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Twenty Pounder | Driftwood Brewery

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Brewed by:
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!

Added by DaftCaskBC on 08-19-2011

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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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3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
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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3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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 -7.1%
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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4.53/5  rDev +11%
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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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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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

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4.49/5  rDev +10%
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 +16.4%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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

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3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
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%
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 -0.7%
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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Twenty Pounder from Driftwood Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 89 ratings
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