Driftwood Ale | Pacific Rim Brewing Co.

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Pacific Rim Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Summer

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Added by beertaster13 on 07-14-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by xoqx:
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4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This American Pale Ale on-tap poured yellow-orange with a white one finger head exhibiting moderate retention and light lacing. Driftwood Pale Ale exudes subtle, wonderful fresh malt smells like the fragrant air of a brewery while making the wort. There were floral hop notes throughout, but the malt is really the focus in the nose. The taste is also focused on the malt. Pacific Rim Brewing chose buck the Pacific Northwest trend of aggressively hopping APAs such that they are arguably IPAs. This APA is as balanced as the style should be. The young, fresh tasting malt is out in front and stays there throughout. The mouthfeel is medium-light and the finish duration is average; maybe even good for a beer without huge hop presence. This is definitely a drinkable-all-night kind of beer and a wonderful surprise from an [unfortunately] little known brewery near Seattle. This beer can be found on-tap at Ray’s Boathouse.

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4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a suprise on this one. Pours a very cloudy orange with sunshine yellow streaks. The off white head is impressive, lacing holds its own. The smell is very light and citrusy, open air wilderness freshness and strong wheat is pleasant. A hop or two is noted. The taste is spectacular. The light citrus wheat is a nice light affair for the summer. I could taste sweet molasses as well. The wheat is detected but so perfectly blended with the sweet floral and fruit. Cantalope and fresh flowers are ever present. Light and crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable.

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Photo of RedDiamond
1.85/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I'm not sure if Pacific Rim is actually still in business anymore. The taproom is still open and people do show up to drink beers. But of their six regular beers, they're out of five. And they advertise music four nights a week, but there wasn't any as scheduled when I visited on a Friday. There's also a big, hand lettered sign behind the bar reading, "I know nothing." I asked the bartender about it. She knew nothing.

If the brewery is indeed in decline, this uncommonly foul beer may be the cause or consequence of it. Pacific Rim either brews extremely bad beers such as this, which has caused business to wane, or else the near-termination of their operation has resulted in only aging, mediocre ales now served far past their prime.

Honestly, it's uncommon to be served a beer this wretched. Visually, it was clouded golden with good lace and a slight head courtesy of wheat and rye adjuncts. But in tasting it, I first noted peculiar vegetative qualities along the lines of spinach and celery. I finally determined that the beer tasted like liquefied sauerkraut. There were strong elements of vinegar and sour lime that made Driftwood tortuous to consume. Just painful. This poor beer should have been poured down the drain sometime before last Christmas.

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Photo of Artifice
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Loved it!

from brewery's tap, to "party pig" to glass in under 30 minutes. This beers looks incredible, It has this golden yellow orange too it that seems to almost glow. Reminds me of sunlight, beautifully cloudy. Good smell to this brew, I can smell some wheat and some slight good sourness, could be better, just lacking a tiny something. This beer tastes exceptional and is very fitting of the style. Slight wheat taste is perfectly balanced with a little bit of citrus and flowers. Taste is easy to handle for beginners but complex enough for experienced beer drinkers. Hits you with a good wheat citrus, then gets you with an easy to handle bitter twang, and comes back with a very clean and easy finish. Feel is fairly light but made heftier by the wheat. The drinkability here is exceptional! great session brew even though it has wheat. Goes down better than water.

I really enjoy the beers here at pacific rim and the staff is always nice and beers to go are cheap!

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Driftwood Ale from Pacific Rim Brewing Co.
3.67 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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