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

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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5124) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Crisp very slightly hazy amber and light copper coloured body with a nice, two centimetre tall light off-white head. Aroma of very pungent grassy, piney and citrusey hops with some light metallic notes and a bit of alcohol noticeable. Medium-bodied; Very grassy and herbal flavour up front from the hops with some decidedly pungent notes at the end with a good balance of malt. Aftertaste shows a light piney flavour with some lighter malt notes, a bit of alcohol and some fresh cut grass flavour as well. Overall, a nice PNW IPA with a bit more grass than those from the USA and much less malt, making this on par with a decent West Coast IPA in total. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Steamworks Liqour Store in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on 08-June-2015 for CA$6,90 sampled at home in Washington on 30-August-2015.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1416) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle gifted to me by my parents. Thanks! A: Cloudy orange color with a foamy off-white head. N: Potent grapefruit and pine in the forefront. Ample earth and peppercorn. Some mango and melon, maybe a far cry of pineapple. Leaves and crackers. Bit of damp autumn. T: Stickingly bitter underpinned by a noticeable sweetness. M: Very resinous, medium body, foamy carbonation, and its fair share of alcohol. O: A scraping West Coast IPA. Has a nice balance between fruit and floral, but this one is also just outside my strike zone. Not by much though; it;s still worthy.

1.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
lbcgreg (55) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2015
A typical bitter IPA. Cloudy blonde appearance with a smooth palate. Strong bitter taste with a hint of citrus.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
airrick2003 (702) - Louisiana, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Appearance: pours with a small off white head, the beer is a very slightly hazy average gold color Aroma: caramel sugar, pine, floral, citrus Taste: pine, assertive bitterness, citrus, grass Palate: bitter aftertaste, lively carbonation, light mouthfeel Overall: a nice strongly bitter ipa, has a nice aroma as well, a bit strong to be sessionable, delicious none the less ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3001) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Shared bomber poured to snifters, showing a hazed, orangey gold color, with a decent layer of bubbly, white head foam, and spotty lacing. The nose was dank, with some grain, citrus & pine, and a bit of lurking alcohol. The taste added a citrusy & earthy bitterness, a bit of tartness, and some exposed alcohol presence. Medium bodied, with fair carbonation, and good hop intensity.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bonaldi_Taylor (13) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2015 Great beer. Pours slighty cloudy but golden maybe amber colored. Smell to me is deceivingly fruity. The 80 IBU’s isn’t going to knock your head back but all the needed bitterness is there and well mixed with some citrus and maybe pine like flavors. A current favorite.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (4323) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2015
Bottle (650 ml) from DuffMan, thanks! Deep hazy amber pour with rich lacy white head. Aroma is quite hoppy, tons of piney coniferous hop, light citrus notes. Vert flavorful brew, intense hoppiness, very resinous, very bitter with strong boozy malt profile as well. Palate is full bodied with med carbonation, definitely some alcohol on the finish. Pretty intense brew, good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vladivostok (332) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2015
Typical IPA aroma and a very high hop rate. Got a cold a couple of days into my visit to BC (thanks Air Canada...) and it was just about the only thing I could taste. Infection free though, this was a mighty slug of beer; drink too many and your throat will be like the bottom of a parrot cage next morning. Incidentally, one draught sample I tried was as clear as mud, which although it reflected badly on the bar concerned does at least shows that they aren’t tampering too much with the final product. All the IPA virtues and vices but you could hardly call it subtle.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
weissbierdrinker (13) - - JUN 26, 2015
Great IPA. Fantastic aromas. Somehow the hops seem to affect me besides the alcohol.

1.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
seppblatterwos (7) - - JUN 14, 2015 does not count
Bought a large bottle of this after hearing great things. So disappointed. It was completely oxidized so hope these guys sort out their packaging.


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