Twenty Pounder | Driftwood Brewery

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4.08/5
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90 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
driftwoodbeer.com

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!

Added by DaftCaskBC on 08-19-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,718
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
90
pDev:
8.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
13
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of X-Mchs
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you want to spent some doubloons on a journey to find a delicious beer, this double IPA from Driftwood is surely a pirate treasure worth seeking out.
X marks the hop on this skull-shaped island of bitterness, and it's not like they didn't warn me. Double IPA's are notoriously hoppy, but none fly their Jolly Roger quite like the Twenty Pounder, which presented its bitterness even in the smell. Its foam, white as the shoals of a furious sea, clung to the glass like Sirens to a lost fisherman's boat.
Buried beneath the foam lied the golden liquid that invited me for a dive. I plunged in, keelhauling myself into the depths of this cursed brew that hit me harder than the announcement of yet another "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie.
I can't describe the taste as anything other than raw. But its first canon-fires of hop, that nearly numbed the roof of my mouth, made room for flavours as light and clear as the moonlight shining onto a ghost pirate's face. These flavours smoothly lingered on my tongue for a long-lasting moment, until the Sirens beckoned me for another venture into the best double IPA in all of the seven seas.

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Photo of jjando
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bylerteck
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really nice West Coast dank and grapefruit characteristics here. Alcohol masked well and drinkability quite high. Maybe a tad bit aged, but all in all a really nice take on the style.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leaddog
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a medium amber with three fingers of billowy white head.

Smell - citrus and floral hops, grapefruit peel, bready malts, caramel, hint of pineapple and mango.

Taste - Bitter citrus and floral hops followed by the grapefruit peel. The brew then goes into the bready malts, caramel, and hint of pineapple and mango.

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

Overall - A fantastic rendition of the DIPA style. The hops and malts are pleasantly balanced showcasing their strengths.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow with one finger of fluffy white head that leaves cheerful summer clouds of lace as it recedes.

Smells of pink grapefruit and navel orange flesh, mango, pineapple, honey-drizzled bread crust and pleasantly dank piney hops.

Tastes of citrus rind and pine resin hop rape, subdued tropical fruit, more honeyed bread and continued sticky pine resin.

Feels thick and soft. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Drink this and you'll be thinking about hops for days.

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Photo of mattsander
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
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 SmithyAlan
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yasky
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pbasran
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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 dshell327
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of imfinished
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of likeablepaper
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goalie35
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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 largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mactrail
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
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 Slongie
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shaunmac16
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Twenty Pounder from Driftwood Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 90 ratings