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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: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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With an extreme power to tonnage ratio, this behemoth delivers a barge load of hops. This unassuming 22 ounces bottle packs 80 IBUs unrelenting diesel power! Let this Fat Tug pull you in slow and low to Hoppy Nirvana.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Appearance: Copper-amber under a bubbly coppery head with lace that climbs up the sides of my glass as if trying to escape. Head lingers blotchy and bubbly. Swirls with swathes of lace and tons of head.
Nose: Massive citrus and pine up front with just a hint of cat-pee in the back. Biscuit malt and crackers underneath.
Palate: Medium weight in the front and thins out just a smidge in the back. Gentle rind and pine finish lingers long after each quaff. Caramelized biscuit malt crunch underneath and along the sides. Cat pee in the breath – again mild and not off-putting.
Final Thoughts: Overall a solid IPA with bold flavors though a bit lacking in the complexity. I’d be more than happy to drink another though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops is quite powerful and enjoyable. Taste is also a great mix between some citrus hops with a good amount of grapefruit notes, medium bitterness and some light caramelized malt with a touch of residual sugar. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Very well brewed but I would preferred a bit less residual sugar with a dryer finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PatIrish (169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2013
Courtesy of a friend on his way back from Victoria. Pours a lovely burnished gold with a thick dense foam cap. Lot’s of big tropical fruit hits the nose with some nice sweet malt as well. Slightly cloying on the mouth with a nice big citrus bitterness. Great IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (3799) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2013
Bottle (650 ml). From FondueVoodoo, thanks! Clear golden/orange with medium diminishing off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is nice with tropical fruits/citrus, resinous notes, peach presence, light malt and light grassy notes. Taste is slightly sweet with pine, citrus, malt and light bitterness. Medium body. Moderate to good carbonation. Dry finish. Super drinkable and refreshing. Nice West Coast IPA. Different, but as good as Sartori Harvest. I’m impressed by Driftwood hoppy beers so far!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Japalo (1436) - DENMARK - SEP 28, 2013
Tap@alibi room. Clear dark golden. Intense savignon grape aromas. Guess is tomahawk or Nelson savignon. Fresh hops. Not that bitter. Great brew for everyone.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11100) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Bomber poured a clear golden amber with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, dank bud, grapefruit and light pine. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, earthiness, dank bud, grapefruit and light pine with a crisp dry lightly bitter lingering earthy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
simonblaine (393) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 23, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2015 Pours yellow amber with a good frothy head. Aroma of pine, pineapple, malt and exotic fruit. Taste is hoppy, bitter, malt, and gin ish. Dry finish, well carbonated, very good beer---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPad

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (760) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2013
Poured from 650mL bottle. Clear orangey yellow with white head. Citrusy hop aroma. Bitter hop taste with dry finish. Medium body, oily texture.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2013
Pour is hazy (almost clear) amber with white head and lots of lacing. Aroma of piney an citrusy hops. Taste is moderately sweet with good bitterness without being too aggressive, good piney hops, citrus, some caramel. Low-medium body and medium carbonation. Very good

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BooRadleyRed (10) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
Love me my Cascadian IPAs, this may just be my favourite. Dry, with good carbonation and big IBU hit. Aroma puts it over the top.


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