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Driftwood Ale - Driftwood Brewery

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Driftwood AleDriftwood Ale

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-23-2012 00:21:46 | More by 2beerdogs
Photo of jrempel

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

06-25-2012 06:06:20 | More by jrempel
Photo of Stizz19

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-13-2012 23:23:53 | More by Stizz19
Photo of trail77

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-06-2012 03:46:18 | More by trail77
Photo of thefullpython

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-23-2012 22:46:55 | More by thefullpython
Photo of bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-09-2012 03:12:06 | More by bumchilly25
Photo of leannegreen

3/5  rDev -22.7%

05-08-2012 02:42:47 | More by leannegreen
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

03-25-2012 04:37:38 | More by LampertLand
Photo of chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-10-2012 21:12:51 | More by chickenm
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-17-2012 05:40:19 | More by fizzyted
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-11-2012 18:11:09 | More by w00ddy
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 06:27:16 | More by wordemupg
Photo of McBastard

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a epic fluffy head. Lots of lacing down the glass. Smells of citrus and piney hops. Has plenty of hop flavor up front, balanced out with some malt sweetness. Has a bitter finish, with a nutty aftertaste. Light bodied, with moderate carbonation. Overall, a refreshing, easy drinking ale. I'll have another, please.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 05:25:14 | More by McBastard
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 05:48:44 | More by joemcgrath27
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-09-2011 09:10:04 | More by schopenhauerale
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-03-2011 00:02:33 | More by Mages64
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-30-2011 16:16:53 | More by kelvarnsen
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British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-21-2011 03:10:31 | More by EskimoDave
Photo of cuksumstu

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my new "go to beer" when I can't make up my mind about what beer to drink for the night. This is the perfect autumn drink and remarkably smooth. After I had finished my drink I found my glass laced from top to bottom. When I had poured the drink, the head remained and did not dissipate even to the very last drop. I found no after taste either, which is something I expect from a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 06:02:50 | More by cuksumstu
Photo of maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first had this on tap at a pub in east Vancouver and then 2 bottles at home a couple months later.

It has a cloudy, pale orange colour and comes with creamy, light beige head.

It has a yeast aroma with tropical fruits, fruit salad, and a little bit of fresh wood. The taste has some weak orange and comes with a great balance of hops. I get a fruity-fizzy orange aftertaste.

The body feels medium-to-full and has low-to-medium carbonation. Overall great fruity malt beer with good pale ale hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 03:35:51 | More by maclean25
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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
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 05:40:44 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of 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
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 02:23:31 | More by ericj551
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 01:54:52 | More by andrenaline
Driftwood Ale from Driftwood Brewery
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