Driftwood Ale | Montauk Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Montauk Brewing Company
New York, United States

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.

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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by bsm80x:
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Boto
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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!

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Photo of Billolick
3.76/5  rDev +3%
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 Excalibur33
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, slightly hoppy English Pale Ale. Tried on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of plaid75
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
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 harpus
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gmann
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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 metter98
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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 kaelingirl
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Ryften
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of elxpress
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off white froth over pale chestnut body.
Big butterscotch nose with some toast and flowers.
Caramel and hazelnuts with apple skins, then spicy ginger finish.
Tannic end and super dry linger.
Medium, slightly oily, crisp.

So dry! IBUs plus acidic malts add up to an almost harsh cutting end. Could this substitute for a hop bite, making this a gateway beer that also pleases hop heads? More to it than the average American ESB, anyway.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Montauk Brewing Company in Montauk, NY

A: Pours a clear copper to light amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a just shy of finger tall light beige head that reduces to a thing film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and grainy malts with lighter notes of herbal hops.

T: Like the smell, the taste of the beer has moderate flavors of caramel and grainy malts with lighter notes of herbal hops. The hops contribute a light lingering bitterness but it does not linger too long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Well balanced - slightly more enjoyable and approachable than the average ESB due to the lighter (and not too lingering) hops. I will definitely get another of these - pretty decent balance.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Brenden
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of cbutova
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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 rfgetz
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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 sirsteve42
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -9%
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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