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Fat Tug IPA - Driftwood Brewery

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Fat Tug IPAFat Tug IPA

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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 119
Gots: 38 | 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 djbreezy
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%

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

djbreezy, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

mikesgroove, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of ipassion
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%

ipassion, Tuesday at 09:48 AM
Photo of 1stOffender
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%

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...

1stOffender, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of loren01
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

loren01, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%

I have reviewed this previously on tap from the Alibi Room in Vancouver. I got hold of an incredibly fresh bottle all the way out in Fernie, BC while I was up from Montana. I must say, this beer's delicate hop character translates incredibly well into bottled form. The hop profile is very untraditional, the citrus is there, but it plays second hand to the more forward melon and mango characters. Usually I can tell what hops went into a beer, this one I am absolutely stumped. For me, it checks almost everything on the list, I have not complaints. It is a one of a kind IPA, and it is the work of brewers that clearly know what they are doing. I hope to see more brewers coming up with unique IPAs like this one.

Siriusfisherman, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

LiquidAmber, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of LampertLand
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Driftwood Brewery 'Fat Tug IPA' @ 7.0% , served from a growler purchased for $12 , and had on tap or can be found in 650 ml bottle's for about $6

A-pour is a light gold from the growler to a clear amber in the glass with a big frothey off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-citrus with a hint of pine , fresh

T-crisp & clean , big malt base , citrus with more pine coming thru in the taste

MF-ok/good carbonation , good full body

Ov-great beer , world class IPA , plus it's local , gotta love the Canadian side of the PNW

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, Mar 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Justindouglas7, Apr 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

nomoon, Apr 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

flowbee, Apr 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

IrishGermanAmerican, Jul 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

intoxabroad, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

22oz bomber, consumed during the super bowl


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

dirtylou, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

KevinCraft, Jul 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

RomaniIteDomum, Sep 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Wrhino, Oct 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

RYthebeerGUY, Mar 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

spark3148857, Aug 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Sapphyy, Aug 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

jbtheman, Dec 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Hoptron_3000, Nov 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Aggro, Mar 24, 2014
Fat Tug IPA from Driftwood Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.