Driftwood Pale Ale
Driftwood Brewery

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Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
American Pale Ale
Ranked #596
Ranked #17,629
3.87 | pDev: 10.08%
Jan 27, 2023
Dec 19, 2008
Very Good
Driftwood Pale AleDriftwood Pale Ale
Notes: This Northwest style pale ale offers a citrus aroma blending with a delicate malt body and a clean refreshing finish. A beer for any occasion.
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Rated: 3.61 by wildvanisle from Canada (BC)

Jan 27, 2023
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Thanks Frank. This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a semi-hazy burnt orange to amber color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a decent pace. Light stringy lace. The aroma had some orange marmalade sweet sort of rind bitterness educating a light citrus to sweet cracker malt base. The flavor arranged the prior notes together tightly forming a solid balance between sweet and bitter. Aftertaste was sweet malty smooth running into the finish in the same sort of way. The palate was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Overall, pretty good APA worthy of having again.
Jun 27, 2017
Rated: 3.74 by Jeremy7 from Canada (BC)

Oct 15, 2015
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Rated by ziggig from Canada (BC)

4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
nice one. great taste. done in 2 minutes
Jan 16, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by Kenmac19 from Canada (BC)

Jan 14, 2015
Rated: 3.67 by BcCraft710 from Canada (BC)

Dec 27, 2014
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Rated by Gruntle from Canada (BC)

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
If you like pine and the smell of growing marijuana plants, you will love this beer. Mmmmmmm.
Dec 06, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Dec 02, 2014
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Driftwood Brewery 'Pale Ale' @ 5.0% , this is the 'Old' version served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.25
A-pour is a pale yellow/gold from the bottle to a slightly hazy gold in the glass with a big frothy off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-herbal , hoppy , hint of malt sweetness
T-pleasant tasting pale ale , a mild bitterness with a slight dry finish
MF-seems to be a mild carbonation and a mild medium body
Ov-ok beer , good pale ale , no wow factor
prost LampertLand (seek New Growth PA) it's better
Nov 28, 2014
Rated: 3.96 by Codak from Canada (BC)

Nov 23, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by PaulietheBrit from Canada (BC)

Nov 02, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by CurtisD from Canada (NB)

Oct 24, 2014
Rated: 3.8 by Ericbeech_87 from Canada (BC)

Oct 12, 2014
Rated: 3.48 by CWVegas from Nevada

Oct 01, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Chazz_Chetly from Canada (BC)

Sep 29, 2014
Rated: 4 by Niceroad77 from Canada (BC)

Sep 28, 2014
Rated: 3.64 by Iuv

Sep 01, 2014
Rated: 3 by cfalovo97 from Canada (ON)

Aug 19, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by seldomseen from Canada (BC)

May 28, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Fader from Canada (AB)

Feb 17, 2014
Rated: 4 by J-Swan from Canada (BC)

Feb 01, 2014
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Reviewed by jrenihan from Canada (ON)

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottled 11.29.13.

Beer is clear orange/copper in colour, with a small white head. Head fades fairly quickly.

Nose is hoppy, but not pungently so. Citrus and some pine.

Taste is fairly mild, but nice. Citrus hops provide a moderate bitterness, with a bit of a spicy pine flavour, while the malt provides a slight caramel sweetness. Easy drinking.

Medium bodied, moderate to strong carbonation level. Slightly oily.

Overall, refreshing and fairly tasty, but nothing exciting going on here. Very solid.
Dec 22, 2013
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Reviewed by RJP159 from Canada (BC)

3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
My first review, so please take it for what it is.

This is an easy drinking ale that has a smooth start with a slightly hoppy, dry finish. Not much in the way of bitterness. Leaves my mouth feeling refreshed, with not much lingering other than the hops. My only criticisms of this beer are that it is slightly too carbonated, and the head doesn't hold up as long as I would like. I like the versatility of this beer. It works in any situation.
Nov 07, 2013
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Reviewed by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle at Luxalune in Winnipeg. From notes.

A - Golden and bright pour with a two finger white head. Good carbonation. Hazier as the bottom portion of the bottle was added. Good lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Floral, grapefruit. Nice hop aroma. Pretty much to style.

T - Nice hoppy flavour with lot's of grapefruit, orange, strong hop flavours. Pine in there too with more orange later on.

M - Medium bitterness and light to medium carbonation and a light to medium body. Bitterness penetrates with tons of grapefruit flavour.

O/D - A solid west coast pale ale. Enjoyed it a fair bit and think they nailed the west coast style. Very drinkable.
Oct 05, 2013
Rated: 4 by krankyjoe from Canada (BC)

Oct 03, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by RXUYDC from California

Aug 24, 2013
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Reviewed by jeffjeff1 from California

3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
My parents brought this back for me from British Columbia. BTW the bottle I had said Driftwood Pale Ale instead of Driftwood Ale so it is also called Driftwood Pale Ale. That must be an old picture.

Appearance- copper color, slightly cloudy, barely any head

Smell- citrus hops

Taste- citrus hops, slight amount of bitterness, pretty bitter for a pale ale according to my mom and dad who also tried it. I thought it was just fine.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. It is kinda hard for me to get more of it because we don't get it around here. I was lucky enough that my parents brought one back.
Aug 05, 2013
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Reviewed by souvenirs from Canada (BC)

3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
650ml bottle poured into a weizen glass. I bought this one at the BC liquor store on Commercial Drive.

Appearance: beautiful golden colour with lots of head.
Smell: yeast, a bit sweet.
Taste: bitter, a bit citrusy, a bit yeasty. Tastes like, well, your average beer. Certainly not bad, but nothing special... or maybe it's just that I like my beer maltier and less hoppy. I probably wouldn't get this again.
May 30, 2013
Rated: 4 by KStark from Canada (BC)

May 24, 2013
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Reviewed by Thunderpants from Canada (BC)

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A hoppy beer with bitter tones that linger, especially at the back of the throat/mouth. Has a dry malty feel also . Full bodied lots of flavour with a light brownish look, maybe a little on the hoppy side for a pale ale though. This beer is great on tap as well and is my preferred way to drink it.

One of my favorite Pale Ales that are great for those hot sunny days.
May 06, 2013
Rated: 4 by 604growler from Canada (BC)

Apr 03, 2013
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Reviewed by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap @ Garrick's Head in Victoria.

A - Cloudy medium orange with a huge glow. Thin bright white.

S - Pine, grapefuit and a slight malt sweetness.

T - A good bitterness up front. Grapefruit, tangerine and pine. A slight caramel malt sweetness in the background. Bitter, dry finish.

M - Light to moderate carbonation. Resiny. Moderate carbonation.
Mar 17, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by cbnz from Canada (BC)

Mar 10, 2013
Rated: 4 by pudoo from Canada (BC)

Jan 16, 2013
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Reviewed by zachloveshisbeer from Canada (AB)

4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Picked up in BC, immediately liked the bottle design and wish I could get in in Alberta, hopefully soon I will be able to as the scene grows. Poured into a small-ish glass and split it with my girlfriend. The smell was pleasant, very Northwest hop forward with a touch of caramel malts. The head retention was lovely too, and after my girlfriend took a sip, she decided it was "too hoppy" for her liking. I took a sip and actually agreed that it was a tad hop forward for a pale ale, but I can appreciate that it wasn't a total hop bomb double IPA. I would have labelled this one an IPA myself, maybe I was looking for something a little more mellow, but I liked it overall. Again, I like what these guys are doing and Victoria has quickly become a force to be reckoned with on the Canada craft beer scene.
Jan 09, 2013
Rated: 4 by MrTinnedPEach from Canada (AB)

Dec 17, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by KalanM from Canada (BC)

Nov 29, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by zduerr from Canada (BC)

Nov 11, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by intoxabroad from Taiwan

Oct 08, 2012
Rated: 3 by Molson2000 from Canada (ON)

Sep 10, 2012
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