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Driftwood Ale - Driftwood Brewery

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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 ericj551
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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 andrenaline
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 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
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 Grunewald
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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 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 Derek
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 hoser
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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 canucklehead
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 wiessguy
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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Driftwood Ale from Driftwood Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.