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Driftwood Ale - Driftwood Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 22:46:24 | More by BasementBer
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leannegreen


3/5  rDev -22.7%

05-08-2012 02:42:47 | More by leannegreen
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.7%

09-10-2012 22:25:53 | More by Molson2000
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souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 22:25:32 | More by souvenirs
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 15:22:48 | More by Metalmonk
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

03-25-2012 04:37:38 | More by LampertLand
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xuptygm

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What can I say about this beer? I like the malt aspect of this ale. Its a really easy drinker. Its very smooth and the carbonation is almost perfect. This beer has some bitterness which actually compliments the beer nicely and rounds it out. I could drink this everyday or at a party, but for special occasions this is not what I would reach for. Its a good run of the mill ale nothing more nothing less.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 03:50:12 | More by xuptygm
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RXUYDC

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

08-24-2013 03:48:53 | More by RXUYDC
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thefullpython


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-23-2012 22:46:55 | More by thefullpython
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-10-2013 20:53:40 | More by cbnz
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zduerr

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-11-2012 21:05:01 | More by zduerr
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w00ddy

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-11-2012 18:11:09 | More by w00ddy
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-29-2012 04:37:14 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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RJP159

British Columbia (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 02:00:47 | More by RJP159
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 00:23:39 | More by Sammy
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jeffjeff1

California

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 07:19:33 | More by jeffjeff1
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, picked up at the BC Liquor Store.

Pours a clear amber/yellow, huge and thick white head forms, very dense, settles down to a thick layer, lots of lace chunks stick to the glass, looks good. Smell is nice, sweet and malty, some sugars, toast, oats, touch of caramel, herbal, lightly floral, apricot, some fruitiness, pretty neat hoppiness. Taste is similar, light floral hopping, apricots, grassy/hay, honey sweetness, some toast, lightly fruity, a bit of herbal and peppery bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty solid brew if nothing special, but Driftwood is definitely making some quality beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 18:36:21 | More by Viggo
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intoxabroad

Taiwan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-08-2012 17:02:24 | More by intoxabroad
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-09-2012 03:12:06 | More by bumchilly25
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seldomseen

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-28-2014 22:26:02 | More by seldomseen
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JefferyYoung

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-05-2014 18:05:57 | More by JefferyYoung
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Derek for cracking this open. My improbably run of trying beers from one of the furthest away Canadian breweries continues!

Pours a radiant and sparkling gold with a white head and nice lacing. Creamy malt and cereal in the nose, combining with herbal hopping. Moderate and balanced flavour. Cereal upfront, eventually giving way to lemon, orange and herbal notes. Decent bitterness for an EPA. Medium-light mouthfeel and carbonation is true to style.

I can see why this would be Driftwood's flagship - its well crafted and approachable, but its also the least challenging of their lineup. I was glad to try it, but I think I'd stick with their saison if I had a choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 18:55:08 | More by bobsy
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 01:36:10 | More by biboergosum
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 17:41:05 | More by jrenihan
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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."

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 15:54:39 | More by Derek
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Driftwood Ale from Driftwood Brewery
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