Raised By Wolves IPA
Driftwood Brewery

Raised By Wolves IPARaised By Wolves IPA
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #370
ABV:
7%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,951
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 6.94%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
82
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Driftwood Brewery
 
British Columbia, Canada
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
95
World-Class
Raised By Wolves IPARaised By Wolves IPA
Notes: Born of Equinox hops and raised under the influence of Saccharomyces Trois , this beast has developed a taste for mango, citrus & melon, with a nose to match, hear the call!

THIS ONE WAS ABANDONED TO THE WILD.
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TommyWiseau22 from Canada (ON)

4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smells like one of those bags of dried fruit that you can get at a grocery store. Dried cranberry, tart cherry, goldenberries and gojiberries. All of which show up on the palate as well. Super original and unique IPA

Jun 15, 2020
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altstadt from Canada (BC)

3/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear pale-straw color. The head was coarse medium sized bubbles that quickly shrunk down to a thin skiff, leaving only a tiny bit of lacing. A moderate flux of medium sized bubbles were rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smells like a straw or hay with barnyard. A little bit of sweet, almost floral hops show up. Swirling the glass boosts the barnyard, but this is a much milder and sweeter barnyard than we were getting everywhere during the summer.

Medium bitter flavors give way to a soft malt and the milder barnyard that showed up in the scent. The hop floral flavor shows up towards the end. The aftertaste is a boost in bitters and then all the flavors slowly tail off.

Slowly foams up, but feels more like a soft drink. The foam is rather persistent as it turns to larger bubbles. Medium to heavy body in the liquid before it foams.

I had this scored a full point higher when I tried it a couple of years ago, before the barnyard took over the local beer scene. At that time I described it as having a nutty scent with a little cheese, neither of which showed up this time around. It has a lighter bitterness level for an IPA. This seems more like a light American IPA than a NEIPA. Once the barnyard is eliminated, this would be a good basic IPA, but nothing really stands out.

Dec 31, 2019
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NordicIslander from Canada (SK)

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass. Almost 3 finger foam. Exceptional head, white foamy goodness! Fruit, namely orange, appears on the first taste. This merges into a nice, crisp hoppy mouthfeel. Further smelling reveals yeast, wet grass, a touch of pine and a bit of spice. Ultra, ultra smooth BC version of an IPA beer.
7% abv but no alcohol or booziness taste is present on the swallow - just juicy citrus and a crisp hop finish.
The smell is ridiculously inviting. If this beer is in your vicinity, grab it, horde it and most importantly, drink it. A tad pricier than some but, totally justified. This is a world class beer kids, grab it while it exists.

Jun 02, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can into snifter. Pours a beautiful clear pale golden with 2 fingers white head.
Aroma is initially piney, some tropical notes, citrus, melon, a touch of dankness.
Taste follows with a bit of pine, mango, indistinct citrus, ripe melon, and hoppy bitterness that persists but does not build.
Medium mouthfeel hiding the 7% - crisp dry finish - easy drinking like a hoppy Pilsner.

May 26, 2019
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HipCzech from Texas

4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 650 ml bottle poured into a small nonic glass.

Appearance: Lightly hazy golden amber with a tall head of lush white foam and impressive clumps of lace.

Smell: Tropical fruit, melon and orange citrus along with a bit of caramel malt round out a very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Continues from the nose with a little more tropical fruit and citrus punch. Caramel malt is there, but let’s the fruity hops star. Earthy, spicy yeast ties it all together.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate but relatively soft carbonation.

Overall: A wonderfully balanced and drinkable IPA that shows off some nice fruity hop and spicy yeast notes.

Nov 23, 2018
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1100th review!

Appearance - Pours a golden amber with three fingers of frothy white head that leaves some excellent lacing.

Smell - tropical and citrus hops, tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, orange peel, bready caramel malts, and wild earthy spicy yeast.

Taste - Nice punch from the tropical and citrus hops followed by the tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, and passionfruit). The citrus flavour of orange peel comes through next followed by the bready caramel malts and earthy spicy yeast.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky with a pleasant lingering bitterness from the hops.

Overall - An excellent IPA that showcases the tropical and citrus hops very well. The wild earthy spicy yeast adds a pleasant layer of additional flavours. A true stand out of an IPA.

Dec 17, 2017
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine three finger white head that stays constantly renewed by carbonation and thick lacing. Looks great. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and tropical fruit hops, orange citrus, mango, passionfruit and light pineapple. Flavor follows, with moderate caramel malt, citrus, piney and tropical fruit hops, orange and lemon citrus, mango, passionfruit, pine. Finishes with lingering resinous piney and citrus hops with residual mixed fruit esters. Medium bodied with nice medium creaminess and peppery carbonation. This was recommended to me by the staff at Whatcom Wine & Spirits as a limited, but excellent IPA. My goal that day was to get new (to me) breweries, but due to their enthusiasm and my previous experience with Driftwood (all good), I picked this up. They were right, this is a fine IPA. It has both NW piney and citrus character to the hops as well as nice tropical fruit notes. And it all comes together very nicely. It seems like there should be too much going on here, but I found that the tropical fruit dominates the beginning of the taste and the finish is quite piney with citrus notes. Really glad I stumbled on this one. Driftwood occasionally drifted into Seattle, but I haven't seen any in quite a while and I'm now sorry; I had good memories of their offerings and hope to see them again. A recommended IPA if you are lucky enough to run across it. Really nice graphics on the bottle too. The full monty.

Oct 05, 2017
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This the best Brett/ faux-brett IPA I have had.

The yeast amplifies the hop flavor and nose without becoming the main attraction. Fruity, dry and a balanced bitterness.

Oct 01, 2017
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a clear honey yellow with two fat fingers of off-white head that leaves sudsy blobs of lace as it recedes.

Smells of lemon and lime peel, diced pineapple, peach, orange, grapefruit, mild baking bread and pleasantly piney hops.

Tastes of sweet brown bread, pineapple, peach, melon, zesty citrus oils and more resiny, leafy hops.

Feels round and soft. Medium bodied with finely frothy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. More sourness would have pleased me, but there's nothing to complain about here.

Oct 27, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of mango and tropical fruit notes with some light funky yeasty flavours. Taste is a great mix of mango, tropical fruits with light funky flavours with a solid malt backbone and light residual sugar notes. Body is full with great carbonation. Great used of Equinox hops with yeast presence not as discernable as I had expected.

Oct 24, 2016
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed very fresh. This beer looked great, with a golden color and just a tinge of haze. A small head appears on the pour, but breaks relatively quickly, and there is some lacing left as it goes down. The smell is pure hops goodness, with the tropical notes of pineapple and other fruits. Damn nice. The taste follows the nose, though there is a malt presence that gives the beer a nice balance. This beer was very refreshing with medium carbonation and a dryish finish. Overall, a very enjoyable beer that I wish I could get my hands on again. It went down easy, and quenched my thirst quite nicely.

Oct 21, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle - very stoked to finally see this brew arrive in Alberta. Cuing up some 'Boots or Hearts' from da Hip: 'even babies raised by wolves they know exactly when they've been used'.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky off-white head, which leaves some sparse sudsy cloud form lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of big pineapple, apricot, Ataulfo mango, and honeydew fleshy fruit, bready and doughy caramel malt, subtle sour and funky bacterial infection notes, and more relatively understated leafy and piney green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, some biscuity toffee, a still heady mixed tropical fruitiness, some yeast that is more spicy than funky (fuckin' eh!), over-sugared black tea, and a growing piney and grassy verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly tame in its workaday frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and rather smooth, even the local yeast essence not messing about here - fancy that! It finishes off-dry, the tropical fruitiness waning somewhat, while the base malt keeps 'er right between the ditches.

Overall, this one more than earns its place in the best of class, as far as Canadian brews go - they make a wild ale that is not particularly wild, so it still appeals to all those sour beer freaks out there, yet the rest of us can savour the lovely tropical fruit esters with which this is riddled. Normally, when it starts to fall apart, man it really falls apart (I know), but ain't none of that happenin' here!

Oct 05, 2016
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MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada (BC)

4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the huge tropical aromas. Get melon and pineapple with an earthy brett funk to finish off. Well balanced with assertive bitterness. Carbonation is medium and carries the flavour well. Excellent beer

Oct 03, 2016
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 29/9/16

a slight haze in a bright golden yellow body, only a couple visible bubbles but they pump out three fingers of foam that takes ages to fall leaving partial rings deep down the glass

s massive tropical nose on this stuff, pineapple, canned peaches, mango, passion fruit, tangerine, all sorts of fruit, floral notes, and some dank yeast stops short of funk, smells great, intense and fresh

t slightly more yeast, not peppery but some spice and spruce, lemon peel and everything I had on the nose, nice mix of massive tropical and a little yeast in the background

M medium weight, enough bubbles to give it some life, slick almost slimy on the palate, bitter bite, lingering citrus rind and spruce

O I've almost put back the 7% bomber in the time it took to type this far, great beer and I'm gonna get my fill while I can get it

A new to me Driftwood IPA bottled this month? Yes please!! Yet another world class beer from one of my favorite breweries. I just love it when a top 100 Canadian tic falls into my lap, this stuff will be on that list as long as they make it

Sep 30, 2016
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JonCorbett from Canada (BC)

4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Semi-hazy amber, with a statuesque head of pale pastel straw, tight and creamy. Moderate dissipation and gorgeous lines of lace clinging desperately to the glass as it mellows out. Rocky like bubble formations are left on the surface and stick around for quite a while.

Aromatics: Hehehe, it’s been at least a decade since I’ve smelled some dank funky m.j. - and yet that was the first descriptor note I came across. And it isn’t even the dominant feature. Plenty of citrus fruit - grapefruit, lemon, and a little cactus nectar. Some indirect fragrance as well - sweeter tropical notes guava and mango. And all halo’d in a floral blanket. Sigh… this is what potpourri should smell like.

Taste: Grapefruit bitter, with a honey-like tea and floral accompaniment. Some grasping tropical fruit flavours lose out to a pine resin overtone but strangely the usually super earthiness is kept at bay very nicely. A complex relationship is happening here and it reminds me of those old Bits n Bites commercial where no handful (mouthful) is the same.

Feel: Slick and ‘oily’ middleweight. It feels so fluid and soft on the palate, the carbonation only giving nonchalant glances to the tastebuds as it all meanders by in a smooth and ethereal experience. Wow.

Overall: Ahhh… this is what I like to see in an IPA. No wonder it is in our Top 100 Canada. Delicious and decadent, and surprisingly complex in its execution.

Pairing : OMG… what do I put here. I didn’t intend to use this one for my Sunday Brunch, but I did so… keeping in the theme of brunch, how bout a delectable casserole - country chicken biscuits and gravy or a ham and cheese bake? A nice gourmet quiche would also suit this just fine. It definitely begs for a savoury partner. Given that it is only weeks away from Thanksgiving here in the great white north, I am willing to go so far as to suggest a pumpkin spice and pecan french toast - topped with some fresh apple, light syrup and powdered sugar! mmm…mmm…

Sep 25, 2016
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The_Beer_Consultants from Canada (BC)

4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A:glowing Golden and effervescent (constant stream on micro bubbles
S:Floral hop primary with a touch of tanginess
T:lemon citrus notes very low bitterness
M:a lingering feeling, coats the mouth almost creamy
O: There is a reason this is a limited beer. it would be hard to compete with if it was available all the time. A worthy brother (or sister) to Fat Tug will have to stockpile a little.

Sep 23, 2016
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - golden copper color with a good sticky white head
Smell - lemon and grapefruit
Taste - bitter similar taste as the smell but very fruity
Feel - medium body and carbs slight cream
Overall - almost like a white ipa. Great beer

Sep 17, 2016
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Kobold from Canada (BC)

4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: whipped cream lacking in tenacity yet still pervasive in its whiteness and bubbles. Body is light copper and translucent.

Smell: sesame seed and pepper coat pineapples, mandarin oranges and sharp mangoes. A hypnotic yeast and alcohol invigorates the edges of the aroma while tickling my nose and throat into a light giddiness. Dark syrups and resin wallow in the distant background from which purple bubble gum breezes ripple. When a puddle is left in the glass unacknowledged for a quarter of an hour its scent crumbles into cheese and sweat, which sounds unpleasant yet oddly isn't. Later neglected aromas are of ice and old festive candy and plums.

Taste: A genuine replication of the aroma with the addition of amorphous perfume exhalations obscuring and infusing a long grapefruit bitter finish. Lemons and muted soaps greet the tongue. A toasted thin cracker studded with wild rice kernels corrals the experience. The long aftertaste eventually curls into tartness and grass.

Feel: slick and oily; nothing harsh, prickly or abrasive.

Sep 03, 2016
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy orange body. Decent head with some lacing. Aroma of mangoes but flavor is more strong clementines with hints of mangoes and pureed mangoes. Some funk in the finish. Held up remarkably well.

Apr 05, 2016
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great brew, though personally I prefer Juxtapose from Four Winds.

I love the tropical hopping and crisp bitterness, but there's a bit of a sweat sock funk that spoils it for me.

Jan 12, 2016
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bright orange with a thin layer of eggshell head.

Huge grapefruit aroma with lighter orange bites and a light but present caramel sweetness.

Big bitterness up front with fresh and juicy grapefruit, tangerine and cantaloupe flavours. A touch of caramel sweetness.

Medium. Oily and stick. Light carbonation

Oct 20, 2015
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Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle received from beervana in the Fall 2015 CANBIF

Cloudy gold with a thick meringue like head. Strong pine and fruit aromas that translate well to the taste. Great bitterness. Juicy. Medium body. Another winner from Driftwood. Great beer.

Oct 15, 2015
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Thedailyshow from Canada (BC)

4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer several times during its release period. A very hop forward IPA that easily rivals fat tug as my favourite IPA in BC. The beer pours a nice white head and is very crisp with a nice aftertaste left in your mouth. I am sad that it is a limited release as it was my go to beer this past month. Thank you driftwood for another fantastic beer!

Sep 23, 2015
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Sathanas from Canada (AB)

4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought fresh at the brewery and poured into a Driftwood snifter glass.
Yellow, slightly hazy, couple fingers of head. Smells and tastes piney, juicy stone fruits and slight white wine. Very dry and crisp. Highly, highly drinkable! Almost tastes like a Belgian IPA. Really nice, well balanced and easy drinking. Another amazing beer from Driftwood!

Sep 19, 2015
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hotmailmsn from Canada (BC)

3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

7% ABV, ? ibu, on tap.
A - hazy golden color with one finger head.
S - malty sweetness, kinda fruity. some tarty punch.
T - welly carbonated, special maltiness from driftwood, mint hint, bitterness was great!
O - Funky taste indeed, sharper than fat tug, Equinox hops fruity did really good job on the aroma n bitterness , will get it if not limited!

Sep 14, 2015
Raised By Wolves IPA from Driftwood Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 82 ratings