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


on tap

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RATINGS: 165   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
manisthebeer (240) - squamish, British Columbia, - APR 29, 2013
nice med brown color with a killer relaxed hoppy citrisy smell so damn goood taste is grapefruity bittery goodness possibly the best ipa in bc a must try

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
khays (48) - - JUL 11, 2014
Smell of citrus, pine and melon. Smell of malt as well. Pours golden, with last off-white head, clear. Tastes as I would imagine and IPA, grapefruit peel, citrus notes, somewhat piney, the bitterness and sweetness are balanced well, you notice them but neither is out is sync. Medium body, moderate carbonation and dry finish. Top notch. For me, this was the first IPA I had that was perfectly balanced, like ying and yang, the hops are countered perfectly with the malt and it is executed perfectly. Why not 5/5? It is missing a wow factor. Buy this is what IPAs should taste like. I have had in bottle that wasn't as good as this one, but in the 5 years I have been drinking this beer, one bad batch is bound to get in there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YigSvartka (58) - Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 18, 2014
Translucent golden red, medium sized head, served cold. Pungent aroma consisting of malt, citrus, and hops. Delectable taste. Initially creamy smooth, but as the flavour progresses, grassy notes of citrus and strong hops become apparent with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - JUN 9, 2014
Nose is soap, decent grass, dry lemon juice, feel is medium, taste is decent grass, bitter lemon, bile, late menthol, alcohol note

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Masterkush7 (494) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGolem (659) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2014
Sample on tap at Craft Beer Market (Vancouver). Pours clear honey blond with a thick white head. Some lacing. Aroma: hops, tropical fruits, pine. Taste: smooth bitterness. A tad malty, but just enough. Hints of fruits (pineapple) and honey. Medium bodied. Refreshing. Very good IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WhiskyBraj (4) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2014 does not count
22oz Bottle at Peckinpah BBQ Van B.C The smell coming from this bottle after it being placed on the table is just insane. Poured into the glass provided and wow. The medium yet SOLID white head just explodes with sweet sticky pine, citrus hemp and petunias. Incredibly sticky citrus and pine bitterness leads onto a very subtle biscuit malt that’s hardly noticeable under all the hops. Solid carbonation. Dangerously easy to drink and so rewarding flavour wise. Fat Tug easily earns the label of my favorite IPA to date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Eyrish (89) - 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?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ipaluvr082 (47) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1143) - 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!

   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.

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