Driftwood Ale
Montauk Brewing Company

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Montauk Brewing Company
New York, United States
Pale Ale - English
Ranked #56
Ranked #25,679
3.66 | pDev: 12.02%
Apr 10, 2022
Jul 25, 2012
Driftwood AleDriftwood Ale
Notes: 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.
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3.8 by Timfromthemainland from New York on Oct 14, 2021
4.18 by chrishiker1409 from New York on Jul 26, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Yaroslav from New York

Budweiser/Corona/Coors drinkers should elevate their beer drinking experience and make this the standard. Very flavorful but mild. Perfect carbonation level. 6 percent alcohol gives a warming effect. Very drinkable. Superior to anything the mega breweries put out.

Jan 16, 2021
3.28 by DCH from New York on Apr 06, 2020
3.67 by TonyStarks2231 from New York on Jan 12, 2020
3.26 by bendukes86 from South Carolina on Dec 14, 2019
3.75 by jlmontague from Connecticut on Oct 14, 2019
3.74 by travisvb from New York on Oct 12, 2019
3.91 by DanLane from Virginia on May 16, 2019
3.5 by Eychung from New York on May 09, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Gotta give it up for m'man, Jimmy B from NYC! We wagered a six-pack on the Pens/Rangers series back during the 2015-'16 NHL playovs & he actually came through. I would have preferred a mixed-sixer, but since I did not specify, it was sehr gut. I doled out the rest acCANdingly with one held in abeyance for The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "'Come As You Are'"; "Established 2012".

For a relatively new brewery, they seem to have a pretty good presence. I saw them on-tap at Penn Station during a recent layover. Now, it was time for the Crack! to be followed by a gentle Glug. I was rewarded with the quick formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with modest retention, slowly slinking away to wispiness, but leaving nice lacing in its wake. I waffled on its color. Was it solid Amber or Golden-Amber (SRM = >7, < 9 OR > 5, < 7)? The onrush of The Gelt Gang as they ran in from the living room where they were watching the black & Gold-clad Pirates on TV answered that CANundrum! Nose had a honey-like malty sweetness with a slight pine presence. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste had a pronounced earthy maltiness, like buckwheat pancakes, with a light piney bitterness. It reminded me very much of an early imported English IPA, perhaps McEwan's (?) that I drank & felt disappointed. It was then that I had an epiphany that AmeriCAN IPAs are MUCH more hoppy & bitter than their original ancestors. This beer was much like that, sans disappointment. In fact, I would have been disappointed if it had been super hoppy. This is one that I would like to find on hand-pump when I head out to Long Island in late-July. Finish was semi-dry & a nice palate cleanser, but one was good. I look forward to more of their beers as a result!

May 08, 2019
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3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by erickc from Washington

Had on tap at UrbanSpace at the Vanderbilt New York, NY

Apr 03, 2019
3.43 by Diura from New York on Dec 05, 2018
3.5 by harpus from Alabama on Nov 24, 2018
3.79 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania on Nov 22, 2018
3.9 by chiefz1 from New York on Nov 03, 2018
3.52 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Sep 23, 2018
3.75 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Sep 23, 2018
3.63 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on Aug 12, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Boto from Connecticut

Draught: This one pours a hazy amber color. There was a bit of an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Nose is malts, earthy, some nuttiness. The taste is good. Some bitterness. Malts, earthy hops, a touch of nuttiness. Decent!

Aug 08, 2018
3.69 by WDJersey from Colorado on Aug 01, 2018
1.58 by Druminmule from New York on Jul 14, 2018
3.68 by rpjterp from Virginia on Jul 09, 2018
3.88 by BeerMan247 from New York on Jun 17, 2018
3.75 by mmilyko from Nevada on Jun 14, 2018
3.25 by AmitC from New York on Jun 01, 2018
3.77 by anomalousclouds from New York on May 31, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Gajo74 from New York

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.

May 19, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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

May 13, 2018
3.5 by Noelito76 from New York on Mar 31, 2018
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3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 06, 2018
3.91 by Jimmyy from New York on Feb 21, 2018
3.36 by Branlott42 from Missouri on Feb 17, 2018
3.75 by probert from New York on Dec 30, 2017
3.5 by hacefresco from New York on Nov 26, 2017
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4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by pro45 from New York

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.

Nov 07, 2017
3.5 by xungmound98 from New York on Oct 12, 2017
3.5 by alexsergio from New York on Aug 24, 2017
3.5 by Mattias from Sweden on Aug 24, 2017
Driftwood Ale from Montauk Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 147 ratings