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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: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


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4
   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!


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (410) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ipaluvr082 (31) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 17, 2014
For an unfiltered beer, this is pretty damned clear. Pours a dark copper with a thin white head. Aromas of passion fruit and sweet citrus. Tastes of pine, resin, ripe citrus rind and sweet passion fruit. I love this beer, even more so on tap.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (998) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
exeter (196) - 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 (140) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark golden pour with white head. Intense aroma with hoppy freshness. Nice fresh balanced taste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Eyrish (86) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 17, 2014
Pours clear, too clear for an unpasteurized IPA. Thick head, hooker lace. Perhaps one of my all time favourite bouquets. Sweet fruit and citrus, piney undertones. I must say, this beer has changed since it was first introduced. Its not as chewy as it once was and the hop blast is nowhere near the same. That being said, it is still delicious and a fine example of a Northwest IPA. Fantastic! Who said accountants cant be fun?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (1459) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
houblonchien (88) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (800) - 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


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