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:
606
Reviews:
163
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8.24%
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
164
For Trade:
2
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Photo of broadway848
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of frank-N-tine
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zshaft
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Silva11ha
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 hozersr
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MTKATL
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OompaMentor
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter; modest hazy golden Amber with nice carbonation and head. Lots of grapefruit and Hoppiness greet the nose. A piney, mild bitterness on the palate that quickly mellows with the fruits. Medium body that does not linger.

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Photo of al_al1357
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerloserLI
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden amber pour. Despite it's unfiltered claim the beer is borderline see though with a foamy white head. On the nose I get hops and sugars. Not terribly floral.
A big hoppy feel upfront, on the initial sip, with a rather winey flow, and a bitter hoppy finish. Good flavor tones of citrus, grapefruit, resin, and pine. A pretty distinct malt backbon,e despite it's hop forward claim, that seems to balance the hops out with sweetness. The mouth feel is fairly moderate.

Overall, a good solid drinker but just not a game changer for me.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with a Best Before Date of Apr 18, 2017. Pours a clear orange gold with 2 inches of frothy white head. Tons of lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, melon, orange and toasted bread. The taste is lots of melon and sticky resin. Toasted malts with notes of grapefruit and orange zest towards the end with a piney, resinous finish. Pretty balanced but with a bitter grapefruit bite. Body is a bit light with an oily mouthfeel. Easy drinker. Overall, solid IPA I'd buy again.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GlendonTT
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigMike
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jennicusmaximus
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber. Hazy medium gold pour. Thin white head fades to a ring spotty lace.Toasted bread aroma. Taste starts with sweet bread but balanced nicely by piney resiny hop bitterness. Semi soft slick feel, finishes dry. Good stuff.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dabeerbuddha
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 bilbobrewer
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a perfectly clear golden straw...a bit surprisingly. being unfiltered.
Moderate foamy head that lasts a while. Decent glass lacing.
Cirtusy nose.

Hop forward on the tongue, not very complex, a pleasant oiliness in the backwash. No lingering astringency, a little resiny aftertaste. Clean, relatively dry finish.

A visit to the website reveals: 7% abv, 80 ibu, and Citra and Amarillo in the mix....right in my wheelhouse.

A satisfying brew that's far too easy to drink. A very good example of the PNW American IPA style. and one of very few decent Canadian IPAs I have found. For those in the BC market, I would state Fat Tug is (objectively and hands-down) a MUCH better beer than Steamworks Flagship IPA...which I only mention because the latter was --- somehow, incredibly --- just voted Best BC Craft Beer (!??). Though a bit pricier per volume basis, a bomber of Fat Tug offers better value, IMO.

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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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Fat Tug IPA from Driftwood Brewery
4.25 out of 5 based on 606 ratings.
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