Fat Tug IPA - Driftwood Brewery
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3.15/5 rDev -27.8%
On-tap at The Whip in Vancouver, BC.
Pours a bright, coppery orange colour, with a mild, but filmy head of off-white. Patchy, sudsy, crackly lace forms as the head subsides. Strong streaming carbonation races through the solid body. Looks nice.
Nose is pungent and sharp with under-ripe orange, laced with stewed fruits and butterscotch. Simcoe, my old friend? Slight mild piney greenness pokes its head in as well. It's OK, but it really pushed all my "Warning! Warning! Generic American IPA Alert!" buttons.
Flavour is similar. There's no intrinsic sweetness to the brew, but the hops lend a caramel stewed sweetness to the mix that cloys with the big direct bitterness. The light feel on the palate means that there's a really pronounced hop vector slicing bitterly across the tongue. Finish is bunched and compressed, but stretched longitudinally at the back of the palate, giving a broad residual alpha bitterness.
I was shocked when I saw how highly this beer is regarded on BA. This really felt like a pretty standard, if highly-hopped IPA, that didn't really think about the balance in its flavour profile. As far as I was concerned, this is really average stuff.
08-05-2012 08:47:00 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.73/5 rDev -14.4%
Split a bomber with JayAre46. Thanks son
A: poured a hazy burnt orange with a finger of eggshell white foamy head. The carbonation bubbles slowly make their way through the syrup to the top. Head slowly made it's way to a thin film and left some spider webs along the way
S: orange juice, caramel covered grapefruit, pineapple and floral hops dominate. Subtle malt and pine background
T: floral and pine off the bat complimented with orange peel and grapefruit. Not alot of malt to speak of... I wish the caramel scent would be more present on the palet
M: medium to light bodied, alot thinner than I was expecting... Prickly carbonation attacks my taste buds with every sip.
O: this was a good IPA but nothing special. The scent was alot more pleasant than the taste... I woulnt turn down another one of these.
04-21-2011 01:07:48 | More by dcloeren
3.73/5 rDev -14.4%
Best by: 01/04/12
A: pours an apricot honey ale with less than a single finger of soapy white head. This dissipates to a broken sheet of the same atop a near excellent clarity brew. Spotty lace.
S: sweet biscuit malts and bubble gum and citrus hops. Best nose I've had in BC so far.
T: nice bitter pinch with plenty of those bubble gum flavors and citric rinds. Just a hint of the malt comes thru this beast making it almost like a summer American ipa, but a blend of west coast and great lakes style hop scheduling.
M: really thin, moderate carb and dry finish. Would like a little more body.
O: probably the best ipa I've had from the few breweries I've sampled here in Victoria. They could probably sell this stateside without any trouble (on tap).
07-19-2011 18:36:25 | More by harrymel
3.8/5 rDev -12.8%
A low SRM and a nice spicy hop finish from Driftwood. One of BC's up and comers and I have been enjoying what they are doing so far. I never would have guessed 7% for the ABV it drinks a little lighter than that. Maybe having a DDC Chaman first wasn't the way to go in drinking beers tonight. I would have to try again to be fair to this brew. I like what this brewery is doing and hope some day we can by their products in Alberta. The hops slightly winning the battle with malt and that is not a bad thing.
12-19-2010 02:39:42 | More by hoser
3.85/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
04-05-2011 03:08:01 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev -11%
Thanks to Rutager for sending this extra from one of my favorite locals in North America, Vancouver. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife while watching the end of The Truman Show, which happenend to be our first date. Well, second first date. Nevermind.
Pour is an unclear but not hazy orange with gentled carbonation. Nose is a fall cornucopia of fruits: honeydew, grapefruit, orange, pale malts. Going in the correct direction.
Fat Tug begs for a comment, so I'm not going to make one. Lovely hops on this babe, reaching out & giving the tongue a good shlap of bitterness, followed with fainter flavors of pine, citrus. The bitterness doing the tugging here. Nice pale malts, light sweetness. Drinkable. I could do this bomber.
Nice IPA that showcases bitterness, but without a whole lot of complexity. Luckily, that's my favorite part of an IPA. Very good beer.
03-27-2013 02:47:33 | More by maximum12
3.91/5 rDev -10.3%
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops is quite powerful and enjoyable. Taste is also a great mix between some citrus hops with a good amount of grapefruit notes, medium bitterness and some light caramelized malt with a touch of residual sugar. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Very well brewed but I would preferred a bit less residual sugar with a dryer finish.
10-17-2013 18:51:25 | More by Phyl21ca
3.93/5 rDev -9.9%
Not a bad beer at all. took a chance on this beer at my local beer vendor.
Appearance is a smooth brown/orange hue with a small foamy head.
Smell is a yummy hoppy sweetness that hints at what is to come.
The taste does not dissapoint. A complex hoppyness that is balance by the sweet undertones.
Mouthfeel is a little thin but very drinkable.
Would not hesitate to buy this beer again.
04-12-2012 17:11:41 | More by NoHipTee
3.95/5 rDev -9.4%
Thanks to my brother for this bottle that he brought back from Vancouver for me. Best before date was smudged and difficult to read but appeared to be 10/19/12. Poured in to Duvel tulip.
A - Translucent golden orange with one finger of foamy cream coloured head that reduced to a thin layer on the top of the ale. Some light lacing.
S - Huge fresh hop aroma up front with big grapefruit, pine and orange zest notes. A touch of malt sweetness attempts to provide some balance but this is definitely a hop-bomb.
T - A big bitterness up front full of grapefruit, pine and orange zest. A slight sweetness form the malts in the middle followed by a big, bitter hop finish.
M - Medium body, somewhat creamy. Some nice resinous hop oils. Light carbonation. A times it seemed a touch watery.
O - I was really looking forward to this one and, while it is an excellent IPA, it disappointed me a little bit. I was expecting to be wowed and I wasn't. That said, I would buy this again and would love to try this on tap.
04-16-2012 23:53:31 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5 rDev -9.4%
Pint at a pub on Granville Street in Vancouver. From notes.
A - Poured copper with mild carbonation. Bright. One finger of fluffy white head with sticky thick lace all around and a film of retention.
S - Strong pine and hop resins. Proper American style IPA aroma.
T - Resinous hops, lot's of pine and citrus. Very light sweet malt up front.
M - Good tingly carbonation, medium body and an OK bitterness.
O/D - A solid IPA. Pretty tasty and very smooth. Good hop punch.
02-15-2012 19:02:04 | More by tbeckett
3.95/5 rDev -9.4%
Served a bit too warm - which I'd guess brought forward the malt
Clear gold color. Good slightly off-white head; bubbles on the coarse side.
Smell: citrus, piney, and spicy.
Taste: Hop presence is distinctly spicy, maybe grapefruit rind, or grapefruit with orange rind. Feels a bit hot for 7%.
Mouth feel: initially a little thin, but then some creamy bubbles
form. Maybe too many bubbles? Swallow leaves a back-of-the-mouth oily film.
This strikes me as pretty drinkabie for 7%, 80 IBUs. A little one-dimensional, but over all I like what they've done with the spicy hops. Its biggest flaw is mouthfeel: too light and foamy ( this might be the result of the serving temperature, but if not it would still be great with a burger and fries).
12-12-2010 01:14:57 | More by mfaulk
Fat Tug IPA from Driftwood Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.