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Fat Tug IPA - Driftwood Brewery

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Fat Tug IPAFat Tug IPA

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 109
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of goalie35

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8.3%

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


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
Photo of Iggy12

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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


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
Photo of Duff27


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
Photo of 2beerdogs


4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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


4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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


4/5  rDev -8.3%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +14.7%

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


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
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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


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
Photo of HuskyinPDX


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

Cracked open a bottle on 5.10.12.
Best by 10.25.12 printed on the label.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy medium orange with a smaller yellowish-light tan head. Good retention and some spots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Stonge pine up front, followed by lemons and oranges.

T - Strong pine and lemon citrus.

D - Good carbonation and a solid body.

O - Pine and hoppy, More citrus came out as it warmed, and that was a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 04:21:31 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of daysinthewake


3.75/5  rDev -14%

05-17-2012 04:46:15 | More by daysinthewake
Photo of dejongjohn

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

05-16-2012 02:22:19 | More by dejongjohn
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First bottle reviewed from my CANBIF 2012 box courtesy of Rutager
Bottle into tulip, best by date smudged off completely.

A- Hazy orange pour with a 3 finger foamy off white head. Lacing is glued to the sides of the glass.

S- Massive amounts of citrus and tropical fruits. Grapefruit, mandarin, lime, mango, pineapple with a pine backing. Slightly sweet.

T- Bitter pine, pineapple, strawberry, mango and mandarin. All flavors not as bright as the nose leads on but still in your face. Sweet malt as well helps round things out.

M- Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

O- Very good IPA it's been a long time since I got such tropical flavors in an IPA, something I thoroughly enjoy in my IPAs. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 20:59:10 | More by korguy123
Photo of jrempel

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

05-11-2012 19:34:12 | More by jrempel
Photo of bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-09-2012 03:10:48 | More by bumchilly25
Photo of beerhaver

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

05-08-2012 16:29:58 | More by beerhaver
Photo of Kevlee722


4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

05-05-2012 04:49:12 | More by Kevlee722
Photo of TriggerFingers

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 03:59:01 | More by TriggerFingers
Fat Tug IPA from Driftwood Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.