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Fat Tug IPA - Driftwood Brewery

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Fat Tug IPAFat Tug IPA

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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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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from a recent Kelowna trade, though nearing its Best Before Date.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden copper orange colour, solid two fingers of head with solid retention and some fine spotty lacing.

S - Scent is sweet, yet bold, loads of citrus, caramel, lemon grass, cedar, pineapple and a hint of soap.

T - Even with the age, this thing is loaded with hop flavours. The citrus notes dominate, some candied ginger, pineapple, earthy cedar and pine. A lip smacking bitterness lingers, though is nicely balanced with a bready caramel on the finish. It's hard to imagine that the flavours might improve had I gotten this bottle sooner because its absolutely fantastic.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and fairly dry on the finish.

O - There's a reason this is top rated. Driftwood never ceases to amaze me with the quality of their brews and this is no exception. If I had access, I would be buying this stuff (along with several of their other offerings) by the case.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 00:15:47 | More by andrenaline
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6pkhbt

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional beer and among the best IPAs I've ever had. A fine evolution as well as, to my taste, it was nowhere near this good when it first came out. Nice clean sweet malt character without the overuse of darker coloured malts. Beautiful citrus hopping with some pungent higher alpha content. Slight protien and yeast haze that roughs up and dulls the hop clarity somewhat however.

A beautiful beer when fresh and that is the key. I've had huge variability with the bottled version from fresh and delicious to oxidized and returned. I personally can't abide oxidized character in hoppy beers so I watch the date code carefully now which unfortunately here is a best before type instead of a production date type. The latter is much more informative, but I should be thankful I have one at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 17:07:00 | More by 6pkhbt
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loren01

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Picked this up at NW liquid gold. Pours a nice clear orange color with frothy white head great lacing down the glass
S: Wow...this smells really good. Very citrusy, also some pineapple scent in there.
T: Tons of pine and citrusy flavors, just a bit of sweet malt up front but dominated by a bit hop bite
M: Medium bodied beer. Oily mouthfeel
O: This is one of the best IPA's i have had in a long time. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 03:54:49 | More by loren01
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-26-2012 19:27:40 | More by bpfrush
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jaypurvis

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-26-2012 02:39:52 | More by jaypurvis
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dirtylou

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, consumed during the super bowl

GO GIANTS

from notes

appearance: served in my delirium chalice, glowing orange-amber body, frothy beige lace

smell: fresh citrus zest, some of that lovely NW pine, tangerine, honey, black peppered cracker

taste: bright fresh flavors - citrus zest, ruby red grapefruit, spruce and pine, pepper, crackery malts, the perfect touch of sweetness and alcohol. The hops are clean and fresh - another fantastic IPA from north of the border

mouthfeel: fresh and vibrant

overall: great stuff

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 22:58:07 | More by dirtylou
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 19:02:04 | More by tbeckett
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twelveinches

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-13-2012 06:49:34 | More by twelveinches
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w00ddy

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-11-2012 18:11:43 | More by w00ddy
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djbreezy

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance - brilliant transparent orange, graceful white head, strong retention, beautiful sticky lacing

smell - citrus and grapefruit hop notes, tropical

taste - a burst of tropical hops with pineapple and dominant grapefruit flavors, hop forward with some mild malt body, orange peel on the finish

mouthfeel - medium body, slick, bubbly carbonation, slightly dry finish

overall - flavorful hops that provide a nice grapefruit/orange flavor balance, west coast style ipa, highly enjoyable, unbelievable flavor for a single ipa

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 03:40:03 | More by djbreezy
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven imperial pint glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a one finger fine off-white head with good retention and nice lacing. Whooee, a delicious aroma of herbal hops, pineapple and light fruit wafted from the glass as I poured this ale, one of the more complex aromatic IPAs I've run into. The flavor does not disappoint from the tempting pour. Caramel malt, intense piney and herbal hops tapering into a citrusy malt and hop finish leaving pleasant hop aftertaste. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Very nicely done and could give many imperial IPAs a run for their money. Good job. I've really enjoyed everything from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 05:03:52 | More by LiquidAmber
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myzamboni

California

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-07-2012 01:35:21 | More by myzamboni
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claytong

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-03-2012 03:19:39 | More by claytong
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doughanson78

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice medium golden color with awesome clarity. One finger white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Piney hops with a touch of earthiness. Some caramel malts coming through. Lighter overall aroma.

T: Sweet caramel upfront. Piney hop flavor with touches of earthiness and some floral flavors. Bitterness is medium. Caramel comes back in the finish. Easily a 5 if bitterness was up.

M: Medium light body. Medium carbonation. Oily and slick. Dry finish. Awesome IPA mouthfeel.

O: A great IPA. Bitterness could be higher. Definitely try it if you have a chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 22:04:09 | More by doughanson78
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-15-2012 02:54:13 | More by jsnoek
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McBastard

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Poured from a 650 ml bomber into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a beautiful dark honey color, with a nice creamy head that leaves lacing down the glass. Smells predominantly of citrus and resin. The flavors are grapefruit and pine, with a underlying floral sweetness. Has a dry, bitter finish, a with lightly malty, boozy aftertaste. Rather light bodied, with medium carbonation. Altogether, one of BC's most complex, hoptastic IPAs. A great offering from a very promising little brewery. I wish the folks at Driftwood would hit us with a dark IPA already...

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:02:35 | More by McBastard
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Tmappin

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-27-2011 21:08:47 | More by Tmappin
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Intrinsic

Germany

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Tug is a very nice looking beer. The head keeps growing and growing on top of a amber, creamy, swirling body and leaves beautiful lacing.

The smell betrays the piney hops the minute you open the bottle. This was obviously dry-hopped - to near perfection. The taste is insane. Very, very bitter. Mostly piney hops, but balanced quite nicely with malt. There's a strong citrus element to this as well. Lots of grapefruit in this one. And creamy! The finish is just a tad less than 'dry' despite all the hops. Overall, this is one hell of a beer. If I lived in BC I'd drink this all the time.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 03:55:11 | More by Intrinsic
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-16-2011 04:50:19 | More by fizzyted
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Torontoblue

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-14-2011 15:31:18 | More by Torontoblue
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-09-2011 09:09:35 | More by schopenhauerale
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benbou17

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-05-2011 02:55:10 | More by benbou17
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Mages64

Washington

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-03-2011 00:03:12 | More by Mages64
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timtwoface

British Columbia (Canada)

4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer. Of all the IPAs out there (not the doubles), this is my current favourite, and has been for a while. It's extremely hoppy at 80 IBUs, but very easy to drink and goes great with any hearty meal - or it goes great with eating nothing at all. It really packs a nice sufficient punch by the end but you can't help but go back for more. This might very well be my favourite beer from any BC brewery at this moment; I'm blessed that I can find this in liquor stores and on tap in the area, even if you have to pay a bit of a premium at $6.50 per 650mL for it.

At a penny a millilitre, it's worth it, 100%. Do yourself a favour and check it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 01:43:12 | More by timtwoface
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-21-2011 06:15:29 | More by cbnz
Fat Tug IPA from Driftwood Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.