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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: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 (326) - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (982) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle from anon, thanks a lot H.! Pours a nice clear copper with a thin white head that doesn’t hold too good but still leave fine lacing. Nose indeed hoppy, aaaahhh! This smells like summer to me. Aroma is of citrusy but not quite grapefruity hops and perfume. Intense but really well made. Taste is bitter and malty, more bitter than malty. Flavors are of again citrus, fresh grains and caramel. Bitterness is medium-strong and lingers for a good time. Body is on the lighter side, carbonation soft. I didn’t expect to like this one as much as I do, yum!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
shreddie (2) - - MAR 21, 2014 does not count
The thing I love about this beer is its balance. It’s well hopped but not over the top bitter. Enough body and acidity to make for a wonderful mouth feel. Beautiful taste and aroma - pine and grapefruit come to mind. My absolute go to beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (402) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Slightly cloudy amber great full head. Nice hoppy smells. Pine hoppy flavor that hits hard upfront but fades gently. Palate is left with light residue but still refreshed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (1456) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 20, 2014
An I insanely good IPA. Thanks to a good friend who respects this beer nerd enough to bring him back some treasures from Vancouver. Pours a golden orange with white head and spotty lacing. Aromas are crazy dank and resinous. Green and piney notes with hints of citrus. Flavors follow suit.. Dank, meaty, and aggressively hoppy. This is a world class IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
exeter (189) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Soapy, sticky white froth that rings over an amber-blonde body. Mandarin, floral and nectar on the nose. Caramel, mango and shortbread with resin, ruby grapefruit and passion fruit hops. Grapefruit zest finish and catty Simcoe linger. Crisp, chewy, light leaning towards medium. Excellent IPA that leave the pine in the trees.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Madsen1635 (136) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark golden pour with white head. Intense aroma with hoppy freshness. Nice fresh balanced taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (793) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2013
Tap. Pours a great deep orange colour with a nice white head. Nose is giving me lots of pine and caramel malts. Even booze is showing there. Great for a BC beer!! Taste is pretty good amount of pine and grapefruit. Usual malty backing wacks a bit of bitterness for ya too. Pretty good stuff. Happy with that one.! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
houblonchien (78) - CANADA - DEC 21, 2013
This is a great British Columbia IPA. Pours amber colour with an off-white two finger head. Citrus notes are pronounced. Citrus on the tongue with some pine. Bitter finish. Very refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Best by: 01/04/12 A: pours an apricot honey ale with less than a single finger of soapy white head. This dissipates to a broken sheet of the same atop a near excellent clarity brew. Spotty lace. S: sweet biscuit malts and bubble gum and citrus hops. Best nose I’ve had in BC so far. T: nice bitter pinch with plenty of those bubble gum flavors and citric rinds. Just a hint of the malt comes thru this beast making it almost like a summer American ipa, but a blend of west coast and great lakes style hop scheduling. M: really thin, moderate carb and dry finish. Would like a little more body. O: probably the best ipa I’ve had from the few breweries I’ve sampled here in Victoria. They could probably sell this stateside without any trouble (on tap). Serving type: bottle 07-19-2011

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.


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