Driftwood Ale | Montauk Brewing Company

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3.66/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Montauk Brewing Company
New York, United States
montaukbrewingco.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship ale is brewed with American hops that even out of it's malty base. This well-balanced English Style Pale Ale is enjoyable all year round.

Added by plaid75 on 07-25-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,272
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
119
pDev:
11.75%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
49
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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Gajo74
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi clear amber color. Nice moderate lathery head, good retention, yields a creamy film and rings of frothy lacing.
A rich malt aroma, nutty, biscuity, and graham cracker also emits a fruity sweetness. It is redolent of berries and orange marmalade. A touch of floral hops is also present.
Malt forward but balanced. The malt profile is nutty, dry, and a moderate sweetness. The sweetness is fruity, jam like and with a hint of apples. In contrast, the finish has an earthy bitterness that is quite bold, and evokes grass, bark and tobacco.
Medium bodied, smooth, even creamy. Carbonation is gentle.
A pleasant English Pale Ale.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty simple but good beer - good English hop profile, malt is balanced, something easy to drink that delivers on some classic flavors without muddying the waters

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Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmdrpi
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft, shaker pint glass

Clear medium copper golden color. Thin white head. aroma is earthy hops and cracker like malt. Similar flavor, a bit bready and moderately bitter. Medium bodied.

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Photo of Jimmyy
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Branlott42
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hacefresco
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pro45
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can with BB date of 3/18/18 so this is relatively fresh. Pours a gold/copper color with a tan head. Smell is dominantly dark bread and caramel. Taste is a strong tea and dark bread combo. Throw in some spice, caramel malts, toffee, and butterscotch. Mouthfeel is medium to light and finishes dry. Excellent beer for the style. Will buy again.

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Photo of xungmound98
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alexsergio
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of untitledeuphoria
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of CrimeDog
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ryften
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Act25
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A favorite style. Tho I'd place this at APA rather than EPA. Very different from my favorite beer (DALES), but equally original in an APA format.

A- On draft pours (at the National) a deep copper- amber body. The head offers a thick, rocky, and creamy one finger cap that retains and laces in a way that foretells the creamy solid feel the beer delivers.

S- English styled but fresher with malt bill of toast, toffee, crystal malt, and crackers with the English yeast offering pear and apple core and orchard. The bright, light hops finish the profile.

T- Follows the smell. Light and fresh yeasty malt bill with brighter, bigger hop. Pear, apple, yeasty, outdoor roundness.

MF- Crisp medium body with a creamy, frothy, body that finishes dry and smooth. "I'll have another" Enough body to drink slowly, but inviting a second. A real beer.

I dont mind giving this beer a higher mark that others. I want 12 or a case in fridge. Try 24.

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Photo of cbutova
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Can to a pint glass with a deep copper almost amber body. The head peaks at about a finger high with a thick and creamy consistency and good retention. Lacing is comprised of tall sheets that form after each sip.

S- Those amber malts aren't just for the appearance as the grains give a wide range of flavors with toast, toffee, crystal malt, bready, biscuit and freshly mashed barley notes. Hints of the English yeast with some esters like pear and even a hint of raisin coming out. The American hops are somewhat secondary to the malts with a generic hop aroma.

T- Balanced out with the hops coming out a bit more compared to the smell. Malts forward and then the hops and yeast are just about tied in strength. Again a well rounded amber toasty malt profile with cereal, bread, biscuit, cracker, toffee, butterscotch and a light sweetness; fleeting cocoa hint too. Balancing that out are hints of pear, apple, yeast dough along with floral, slight citrus (Cascade?) and herbal hops.

MF- Crisp medium body with a frothy and somewhat fizzy texture. The consistency holds up and it is not thin or watery. Very high level of carbonation with a bittersweet, toasty finish. Silky smooth.

I like the malts here. They are both the star of the show and they get a good range of flavors from those grains keeping the beer bold and balanced. A hint of American hops comes in especially on the palate and makes for a good overall brew.

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Photo of krl2112
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of SkiBum22
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rfgetz
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sanitarium16
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John_Squires
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyForeign
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elxpress
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a dirty pint glass. Amber color, slightly cloudy. Thin head, and watery, wilting lace. Crisp, refreshing raisin-berry balanced with bitter pine notes. Not too much, not too little. Just right. Medium carbonation and viscosity (perfect in my opinion). Well-balanced bitter and sweet flavors on the tongue, with an excellent bitter (but not dry or overbearing) finish. Thoroughly flavorful, yet drinkable, and ultimately enjoyable experience. This beer isn’t extravagant nor does it pretend to be. It’s the perfect go-to when you want a damn good beer but aren’t in the mood for "extreme" or "exciting." It reminds me of a slightly sweeter Boston Lager with less of the off-putting bitterness. Certainly a pleasant surprise as I grabbed this on a whim at my local bodega. I will be purchasing this regularly.

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Driftwood Ale from Montauk Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 119 ratings