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Daddy Fat Sacks IPA - Roy Pitz Brewing Company

Daddy Fat Sacks IPADaddy Fat Sacks IPA

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80
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.39%


Brewed by:
Roy Pitz Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 05-10-2008)
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atw124

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is flat out good. If you like strong beers with loads of character, Daddy Fat Sacs won't let you down.

I am a bit partial to the Roy Pitz brewery as they are local to me and I've liked most everything they brew. However, this one is my favorite. I understand it's also a recent gold medal winner amongst competition from Stone and Sam Adams. Not too shabby.

Serving type: growler

10-23-2010 01:50:55 | More by atw124
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HopHeadRyan

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few of their beers at The Orchards in Chambersburg and enjoyed them so much I picked up a variety pack from Beverage Express in Carlisle...

A - Nearly clear deep copper amber...maybe the slightest haze...small head...a bit retains around the edges...and some minimal lacing

S - Toffee, Caramel, Candied-Fruit, A hint of spicy herbal hops and mint; maybe even a slight sasparilla/rootbeer essence but in a good way...

T - Big carmel malt flavors...excellent juicy hop flavors...and a great bitterness that lingers but is also balanced out by the sweetness of the caramel notes...really different for an IPA but a very pleasant surprise

M - Creamy, a bit more syrupy than I would prefer but not too bad, low carbonation, medium-full bodied, still has an element of crispness

Overall - I really like Roy Pitz spin on the style...this may fit better into a strong ale or amber ale category...but when compared to many midwest and east coast IPAs it is very similar (hop devil, commodore perry both come to mind) but I would take this over the rest. Give this one a try and you'll be pleasantly surprised. A very juicy PA IPA! Good job Roy Pitz!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 19:16:00 | More by HopHeadRyan
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blackie

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

single, The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore

a: first off - love the label art, twelve ounce bottle into an avery snifter, the pour brings out a light but full coating of off-white head, receding to a smattering on the surface, the beer itself a dark honey amber in color

s: lots of sweet, rich caramel malt and fruity hops on the nose, notes of baked apples, sweet potato, sweet citrus pulp, more fresh caramel, pineapple, and fresh hop resin

m: medium, malty body with a light-medium, delicate carbonation

t: mostly follows suit with the aroma...a tasty, sweet caramel malt body blends with hop juices and flavors of apple, pineapple, and sweet citrus, a resin bitterness begins shortly after the swallow and slowly builds to around moderate strength in the finish

o: as stated on the website the brewer’s intent was to create a balanced, malt fueled ipa without an overwhelmingly bitter aftertaste, and while an atypical ipa, I think it works and would certainly go for another, could have gone higher elsewhere but I'll tack those points on here

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 23:30:28 | More by blackie
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head ale glass.

Very dark for an IPA, but a good reddish caramel brown color, with a three finger very creamy head that is evenly formed. Settles to a good finger sized even puck, with some minor floaties in the bottom.

Nice soft biscuit like malt, and a faint floral/herbal hop angle that is subtle. Hints of matching malt like cream and soft pine as well. Not hop forward but solid.

Palate fills with a good tea like sweetness and a nice leafy hop finish. Solid body that coats the mouth and palate fully. Tea like sweetness matches with a little bit of light pine bitter on the aftertaste that really lingers. Caramel like malts match with a nice balance to compliment as well.

Not your hop heads typical go nuts over IPA, but a very solid good one. Enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 17:45:33 | More by smakawhat
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Roy Pitz Daddy Fat Sacks
A-Deep copper with a thin cream colored head that reduced a bit and left decent lace.

S-Slight twang of fruity hops and a caramel malt sweetness. Aroma is very balanced and noticeable but is not overwhelming.

T-Spicy citrus and quite zesty. Sweet caramel malt balance hits very quickly. A very well balanced IPA. A bit of dry earthy woodiness in the finish.

M-Medium body with a mild long lasting bitterness.

D-I found this to be a very pleasant and extremely well balanced IPA. Easy drinking and tasty citrus spiced brew. Well done. Certainly nothing that will blow you away but a solid beer that exercises balance to a T.

Serving type: growler

01-13-2009 12:59:18 | More by Deuane
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Striking amber-copper color with at least a finger of foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing. The nose is on the mild side, but some hop notes are evident. There is some malt in the flavor and this offering is certainly pleasantly hoppy. The ABV is a bit low for an Imperial. Personally, I would consider this a "tweener" -- bigger than an IPA, but a bit smaller than the elite imperials/doubles out there.

My first offering from Roy Pitz and I like it a whole lot!

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 08:31:45 | More by 57md
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a nice creamy eggshell white head with good retention.

The scent is of citrus with notes of pine.

The taste is also of citrus, moderate hop presence, some pine, notes of caramel malt, and some yeast.

Medium body, smooth and creamy, very low carbonation.

This is a pretty good IPA, good flavor but nothing exciting. Not sure if this would be something I would look for.

Serving type: cask

03-17-2011 20:02:20 | More by BeerCon5
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pvsob

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer pours a cloudy, deep amber color that almost looks brown when not held up to a light. It has a one finger head that sticks around for a while and leaves decent lacing.

S- Sweet fruit, floral hops, some malt, and some pungent citrus comes through in the end.

T- Begins with a nice fruitiness mixed with a hint of malts. I'm getting a very spicy/peppery hop flavor as well. The finish is long a bitter.

M- Medium with a nice amount of carbonation.

D/O- A very balanced IPA that has great drinkability. To tell you truth I think the balance of the beer may throw some reviewers a curve ball. No single aspect of this brew is going to beat you over the head, but each and every characteristic works it's magic nicely. Keep up the good work Roy Pitz. Cheers!

Serving type: growler

01-31-2009 02:43:18 | More by pvsob
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky burnt brown orange with a chunky off white head. Some lace.

Some pine in the nose, but the toasted malt shines. Wanted it to have more hop aroma, but it still works.

More malt than hops, but the hops are there. Nice and juicy, with great toasty malt and bread crust notes. A little burnt bread bitterness, balanced by sticky hop mouth coating presence. Finishes malty and medium bitter. Very nice.

Medium body, nice carbonation.

Great beer from this small brewer. Glad I scored a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 03:16:24 | More by OtherShoe2
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CobyMangum

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Much love for this beer, but damn what's up with the floating sediment?

Flavor-wise I love the English-leaning malt profile, works well with the American IPA liveliness and astringency. Nice to have a drinkable IPA that is bitter without being citrusy, just for a change of pace from most of the IPAs I get down with.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 02:11:08 | More by CobyMangum
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts. Bitter, yet not overpoweringly so. Some tropical fruits are present. Very easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 01:51:18 | More by tone77
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ryan for this!

Appears a dark, copper toned amber with a 2 finger off white head of fluff that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, floral notes, perfumy, earthy, with a touch of freshly picked herbs. Some notes toasted nuts, and doughy bread start finding their way through the hops.
Taste is of the aromas with a fruity notes dried grapes, figs, rye bread, and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, evenly carbonated, and a tad bitter with a wood-like quality in the finish.

Serving type: growler

12-29-2010 19:59:41 | More by weeare138
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Norlands pub in Chambersburg.

The beer pours a copper amber with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is attractive, but not what I typically expect in an IPA. I get some sweet malt aroma, with something of a cherry and baked apple characteristic. Maybe there's some underlying dry citrus as well, but it's pretty faint. The flavor profile is also a bit odd for an IPA, though the it's attractive. The beer is moderately sweet and malty, with a light smoke and subtle bitterness in the finish as well. This beer really smells and drinks more like a maibock that just happens to be a bit on the hoppy/bitter side. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and drinkability is pretty good. Although not listed on the tap list, I sort of figured the abv. wasn't all that super high. In any event, drinkability was pretty good in this beer, and I thought that overall, this was a fairly nice beer. However, if I ordered this expecting to get a IPA (or at least what I think of as an IPA), I probably wouldn't be very happy.

For some reason the bartender at Norlands thought this was a DIPA, but regardless, IPA or DIPA, it's pretty atypical, but still a decent beer for all that.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 19:58:58 | More by johnmichaelsen
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy orange-brown with lots of huge particles and a three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Citrus hops. Very mild though.

T: Light sweetness and moderate to high bitterness. Citrus hops.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Very smooth due to the obvious lack of filtering. I like smooth.

O: I think this beer would have benefited from a bit more hops and a bit more alcohol. Pretty good though.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 04:45:36 | More by SolipsismalCat
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gestyr

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 Oz bottle into a shaker pint

A: Nice orange/amber. Clear and has a nice white head that lasts and leaves a lot of lacing

S: Some hops but very malty and has caramel aromas

T: Very malt forward but the hops come in after and make their presence known

M: Medium bodied with no carbonation sting.

O: I would drink this again. It is a good example of an American IPA made in the east and influenced by the English heritage.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 00:03:16 | More by gestyr
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-05-20 in Columbia, PA

A - Mildly-hazy copper-amber with a 2-finger white head and decent, sheeted lacing. A few floaties.

S - Rising bread and biscuit, touch of peach and hop floral. Very mild.

T - Medium roasted malt, sweetened orange and grapefruit flesh, candy corn, pine and spice. Stays somewhat sweet into the pleasant aftertaste that takes on an orange zest tea flavor and reasonable balancing bitterness. I like the flavor.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation yield a viscous, resinous, buttery and lightly prickly feel.

O - Pretty good. Suggestions for improvement would be to really crank up the aroma and make it a little less sweet. Even so, I'd have this again as is.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 18:11:33 | More by Tucquan
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Grey Lodge Pub. OK, so this is supposed to be an IPA with a bitter aftertaste according to the brewing. I get the idea of hop bursts and big flavor without big bitterness, but this is a rather malty beer. The bartender had a better description of it as a double-ESB. There's a rich caramel, toffee, cherry bread taste with some citrus and herbal hops. But really this tastes and smells like an English strong ale, just shy of being a barleywine.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 04:53:57 | More by tempest
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured via growler on 12/26/08, courtesy of Deuane.

A - Poured a deep amber/copper-colored body with ruby hues and one-finger creamy off-white head that receded to a patchy film and left a bit of spotty lace.

S - Fruity nose with hints of sweet and sour dark fruit as well as some citrus hops paired with caramel and toffee malt sweetness. In stark contrast to the fruity aroma, a more earthy character emerged as the liquid warmed, suggesting subtle lavender and woody notes.

T - Initial flavor incorporates burnt caramel malt with hints of dark fruit (especially raisins) and earthy, woody hops with just a touch of citrus juiciness.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a syrupy texture, perhaps slightly watery, but also with quite a bit of carbonation. Finish is moderately bitter, resulting in a warm mouthfeel overall.

D - Not a bad IPA. Didn't really strike me as a DIPA, though. A little muddy in the hop department and pretty malt-forward for an IPA, but otherwise this was a decent first effort.

Serving type: growler

12-30-2008 01:25:19 | More by ffejherb
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Brass Rail Deli.

Cloudy copper/brown in the glass. OK head but no lace. Smell of caramel malt, maybe some faint citrus. Taste matches the smell, really more of a malty brew than a hoppy IPA. Not sure why they have the Imperial in the name except for maybe the high ABV but if they were shooting for a DIPA they missed the boat. Not a bad beer but i think it's incorrectly named. Dosen't have any bold citrus characteristics to make it an American IPA and dosen't have the earthier tones that you would expect in a English IPA. ABV is well hidden and there is some bitterness in the finish. We'll finish the growler but not what I was expecting.

Serving type: growler

03-14-2009 23:50:01 | More by beermanbrian
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Schwarzbart

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice deep chestnut amber. Head was minimal, but Good-Ta_Go doesn't pour a good beer. Some lacing at the top.

S: Definitely of butter toast with a light hopness filling in the rest, but mild and hard to get a bead on the aroma. I let it set for a little bit and sip, light caramel notes and a sweetness like candy corn comes out. Earthy, herbal hops come out at the end along with some yeasty dough notes.

T: Slightly sweet malts and that candy corn note is there, also buttery and bready. Hops are sharp, but lack a good defining quality and get a little lost in the malts. Some alcohol esters filter through it all and resides all over the tongue, but not strongly. Hops finish grassy. Grapefruit, pith and some chalky aspirin. Fruity notes, but like a hard red candy of no particular flavor.

O: Medium to full-bodied and finishes sharp and bitey. If you are looking for an English style IPA that is hopped up a bit and has plenty of alcohol, this is the one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 15:25:57 | More by Schwarzbart
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

drank on 3.19.09 while watching day 1 of march madness.

good looking beer. pours a cloudy brownish amber color with nice tan head (with a red tint in the head). dissipated quickly. not a whole lot of aroma, a mostly malty base, a little bit of spice, maybe some brown sugar in there as well. not much hops at all, slight.

first impression when i tatsed it is that is reminded me of a homebrewed tasting beer. not bad, but noticably average. very malty, some caramel taste and earthy tones. also a bit yeasty. there are hops on the finish acting more bittering than anything else. not sure where the 'imperial' comes from in the name. was expecting some sort of true imperial ipa or double ipa by the name, but not even close (but still tasted ok). mouthfeel is crisp and a bit carbonated.
not a bad beer overall.

Serving type: growler

03-20-2009 01:36:51 | More by Hophead101
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chicagoish

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Daddy Fat Sacks IPA

Tastes more like a Double IPA than a true American IPA. Has more of a malty taste than I was expecting. Nice Hazy Orange, with some light citrus notes. Lacks the true Hoppy Pop I look for in an American IPA. Still an above average brew and a nice 7.5ABV for the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 21:48:14 | More by chicagoish
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

There is a massive amount of sediment in this beer.

Overall, it's kind of a was of flavor. Thick malts with spiced tones on there and a bit of a burn from who knows what. Thicker feel. Eh. This beer is just, "there." Nothing overly interesting or noteworthy.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 03:57:56 | More by RblWthACoz
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Ruby Red copperish tone with a 1 inch head. The white coating laces the glass.

S: Pine and citrus smells in the nose. Grapefruit up front with the piney notes coming in the back end of each whiff.

T: Grapefruit is very prevalent up front with a nice citrus bite but is fades quickly and there is no bite on the back end. The flavor fades quickly like fruit stripe gum. Not much of a malt backbone or anything really besides the grapefruit up front

M: Very intense smooth feel up front but the sensation fades quickly and there is nothing there after the initial tingle.

O: Not a bad IPA but nothing no write home about. The upfront flavor and look of the beer offers a lot of promise but certain aspects are lacking

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 02:10:23 | More by browniewithnuts
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a cloudy copper color with a white white on top. The retention and lacing aren't too bad on this beer. There is a ton of flakey sediment in this beer also. The smell of the beer has a pretty good hoppy aroma with some mild malt. The taste of the beer bitter with an earthy malt backbone with more earthy hop flavors throughout this beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Overall it's an average IPA at best. Not something I'd run out to buy again though.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 23:11:34 | More by Knapp85
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Daddy Fat Sacks IPA from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
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