonation. Nice hops profile but malt base if just a bit too sweet for my liking in the style.

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