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Fat Tug IPA - Driftwood Brewery

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Fat Tug IPAFat Tug IPA

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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 126
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Fat Tug is a northwest style India Pale Ale that is characterized by an intense hop profile of grapefruit & melon and restrained malt notes. At 7 % alc/vol and 80+ IBUs this beer delivers layers of aroma and flavor that is sure to satisfy anyone with a thirst for all things hoppy!

(Beer added by: ericj551 on 10-26-2010)
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Reviews by TriggerFingers:
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4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a bona fide IPA junkie....

this one is eerily similar to Great Divide's Titan IPA that I had while at the GD Brewery in Denver 2 days prior (although I think the Titan is a tad better). Fat Tug is a little more "tinny tasting"--which could be the tap to bottle discrepancy?

had this one out of a chilled bomber in the hotel room in Vancouver, BC....

Very nice IPA....

good? yep

great? perhaps

epic? sadly, no

but, if you want a good example of what an IPA should be, you would be hard pressed to do better than the Fat Tug if you are up in B.C. ....its legitimate, that is for sure!

B+/A- all day long!

TriggerFingers, Apr 29, 2012
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bpfrush, Feb 26, 2012
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Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a huge lasting fluffy white head. Aroma is pleasant but somewhat subdued with malt and citrus hops. Taste is hoppy but balanced with pine, bready malt, and citrus. The body is a bit light but this has a really nice smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation is almost perfect. Another great beer from Driftwood!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful coppery orange from bottle to oversized wineglass. An inch and a half off white head which disappeared in about a minute 30. Unfiltered? Foggy appearance.

Detected scents of apricots and sweet fruits. Obvious floral bouquet of hop aromas. Very pleasing.

Tasted very nice. A definite bitterness at the back of the tongue with light pine. Just right. Again, apricot and this beer really reminded me of DFH Aprihop. Malty and sweet at the tip of the tongue. Well balanced.

Balanced again with a medium body. Very comfortable.

A very well finished beer. More hops than malt, but balanced by the sweet fruit/apricot jam flavours that they were able to produce. All around enjoyable and highly recommended.

michaeledoan, Apr 24, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy grapefruit with hige white foamy head that leaves lots of spider web lacing down the glass. Wafts C-hop. Tangerine and orange citrus taste, very drinkable. Not astringent but a little numbing of the tongue. Carbonation is right there, this is a very fresh bottle. A little funky in the finish, but this makes it all the more interesting.650 ml, thanks Brian, and thanks Derek for the recommendation.

Sammy, Apr 05, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, consumed during the super bowl


from notes

appearance: served in my delirium chalice, glowing orange-amber body, frothy beige lace

smell: fresh citrus zest, some of that lovely NW pine, tangerine, honey, black peppered cracker

taste: bright fresh flavors - citrus zest, ruby red grapefruit, spruce and pine, pepper, crackery malts, the perfect touch of sweetness and alcohol. The hops are clean and fresh - another fantastic IPA from north of the border

mouthfeel: fresh and vibrant

overall: great stuff

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4/5  rDev -8%

A: clear light amber to copper colour, with a fair creamy white head comprised of thick bubbles.
S: Not as aromatic as expected. Mild after another IPA, but some citrus rind, hints of pine wood and some pineapple.
T: Not much malt, as it offers just the slightest trace before piney, resinous dryness, with just a trace of rind and papaya. Fairly bold and lengthy linger.
M: A touch oily, with some creaminess and moderate carbonation.
O: A bold west coast IPA, could use more citrus for me personally, but pretty fine example puff the style.

Bugs318, Aug 30, 2014
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Fat Tug IPA from Driftwood Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.