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Fat Tug IPA - Driftwood Brewery

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Fat Tug IPAFat Tug IPA

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255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
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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Dee13

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-27-2014 02:23:29 | More by Dee13
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egrace84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-27-2014 01:49:04 | More by egrace84
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dansmcd

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-21-2014 01:34:07 | More by dansmcd
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Fader

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-17-2014 15:58:40 | More by Fader
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jwchestnut

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my all-time favorites from my one time home - a month old bottle brought by a generous friend from Vancouver. Beautiful amber orange color. Lovely white head with tight bubbles that fades into a ring around the top. Nose is full of citrus fruit, a little pineapple and mango, lots of pine needles and a sweet biscuity malt. The taste follows the nose but heavier on the pine flavors and a little grassy maybe - very well balanced with no flavors dominating the palate and a gentle bitterness at the sides of the mouth. Smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Again, so thankful to have this one brought as a gift - very smooth, drinkable and one of my all time favorites. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 13:23:59 | More by jwchestnut
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J-Swan

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -14%

02-01-2014 05:26:31 | More by J-Swan
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-26-2014 21:31:54 | More by Kurmaraja
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crooksb2

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-04-2014 19:48:02 | More by crooksb2
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-30-2013 02:12:42 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled November 26, 2013.

Beer is clear amber, with a small off-white head. Head fades fairly quickly, leaves a bit of lace,

Nose is very juicy and hoppy. Orange is very strong, with some grapefruit. Quite a citrus scent. Also a tropical component. Some caramel malt is there, providing some balance.

Taste is similar to the nose. A good mix of citrus and tropical fruit flavours, with a tilt towards the tropical this time. Grapefruit, papaya, mango, orange. Moderately bitter. A fairly robust malt component for the style, a nice caramel base, providing a notable sweet balance. Very good.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. Oily and a bit chewy. Good, but the carbonation could be turned down a bit.

Overall, very good. Not quite as explosively good as I had hoped for, but very enjoyable and something that I could imagine drinking a lot of- it goes down very easily. More malt than expected, but I like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 00:57:21 | More by jrenihan
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-10-2013 15:36:35 | More by rogerdandy
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Fat Tug IPA is a clear, copper wire coloured ale with the complexion of ghee (clarified butter). Such a tone, though clean, turns transparency into mere translucency; it's like looking through a block of ice. Its head is built like a wrestler - stout and thick - and piledrives foam onto the glass.

The nose boasts papaya and mango in both their fresh, vividly citric as well as candied, dried states. There's also an accompanying cast of grapefruit, melon, lime, lychee and even a spritz of guava. It is a market of exotic, tropical fruits with an overlay of dank, grassy herbals.

The flavour is so full of pine needles, lawn clippings and orange wedges that all the honey and eggbread flavour from the malts goes largely unnoticed. Even as far as sweetness goes, the candied citrus and guava notes are right on par with any notions of caramel or toffee.

For the craft beer lover, hops reach the brain's pleasure zones via the same neurological circuitry as salt, sugar, or fat - it's an innate craving that provides an immediate hit. And like the latter, sometimes you just can't get enough. Fat Tug IPA certainly hits that 'bliss point'.

It was some time before Canadian brewers offered the same kind of juicy, citric IPAs that made their American counterparts famous - those days are over. Between Driftwood's Fat Tug and Central City's Red Racer, I don't think one even has to leave the province of British Columbia!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 04:47:51 | More by biegaman
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

11-09-2013 03:27:37 | More by bobsy
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sasky7777

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great IPA. The aroma is filled with complex citrus notes with a bit of pine and graininess. It is quite refreshing, and the alcohol at 7% was not noticeable and it had a dry finish. The malts are in the background, and it is a hop heads beer that should be tried.

Serving type: growler

11-07-2013 05:12:19 | More by sasky7777
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Hoptron_3000

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-05-2013 06:09:25 | More by Hoptron_3000
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FinnHawk

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-04-2013 06:27:59 | More by FinnHawk
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -14%

10-30-2013 17:34:04 | More by montrealbcr89
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Mihajlo604

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +14.7%

10-26-2013 22:51:35 | More by Mihajlo604
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-26-2013 06:47:10 | More by Erik-P
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StJamesGate

New York

4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Malone's, Vancouver.

Soapy, sticky white froth that rings over an amber-blonde body.
Mandarin, flowers and hemp nectar on the nose - crazy fresh.
Fair whack of caramel, mango and shortbread with resin, ruby grapefruit and passionfruit hops.
Grapefruit zest finish and catty Simcoe linger.
Crisp, chewy, light leaning towards medium.

Good fruit, good caramel, real IBUs. A bit thin, though, and doesn't live up to the nose. Not a world beater, but a superior all-arounder.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2013 19:17:39 | More by StJamesGate
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Wrhino

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-20-2013 18:24:07 | More by Wrhino
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops is quite powerful and enjoyable. Taste is also a great mix between some citrus hops with a good amount of grapefruit notes, medium bitterness and some light caramelized malt with a touch of residual sugar. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Very well brewed but I would preferred a bit less residual sugar with a dryer finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 18:51:25 | More by Phyl21ca
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DerekCarruth

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

10-15-2013 14:25:01 | More by DerekCarruth
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souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(from notes this weekend)
650 ml bottle split with a friend.

A: clear gold/copper, two fingers of foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving lacing up the sides of the glass
S: citrus, especially grapefruit
T: grassy, citrus-y hops, grassy bitterness, pale malts, well balanced
F: smooth
O: I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 05:41:12 | More by souvenirs
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 20:42:06 | More by SebD
Fat Tug IPA from Driftwood Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.