Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Imperial IPA
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Stand up and be counted for what you are about to receive… an explosive ordinance of IBUs! This Cascadian citrus hop bomb is sure to satisfy the most die-hard of hop heads. For those who crave hop- we salute you!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy(likely from dry hopping) amber/light copper with a nice sticky full off white head that leaves lace all up the glass. Aroma is Sweet citrus, floral, and mild bread. Flavours of grapefruit, resin, high bitterness, mild alcohol,, light caramel malts and a bit bready.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reimer96 (1731) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
Pours a clear orangish amber with a huge frothy off white head. Aroma of citrus hops, grapefruit, sweet floral notes and sweet bready pale malts. Taste is grapefruit citrus hops, floral sweetness and bready malts that transitions into a nice dry bitterness that sticks around not too long but just long enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vadie (1143) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2015 Ambrée jaunatre avec une grande mousse blanche. L’arôme très fort d’agrumes predominé par le pamplemousse. D’abord, le goût est fort d’agrumes, suivie par un amertume d’houblon qui est, selon moi, parfaitment équilibrée. La finale est d’agrumes et houblon mais il ne domine pas la palate avec un amertume forte.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - MAR 23, 2013
I don’t think this is as good as the standard Fat Tug. I guess everything’s been upped but it all feels out of balance. I wish I could give exact recommendations and not be a complete neophyte about specific hop types but all I can say is that the best double IPAs I’ve had focus on the aromas, whereas this seems to take the Fat Tug and up the bittering hops and malts only... (focusing on the former) whereas I feel that both of those could stay the same and just upping the aroma hops would have made this a "Great" DIPA. I just had a Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, and comparatively this feels flat. I always feel like an ass giving reviews on things better than something I could ever make, but there you go.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XaenDovet (1259) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2013
This years is better than lasts. Pretty much a higher ABV fat tug in most aspects. Great floral and citrus notes in aroma and taste. A pile of piney hops chase the caramel malt tongue tingle. Perfect carbonation from this clear, copper treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (2680) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2013
650 ml bottle. Pours a clear orange/amber with very light head. Aromas of grapefruit and ripe tropical fruit tending to pineapple with a bit of toasted malts in the background. Bitter orange and pink grapefruit up front, followed by nice smooth malt and toffee flavors. Light bitter finish. Tasty. Seems even better this year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LarryBeast (611) - - MAR 3, 2013
650ml. Golden orange, foamy white head with lasting lacing. Aroma is all West Coast hop -- green and fresh with lots of tangerine/orange on the one hand, pine/herb on the other. There’s a tasty malt background hidden under an abusive amount of hop bitterness. Big bitterness up front and in the lasting dry finish. Overwhelming hop content gives it a slightly unpleasant medicinal quality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2013
Amber orange pour with a thick white head. Great lacing. Aroma is full of perfumey, floral hops and grapefruit. Quite bitter up front with lots of grapefruit and tangerine. Mid-palate, the malts show up and provide a nice sweet caramel balance. And then the torch is handed back to the hops for the finish to provide that floral and perfume character picked up in the nose. Quite bitter on the finish, and no trace of alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
Pours a lovely copper orange with a thin off-white head and great lacing. Fresh bitter citrus & light booze aroma. Bitter orange flavour with mild sweetness and lemongrass in the finish. Citrus & spicy hops. Good carbonation, and light creaminess in the body. Fantastic IPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stizz19 (64) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2013
Poured from a bomber. Quite the floral smell on the nose. Very drinkable considering the 9.0% ABV. Long lasting hoppy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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