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!

Added by ericj551 on 10-26-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
628
Reviews:
165
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8.24%
 
 
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158
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167
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Photo of Yorr
2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of Sillysudssipper
2.94/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into glass.

Very minimal head.

Had a really hard time finding the nose. Really weird because the expectation was there, but my buddy couldn't get it either. Tiny whiff of tropical fruit, but, boy, the inhale was hard! Maybe it was just the day.

Hops leave long bitter aftertaste that lasted for at least 30 secs. Grapefruit. Overripe field cucumber peel. Malts are subdue and showcase the hops.

Fast and strong bubbles in the mouth.

Great taste and balance. Disappointed about the nose. Very cool label.

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Photo of Duff_ny
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Shawn_Winters
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.18/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at The Whip in Vancouver, BC.

Pours a bright, coppery orange colour, with a mild, but filmy head of off-white. Patchy, sudsy, crackly lace forms as the head subsides. Strong streaming carbonation races through the solid body. Looks nice.

Nose is pungent and sharp with under-ripe orange, laced with stewed fruits and butterscotch. Simcoe, my old friend? Slight mild piney greenness pokes its head in as well. It's OK, but it really pushed all my "Warning! Warning! Generic American IPA Alert!" buttons.

Flavour is similar. There's no intrinsic sweetness to the brew, but the hops lend a caramel stewed sweetness to the mix that cloys with the big direct bitterness. The light feel on the palate means that there's a really pronounced hop vector slicing bitterly across the tongue. Finish is bunched and compressed, but stretched longitudinally at the back of the palate, giving a broad residual alpha bitterness.

I was shocked when I saw how highly this beer is regarded on BA. This really felt like a pretty standard, if highly-hopped IPA, that didn't really think about the balance in its flavour profile. As far as I was concerned, this is really average stuff.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.24/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nickfl
3.31/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kitch
3.46/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

At first glance, there was no bottled on date, and I bought it anyway. Only after I got home and poured it out could I finally see this faint dating on the neck of the bottle in the light and I was kind of disappointed. To have a bottling date is great, but it should also be clearly shown… not hidden away only to be seen at certain angles.

A 650ml bottle with a bottled on date of 12th April 2016, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy golden orange colour with a big three finger off white head that had good retention and left lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma: Strong orange, orange juice and orange zest aromas, tropical mango and passionfruit notes here and there along with pine and light caramel.

Taste: Lightly bitter citrus grapefruit, orange and orange zest. Sweet caramel malts, lightly biscuity, pine resin with a touch of pineapple.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This IPA was pretty good with nice bitterness, albeit also a little on the sweet side for me with the caramel, biscuit and pineapple.

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Photo of afrokaze
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of bird22
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Skellbop
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spokenwheels
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JeffBlue
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(draft, Rogue Kitchen and Wetbar, Vancouver B.C. 7/5/15) Mellow dank, not overly hoppy for 80ibus, pretty solid ipa. Would be interested in seeing if the character holds up in the bottle.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whatup14
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lupercmda
3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CoryR
3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tlema1
3.57/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

L: deep yellow color, with a lacing head
S: earthy hops and pine
T: a nice mix of citrus, pine and earthy hops
F: tons of mouthfeel
O: well balanced and very enjoyable

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Photo of sludgegnome
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of jmdellafave
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZiggyPop
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TerryW
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gotta say, I'm not quite understanding all the love fir this one. Its drinkable, but incredib!y sweet to the point if being syrupy. Just a bit too much of thalt for my liking.

Looks good. Moderate head settles to a film, lots of lace. Clear, rich golden colour. Juicy, fruity nose, a touch of soapiness. Hoppy pine, tea, orange. Interesting taste. But very sweet, redeems itself to some degree with some finishi g bitterness, but still sweet, sweet, sweet more than anything else.

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Photo of myteam24
3.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edouble0015
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Fat Tug IPA from Driftwood Brewery
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