Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Brewed with the hop aficionado in mind, Fat Tug is a Northwest-style India Pale Ale with an intense hop profile featuring notes of grapefruit, mango, melon and passionfruit. Sufficient malt is there to provide support. At 7% alc/vol and 80+ IBUs this beer delivers on the promise to satisfy anyone with a thirst for all things hoppy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AleRider78 (365) - - FEB 9, 2016
650ml bottle. Pours a very nice frothy off-white head and has an orangey appearance. Thick patchy lacing. Aromas of piney and citrus hops, lots of fruity notes, some tropical fruit hints. Flavours are also quite fruity, strong citrusy notes, also some sweet malts and hints of caramel. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Slight warming tingly sensation on the palate. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryecatcher (1163) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Bomber. Golden pour, slightly hazy, decent white head. Nose is pine, citrus, malt, gum. Mouth is medium bodied, mildly sweet, resinous, decent balancing bitterness. Solid IPA but nothing out of the ordinary.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2081) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2016
650ml bottle from Cork Keg & Spirits in Rockford. No bottle date. An orange yellow pour with a bit of a foamy white head. Aroma has fruit, citrus, pine and light toffee. Taste is of sweet fruits, big citrus, including pineapple and mango, sprucy pine, some resin and some sweet toffee. The blend is somewhere between a bit off and solid, while the body is medium-to-full. More carbonated than expected, with a bit of an alcohol presence. Finishes well balanced between sweet and bitter, leaning slightly to the bitter side. This is a brew with a lot of stuff in it. Big fruit and sweetness presence, but somehow an even bigger bitter footprint. Ultimately tasty but a bit off to be top notch. 14.4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Freaky_tiki (894) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2016
Deep orange with a thick shaving cream style cap on top. Squeezed citrus & green hops on the nose. Gotta love that north west IPA boogie back bone that this ipa has. Rich orange marmalde, grapefruit rind bitterness, pinch of wet ganga & peppery spicing. Prickly mouthfeel. Scores for this beer seem high & at first it may seem a little too old school & too sugary malt hop bombish, but as it settles (& as the sips accumulate) the balance & beauty of this brew emerge. I agree with Randy4Beer -- a few reviews below -- I could drink this forever (or at least all night) but sadly I only grabbed one bottle & lord knows the Toronto area LCBOs will eagerly move these off the shelf so they can fill them with faux craft beers from Creemore, Mill St & Goose island. Grab some before they do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spab (3052) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2016
650 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clearish deep golden colour with large, lasting whiteish head. Aroma is big tropical fruit hops with some pine and cattiness as well as some sweet biscuity malt. Flavour has nice assertive hoppiness with passionfruit, grapefruit, pine and some catty character, along with some sweetish biscuit. Fine carbonation, a little livlier than average. Rock solid IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Randy4Beer (409) - - JAN 29, 2016
Quite filtered (the only negative thing I can say about this beer), with a nice foamy white head capping its golden body. The aromas are explosive, with grapefruit, pine, mango, citrus, and some sweet biscuits. Tastes don’t stray much from that. Thankfully. It is a real aroma and taste treat. I don’t know if I have ever had a more balanced beer. It’s a true hop bomb, but the underlying sweet malt base is never crushed under all of those hops. I could drink this stuff forever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlennHendry (203) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2016
Huge aroma of grapefruit and mango and other tropical fruit. Big, resiny citrus hops on the tongue with more tropical fruit and biscuity malts. Deliciously bitter. An impressive beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bendrixian (1391) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2016
Bomber. Amber pour. Nice west coast aroma with big citrus hops and light malt. Big hoppy goodness with a nice bitterness and just a well made stylistic brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Canmoore (360) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2016
Pours a pale straw colour with a lively white head. Aroma has notes of bubblegum, tropical fruit, citrus, and some cedar. Tasting notes include citrus, mango, and biscuit. It finishes with a resinous cedar bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
QcBeer (42) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2016
Au nez, on y ressent un bonne dose de citron bio fraîchement pressé, un tsunami d’houblon fruité des caraibes, une invitation à voyager sur la mer agité remplie de bulles du Pacifique non loin de Victoria conjointement entremêlé avec le travail des abeilles, mielleux à souhait sous une dose caramélisé ! Une belle tête mousseuse qu’on est déjà dans les nuages sans avoir pris une simple lichette du liquide jaunâtre voilé sur un voilier. En bouche, le parfum de cette bière ne ment pas! On apprivoise immédiatement en bouche une caresse de pins et de mangue, fruit de la passion, herbacé et soigneusement épicée, influencés par un malt doux et soyeux! Une infusion des mélanges presque parfaite si elle ne l’est pas! Une finale pamplemoussé melonné et juteuse qui vient terminé dans une sècheresse somptueuse et d’une amertume écoeurante dans tout les sens. Une bouteille qui fait complètement perdre la tête! À Boire seul et sans modération. Over The TOP IPA

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