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Daddy Fat Sacks IPA - Roy Pitz Brewing Company

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Daddy Fat Sacks IPADaddy Fat Sacks IPA

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36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 104
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 23.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Roy Pitz Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: akorsak on 05-10-2008

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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 104
Photo of Knapp85
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.39/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Roy pitz daddy fat sacs

Pours a clear orange with a soapy foam. In the aroma, some citrus hops and vegetal notes. Bitter citrus hops upfront give way to a cloying cereal sweetness. Some corn, dextrins, hops and sugary malts. Almost like adding hops to priming sugar. A bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Looking at the bottle I am not sure how this is an "imperial" IPA. ABV isn't imperial by any standards and no note other than just a regular IPA. Regardless it has a deep copper amber with a 1/2 inch of sticky white head.

S - Smells like a west coast IPA, very bitter and acidic with very little cracker like malts to balance. Hope it tastes... balanced.

T - Acidic almost like a burning pine with very little balance to the actual malts. Liking my IPA's more balanced and fruit forward this is a major turn off. Piney, bitter, unforgiving, and hard to finish but I choked it down.

M - Medium yet as stated ABV is noted and hops are cloying,

Overall not worth buying again and totally not worth picking up for 4 bucks for a single.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle, no date

pours a copper color, hazy with floaties. maybe unfiltered after dry hopping? decent bright white head. good lacing. decent hoppy aroma, mostly fruity and citrus. slightly bready malt flavor to balance the hop flavor. medium body and medium to high carbonation.

overall, a decent IPA. good first impression from this brewery.

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Photo of blackie
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy-ish copper color. The head is two fingers high, just barely off-white in shade. Retention is excellent, and the texture is extremely thick. Adding to the aesthetic appeal is the large amount of lacing sticking to the glass. (4)

Smell: A fairly vibrant grapefruit character hits my nose, also mixing with some tangerine. After a while, I get a bit of lemongrass. The malt backbone brings the typical sweet caramel notes, meshing very well with the hops. Its nose is fairly fresh and fruity (if a bit timid), exceeding my expectations. (3.75)

Taste: The initial flavors It's surprisingly juicy, too. Actually, it starts off with some pungent Amarillo-derived lemongrass before transitioning into those aforementioned tropical fruit notes. It finishes with light malt and a bit of rindy bitterness. Really not a bad beer at all, in fact it's quite good. The only complaint is that the flavor profile is stuck on 6 instead of 9 or 10. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp, in that way only an unfiltered beer can be. It's also moderately light, if not bone-dry. It manages to go down easily, though, and that's without the presence of strong carbonation. (3.75)

Overall: Given the tendencies of most BAs to wildly overrate their scores, the 80 kind of worried me. Luckily, I was proved wrong - this is rock-solid. It isn't blowing me away, but it's a damn good IPA bringing decent fruit flavors. Definitely worthy of a repeat purchase, that's for sure. (3.75)

3.67/5: Far better than I expected

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Photo of ffejherb
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.52/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$2.50 single from Abe's.

Hazy amber body, topped by four fingers of flat, not bright or glossy, white foam. Drippy lacing.

Strong aroma of lemon, orange, and pine. Somewhat cleanserish.

A quick flash of sweet is quickly burIed beneath a mouthful of industrial cleanser. Very astringent, and not in a way I like. Some fruit does bubble up through the detergent. Unfortunately long lingering aftertaste.

Not a pleasant experience.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of browniewithnuts
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
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

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- A nice light golden ruby color with a finger of head. Leaves lacing the whole way down the glass.

S- I couldn't get much at all in the smell. I don't know why....just got a little bit of citrus, hops, and a very very light piney smell.

T- Up front citrus with the hops and some sweet malt backbone. Not very deep or complex.

M- Ok carbonation....seemed a little thin in the mouth. Small bubbles from the carbonation and somewhat smooth.

D- I didn't even finish a pint. It seemed to be too bland for me. There wasn't much going on other than some basic flavors. I just couldn't get excited about it.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Daddy Fat Sacks IPA from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.