Fat Tug IPA | Driftwood Brewery

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Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada | website

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

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Reviews:
140
Ratings:
528
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
15.65%
 
 
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Reviews: 140 | Ratings: 528
Photo of twizzard
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite shaker pint glass. The nose was more malty than hop forward. Nice head with terrific lacing. I read this was a PNW style IPA but I found it a bit more piney than I like.

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Photo of Damian
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank on tap at Alibi Room, Vancouver, British Columbia
Served in a pint glass

Gorgeous appearance. The crystal clear, golden-amber body was topped by a tight, frothy, bright white, finger-tall crown. Outstanding lacing. Thick rings coated the glass from top to bottom and lasted until the liquid was finished.

The aroma was terrific. Super hoppy and fruity. Peach and apricot came through big time right off the bat. Good dose of mango as well. Bit of citrus. Orange zest was noticeable. As the beer warmed, the citrus notes took over.

Citrus came through even stronger in the flavor. Loads of juicy orange and orange peel. Some peach and mango notes as well. Grapefruit appeared on the back end and carried into the finish. Slightly bitter, rind-like notes were detectible. Hint of pine too.

Outstanding mouthfeel. The liquid was medium bodied for the style and contained a fine, frothy effervesce that tuned silky smooth on the palate. Plush and pillowy soft.

Driftwood Brewing's Fat Tug IPA is a beer I had on my radar while traveling to Vancouver, and it most certainly lived up to its reputation. This is a fantastically well done hop bomb that combines some of the best elements from both East and West Coast US breweries.

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Photo of biker30x
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden from a bomber into a pint glass. While the color read "thin", the first sip revealed a lush mouthfeel with excellent balance and just the right amount of carbonation. The nose was slightly piny (but nobody should go by my sesnse of smell) and the flavor was initially spicy pine and flavorful hops (without being overwhelmingly hopped) with a deep malty backbone and a hoppy finish that lingered. This is a beer for cool nights and spicy food.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Excellent Pacific IPA, hands down one of the best I've had. Lots of fruity notes, grapefruite, mango. Perfect amount of hops and bitterness with an excellent malt balance. Highly recommended and one of Canada's best IPA's.

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Photo of mattsander
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is well made, well packaged, ships quickly and sells well. It always seems to be fresh, even a province away. Huge tropical and stone fruit vibe, juicy, consistently great.

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Photo of randylangford
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This reminds me a lot of the Pacific Northwest IPAs that I've had. It has a great gold color with a nice fluffy head. This is malty with a tonne of hops blended into a great hop profile.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure gold with a gigantic rocky head. Scads of lace drape the glass on the way down. The aroma is orange, white grapefruit and passionfruit with a bit of caramel malt. Huge lemon and orange hop flavors explode in the first sip. Passionfruit, lychee, berries and other hops flavors make for a wall of hoppiness. A solid biscuit, caramel malt ballast keeps the hop onslaught in check. The mouthfeel is quite full bodied with creamy carbonation. Herbaceous hoppy bitterness in the long finish.

This is a fantastic west coast IPA. Super hoppy with tons of complexity and great balance. A treat. Seek this one out.

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Photo of FrankBrewbody
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: golden/borderline amber colour. Aroma: citrus and caramel bread like notes. Flavour: sweet in the front with biscuit notes. Very malt forward for my personal preference but solid notes of citrus. Mouthfeel: flighty creamy with a drying finish

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Photo of portwood
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: orange peel, grapefruit, pine needle, slight musty/dank note. Taste: bittersweet, creamy mouth feel & carbonation. Finish: pine resin, caramel, fruity hop bitterness. (bottled 10/20/15)
Nicely balanced between bitter, sweet, resiny, juicy citrus flavors.

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Photo of farrago
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A standard pour action yields half a pint glass of foam, gigantic head, soufflé styled airiness, eggshell white hue, hilly surface, retention is excellent, once there’s any head space for lacing to appear it forms randomly spread out dots rather than streaks, like tiny clouds on a sun streaked day. Fully hazy liquid, opaque with an orange base that fades to yellow near the glass bottom or surface, close to no visible bubbles. The nose has a relaxed fullness to it, heavy on the malts with cocoa, milk balls, scone to breakfast danish flake breadiness, even the pine seems friendly, a little more tingle from the mixed white citrus, the fruit slightly reduced to an apricot or peach paste, sugary pineapple, the herbaceous element seems more clean than dank. Full-bodied, creamy and pushes out against either cheek, here the carbonation is a soft, steady pressure. Some molasses and caramel mixed in with the chocolate malt base, the breadiness a greater factor here. Develops more sour orange to tangerine than grapefruit citrus, the pine paired with greater earthiness. Again, though, the beer is clean and never approaches astringent dryness. Apricot, peach, cantaloupe, pear fruit of understated length. Deserves merit for drinkability as well as not showing off.

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Photo of HiWire
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange with 1 1/2 finger head, clear up after sitting. Great head retention. Smells earthy, tea leaf, minor sweetness. Tastes of tea leaf. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finishes with a very small bitterness.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A challenger for the best Canadian IPA I had thus far. Nice head retention and creamier than any other IPA out there. The taste is wonderful. Think Sip of Sunshine, with the refreshing balance of grapefruit and mango (possibly). A winner!

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Photo of SSS
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dank with a spicy note, almost like from a Belgium style wheat beer
S-Golden yellow, almost glowing, white head lingers for a little while, great lacing
M-Chewy character that is enjoyable, medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation that all work well
T-Sweet upfront with a resinous aftertaste that coats the mouth with a very pleasurable bitterness that stays with you for a while
O-This is a great beer. On the dank side of the spectrum, think Stone IPA. Excellent brew.

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Photo of staubot
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Full thick frothy head that laces and lasts the whole drink. Could smell the hops in this one from a foot away even through the thick head, get you excited to dig into it. Tastes balanced without overwhelming bitterness. Citrus, pine hops. Feels smooth with enough carbonation to know its there. Good presentation and overall does not let you down when you follow your nose.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy medium to dark honey orange in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine active carbonation and some moderate copper + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a medium sized half finger thick cap towards the center of the glass surrounded by a thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pine/resin/dank hops with moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit rind and herbal hops over the top of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy + caramel malts with a moderate amount of brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit rind, pine/resin/dank, and herbal hops which contribute a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Chewy with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and I wonder how great this one would be really fresh... Really nice hop flavors and aromas with a nice combination of citrus and pine. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a pretty decent balance of initial sweetness and lingering bitterness.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw body with a pearly white head and lots of lacing. The scent brings up strong notes of passion fruit and melon along with citrus, and a bit of a pine character. The taste is immensely bitter with a citrus rind finish, with very little malt character. The feel is alright, with dominant bitterness and a fairly creamy body. Overall a lovely IPA, I'm quite happy by it. Very nice a clean, though slightly heavy.

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Photo of Tommo
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is pretty nice ipa. nothing amazing, but pretty good overall. Nice hop flavor with mild bittering hops. Decent aroma and pretty low malt. Overall would buy again

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Photo of akdo
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: The body is transparent and amber. There is a visible on-going and static carbonation. The beer produces a three-finger white head that is not just creamy, but also foamy on the top. As the beer is consumed, it leaves resilient traces of head that take ages to disappear.

Smell: The nose has notes of zests of citrus, mangos and a little bit of pine woods.

Taste: This IPA is well balanced. The malts have a taste of mango, peach and a little bit of honey. The finish tasted like smoked hops and there was a little bit of spice because of the subtle carbonation. The pine woods come in.

Feel: The beer is full-bodied. Despite its high volume alcohol, the warmth of the alcohol is barely felt on the taste buds as well as in the throat, which is unusual for an IPA. This is the most bitter Canadian IPA I have ever had. Although the beer is dry, it is not astringent and it barely dehydrate the mouth.

Overall: For a North American beer, this beer stood out because of its perfect head retention. Each flavour has the right amount of time to shine before making a transition to another flavour. I would recommend it.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one gets an across the board 4.25, Usually I'm not the biggest fan of IPA's that are very piney, this had a good balance but both Pine and citrus flavors were big but it was very well refined!

Appearance - poured from a 650 ml bottle into a crystal snifter (parents glassware lol). This beer poured a clear golden color with a finger of head that lasted a little while. Carbonation looked pretty lively.

Aroma - The first aromas to hit my nose, were big citrus notes, I got grapefruit, orange, a little mango, then a strong pine after that followed by some light caramel malts.

Taste - the flavor profile followed suit all the same flavors and you get hit with a strong bitterness around the time the pine comes in which is then mellowed by the caramel.

Feel - This beer had a medium-full body which was nice, Most IPA's ive had tend to sit on the other side of the medium spectrum, It had a very creamy body also and was smooth on the finish.

Overall - This is a very well refined IPA and the flavors come togehter magically. This is something I've noticed of most BC beers I've tried I now just wish I cold get more of the,. Cheers!

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a tall two finger head that is very light tan in tone. Body is a golden Amber hue. Nose is nicely malty but definitely brings the the hops all over the place to balance. Overall it smells great. With first sip I am amazed at how well the malts bring the hops to your tongue. So much balance and drink ability yet an awesome hoppy brew.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear honey amber with two fingers of sturdy off-white head that leaves brooding stormy sky lace as it slowly recedes.

Smells of citrus zest, mango, lemon rind, faint sweet malt and resiny hops.

Tastes of grapefruit flesh and orange rind, mixed tropical fruits like pineapple and mango, mild breakfast cereal malt and a constant roar of bitter piney hops.

Feels big and creamy. Medium-full bodied with creamy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. An IPA that does not screw around.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber with new (to me) artwork. It just arrived at the LCBO this weekend, so I'm guessing it's still pretty fresh given how far it's travelled.

Hazy copper pale ale colour. Half-inch of foamy, persistent head. Nice lacing.

There's the expected grapefruit and pine, plus some gentler floral and fruity aromas. It's very west coast, but not in that aggressively dank "let's rip a couple bong hits" way some of these IPAs can be.

The fruitiness of (I'm guessing) Centennial hops is certainly the dominant note here. The aromatic hops are balanced by some bitterness and just the right amount of malt sweetness.

Creamy and effervescent.

This is a classic west-coast IPA. I doubt the floral and fruity hop aromas would hold up very well as this beer gets older, so I'd advise drinking it fresh to get the full experience.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

The color is a burnt Amber gold. With a thin full head.

Lots of rich sweet orange blossom honey in the aroma. Extremely floral.

Very earthy bitterness on the taste. Slight pine with an intense bitter flavor.

Very excellent beer.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle, bottled on oct 27 2015, into an everyday cylindrical glass. consumed jan 17 2016

a: nice hazy orange-golden colour with white head

s: really pungent tangerine, grapefruit aromas with backing bready, crackery malt. mango flesh , lychee, and a piney, floral marijuana dankness on the back-end. a real hop bomb

t: quite citrus-juicy. vibrant ripe grapefruit, ripe tangerine, succulent mango flesh, and lychee all the way with ample bread flavour. herbal, floral, piney, resinous, dank hop characteristics towards the end with lingering citrus fruitiness, a kind of cantaloupe flavour, and more mango

m: medium feel with moderate carbonation, a resinous stickiness to it, and a medium to medium-plus bitterness on the finish

o: hands down one of canada's best IPAs. the hops held up pretty well after two and a half months. an extremely delicious, fruity, balanced, and impressive beer

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Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours into an imperial nonic a deep rich golden with a full one finger of billowing white head that settles very slowly into a frothy mass leaving two broken rings of lace behind.Bright grapefruit-like hops in the nose with lighter pine detected as well,I pick up faint nuttiness and more assertive biscuit malts as well.The melon and grapefruit flavors really stand out up front on the palate,quite sharp and dry,some malty graininess and that faint nuttiness is there as well.This is a damn well made IPA,even our neighbors to the north are making some killer IPA's out in the PNW,fantastic.

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Fat Tug IPA from Driftwood Brewery
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