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Fat Tug IPA - Driftwood Brewery

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Fat Tug IPAFat Tug IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

256 Ratings
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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 109
Gots: 27 | 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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Yorr


2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

10-07-2012 18:36:01 | More by Yorr
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Another awesome bottle from Rutager in a recent trade. Thanks for the stellar box man. Much appreciated!

From a bomber into a snifter
Best by 13 December 2012
IBU: 80

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, thicker looking, fluffy white head with great retention. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and coats the top of the glass. Light burnt orange in color, perfectly clear with no carbonation. A splotchy wisp remains until the close and leaves some decent lacing down the glass. Looks great.

SMELL: Big nose full of pale malts, honeydew melon, pineapple, mango and tangerine aromas. Lots of tropical fruits and plenty forthcoming. Great stuff.

TASTE: Follows the nose nicely. Pale malts, caramel, and lots of tropical fruits up front. Pineapple, orange and tangering through the middle, then a good dose of piney, bitter hops at the swallow. Bold and lingering aftertaste of bitter piney and floral hops, sweet melon and pineapple as balance. Lots of bitter hops linger on the palate. Very flavorful for sure, but just need a slightly fuller body for top marks.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes dry. Could be slightly creamier and fuller, but nothing wrong here.

OVERALL: This was excellent and definitely lived up to expectations. Great nose and amazing flavors, though the average palate sold it short somewhat. With a creamier and fuller body, the flavors would come out a little more and you'd have a world class experience on your hands. As it is now, it's simply an amazing beer that I would love to drink in mass quantities every summer. These guys know how to brew hoppy beers. Thanks again Rutager. Top class stuff!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 12:23:27 | More by Jeffo
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ChuckGnarly

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

09-25-2012 03:27:23 | More by ChuckGnarly
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udubdawg

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

09-13-2012 17:12:20 | More by udubdawg
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Pinche_Oso

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

09-12-2012 15:42:30 | More by Pinche_Oso
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

09-10-2012 23:53:36 | More by Molson2000
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void


4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

08-28-2012 03:35:01 | More by void
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have reviewed this previously on tap from the Alibi Room in Vancouver. I got hold of an incredibly fresh bottle all the way out in Fernie, BC while I was up from Montana. I must say, this beer's delicate hop character translates incredibly well into bottled form. The hop profile is very untraditional, the citrus is there, but it plays second hand to the more forward melon and mango characters. Usually I can tell what hops went into a beer, this one I am absolutely stumped. For me, it checks almost everything on the list, I have not complaints. It is a one of a kind IPA, and it is the work of brewers that clearly know what they are doing. I hope to see more brewers coming up with unique IPAs like this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 05:32:54 | More by Siriusfisherman
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Stizz19


4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

08-22-2012 03:07:47 | More by Stizz19
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goalie35

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8.3%

08-16-2012 12:53:17 | More by goalie35
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.15/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 08:47:00 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Iggy12


4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

07-30-2012 03:35:22 | More by Iggy12
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer! Thanks elliot!

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken on 7/22/12.

Appearance: golden yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of white head.

Smell: Pine, grapefruits, and other general citrusy notes.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit start things off. mild to moderate bitterness. Grassy and floral notes in the middle of the beer. Mellow pine needle notes finish this beer off.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. appropriate for the style.

Overall: This is a really awesome brew! Its a really solid hoppy beer! This is my ssecond driftwood beer and they make some delicious beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 21:46:11 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Duff27

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bone white head on a clear golden yellow body. Sticky ass lackg.

Fresh grapefruit. Very light on the nose, in a good way...whatever that means.

Bright citrus, think lemons and oranges. Above average bitterness.

High carbonation works well. Medium mouthfeel.

Well made beer. I think if the bitterness was toned down a bit I would like it more but the way it is sets it apart. All hail Fat Tug! Thanks egrace84.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 02:14:35 | More by Duff27
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2beerdogs

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

07-23-2012 00:23:13 | More by 2beerdogs
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Coastal_Brew

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-14-2012 21:29:35 | More by Coastal_Brew
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hopspiller

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-03-2012 03:13:40 | More by hopspiller
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-11-2012 08:07:05 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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BCross

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-09-2012 23:05:52 | More by BCross
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bifrost17

Washington

4/5  rDev -8.3%

06-06-2012 17:23:20 | More by bifrost17
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trail77

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +14.7%

06-06-2012 03:45:53 | More by trail77
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice glowing orange with good carbonation, nice white cap and some good lacing

S: Melon and citrus dominate but it was oretty subtle overall

T: Starts out with a nice melon note blended and followed by some orange peel, light grapefruit on a caramel bread base. A good but subtle hop bite resides, especially mid body and finish. Booze is nicely displayed but balanced.

M: Medium bodied, balanced, tasty, well carbonated

O: Good to very good. A treat to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 03:57:23 | More by barleywinefiend
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

05-26-2012 07:45:17 | More by Long813
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thefullpython


4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

05-23-2012 22:47:22 | More by thefullpython
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Florida9

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mostly clear orange-amber in color. Forms a voluminous off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick quarter inch of foam. Lots of lacing.

S: What a wonderful aroma and quite unexpected. Full of tropical fruits, mango, grapefruit, pineapple and citrus. A slight bit of toasty malts, but this is really all about the hops.

T: Unfortunately, not quite as good at the aroma would suggest, but still quite nice: starts with a bit of toast then turns to a strong grapefruit character with notes of melon, mango, and citrus. Finishes with a bit of fusel spice - odd for a 7% beer, but it is what it is.

M: Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

O: I can say I really wasn't expecting much out of this beer, but I was pleasantly surprised. Great aroma with a nice, hop forward flavor profile, a moderate bitterness, and a great balance made for an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 02:50:57 | More by Florida9
Fat Tug IPA from Driftwood Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.