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Fat Tug IPA - Driftwood Brewery

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Fat Tug IPAFat Tug IPA

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254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 109
Gots: 25 | 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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PeerlessMark

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-20-2013 22:49:08 | More by PeerlessMark
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adhallick

Manitoba (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

08-04-2013 18:03:07 | More by adhallick
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Ghrymm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-09-2014 00:30:18 | More by Ghrymm
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rwshelton2

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

08-20-2013 02:30:10 | More by rwshelton2
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Idrankthat

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

05-16-2014 20:14:13 | More by Idrankthat
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-31-2012 17:31:27 | More by oldp0rt
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Mack

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

11-10-2012 22:37:07 | More by Mack
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Stizz19


4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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


4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

08-16-2013 19:49:01 | More by GoGata
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jrempel

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

05-11-2012 19:34:12 | More by jrempel
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bhaza


4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

05-06-2014 00:26:05 | More by bhaza
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dejongjohn

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

05-16-2012 02:22:19 | More by dejongjohn
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

08-27-2013 02:38:59 | More by ZachT
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void


4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

08-28-2012 03:35:01 | More by void
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Iggy12


4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

11-29-2012 02:12:56 | More by KalanM
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Niceroad77

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-07-2014 02:20:11 | More by Niceroad77
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-14-2013 12:32:01 | More by DaPan
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cosmicevan

New York

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

many a thanks goes out to DaftCaskBC for a taste of some canadian pride!

a - opened the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. beer poured a soft transparent yellow orange with classic white frothy head. great lively carbonation could be seen racing to the surface. my mouth is now watering.

s - my oh my...THAT'S what you look for in an ipa smell. rich THICK lush hops. citric blast. grapefruit. excellentness.

t - bitter blast at first...assaulting. i was expecting more citrus like the nose suggested. it's all there, but the bittery blast dominates everything. once my palette got used to the bitterness, the classic ipa flavors in the nose really came out. great hop presence...great sweetness. this is one for the hopheads and the hopheads in training.

m - full bodied. sticky.

o - overall, this is an exceptional ipa. this can hang with all the big boys and put em to shame. i am shocked that i haven't heard about this one before. why are people not shouting from the rooftops about this beer?

m -

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 02:36:15 | More by cosmicevan
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, excellent beer! Poured at a good temperature with a decent sized, foamy, cream-colored head that settled after a bit and some lace. Color is a clear amber with lots of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, caramel, wet grain. Flavor's where this really shines: similar to nose, but so much richer with just enough sweet to perfectly match the already balanced bitter and carbonic tang, plus pine resin, a little grapefruit, toast, toffee, wheat. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, of average length, and super drinkable. Wish I had loads more and that we could get it here in La Crosse, Wis.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 01:14:21 | More by drpimento
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sukwonee

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two 22oz bottles purchased for around $10 (very expensive!!) at a local Whole Foods. There is no best before date or bottled date, but I know this is fresh because I go to this particular Whole Foods about 2-3 times a week (and I picked this up as soon as I saw it on the shelf).

As far as I know, Metro Seattle is the only place in the US that gets beers from Driftwood - so I feel very lucky (this, one along with two others - Singularity & Old Cellar Dweller, is amazing!)

A: It looks good. Nice lacing. One finger head. Burnt orange color.

S: Grapefruit, Pine, Peach, Floral, Orange? maybe

T: Starts with hop bitterness and then followed by sweetness, then finishes with lingering bitterness. Grapefruit, Pine, a bit of peach. Even 2-3 minutes after my last sip, I can taste this beer in my mouth. Well balanced too I would add.

M: Low carbonation (smooth), Medium-to-full body.

O: I really liked this beer. I enjoyed this better than the Red Racer IPA (Which is another great IPA from Canada). Seek this one out! Driftwood is becoming one of my fav breweries with its offerings!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 22:45:21 | More by sukwonee
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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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another new one for the day, this was the big DIPA we were missing yesterday afternoon so we needed to find one to make a grand appearance and here we had it. Served cold and split into two pint glasses, this was consumed on 04/24/2011.

What a nice pour that came out of this one. A lighter than I would have expected amber color, was almost a golden pale with loads of carbonation and a huge billowing white head that sat on top with a large amount of foam that stuck to the sides and dripped down the glass.

A huge aroma then came wafting through the air. Lots of orange rind, grapefruit, and hints of lemon that layer on top of a light grain and bready base that offers a nice touch of balance but without distracting from the real gem here that was the since hop. Very light for as strong as it was, I really did not expect that at all. It was almost trying to deceive you with its full strength as the light hops and lingering dryness in the flavor left you thirsting for more, but at over 10% you were quickly reminded of its real strength.

Overall a very solid DIPA. It comes with a long line of simcoe forward big ipas that have come before it but this one really works. Besides you have to love the Canadian aspect to it, overall a hit and a nice way to roll into the mid afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 22:26:04 | More by mikesgroove
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1stOffender

British Columbia (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favourite BC beer of all time. It was the first real IPA I ever had and nothing can prepare a person for what that introduction is like. The intensity and balance of the citrusy, hoppy grapefruit and melon was like meeting a beautiful woman...you'll never forget that first time. In fact, it was Fat Tug that led me down the road of loving craft beer and the desire to try everything else in a brown bottle with the hopes to re-live that experience over again. Thank you Driftwood and thank you Billy Miner Pub. I love you both...

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2013 03:37:11 | More by 1stOffender
Fat Tug IPA from Driftwood Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.