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Driftwood Pale Ale - Driftwood Brewery

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Driftwood Pale AleDriftwood Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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:
This Northwest style pale ale offers a citrus aroma blending with a delicate malt body and a clean refreshing finish. A beer for any occasion.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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 biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Derek
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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."

Derek, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into pint glass 24/1/12

A golden copper with no visible bubbles but yet there's a thick cap of off white that hangs for most of the glass leaving spider web lacing deep down the glass

S floral and herbal hops with a big hit of honey, caramel, and some fruit

T a little more herbal earthy tones on top of what I smell, solid beer for sure with some leafy tea bag as it warms

M medium bodied with enough tiny bubbles to give it a creamy feel, not sure where the bubbles are hiding because I can't see them, slightly metallic after taste

O pretty solid pale ale going on here, there's some balance and its very easy too drink

I love Driftwood and they just can't do wrong in my books, this is no exception. I love their hop bombs and monsters in a big way and don't seeing myself getting board of their session brews either

wordemupg, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
Photo of tbeckett
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Luxalune in Winnipeg. From notes.

A - Golden and bright pour with a two finger white head. Good carbonation. Hazier as the bottom portion of the bottle was added. Good lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Floral, grapefruit. Nice hop aroma. Pretty much to style.

T - Nice hoppy flavour with lot's of grapefruit, orange, strong hop flavours. Pine in there too with more orange later on.

M - Medium bitterness and light to medium carbonation and a light to medium body. Bitterness penetrates with tons of grapefruit flavour.

O/D - A solid west coast pale ale. Enjoyed it a fair bit and think they nailed the west coast style. Very drinkable.

tbeckett, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the session pale ale from these guys and it is a winner. Nice hoppy fruity nose with a solid almost belgian take on a pale ale. Enough hops to keep it interesting but the balance is the key. There is enough complexity to make one want to slow down but the huge drinkability will make you pour another one

canucklehead, May 06, 2009
Photo of andrenaline
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but the quality of the labeling helped influence the purchase.

A - Pours a nice golden colour with an orange hue, finger of head with solid retention and some fine lacing that lingers on the glass.

S - Some very nice citrus hops off the top of the nose on this one. Not overpowering either, which was nice, however, no real malts were noticeable.

T - Again, the hops dominate the flavour, however, the finish is nice and malty with a bit of sweet caramel, and some bready grains which linger. Very nicely balanced, really enjoyable.

M - The bitterness of the hops does not leave your bone dry, as there is a noticeable dryness to the finish, but by no means a turn-off. Nicely balanced carbonation, making it nice and smooth going down.

D - What a delicious surprise and one which I wish was readily available in Alberta. High quality offering and highly recommended to anyone looking for a hoppier take on an English Pale Ale. Yum!

andrenaline, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
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 bobsy
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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 jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

jrenihan, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +3.9%

schopenhauerale, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

bumchilly25, May 09, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -22.1%

cfalovo97, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev +3.9%

2beerdogs, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +3.9%

chickenm, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Uli's Restaurant in White Rock, BC.

A: 1/4" white head that left a nice lacing over semi transparent copper liquid.

S: Yeast and pine hops.

T: Yeast, malt, nuts, and bitter finish.

M: Medium to thin viscosity with a medium to low level of carbonation.

O: A decent and refreshing pale ale. This is the third beer I have had from Vancouver Island that has had a nutty taste...

DaftCaskBC, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev +3.9%

KStark, May 24, 2013
Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +3.9%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of LampertLand
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

LampertLand, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of ericj551
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Driftwood Ale pours a slightly hazy deep gold with a thin head that lingers nicely. The aroma is citrusy hops, with hints of bready malt. Hops dominate the flavor, bordering on IPA. Tons of citrus and a bit of pine. There is a nice malt sweetness underneath, with a little light caramel. The bitterness is well rounded, and stays low enough to keep me from thinking this is an IPA.

ericj551, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of KalanM
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
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Driftwood Pale Ale from Driftwood Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.