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Twenty Pounder - Driftwood Brewery

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very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Stand up and be counted for what you are about to receive: an explosive ordnance of IBU's! This Canadian citrus hop bomb is sure to satisfy the most die-hard of hop heads. For those who crave the hop, we salute you!

(Beer added by: DaftCaskBC on 08-19-2011)
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Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Driftwood Brewery's 'Twenty Pounder Double IPA' @ 9.0% , originally tasted at the Island Beer Fest on tap , this review from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $8

A-pour is an orange/amber with a medium off white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint glass

S-grapefruit , floral , piney

T-wow , big IPA , not as hoppy as I expected , bitter finish

MF-low carbonation , full bodied , nice on the palate

Ov-ok/good beer , not as overall smooth and tasty as some , an enjoyable hop bomb

sampled alongside Lagunitas 'Sucks' , Deschutes 'Hop Henge' & Phillip's 'Amnesiac'

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 04:25:38 | More by LampertLand
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was very happy to find this on tap @ Garrick's Head on my last day in Victoria. Served in a pint glass.

A - Cloudy dark orange with a big glow throughout. A thin layer of cream coloured head formed and reduced to scattered bubbles.

S - Fresh juicy hop aroma. Grapefruit, peach, tangerine with a slight caramel malt sweetness.

T - Sharp bitterness up front. Tangerine, peach and grapefruit with lighter mango notes. Just enough caramel sweetness from the malt bill to balance out the bold hop profile.

M - Medium body. Full of resiny, sticky hop oils. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 23:01:35 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a rich orangey-yellow colour. WIth this basically being off-the-bottling line fresh, or as close to it as you can get, this smells and tastes about as good as it ever will. Hop-laden brews like this need to consumed young! The nose on this is just amazing: mint, cannabis, grapefruit, melon, exotic tropical fruits. So complex. Taste is similar and the balance between the big sweet malt and the hop bitterness is perfect. There are flavours of sweet tropical fruits and cannabis with a nice spicy/piney hop finish. As good as any double IPA in North America.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 21:54:11 | More by CookstLiquor
Photo of JayAre46


3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes - thanks to my friend matt for bringing this back from canada! he was so excited to split this with me which was great. 22oz bomber poured a copper transparent with some floating devices from the vigorous "ill top you off!" haha. big white creamy head that showed solid retention. the aroma was of a heavily cooked caramel malt, light grainy scent, subtle pine not a huge fruit presence. wow! what a punch in the face, was not expecting this one to be so big. burnt caramel, sweet, burnt domination and extremely bitter, quite the battle between hops and malt. a piney american strong ale is what this could pass as with strong charred flavors and the big alcohol presence. the body is between medium and full and wants to be creamy, light carbonation and is not for the faint of heart. overall its just to charred and burnt to be enjoyable. there is a good bitterness and i liked the body. this one lacks aroma and will absolutely punch you in the face and not in the best way, which my friend enjoys.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 07:30:11 | More by JayAre46
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 28/10/11

A slight haze in a dark amber body, not much for visible carbonation but it still has a tight two finger cream colored head lasts long enough to leave two thin rings of lace

S citric hops with a slight floral aspect, some toffee, booze a little pine and some grapefruit rind

T lots of piney resin compared to the smell and by lots I mean a crazy shitload, some toffee on the finish but its all hops with this one very little balance going on here but I'll live. some tropical fruit notes but I just can't get over how this is like chewing on a pine needle

M fairly thick and it nearly turned my mouth inside out, bitter without doubt and leaves sandpaper on the gums and I'll be tasting this tomorrow

O pretty nice DIPA but If you don't like massive pine notes don't bother, I'd like some more complexity and balance but I enjoyed this one nonetheless

A good DIPA for sure but average for Driftwood hop bombs, I had the fresh hopped IPA last night and that was a hard act to follow, please don't get me wrong this beer is a good thing and I'd look for it if I knew it wasn't a lost cause in Alberta. thanks EskimoDave for sending me yet another gem

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 06:27:37 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Derek. Golden coloured body with generous retained head. Malty hoppy aroma. Smooth moutheel. A very drinkable beer, although cascadian hop alone makes it a good but not a great crafted or super interesting beer.Worth a try.Fruity, good balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 02:46:35 | More by Sammy
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the biggest DIPAs in BC and one of the hoppiest. The big citrus nose continues into the oily hoppy body. There is quite a bit of malt to back things up so you need to sip this one. Not as complex as say Nine Donkeys of the Hopacalypse from Phillips but still very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 15:50:15 | More by canucklehead
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml, best before of 02/15/12, received from EskimoDave, a fine fellow indeed!

Pours a nice dark orange with hints of glowing rose, chestnut. A finger of tightly packed head greets the top of my snifter and immediately clings, leaving a sheet of lace as it recedes.

Nose is initially clean and citrusy, hints of floral hops. Not too deep but lemony with a hint of something more tropical and sweet, a touch of pine as well that is almost wet and loamy somehow, almost a touch dank.

Yep, there's a double schwak o' hops in here but somehow it doesn't really add up to a great brew - hops are great but there's a real skill to adding so many, layering for complexity without overpowering in one area. Lots of earthy, piney hops provide some serious bitterness in the finish, quite an earthy feel to this one that hints at something metallic as well. Bold and bittering, lacking some of the tropical notes promised in the nose, a little muddled and undefined, wicked resiny though, bitter as hell. A hefty enough malt balance without being sticky and sweet, toffee and some Munich in there? Fantastic dry finish, nice carbonation, a little bit of warming as it goes down.

Not terrible but with Driftwood most of us have come to expect something special, which this doesn't live up to. Lots of hops, great bitterness, just not the depth in hop character that is what showcases a deft DIPA brewer. Still, really went back and forth on this one, do I secretly love it? Some real positives, just enough to drag it down.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 03:29:17 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Most of Driftwoods brews are really great. Their Naughty Hildegard and Fat Tug are phenomenal hop treats, but personally I think they missed the mark on this one.

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, light retention, hints of lace.

S: It actually smells like the seaside: salty; even a little fishy. There's some sweet toffee and orange rind undertones, but to be frank, I think the aroma is a quite odd.

T: The taste is fairly briny, but thankfully it's not fishy. Plenty of piny resin, grapefruit and bitter orange peel. There's some sponge toffee, but it is very bitter. Alcohol is warming.

M: Fairly full body has a light residual sweetness, hints of hop acidity and a slightly drying alcohol finish.

D/O: Like I said, I think they missed the mark on this one.

I think I'm actually being somewhat generous with my scoring here... I really try to be a good 'advocate' and not slam things, but I think Driftwood usually is MUCH better than this.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 03:20:16 | More by Derek
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really like this. Golden amber, white head and big, fruity citrus hop nose. I mean really big on the grapefruit/citrus notes, and a pleasant mild sweetness to it, likely from the malts.

This big citrus blast comes through in the flavour, with a nice, almost dry maltiness. Nice hoppy presence in the background and as it goes done. It mutes the malts and is bitter, but not so bitter as to put me off.

Good, natural carbonation. Very little presence of the 9% ABV - just a very, very light alcohol presence hides in the back of the throat. Great beer, really good taste to this.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 04:02:31 | More by BDTyre
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Driftwood twenty pounder pours a clear orange red with a nice fluffy head and beautiful lacing. The aroma is just a touch of sweet malt with tons of aggressive, citrusy, piney and herbal hops. The flavor is intense, resiny pine, citrus and herbal, earthy hops. The malt in there too, with a nice caramel flavor balancing the rough, brutal bitterness. The oily, resiny bitterness lingers long after the beer is gone. This is a delicious and intense IIPA!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 05:10:11 | More by ericj551
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours an exceptionally clear, deep caramel-amber with a finger and a half of thick, pale yellow-orange head that leaves some nice bands of lace.

Smell. Caramel, pine, mixed citrus fruits, toasted grains, and a little peach.

Taste. Lots of toasty grains up front which are quickly drowned by an almost numbing, bitter, massive grapefruit rinds, pine sap and a sharp (not very good) alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel. A little fuller than medium body with lower carbonation.

Overall. I had high hopes for this one, but it's just a little rough compared to the other offerings from this fine brewery. The hops are a little overbearing (which I don't think I've ever said about a beer before), and the alcohol taste doesn't compliment that assault.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 02:38:00 | More by Rutager
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before: 2/15/2012

A: 1" of tan coloured head that left a nice fine lacing over a reddish-brown-amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Pine hops stand out the most with citrus hops and malt in the background.

T: A bitter, pine hop bomb that begins soapy and has the finish of malt and citrus hops. The alcohol is present in the aftertaste.

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

O: Hop heads that are fans of high IBUs and pine hops will enjoy this Imperial IPA. It has a beautiful look and smell to it, but it doesn't hide the high alcohol content as well as some others. As this is a brand new beer, maybe it could benefit from some aging. I would like to buy another and revisit this beer again in a few months just before the best before date.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 22:00:01 | More by DaftCaskBC
Twenty Pounder from Driftwood Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.