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


on tap

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RATINGS: 328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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!

afksports' rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afksports (16) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2012
What a quality west coast style IPA. From Canada, I wouldn’t necessarily expect such a pine and grapefruit hop presence, but there it is. The aroma is a strong point, with grass, flowers, pine and citrus all present. The aroma is pure hops, a touch of water and light malt. The body has a better malt presence but doesn’t sacrifice the clean water finish. Fresh bomber went down so easily. The only knock is the alcohol at 7% is a little high for a beer that I’d love to session, and that it sticks a bit on the tongue with a tannic finish at the back. Otherwise, this is a beautiful beer, even including the appearance which is amber and has some decent (but not a ton of) lace. Thanks, Mom, for bringing this back!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2524) - JAPAN - OCT 24, 2016
Textbook WCIPA. Lean, smart and hoppy. No real scars or distinguishing features, but just a tight IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (4737) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Tap and Barrel, Vancouver. White foam, pretty clear light orange-gold. Super fresh and inviting pine citrus aroma. Sparkling carbonation cuts the gorgeous resin. A bit of caramel malt to round it all out. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
katrinaez (1438) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2016 Pours orange with medium foam. Aroma of heavy citrus. Taste of citrus and heavy hops. End when warms has a plum flair. Very different from the aroma. Tasty. Tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (4457) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 22, 2016
Pours yellow to orange with a small head, aroma of grass, fruits, orange, flavor of grass, fruits, grapefruit, orange, medium bodied

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1642) - Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Yeah, this is a winner. Thanks Steve! Beautiful and clear orange with a long lasting foam. Aroma of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Bitterness level is pungent and dry with good balance. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4663) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 20, 2016
Almost bought it in BC but passed and lo and behold it’s now on sale on rakuten via sake no taniguchi. A perfect looking orange-gold with a thick head of soapy foam and a crazy thick fruity hop bouquet with a bitter piney edge. Fairly full bodied with a sandy carbonation and semi-dry finish. The taste is bitter fruity mango and passionfruit but also has some somewhat minty pine notes. A really solid IPA from the west coast and I like the woodsy tropical fruit finish like fruit rinds and stems. Really solid stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jflopsu (1264) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2016
Pours a clear copper-orange with white head. A strong floral and citrus hop and fruit malt aroma. A sweet fruit malt, caramel, pine and hop taste. A malt based and light bitter hooe aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
punkska101 (1763) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle shared with Mat and Jf A: grapefruit, citrusy, piny, a touch of caramel App: hazy pale smallish white head t/p: med body with moderate long bitter finish. Soft to moderate carbonation. O: I couldn’t find any date on the bottle, I suspect this to be a bit old. A decent base hops, simply not enough aromatic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DisPor (9) - - SEP 26, 2016 does not count
Pours a nice pale gold with a large, white head. Aroma is grapefruit and citrus dominant, with some hop smell. The citrus and grapefruit continue to dominate the taste and the hops leave just the right amount of bitterness. Nice creamy finish, and goes down easy. A lot of character in this IPA, definitely one of the better ones I’ve had.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiery_1 (312) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2016
Beer 02/25 from Double Blind IPA tasting. Caramel colour, and whoa hop potency all around. Bitter overload with pine. Some sweetness hiding in there. Placed 8th

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