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Fat Tug IPA - Driftwood Brewery

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Fat Tug IPAFat Tug IPA

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298 Ratings
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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 126
Gots: 50 | 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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4/5  rDev -8%

Adamostella, May 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

bumchilly25, May 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

DaPan, Feb 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

2beerdogs, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of peensteen
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange colour, nice fluffy white head, good lace on the glass. The nose on this is incredible, bursting with citrus, ornage, tangerine, notes of pine and a good malt back to this. Taste is mostly pine and not how the nose would lead you to believe, slight citrus, grapefruit, good hoppy bitterness, malt is there, good balance here. Medium weight, nice slick hop oil, carb a touch high, good overall feel. Good IPA overall, solid bitterness and quite enjoyable.

peensteen, Apr 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

schnarr84, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - clean clear copper, full head dissipated to a half finger leaving all kinds of lacing
S - nice perfume and orange citrus, with grainy and light peppery notes
T - earthy, spicy, and grapefruit hops build in the front, soft grainy malt backup, with a touch of the perfumy hoppiness that was big on the nose, a very tasty hop bomb
M - medium to light body, smooth start with an expected bitterness
O - as a hop head this delivers exactly what I expect, loads of hops in a variety of flavour notes, and a near pour-down-your-gullet drinkability, BIG UPS!!!

joemcgrath27, Mar 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Kmat10, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of papat444
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a gift from my aunt that my brother brought back on a recent trip to their place in Surrey.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle, best before 02/23/12.

Appearance: A hazy light orange body with foam filling half the glass. Settles to about 2-3 fingers. Clings to the glass very well.

Smell: Lush fruit, slight pine, some bitterness, resiny, and mango.

Taste: Lots of mango here mixed with a bit of orange and low on pine. Has a bit of a sweet spot.

Mouthfeel: Hops are there, bitterness is felt (mostly in aftertaste) but the malt is strong as well.

Overall: An IPA that packs more flavor than bitterness but still very well done.

papat444, Oct 12, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

jschott75, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of SebD
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves great lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit and pineapple (very tropical), piney resins and sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some nice citrus and grapefruit notes, some pineapple, a nice resiny pine bitterness, some breadiness and sweet caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

SebD, Oct 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

AnitaBrewski, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

jrohrbacher, Jul 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

EyePeeAyBryan, May 08, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

chickenm, Mar 03, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 30, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yum! A little bit more tame than Sartori, but a very powerful and hoppy IPA. Orangery-copper with a white head that is very chunky and clingy. Rich, hoppy smell. There is an initial hoppy blast followed up a sweet, bready malt. Citrusy, grassy fruit flavours. Malts are not dominant at all.

Good carbonation, very nice beer even in a 7% bomber.

BDTyre, Nov 14, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Jul 16, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (best before 8/27/2012) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange w/ a rich thick frothy white head. Light passes through this beer in the strangest way, looks like a cats eye gemstone. Big chunks of sticky lace cling to the glass. A beautiful beer.

Aroma is tropical piney citrusy hops. Tangerines and pineapple too. To me, this beer smells exactly like Pliny the Elder - I'd have to do a side-by-side to detect any differences. In fact, aside from the slight haze (Pliny is usually very clear), this beer looks a lot like Pliny, complete w/ a head more reminiscent of a Belgian tripel. So far I'm very impressed.

Taste is just what I expected from the aroma. Pale dry biscuity malt, tropical citrusy hops that bring lots of orange and grapefruit, and a slight honey sweetness too. Finish is sharp, bitter and clean. A nice hint of booze too.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, a little oily.

Overall this is undeniably a great IPA - right up there w/ Pliny, Duet, Pure Hoppiness... impressive. The only downside here is the $10 price tag.

draheim, Apr 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

_morandi_, Jul 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

claytong, Feb 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

mc4z, Jul 11, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Matt and shared with the father-in-law. Thanks for the chance buddy!

Pours a juicy orange with a nice puff of white that lasts throughout most of the glass. Moderate lacing adds to the appeal. An inviting looking beer.

Smells of tangerine and light wet pine. Touch of crackery malt hovers as well.

Big creamy mouthfeel, cracker and light biscuit malts provide the base for citrus rind and grassy light bitterness.

Overall, this is really enjoyable despite the fact that it's neither overly unique nor stands out in any way other than a really nice feel. Each sip begs another and the creamy light mouthfeel and mellow bitterness is appealing. Bitchin job you crazy Canucks.

BarrytheBear, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

HoppySeb, Mar 28, 2014
Fat Tug IPA from Driftwood Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.