Fat Tug IPA | Driftwood Brewery

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Fat Tug IPAFat Tug IPA

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

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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Photo of edugasmtl
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of itchybumkin
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Extremely hoppy but lent a solid malt base with excellent aroma, head and strengh. Very bitter but bitterness well-balanced with strength and well-fruited notes. Smooth yet bitter aftertaste. Pours with good head which settles quickly. Hints of banana in aroma which softens on the second or third sip, tawny, somewhat opaque colour and very satisfying.

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Photo of oldp0rt
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Mack
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Stizz19
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of thefullpython
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of GoGata
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jrempel
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of bhaza
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of dejongjohn
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Crusher
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Great aroma and better taste

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Photo of void
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Kenmac19
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Pours a beautiful amber with a thick creamy straw colured head that clings to the glass. After the bold scent of pine hits your nose you will notice aromas of grapefruit, pineapple and mangos. First taste is bold and full of oily pine and tropical fruits quickly follow. A subtle toffee malt flavour comes through on the swallow. A wonderfully bready aftertaste that brings back fond memories of my grandmother's homemade german sourdough bread served fresh from the oven. I there is such a thing as "Comfort Beer", this is it. I would put this up against any other DIPA from around the world. As close to a perfectly balanced beer as I've ever tasted.

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Photo of Iggy12
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of KalanM
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Niceroad77
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DaPan
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beervana
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing this beer within a week of bottling.

Pours a glowing coppery-orange colour with frothy off-white head. Nose is a wonderful mix of fruity and piney, some grapefruit, orange, a touch of sweet pineapple. Taste is west coast through and through; very bitter, a good hit of pine resin, mainly bitter grapefruit though, almost rind-like. Mouthfeel is slightly on the heavier side and a bit sticky, the bitterness definitely hangs in the mouth, carbonation is perfect.

Overall, one of my all time favourite IPA's. When you take into account the availability, price, and ease of finding this beer fresh, it's probably the best we have to offer in BC, maybe even in Canada. Cheers to Driftwood for being so far ahead of the curve with this one!

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Simon212
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.7/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of arkitekt2
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A well crafted IPA from the northwest. Will definately ask my cicerone for another "Fat Tug"!! CHEERS!

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Photo of stotch
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

600ml bottle poured into a mini stein. Bottle reads best before June 17 2017. Enjoyed on February 14 2017. Haven't been able to find this fresh in Ontario for almost a year, the woman at the LCBO said it arrived in the store the day I bought it.

L: Pours a clear orange gold with a half-inch of head which dissipates quickly but still has decent retention and lacing throughout.

S: Grapefruit, tangerine, melon and lychee with sweet, bready malt and floral, dank hops. An amazing tropical aroma and exactly what I look for in American IPAs.

T: The sweet flavours come through but are quickly overtaken by a resinous hop bitterness in the finish. A perfect balance of sweet and bitter.

F: Medium body and medium to high carbonation. Could be more full-bodied, with all of these big flavours it comes across a bit watery but still solid.

O: One of the best American IPAs brewed in Canada I've ever had. The only others that come close for me are Great Lakes' Thrust and Lake Effect IPAs and Collective Arts Ransack the Universe. A must for American IPA fans visiting Canada!

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Photo of diddy4l
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fat Tug IPA from Driftwood Brewery
4.25 out of 5 based on 605 ratings.
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