Twenty Pounder | Driftwood Brewery

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Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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!

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light copper with a lazy white head that lasts forever. Aroma is quite fragrant and tropical with a hint of dankness. Flavour hits somewhat boozy, malty with a blast of fruity, resiny hops. Finishes quite earthy

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Photo of pbasran
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very sharp tasting brew as might be obvious from the high ABV, coupled with the fact that it's a double hopped IPA. This isn't just about the hops... It's also about the buzz.

It pretty much attacks you with some sweetness at first at the edges of the toungue, followed by a kick of hoppiness to the middle, and concluding with a tarty and dry palette, typical of a really strong brew. After 5 or so swigs, my toungue feels like it's been carpet-bombed by hops. And as for the hoppiness... it's kinda like a premature ejaculation: immediately satisfying self-absorption, but feeling awkward now... was that it? (subject matter I know very, ahem, little about of course).

The label art is reminescent of the AC/DC classic album cover, which pretty much exemplifies what this beer is all about... maybe some "Balls to the Wall" as well.

Edit 2015:
So after keeping. A bottle aged in highly environmentally controlled conditions (read basement) I cracked open a bottle aged after about 2 years. Boy what a difference!

The hoppiness is pretty much gone and the Caramel tones are on full display. The lacing and carbonation are weak but it's a totally different experience.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle - 'Twenty Pounder' - a fantastic name for a DIPA, for historical and actual brewing term reasons, I would imagine! Also, additional points for the AC/DC reference.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some wispy dissipating cloudscape lace around the glass as things slowly seep away.

It smells of dank pine resin, kind of meaty caramel malt, musty orange, pineapple, and red grapefruit rind, strangely hovering yeast, a sense of wet ash, and further leafy, herbal, and dead floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, mint and some other weird earthy spice, muddled domestic and tropical citrus pith, and some headier (dual meaning implied) wet piney, leafy, spicy, and herbal hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite robust in its gentle, but duly thorough frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, just a wee piney and boozy twin-gun edginess asking for a veritable salutation here. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel malt not going down that easily, while the complex (complicated?) fruity and green hoppy essences provide a continuing foil to it all.

Yeah, I'm not sure what happened, as there is indeed a quality base DIPA here, sure, but a whole lot of (Rosie - oh stop it!) weird off-flavours seem to riddle the whole affair, which is more than a mild surprise coming from Driftwood. Oh well, shit happens, I suppose, and you just gotta go and pick up your balls, and load up your cannon anew, eh?

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Photo of mactrail
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden orange brew with plenty of foam in the wine glass. It has the fermenting pineapple aroma. Hot with alcohol and moderately spritzy. Quite fruity. Sweet to start but a dry, woody finish. Canned peaches and Canned Heat.

Drinkable but rather winey and seriously hot. Hops are a little dirty. From the 650 ml bottle purchased at Crosstown Liquor in Vancouver. The new label is sensational with a skeleton in full gold uniform and a ghostly red horse.

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Photo of Coronaeus
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden with a moderate head that dissipates slowly leaving a minimal trail of lace as the glass empties.

S: Strong citrusy hop aromas. Honey.

T: Again, strong citrus with a very appealing strong bitterness.

F: Full and creamy

O: A very enjoyable IIPA. The citrus dominates, and if that is your thing, this is a great example to try.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

9% ABV, unknown ibu, 650ml.
A - golden orange with half finger head, cloudy.
S - tropical, juicy orange, honey, berry, lychee, mango. not as piney as I would expect from a DIPA, which is a great thing for a summer afternoon. sweet, floral, caramel.
T - full mouthful, malty came first, followed by "like bitterness in a orange", n here comes the bitterness! a punch in the palate, satisfied! (2016: mild carbonation smooth buttery syrupy body, bitterness all the way, front, middle, aftertaste; balanced with malt backbone, aftertaste is like biting a grapefruit peel. )
O - welly balanced with 9% ABV, all about a refreshing summer beer, smooth n yet satisfying all the hoppy hunter n big boozy big beer lover!!! will get more if there's any left on shelves!! twenty pounder came even bigger this year (2016), it has the fat tug characters as the base, plus more tropical sweetness on nose, much bigger body, sweeter, and aggressive bitterness! satisfied with the hops!
BTW, "Cascadian citrus" instead of "Canadian citrus" in the description.

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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Driftwood Brewery 'Twenty Pounder DIPA' @ served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $7
A-pour is gold from the bottle to clear gold/amber in the glass with a smallish white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-lots of floral , citrus & pine
T-big tasting DIPA
MF-ok/good carbonation , big full body
Ov-after 2 beers good/great beer buzz
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twenty Pounder
Bottle into tumbler glass. Bottled April 7, 2014.

Appearance: 4.75
Clear golden honey body with 2 inch of slight off white/cream head. Great lacing and retention

Smell: 3.5
Mix of toffee, bready malt as well as mild citrus hops aroma. Less intense aroma than anticipated, potentially related to age.

Taste: 4
More maltly than anticipated, likely related to age. Moderate bitterness, with mild citrus/lemon notes as well as slight pine. Suspect a more fresh beer would score higher.

Mouthfeel: 4
Moderate thickeness with good mouth coating. Mild to moderate carbonation. Feels appropriate for DIPA alcohol content.

Overall: 4
Soild beer, but suspect age (even though at only two months) has significantly reduced hops presence. In contrast, to Dirftwood Pale ale bottle two weeks ago, this beer is much less dynamic in hops profile.

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Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of Niceroad77
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a great double/imperial IPA. Thick head with ok retention. The smell is great, piny at first and then very citrusy. It tastes pretty good with lots of citrus flavours and a piny ending. Some resin in the after taste for sure. The high alcohol percentage is well hidden. Mouthfeel is great! Thick and round, very pleasant. One of the greatest douple/imperial IPA I've tasted and will certainly buy another bottle. Many other beers I had in the style were a bit too high on the alcohol smell and taste. This one is almost just right. Driftwood is definitely a brewery to keep in mind when it comes to IPA's, Fat Tug being a definitive classic and this one maybe just a little short of?

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of Hoptoria
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my IPA glass from a bomber purchased at the Strath.

A- Pours a beautiful orange, with a couple fingers of frothy head.

S- The best part of this beer. Piney, floral, boom-- twenty pounder.

T- A little like Fat Tug on steroids. Driftwood does a great job marrying citrus and pine flavours, with a great malt backbone. Very little alcohol punch considering its 9%

M- Low carbonation, slightly syrupy resinous lingering notes. Hoptastic

O- Wonderful beer. I've heard that this particular release is a head above the others. This beer really sneaks up on you. Piney hop bomb for sure, but a very balanced and drinkable beer. I'll be stocking up on this.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Photo of JayAre46
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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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Photo of Derek
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This has certainly improved over the years. Pours a massive head that leaves a nice lace, modest retention though.

Dank citrus and piny aroma is echoed in the flavour. Too herbal for my liking. A little bit old school, with the brash bitterness and modest aroma (by contemporary examples).

Solid body has a slight hop acidity.

Original release and review (3.04):

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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Photo of BDTyre
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of ericj551
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of Rutager
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Twenty Pounder from Driftwood Brewery
4.07 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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