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Driftwood Ale - Driftwood Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Northwest-style pale ale that presents with the aromas of light citrus and hops blending with a soft & mild malt body and an exceptionally clean & crisp finish. Refreshing from start to finish!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2008)
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Reviews by likeemdark:
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

likeemdark, Aug 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

trail77, Jun 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

chickenm, Mar 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

intoxabroad, Oct 08, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

From a bomber procured at the Lakeshore Road government store in lovely, but disappointingly cloudy Kelowna, BC...

This beer pours a slightly stained glass pale golden hue, with lots and lots of puffy, foamy off-white head, which leaves some nice webbed lace around the glass as it dutifully recedes. It smells of sweet cereal malt, and mild zingy herbal hops. The taste is more bready cereal malt, with a somewhat funky, organic, prairie lea, herbal hop character. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium weight, smooth, if only a bit clingy, and it finishes a tad off-dry, the heretofore (to me) unique hop effect standing out.

Definitely in the British style, no doubt there. However, the Pac NW hops sure add an unexpectedly different dimension to the otherwise old-world nature of this pale ale.

biboergosum, Jul 30, 2010
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3.2/5  rDev -17.1%

Pours a pale sunset golden color, thin head and a good amount of patchy lace. Nice.

Grainy aroma without much pizazz.

Flavor favors fresh-baked bread and its stale crust a week later. Light flash of honey; pils-ish hops gently envelop the malt, which carry through to the finish. Flavor dies out quickly, as this is pretty dry.

Light to medium body, good balance of small-bubble tingle and a soft smoothness.

Guess I didn't like this one much. Kind of your average English-style ale, despite more up-front hop presence than that. A bit ho-hum though nothing egregiously wrong either. Their saison is much better, bordering on exceptional...

Metalmonk, May 15, 2009
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3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

Bottle at Volo. Pours yellow with some white soapy head that takes its time to settle. The aroma is slightly hoppy. Taste is initially like a subtle ESB, but as being dilluted, the second glass does not build up substantial bitterenss. Towards the end of the bottle, some yeast makes an appearance. Lacey. The mouthfeel would be improved with less carbonation, please.

Sammy, Dec 17, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

Big time session style Pale Ale- Aromatic citrus hop profile not hindered by any deep malt complexity. First taste is nortwest style hops and subltle honey malt like notes with a mild grapefruit contrast as the pallate is refreshed and invorgorated before the exceptionally clean & crisp finish. Nothing boring here. Just a great beer with nothing to hide.

wiessguy, Feb 18, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

A - bright clear golden, tall soapy head retained well with some lacing
S - gentle aromas of fruits, fresh greens, light toastiness, and a mineral note
T - interesting hop dominant mix of citrus, earthiness, and light pepper, some toasty malt backbone
M - lightish body with medium carbonation, starts juicy and quickly moves to a mild bitter finish
O - a very unassuming but flavourful brew with a great hop profile, I need more Driftwood!!!

joemcgrath27, Jan 08, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev -20.2%

650ml bottle poured into a weizen glass. I bought this one at the BC liquor store on Commercial Drive.

Appearance: beautiful golden colour with lots of head.
Smell: yeast, a bit sweet.
Taste: bitter, a bit citrusy, a bit yeasty. Tastes like, well, your average beer. Certainly not bad, but nothing special... or maybe it's just that I like my beer maltier and less hoppy. I probably wouldn't get this again.

souvenirs, May 30, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +8.5%

On tap @ Garrick's Head in Victoria.

A - Cloudy medium orange with a huge glow. Thin bright white.

S - Pine, grapefuit and a slight malt sweetness.

T - A good bitterness up front. Grapefruit, tangerine and pine. A slight caramel malt sweetness in the background. Bitter, dry finish.

M - Light to moderate carbonation. Resiny. Moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 17, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

My parents brought this back for me from British Columbia. BTW the bottle I had said Driftwood Pale Ale instead of Driftwood Ale so it is also called Driftwood Pale Ale. That must be an old picture.

Appearance- copper color, slightly cloudy, barely any head

Smell- citrus hops

Taste- citrus hops, slight amount of bitterness, pretty bitter for a pale ale according to my mom and dad who also tried it. I thought it was just fine.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. It is kinda hard for me to get more of it because we don't get it around here. I was lucky enough that my parents brought one back.

jeffjeff1, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

pudoo, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

MrTinnedPEach, Dec 17, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

An impressive pale ale that is every bit as good as my faves Full Moon, Alpha King and XP. Can't wait to try this on tap. A pretty hoppy pale ale from British Columbia's new comer. Look forward to more beers from these little guys.An impressive pale ale that is every bit as good as my faves Full Moon, Alpha King and XP. Can't wait to try this on tap. A pretty hoppy pale ale from British Columbia's new comer. Look forward to more beers from these little guys.

hoser, Jul 09, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

J-Swan, Feb 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

LampertLand, Mar 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

A paid $16 for this beer unknowingly at a bar, i am pissed!

A: Fine amber color, decent head at first but retention is nothing to write home about. A bit hazy.

S: Its mostly a sweet bread character. Kind of see where the cotton candy is mentioned, but im getting more donuts. Yay, whose at the fair!

T: Sweet malts in the nose, middle is bitter and dry, but doesn't linger.

M: Doesn't really drop into the pockets as i would like for an APA, but it does just fine on the tongue.

D: I am never paying that much for this or just about any beer again...holy lord. i know its not the breweries fault, but it sure as hell isn't my fault.

BasementBer, May 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

cfalovo97, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bumchilly25, May 09, 2012
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3.59/5  rDev -7%

My first review, so please take it for what it is.

This is an easy drinking ale that has a smooth start with a slightly hoppy, dry finish. Not much in the way of bitterness. Leaves my mouth feeling refreshed, with not much lingering other than the hops. My only criticisms of this beer are that it is slightly too carbonated, and the head doesn't hold up as long as I would like. I like the versatility of this beer. It works in any situation.

RJP159, Nov 07, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

I liked this better in the bottle than on tap. It seemed fresher, with more pacific northwest hop flavour to accompany the german spicing. Some great biscuity malt, modest bitterness. Clear gold with a white had, good retention & lacing. Light to moderate body is smooth with an off-dry finish.

Brewers info:
"A perfect marriage of Northwest and German hops balanced with cotton candy malt notes and a hint of fruit courtesy of our own special yeast."

Derek, Aug 16, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

krankyjoe, Oct 03, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

Bottled 11.29.13.

Beer is clear orange/copper in colour, with a small white head. Head fades fairly quickly.

Nose is hoppy, but not pungently so. Citrus and some pine.

Taste is fairly mild, but nice. Citrus hops provide a moderate bitterness, with a bit of a spicy pine flavour, while the malt provides a slight caramel sweetness. Easy drinking.

Medium bodied, moderate to strong carbonation level. Slightly oily.

Overall, refreshing and fairly tasty, but nothing exciting going on here. Very solid.

jrenihan, Dec 22, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

A - poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours clear amber with a delicate but bulky head.

S - malt, heavy hops and mint leaf

T - malt and very natural hops. There is a flavor here I find hard to describe but have found present in UK Pale Ales (something linked with the mint leaf scent). I like this flavor and am glad to find it here.

M - medium carbonation, medium body and a balanced finish

D - highly drinkable

Grunewald, Nov 19, 2009
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Driftwood Ale from Driftwood Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.