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


on tap

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RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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!

Malts: Pilsner, Crystal, Carapils
Hops: Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, Amarillo, Citra

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (11794) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2016
650ml bottle. Bought this on the whim after seeing it on the shelf for the first time, hope its fresh, and seeing the rating on here it is intriguing. Nice hazed gold with a foamy large white head. The smell is nice, dry and grapefruity with a hint of pine. Very bitter and fruit smelling. It is a very dry and peppery ipa, lots of grapefruit pith and pine, bitter dry finish. This is damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
S_Side_Smitty (741) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2016
Pours cloudy orange-gold with a thick white head. Aroma is very hoppy with exotic fruit overtones. Taste is mango & passionfruit with an insidious bitterness that creeps all over the palate and lingers for a long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danlo (2750) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2016
650ml bottle from Hippo Beers. Pours a orange-gold amber colour with a white foam head leaving lacing and aroma of tropical fruits, mango, citrus, orange, hoppy. Taste is malt caramel, juicy fruits, mango, passionfruit, floral citrus, grapefruit & pine, resiny hop with spicy bitterness. Medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation, dry tangy bitter finish. Very drinkable IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ametras (1429) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2016
650ml bottle. Orange with a frothy white head. Slight haze. Flavors are caramel, grapefruit peel, honeydew melon, grass and resinous hops with earthy, soapy, spicy and dank notes. Medium body, moderate carbonation, oily texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (4240) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2016
Pours clear amber with tall white head. Aroma is a very nice citrus and grapefruit piney nose, with peach and passion fruit notes. Taste is rich but bakanced heavy resin bitter with a mellow fruit sweetness before a long, lingering bitter finish. Light, smooth body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AleRider78 (830) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2016
650ml bottle. Pours a very nice frothy off-white head and has an orangey appearance. Thick patchy lacing. Aromas of piney and citrus hops, lots of fruity notes, some tropical fruit hints. Flavours are also quite fruity, strong citrusy notes, also some sweet malts and hints of caramel. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Slight warming tingly sensation on the palate. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryecatcher (1375) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Bomber. Golden pour, slightly hazy, decent white head. Nose is pine, citrus, malt, gum. Mouth is medium bodied, mildly sweet, resinous, decent balancing bitterness. Solid IPA but nothing out of the ordinary.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2706) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2016
650ml bottle from Cork Keg & Spirits in Rockford. No bottle date. An orange yellow pour with a bit of a foamy white head. Aroma has fruit, citrus, pine and light toffee. Taste is of sweet fruits, big citrus, including pineapple and mango, sprucy pine, some resin and some sweet toffee. The blend is somewhere between a bit off and solid, while the body is medium-to-full. More carbonated than expected, with a bit of an alcohol presence. Finishes well balanced between sweet and bitter, leaning slightly to the bitter side. This is a brew with a lot of stuff in it. Big fruit and sweetness presence, but somehow an even bigger bitter footprint. Ultimately tasty but a bit off to be top notch. 14.4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Freaky_tiki (1117) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2016
Deep orange with a thick shaving cream style cap on top. Squeezed citrus & green hops on the nose. Gotta love that north west IPA boogie back bone that this ipa has. Rich orange marmalde, grapefruit rind bitterness, pinch of wet ganga & peppery spicing. Prickly mouthfeel. Scores for this beer seem high & at first it may seem a little too old school & too sugary malt hop bombish, but as it settles (& as the sips accumulate) the balance & beauty of this brew emerge. I agree with Randy4Beer -- a few reviews below -- I could drink this forever (or at least all night) but sadly I only grabbed one bottle & lord knows the Toronto area LCBOs will eagerly move these off the shelf so they can fill them with faux craft beers from Creemore, Mill St & Goose island. Grab some before they do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spab (3560) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2016
650 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clearish deep golden colour with large, lasting whiteish head. Aroma is big tropical fruit hops with some pine and cattiness as well as some sweet biscuity malt. Flavour has nice assertive hoppiness with passionfruit, grapefruit, pine and some catty character, along with some sweetish biscuit. Fine carbonation, a little livlier than average. Rock solid IPA.

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