Daddy Fat Sacks IPA
Roy Pitz Brewing Company

Daddy Fat Sacks IPADaddy Fat Sacks IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #6,818
Ranked #44,047
3.59 | pDev: 13.65%
Roy Pitz Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Daddy Fat Sacks IPADaddy Fat Sacks IPA
Notes: Pale Orange in color with aromas of tropical fruit, stone fruit, grapefruit, and citrus. Four specialty malts in subtle additions leave the ale with a slightly toasted caramel flavor. Five different hop additions impart just enough bitterness without the astringent and bitter aftertaste. A mix of American flavor hops round out the floral and citrus esters. Large sacks of dank hops are then added to the conditioning vessel and aged several days to impart all the wonderful citrus and floral aromas deep into the beer.
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was in PHL on Sa, 23 June 2018 for the 1-year Anniversary Party of their satellite location there (Roy Pitz Barrel House 990 Spring Garden St). They brought people on a bus from Chambersburg (!) & we did a walking tour of both Love City & the newest Yards before returning to their place. Part of the celebration was the unveiling of their CANs & I got two of each of the three (3) with one set for The CANQuest (tm) & the other for my local, in-person trader, tone77, due to visit this coming Sunday, 08 July 2018.

From the CAN: "Liquid Art"; "Passionately Brewed & CANned in Chambersburg, PA".

My third of the three (3) - 8=( I was anxious for the Crack! since, as a self-described, self-avowed hophead, AIPAs are my favorite style of beer. I CANtinued with a quick, ungentle, but not inverted Glug, and sat back to watch it form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with decent retention. The rising heat & humidity of the day was just too much for it, though, and it faded to wisps. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was interesting, a tad malty for the style, with an almost vegetal quality from the hops, like limes and cilantro (?) or some sort of herbal essence that I could not quite identify. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more malty than bitter with a noticeable caramel malt presence and the hops, while lending a bitterness, were less bitter than the style calls for. I realize that such was by design, but I kept thinking that it was closer to an English IPA than an AIPA. Hey, if it sells, and clearly it does, since they have made it one of their first CAN releases, I am not going to quibble, but it left me unfulfilled. Finish was dry and while it was bitter, I did not feel that it came up to the level of bitterness that is the hallmark of the style. YMMV.

Jul 05, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the pop of the cap this brew overflowed with a foamy discharge. Once settled, I poured the remainder into a narrow pint glass: color is copper to light amber, thick looking with lots of floating sediment; head is off white to light tan; head is at least 1/2 inch deep.

Aroma is fairly malty, mainly pale with some light toasted caramel; hops are lightly resiny, earthy, 'dank'.

Flavor is similar to the aroma: malty, toasted, some caramel; then dank earthy hops, muddled somewhat; i read a description from a review from the bartender at Grey Lodge that pinpointed it as a double ESB, which sounds about right.

Mouthfeel is crisp, bitter but not overdone, stronger bitterness on the edges of the tongue.

Overall, a hoppy beer with moderate pale/caramel/toast maltiness, a little overfermented in the bottle with a gusher presentation, but not any off flavors.

Nov 07, 2016
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tzieser from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from some weird convenience store/food place called Sheetz in Shippensburg, PA while on my cross country road trip from Tucson, AZ. Poured into a nonic pint glass:

A- dark amber in color, quite hazy with a thick white head that slowly settles into a thin lacing. cool bottle art, featuring a strange looking drug dealer/scumbag-type falling asleep with a pint in his hand. Old school 90s cordless phone and digital clock style font is a nice touch too. Extra points for that

S- sweet malted barley aroma with fruity/citrus hops and yeasty esters. smells nice and complex but not the typical hop attack you get from modern American IPAs, seems more like a English IPA

T- Lots of fruity hops with light herbal/pine bitterness. Malted barley balances everything, adding a subtle sweetness that makes the fruity hops shine wonderfully. Not your typical hop bomb, subtle and nice.

M- smooth, slightly chewy.

O- I am quite happy with this beer. There are enough bitter, clean, citrus hop bombs on the market right now. Not sure why this beer is getting slammed so heavily. This is like an old school IPA with new hops and a classic malt base. Kind of a hybrid of a newer American IPA and a classic English IPA. well done.

May 22, 2016
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

reviewed from notes at an Altoona Curve Baseball game last fall. The best beer on offer at the ballpark.

Looks a hazy orangish yellow with a generous foamy head.

Citrus fruit on the nose.

Decent hop bite, with a citrusy wash

Feel was a solid medium.

Overall, glad to find it here at the ballpark. put away 3 of them over 9 innings.

May 10, 2016
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Doctor_Bogenbroom from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Roy Pitz. It was served in a beer stein and had a nice coppery radiance to it with good head and lacing. Smell and taste complemented one another nicely. The light fruity taste comes through. This is a very smooth, well-balanced West Coast-style IPA. If you are in the area, I would recommend it as the best local selection.

Apr 08, 2015
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy-ish copper color. The head is two fingers high, just barely off-white in shade. Retention is excellent, and the texture is extremely thick. Adding to the aesthetic appeal is the large amount of lacing sticking to the glass. (4)

Smell: A fairly vibrant grapefruit character hits my nose, also mixing with some tangerine. After a while, I get a bit of lemongrass. The malt backbone brings the typical sweet caramel notes, meshing very well with the hops. Its nose is fairly fresh and fruity (if a bit timid), exceeding my expectations. (3.75)

Taste: The initial flavors are surprisingly juicy. Actually, it starts off with some pungent Amarillo-derived lemongrass before transitioning into those aforementioned tropical fruit notes. It finishes with light malt and a bit of rindy bitterness. Really not a bad beer at all, in fact it's quite good. The only complaint is that the flavor profile is stuck on 6 instead of 9 or 10. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp, in that way only an unfiltered beer can be. It's also moderately light, if not bone-dry. It manages to go down easily, though, and that's without the presence of strong carbonation. (3.75)

Overall: Given the tendencies of most BAs to wildly overrate their scores, the 80 kind of worried me. Luckily, I was proved wrong - this is rock-solid. It isn't blowing me away, but it's a damn good IPA bringing decent fruit flavors. Definitely worthy of a repeat purchase, that's for sure. (3.75)

3.67/5: Far better than I expected

Apr 05, 2015
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tork1645 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.4%

gets a 3 only because on a couple occasions was it decent. Of the other times tried is was either a dirty malt bomb (drain pour) or a hoppy blonde. def can do better than this one

Dec 02, 2014
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle, no date

pours a copper color, hazy with floaties. maybe unfiltered after dry hopping? decent bright white head. good lacing. decent hoppy aroma, mostly fruity and citrus. slightly bready malt flavor to balance the hop flavor. medium body and medium to high carbonation.

overall, a decent IPA. good first impression from this brewery.

Aug 13, 2014
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blackie from Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

single, The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore

a: first off - love the label art, twelve ounce bottle into an avery snifter, the pour brings out a light but full coating of off-white head, receding to a smattering on the surface, the beer itself a dark honey amber in color

s: lots of sweet, rich caramel malt and fruity hops on the nose, notes of baked apples, sweet potato, sweet citrus pulp, more fresh caramel, pineapple, and fresh hop resin

m: medium, malty body with a light-medium, delicate carbonation

t: mostly follows suit with the aroma...a tasty, sweet caramel malt body blends with hop juices and flavors of apple, pineapple, and sweet citrus, a resin bitterness begins shortly after the swallow and slowly builds to around moderate strength in the finish

o: as stated on the website the brewer’s intent was to create a balanced, malt fueled ipa without an overwhelmingly bitter aftertaste, and while an atypical ipa, I think it works and would certainly go for another, could have gone higher elsewhere but I'll tack those points on here

Sep 04, 2013
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head ale glass.

Very dark for an IPA, but a good reddish caramel brown color, with a three finger very creamy head that is evenly formed. Settles to a good finger sized even puck, with some minor floaties in the bottom.

Nice soft biscuit like malt, and a faint floral/herbal hop angle that is subtle. Hints of matching malt like cream and soft pine as well. Not hop forward but solid.

Palate fills with a good tea like sweetness and a nice leafy hop finish. Solid body that coats the mouth and palate fully. Tea like sweetness matches with a little bit of light pine bitter on the aftertaste that really lingers. Caramel like malts match with a nice balance to compliment as well.

Not your hop heads typical go nuts over IPA, but a very solid good one. Enjoyed this.

Jun 09, 2013
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CobyMangum from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Much love for this beer, but damn what's up with the floating sediment?

Flavor-wise I love the English-leaning malt profile, works well with the American IPA liveliness and astringency. Nice to have a drinkable IPA that is bitter without being citrusy, just for a change of pace from most of the IPAs I get down with.

Apr 17, 2013
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

There is a massive amount of sediment in this beer.

Overall, it's kind of a was of flavor. Thick malts with spiced tones on there and a bit of a burn from who knows what. Thicker feel. Eh. This beer is just, "there." Nothing overly interesting or noteworthy.

Apr 12, 2013
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts. Bitter, yet not overpoweringly so. Some tropical fruits are present. Very easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine quality beer.

Mar 07, 2013
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browniewithnuts from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Ruby Red copperish tone with a 1 inch head. The white coating laces the glass.

S: Pine and citrus smells in the nose. Grapefruit up front with the piney notes coming in the back end of each whiff.

T: Grapefruit is very prevalent up front with a nice citrus bite but is fades quickly and there is no bite on the back end. The flavor fades quickly like fruit stripe gum. Not much of a malt backbone or anything really besides the grapefruit up front

M: Very intense smooth feel up front but the sensation fades quickly and there is nothing there after the initial tingle.

O: Not a bad IPA but nothing no write home about. The upfront flavor and look of the beer offers a lot of promise but certain aspects are lacking

Jan 15, 2013
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a cloudy copper color with a white white on top. The retention and lacing aren't too bad on this beer. There is a ton of flakey sediment in this beer also. The smell of the beer has a pretty good hoppy aroma with some mild malt. The taste of the beer bitter with an earthy malt backbone with more earthy hop flavors throughout this beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Overall it's an average IPA at best. Not something I'd run out to buy again though.

Jan 14, 2013
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SolipsismalCat from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy orange-brown with lots of huge particles and a three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Citrus hops. Very mild though.

T: Light sweetness and moderate to high bitterness. Citrus hops.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Very smooth due to the obvious lack of filtering. I like smooth.

O: I think this beer would have benefited from a bit more hops and a bit more alcohol. Pretty good though.

Dec 20, 2012
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chicagoish from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Daddy Fat Sacks IPA

Tastes more like a Double IPA than a true American IPA. Has more of a malty taste than I was expecting. Nice Hazy Orange, with some light citrus notes. Lacks the true Hoppy Pop I look for in an American IPA. Still an above average brew and a nice 7.5ABV for the price.

Dec 16, 2012
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Looking at the bottle I am not sure how this is an "imperial" IPA. ABV isn't imperial by any standards and no note other than just a regular IPA. Regardless it has a deep copper amber with a 1/2 inch of sticky white head.

S - Smells like a west coast IPA, very bitter and acidic with very little cracker like malts to balance. Hope it tastes... balanced.

T - Acidic almost like a burning pine with very little balance to the actual malts. Liking my IPA's more balanced and fruit forward this is a major turn off. Piney, bitter, unforgiving, and hard to finish but I choked it down.

M - Medium yet as stated ABV is noted and hops are cloying,

Overall not worth buying again and totally not worth picking up for 4 bucks for a single.

Sep 29, 2012
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RonfromJersey from New Jersey

2.52/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$2.50 single from Abe's.

Hazy amber body, topped by four fingers of flat, not bright or glossy, white foam. Drippy lacing.

Strong aroma of lemon, orange, and pine. Somewhat cleanserish.

A quick flash of sweet is quickly burIed beneath a mouthful of industrial cleanser. Very astringent, and not in a way I like. Some fruit does bubble up through the detergent. Unfortunately long lingering aftertaste.

Not a pleasant experience.

Jul 24, 2012
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Sjorge3442 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being an ipa person, this beer from Roy pitz really disappointed me. When I see an imperial ipa I look for a nice bitter and hoppy ale that leaves my palate coated.

A- looks nice. Nice orange hue and murky. A bit of floaters were constantly swirling around

S- smells great. Not to overpowering. It smells like a decent ipa and has very earthy and smooth aroma to it.

T- here's where this beer lacked. Evverything about the taste was sub par. They call it an imperial ipa but the flavor Is more of s west coast pale ale. Just very lacking for my tasted.

M - smooth and sorta creamy. The yeast is unpleasant. Little to no carbonation.

O - all in all, I wouldn't buy this again, nor would I recommend it to a friend. I'd consider trying it on draft, but I honestly don't think it would be any better.

Jul 18, 2012
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Striking amber-copper color with at least a finger of foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing. The nose is on the mild side, but some hop notes are evident. There is some malt in the flavor and this offering is certainly pleasantly hoppy. The ABV is a bit low for an Imperial. Personally, I would consider this a "tweener" -- bigger than an IPA, but a bit smaller than the elite imperials/doubles out there.

My first offering from Roy Pitz and I like it a whole lot!

Jul 03, 2012
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-05-20 in Columbia, PA

A - Mildly-hazy copper-amber with a 2-finger white head and decent, sheeted lacing. A few floaties.

S - Rising bread and biscuit, touch of peach and hop floral. Very mild.

T - Medium roasted malt, sweetened orange and grapefruit flesh, candy corn, pine and spice. Stays somewhat sweet into the pleasant aftertaste that takes on an orange zest tea flavor and reasonable balancing bitterness. I like the flavor.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation yield a viscous, resinous, buttery and lightly prickly feel.

O - Pretty good. Suggestions for improvement would be to really crank up the aroma and make it a little less sweet. Even so, I'd have this again as is.

May 20, 2012
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gestyr from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 Oz bottle into a shaker pint

A: Nice orange/amber. Clear and has a nice white head that lasts and leaves a lot of lacing

S: Some hops but very malty and has caramel aromas

T: Very malt forward but the hops come in after and make their presence known

M: Medium bodied with no carbonation sting.

O: I would drink this again. It is a good example of an American IPA made in the east and influenced by the English heritage.

May 14, 2012
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky burnt brown orange with a chunky off white head. Some lace.

Some pine in the nose, but the toasted malt shines. Wanted it to have more hop aroma, but it still works.

More malt than hops, but the hops are there. Nice and juicy, with great toasty malt and bread crust notes. A little burnt bread bitterness, balanced by sticky hop mouth coating presence. Finishes malty and medium bitter. Very nice.

Medium body, nice carbonation.

Great beer from this small brewer. Glad I scored a bottle.

Apr 29, 2012
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HopHeadRyan from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few of their beers at The Orchards in Chambersburg and enjoyed them so much I picked up a variety pack from Beverage Express in Carlisle...

A - Nearly clear deep copper amber...maybe the slightest haze...small head...a bit retains around the edges...and some minimal lacing

S - Toffee, Caramel, Candied-Fruit, A hint of spicy herbal hops and mint; maybe even a slight sasparilla/rootbeer essence but in a good way...

T - Big carmel malt flavors...excellent juicy hop flavors...and a great bitterness that lingers but is also balanced out by the sweetness of the caramel notes...really different for an IPA but a very pleasant surprise

M - Creamy, a bit more syrupy than I would prefer but not too bad, low carbonation, medium-full bodied, still has an element of crispness

Overall - I really like Roy Pitz spin on the style...this may fit better into a strong ale or amber ale category...but when compared to many midwest and east coast IPAs it is very similar (hop devil, commodore perry both come to mind) but I would take this over the rest. Give this one a try and you'll be pleasantly surprised. A very juicy PA IPA! Good job Roy Pitz!


Mar 28, 2012
Daddy Fat Sacks IPA from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 128 ratings