Driftwood Ale | Montauk Brewing Company

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Driftwood AleDriftwood Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Montauk Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
89
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
28.13%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 89
Reviews by Willytee3:
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3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh Growler into pint glass.

Pours a rich amber color with slighlty hazy hue. Large bubbly head on best pours is off white.

Malty sweet smell with dry dates and hint of pine sap hops.

Medium bitter up front with very light carbonation typical for the style. Medium body with a light caramel sweetness and pine hop following up bitter. Long finish with dry malt, light bitter and a hint of grape skin.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fruity, Crackers, Bitter, Balanced

Coming in at 49 IBUs for an English Pale Ale is pretty bold but that is the American thing to do right? Bold but not aggressive or overwhelming in any aspect. Quite the flagship brewski we have here, sloshing around big mugs of this beer should be in order but well take the convenient can as well. Well done Montauk!

STYLE: English Pale Ale | ABV: 6.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round


Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #91 (Aug 2014)

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Photo of SWMurray
4.89/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious beer, wonderful color, taste and drinkability.

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Photo of Billolick
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

Pours typical darker honey amber, moderate fine bubble head, leaves a decent film, fine bits of lacing and thin collar.

Caramel malty nose.

More caramel and ripe fruits picked up, with ripe apples coming to mind.

Pleasant enough English style pale that is on the malty side....better then decent local beer in a can, what could be wrong with that?

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Photo of Brenden
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Empire State Cellars in Tanger (Riverhead); notes are from 5/29

This beer has the fiery red-orange color and clarity of a garnet. The head, just slightly off-white, almost seems spritzy but settles a rocky half finger that drops bubbly lacing in pretty good quantity.
The hops profile in the nose makes me wonder if Noble hops were used. Grass and a gentle peppery note stick it out as a subtle sweetness counters what little bitterness there is, and there's a little herb. Interestingly, it gives off a sort of savory note as it goes.
More sweetness and toast are showcased on the tongue with a light herbal bitterness underneath but carrying well.
The body and feel are light, crisp and airy but with substance. Overall, it's smooth and clean.

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Photo of dbakondi
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MispeledStalion
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moodenba
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

8/5/2016. 6% alcohol. Can brewed in Westminister, Ma, at 50F poured into a newcastle british half pint.

Medium density head. Beery aroma. Deep amber color. This beer's flavor is just what I'm looking for. Roasted malt and hop character are well balanced and finely integrated.

Thirst quenching and satisfying.

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Photo of Bieniek30
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gmann
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a toasted straw color with a big airy off white head that slowly settles into a fluffy cap.

The aroma is quite faint, I don't pick up much. Some grain and sweet but that is about it.

The taste is grainy with a slight toffee note. A little veggie. Some grassy hop bitterness. A bit of metal or hard water.

The feel is light with prickly carbonation. Mostly sweet on the palate with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Drinks well enough.

A decent pale ale. No real off flavors but nothing exciting.

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Photo of BrahptimusPrime
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of MichaelLamb
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A thanks goes out to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some malts. Taste is malts up front, hops at the finish, light pine notes. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of pjkelley82
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of spjpints
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Montauk Brewing Company, Montauk, NY

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of malts in the nose along with some hints of herbal hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of caramel and grainy malts, except that the herbal hops are a bit stronger. There is a very light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty compared to other beers in the style and is also well balanced.

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Photo of cestlavie
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of plaid75
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium brass hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant grassy and herbal hop and a toasted bready malt.

The taste consisted of bready malts with some jagged burnt caramel and a firm herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the creamier side of the style.

Overall a tasty first effort by this brand spanking new brewing.

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Photo of GearHaiku
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of drews240
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeoClassicist
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bsm80x
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of kkazemi
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ConorGolden
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brams
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Driftwood Ale from Montauk Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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