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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: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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.


Steeeve's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle from LetsPour.com, poured into a 330ml tulip. Slightly hazy medium gold pour with a finger of pillowy white head. Pungent hop aroma. Very tropical. Pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and a touch of pine and mint. Very bitter. Sweet citrusy hops complement a base of pilsner malt, finishing very dry and resinous. Body is on the light side of medium, surprisingly drinkable. Quite flavorful but just a touch too bitter and dry for my tastes. I would call this Canada’s answer to Ruination.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (363) - Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Reminiscent of west coast IPAs with a good amount of citrus coming through. Very drinkable with a nice balance of bitterness/sweetness. A semidry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sam_rates_beer (20) - Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
The name would have me assume a heavier more bitter beer. Truth is, it's lightly hopped, the 80 IBU seems a little over stated on my taste buds. All in all great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sublirony (14) - SINGAPORE - SEP 12, 2014
On tap at Bengal Lounge, Fairmont Empress, Victoria BC. An impressive beer! Pours a beautiful darkish orange, resin, pine, and a lot of citrus/grapefruit on the nose; upfront but in no way clumsy or overpowering. Quite elegant, in fact. More grapefruit on the palate with a full, tasty, yet zesty mouthfeel. Finishes strongly with a good follow-through. Great example of North American craft IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (1322) - BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle from tderoeck. Many thanks! Shared with tderoeck and Erwin. Pale orange colour, white foam. Aroma of citrus with some tropical fruits and caramel. Not extremely well balanced but ok. Dry bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niall73 (1783) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2014
On tap on Vancouver. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a white head. Lemon, pine, light trop fruit aroma. Medium body, medium carbonation. Pine, lemon, woody resin, light caramel, marmalade, grapefruit. Nice and bitter, well balanced. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (658) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Golden hue with creamy white head that lingered. Aroma is sugar, pine, grapefruit, papaya, melon, tangerine, apricot. Mouthfeel is great with a medium body and zesty carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with a nice hop bitterness in the following and extending through the finish. Overall this is a really nice IPA & reminds me of Fresh Pliny The Elder.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10961) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 26, 2014
On tap @ Tap & Barrel - Coal Harbour. Light orange pour with a white head. Melon and peach candies on the nose. Super piney and herbal. Strong citrus zest aromas. Flavor is a bit harsh in terms of bitterness. Really, really resinous and piney. Some sweet stone fruit and citrus. Notes of grapefruit and orange. Strong herbal qualities on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (600) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle, golden amber pour with lots of thick white head. Aroma is citrus, tropical fruit, and malty sweetness. Tast is medium malty sweetness up front, what follows is a really nice balance of hop bitterness with a solid juicy finish. Very drinakable, really solid IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1462) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Pours a clean orange with a tall, pillowy white head that condenses down to small tufts of head. Aroma has a very pronounced orange with notes of mango and a very light sweetness from the grain. Flavor starts off with some good bitter astringency, melded with some alcohol flavors but quickly moves to a deep orange and tropical fruitiness. The fruitiness of the hops is very well kept as it doesn’t create any cloying sweetness that can been seen in some overhoped brews. Malt is present but adds to the overall well balanced sweetness. Body is light/modest and has a light sugary sweetness to it but just enough add some body. Overall a very tasty beer. The orange/tropical fruitiness of the beer is fantastic. Great beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
myrda (66) - - AUG 10, 2014
En fut, au BierCraft. Pas mal plus goûteuse que les autres que j’ai bu précédemment au BC, avec une belle amertume fruité typique des houblons de l’ouest. Finale pétillante. Corps suffisamment étions ploie soutenir ses arômes.


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