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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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Photo of BasementBer
3/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

BasementBer, May 21, 2011
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -22.3%

cfalovo97, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of leannegreen
3/5  rDev -22.3%

leannegreen, May 08, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of souvenirs
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

souvenirs, May 30, 2013
Photo of Metalmonk
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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...

Metalmonk, May 15, 2009
Photo of LampertLand
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

LampertLand, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of xuptygm
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

xuptygm, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of RXUYDC
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

RXUYDC, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of thefullpython
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

thefullpython, May 23, 2012
Photo of cbnz
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

cbnz, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of zduerr
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

zduerr, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of w00ddy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

w00ddy, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

rodrigueZflyingf0x, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of RJP159
3.59/5  rDev -7%
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.

RJP159, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of Iuv
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%

Iuv, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Sammy, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

jeffjeff1, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Viggo, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of intoxabroad
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

intoxabroad, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bumchilly25, May 09, 2012
Photo of seldomseen
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

seldomseen, May 28, 2014
Photo of JefferyYoung
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

JefferyYoung, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of bobsy
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

bobsy, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 30, 2010
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Driftwood Ale from Driftwood Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.