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Twenty Pounder - Driftwood Brewery

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: DaftCaskBC on 08-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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!
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 19
Reviews by cbnz:
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Rutager
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

April 2014 update - The Driftwood guys have really dialed this one in. The mosaic hops used this year are awesome with a ton of tropical fruit.

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3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of strong hoppy notes with citrus flavours is pretty nice with some resinous and piney notes also identifiable. Taste is dominated by loads of citrus and piney hoppy flavours with some sweet malt notes that are also discernable. Body is full with great carbonation. Nice hops profile but malt base if just a bit too sweet for my liking in the style.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kump for this on.

Poured from a 650ml botttle, bottled 04.03.14.

Pours a honey colored body with a huge head and lots of rings going down. Steady stream of bubbles racing up. Aroma is super fresh slice of citrus fruit: peaches and pineapple. Very plush fruit flavor, spices on the fringes and sweet throughout. Strong and full body, raw but drinks well.

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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear pumpkin colour with 2 fingers of off white head. Plenty of lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S: Initial scent of citrus, tropical fruits, papaya and pineapple followed by fresh pine sap. Roundness of pale malts on the finish.

T: Orange and grapefruit bitters together with pine sap and background notes if caramel malts. Finishes with a drying bitterness.

M: Thick, syrupy and chewey with a moderate amount of carbonation. Dry bitter finish.

O: A very assertive west coast hop style that has just enough sweet malts to keep it from going over the line. I

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of LampertLand
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Derek
3.04/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Twenty Pounder from Driftwood Brewery
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