As we’ve touched on before, Driftwood Brewing has a well known reputation of releasing some of the most anticipated limited releases of the year. From Sartori, to their sour beer series, and of course Singularity, Driftwood has found a way to create anticipation in beer drinkers throughout the year and, just in time for Beer of the Week, we have a new limited release that has made its way into stores. Batten down the hatches, this week the wet hop looks at Driftwood’s bold Double IPA, Twenty Pounder!
If IPAs are king in the Pacific Northwest, what does that make Double (or Imperial) IPAs? Prime Minister? Emperor? Sultan? Perhaps the difficulty of assigning it a title goes hand in hand with how tricky it is to properly define a DIPA. While the name would suggest a much hoppier version than its sister style, that isn’t always the case. DIPAs can range from well-balanced, mildly hopped beers, to tongue-shredding hop bombs. One thing that does seem to remain constant though, is the fact that once you reach 7% ABV and above, you’re into double territory.
Twenty Pounder definitely fits more into the balanced category of DIPAs. While it is significantly hoppy, due to an aggressive dose of Amarillo, Centennial, and Mosaic hops, there is a wonderful, malty counterbalance to this beer. You will be bombarded with its tropical fruitiness, with waves of pineapple, guava, mango, and citrus, capped off with a nice touch of pine. This works very nicely with the sweet, caramel-like malt, creating a rather refined and easy-drinking beer, despite its 9% ABV.
Due to its complexity, Twenty Pounder would make an ideal first-mate to a number of dishes. Each sip left me dreaming of BBQ pork ribs, maple-glazed pork chops, applewood smoked sausage, and well…really just throw some pork on the grill, ok? This beer would also be an ideal match for Southeast Asian cuisine, particularly if you’re adding some delicious grilled mango or pineapple, to a coconut sauce. The tropical sweetness of Twenty Pounder would enhance those flavours and while anything spicy might draw out some hop bitterness, this beer is more than well balanced enough to hold its own in this regard.
So set sail for your favourite private liquor, favourite bar, or go straight to the source and pick some up; we guarantee that this is a much better alternative to grog!