Fat Tug IPA
Driftwood Brewery

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Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
American IPA
Ranked #54
Ranked #1,842
4.26 | pDev: 8.69%
Jun 20, 2021
Oct 26, 2010
Fat Tug IPAFat Tug IPA
Notes: 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!
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Rated: 4.65 by DW87 from Canada (BC)

Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by All4ales

Jun 06, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by shigg85 from Japan

Jun 02, 2021
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Reviewed by LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours an apple juice colour with nice full head and leaves a ton of lacing. Totally clear no haze at all.
Smells of hops mostly with some nice bready malt character in the background and lots of spruce/earthy character.
Tastes of a very good west coast IPA. Tons of hops up front with a nice malt to balance out the bitterness a little. Lots of pine/earthy tones. Very nice taste super enjoyable beer.
The mouthfeel on this is very nice. Medium body with medium carbonation and drinks very well. Great beer.

Overall I think this is the best west coast IPA in Canada but maybe I'm crazy or have a weird palette. Anyway Driftwood is clearly very good at making IPAs and I'd recommend this one to those who haven't tried it yet.
Mar 16, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by FadetoBock from Canada (AB)

Mar 05, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by Zilla from Hong Kong

Jan 02, 2021
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Reviewed by Beershaker from Canada (ON)

3.28/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1
Look: Clear and golden. It says unfiltered on the can, so I didn’t really expect such a clear beer. Head goes away quickly.

Smell: Smells hoppy. Smells pine.

Taste: I like the bitterness. About the same level of bitterness as Boneshaker (IBU around 80). I didn’t really taste other aroma other than pine.

Feel: Adequate amount of carbonation, but feels a bit sticky in the mouth.

Overall: I was expecting a lot from this beer due to the positive reviews. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in both the look and the taste. LookS nothing like it says on the can, and tastes too simple (bitterness only).

Bloody hell. This beer gave me hangover.
Dec 26, 2020
Rated: 4.74 by Kaydon from Canada (BC)

Nov 21, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by aklavall from Canada (AB)

Sep 19, 2020
Rated: 3.8 by Roejogan from Canada (BC)

Jul 20, 2020
Rated: 4.81 by DectipiNick9564 from Canada (BC)

Jul 09, 2020
Rated: 4.37 by Teion from Canada (AB)

Jun 16, 2020
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Reviewed by HopMaester from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Superb lacing & pours golden pale in the glass! I would have liked the color to be darker
Great Hoppy smell
Good IPA. Just the way an IPA should be ! Nice mouthfeel
Maybe not everyday drinking, but kick back on a friday after work to have get a nice buzz going!
May 02, 2020
Rated: 4.32 by Dirtbag9000 from Canada (BC)

Feb 18, 2020
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Reviewed by ben741 from Canada (ON)

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Definitely an old school West Coast IPA with pronounced malt with the hops. I like the balance on this more than some of the other Similar Canadian Beer like Boneshaker or Mill Street West Coast.
Feb 12, 2020
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Reviewed by Alex_HB

4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I’m biased because I live in Victoria but I’ve honestly never had a better NW IPA. It has some malty notes that are missing from other similar hop bombs that really make it co ole. Yet drinkable. A 7.5% ale that’s sessionable - just make sure you don’t have anywhere to be the next day though!
Jan 26, 2020
Rated: 4 by grahuba from Connecticut

Jan 04, 2020
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Rated by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
January 3 2020
Jan 04, 2020
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Crystal clear pale golden in the glass with a finger of white head and nice lacing.
Aroma starts tropical with strong notes of pineapple, orange, mango. Hoppy with cereal malt backing and a touch of evergreen.
Grapefruit flavours start - dominant hop - bright and bitter - citrus and resinous pine - bitterness builds but enough balancing malt sweetness.
Medium mouthfeel - a bit of warming booziness but lingering hop bitterness carries through past the liquid in the glass.
Dec 31, 2019
Rated: 4.2 by madhungarian90 from Canada (ON)

Nov 13, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by BEER88 from Washington

Nov 09, 2019
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Reviewed by altstadt from Canada (BC)

3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear amber color. Poured a head of medium sized bubbles. No lacing. Very few bubbles rising.

Very hoppy smell with some yeast and a hint of barnyard. Swirling the glass kicked up a yeasty bread and malt smell with a bit more barnyard.

Starts with a very smooth malt flavor that evolves to bitters and hoppy flavors. The aftertaste is mostly bitter hops with a touch of barnyard.

Tongue tingling as it bursts into a thick foam. Much more carbonation in the mouth than appears in the glass. Medium heavy body, mostly from the feel of the dense foam.

Excellent balance of flavors pushes through the very hoppy base. This is a good reference for an IPA. If there was no barnyard at all I would have bumped this Overall rating to 5.
Oct 25, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by Mr_Rocca from Canada (ON)

Oct 05, 2019
Rated: 3.25 by VaporDome from New York

Aug 19, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Stengelfoot from California

Jun 09, 2019
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Swans Brewery taproom on Vancouver Island.
Pours clear golden with excellent clarity and a durable head.
The aroma is hippy and complex. The flavor is milder than the aroma suggests.
Near moderately strong flavor for style and moderate bitterness.
Jun 04, 2019
Rated: 4.39 by cnrmklsn from Canada (AB)

Jun 03, 2019
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed an imperial pint at Milestones on Victoria B.C.'s inner harbor for $5.50 CD on 5-23-19.

Beer was served golden with a nice white head that left rings in my pint.

Nose was of some citrus and tropical hops.

Taste was some grapefruit and papaya over a medium malt base. Finish was moderate pine; 4/10 on the bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and pretty refreshing.

Overall a decent beer that was fun to try.
May 24, 2019
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Reviewed by NordicIslander from Canada (SK)

4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Fridge bound for 3 hours then poured into a tulip. Deep golden hue. Pleasing white, frothy 2 finger foam. Hoppy goodness abounds but no lingering aftertaste. Each mouthful finishes clean with no burn or shuddering because of bitterness. ZERO boozieness taste but a definite hop smash.
May 23, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by lacikuss from Canada (AB)

May 15, 2019
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Rated by gotgopher2 from Hawaii

4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Oh so tasty! A hop lover's lover's delight for sure.
May 13, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by Nordavinden from Norway

May 13, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by Chrism11565 from Canada (BC)

May 06, 2019
Rated: 4.48 by MaxellXLII from New Hampshire

Apr 23, 2019
Rated: 4 by AngusOg from North Carolina

Apr 21, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by gopens44 from Virginia

Apr 21, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Hopsohard from California

Apr 18, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by Peymon from Canada (BC)

Apr 14, 2019
Rated: 3.53 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Apr 03, 2019
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Rated by kitsgrad84 from Canada (AB)

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Very good high end hop ipa smack in the lips grapefruit throughout. Love this one Nice job
Apr 01, 2019
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