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Fat Tug IPA | Driftwood Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
driftwoodbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#1,495
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
686
pDev:
8.69%
 
 
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Photo of IPAnicked
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kemoarps
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful crisp clear light amber the colour of apple juice. Fluffy white head with sticky lacing.

Nose has a lead in of sweet malts... can't quite nail it down. It's got elements of honey and caramel and berry juiciness. Blends in to the hop notes of floral and nectar and some earthy dankness into pine. There's something unique in there though that I can't quite nail down.

The sip brings more of the hop character forward with citrus and some earthy hop notes that aren't quite pine aren't quite grassy, maybe almost kind of floral in the delicate nature... and eventually ending up in pine and citrus. Nice dull bitter finish that lingers.

Super smoothe, this thing is disappearing from my glass more quickly than I intend. Very easy to drink, though the alcohol, while not exorbitant by any means, does start to creep in towards the bottom of the glass.

Another enjoyable Canadian brew from my recent trip north of the border.

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4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HoppyGirl2
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, nice flavor, goes down easy

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Beginner2
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Tap & Barrel North Vancouver (a spectacular repurposing of building that served shipbuilders).
I know this is Driftwood's money-maker, but Fat Tug has a bit too much bite for me. (80 IBU is well above my threshold.)

My first from Driftwood, I went on their website and found it interesting how they grew from a micro-micro on Vancouver Island to being competitive on the mainland. Another beer story that is not done !

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryoguava
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Negrelly
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bear1964
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this fresh from the tap in the Breakwater Bar and Grill (cafe) in Victoria BC, it was refreshing after a long day on the cruise ship. A lot of people expect a super hop bomb with every IPA and miss the true beauty of the style, this one was refreshing and had the perfect hop bite. While lacking much of a head the flavor was solid and had a medium mouthfeel with slightly firm aftertaste which cleared before the next sip, a very easy drinking brew that would be good anytime. Overall I enjoyed this beer and only wish I could’ve had a few more!

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4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of COIPAplz
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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1.18/5  rDev -72.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I may have gotten an expired bottle. Not sure bc there was no date. This was undrinkable. Sorry. All I drink are ipa's. I know ipa! This was no ipa. Wish I could try a fresh one just to make sure. I had to pour this out.

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Fat Tug IPA from Driftwood Brewery
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 686 ratings