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


on tap

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RATINGS: 353   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!

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

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afksports (16) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2012
What a quality west coast style IPA. From Canada, I wouldnt 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 doesnt 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 Id 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!

IPAismymiddlename (1) - - JUN 21, 2017 does not count
Over rated. At least here on rate beer. Its an alright IPA but nothing more. I find red racer IPA in same league

TheSilentSaint (101) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2017
Awesome find in Canada. Was looking for some good IPAs here and then I find one. Good clear orange body with a good white head. Hoppy with balanced fruity malts. Nice finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

jakeskia (29) - Kanata, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2017
Delicious IPA best consumed young. This floral and rich IPA is well balanced, creamy and refreshing

dnstone (3383) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 26, 2017
Pours golden in color with a lacy sudsy white head. Beautiful rounded piney-fruity (melon) aroma. Rounded and balanced for the IBUs...moderately piney, moderately fruity, fairly forward malt body. Notes: on tap at Craft Beer Market, Vancouver trip May 17

omhper (24959) - Tyres, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2017
Bottled. Almost clear golden, mid sized head. Peppery mango aroma. Sweetish with medium body and rounded mouthfeel. Fruity with some syrup, grapefruit and mango. Long bitter finish with some saccharine.

douglas88 (9049) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2017
Bomber from ABV. Pours a clear yellow color with a medium white head. A nice lemon and resinous hop nose. Really cool label. The flavor is soft perfume, big orange peel and sugary resin hops, some light bitterness that grows in the finish.

MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2017
My Bottom Line:
Citrus fruit, flowers and grainy cereals combine in this bitter, resinous IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam laces atop the translucent golden mist.
-Citrus character is reminiscent of orange zest.
-Honeyed malts are surprisingly chewy in this one. Makes for a balanced beer, overall.
-In the end, this is a tad too sweet for my tastes in IPA.
-Drinkability is lower than I would like it to be (within the style).


Arcanor (421) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2017
650ml bottle no date. Pour orange gold a bit hazy with a nice dense creamy white foam. Aroma is resinous green, grapefruits and grass. Taste is a bit malty, bitter and fruity. Creamy, oily, medium to high body and medium carbonation. Long hoppy and bitter green finish.

colui72 (977) - HONG KONG - MAR 28, 2017
Pours hazy golden, medium white head and spotted lacing. Beautuful aroma of mango and passion fruit. Great hoppy IPA, but with a good balance of malts. Can taste mango, passion fruit, grapefruit, resin, biscuit, caramel, some yeast funk, bitter in the end. Medium bodied, highly bitter, smooth and softly carbonated. Excellent ale.

googleimage83 (164) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2017
Pour is hazy bright gold, nice lacing - attractive but a touch flat. Aroma is killer - tropical fruit, loads of pineapple - pine, grass, citrus, nice malt foundation. Taste is excellent - fruity, piney, bitter, bready, balanced. Pineapple isnt as explosive as on the nose, but that just makes it easier to appreciate everything else going on. An elite-level IPA.

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