Fat Tug IPA - Driftwood Brewery
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4.18/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
06-01-2012 03:57:23 | More by barleywinefiend
4.13/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
05-20-2012 02:50:57 | More by Florida9
4.33/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
05-19-2012 04:21:31 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.1/5 rDev -6%
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.
05-15-2012 20:59:10 | More by korguy123
4.23/5 rDev -3%
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....
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!
04-29-2012 03:59:01 | More by TriggerFingers
4.08/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
04-20-2012 22:55:22 | More by BarrytheBear
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
4.45/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
04-14-2012 05:52:42 | More by draheim
4.38/5 rDev +0.5%
- Perfect IPA color, slightly cloudy new shiny copper penny color. Thick fingers of white frothy head slowly settle to a spotty thin blanket of froth, and sticky thick lace all about the glass. Super good looking IPA.
- Nice fruity hops hit the nose. Little light spice, but more citrus, melon as stated, and a fantastic bready malt without an overbearing sweetness. Nice grassy hop presence as well.
- Oh yes. Lightly sweet, bready biscuit-like malt with a light caramel background. Light honey. The hops are glorious. Nice bitter pine and grass up front, and a fruity zesty finish. This puppy is hoppy, yet very balanced at the same time. I love the bitter zing punch to the tongue. This beer is damn good.
Mouth Feel: (4.5)
- Solid medium bodied brew with a mouth watering bitterness. It's balance, and lack of super sweetness make this beer unbelievably easy to drink. Perfect IPA carbonation, and a chewy feel.. just what an IPA should be like.
- Very impressed with this beer. It's about time I had some more Canadian goodies. Folks near this brewery are blessed people. I highly recommend this beer, and hope to perhaps see it on draft around town soon. High marks.
04-14-2012 03:02:28 | More by Docer
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
Fat Tug IPA from Driftwood Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.