Driftwood Fat Tug IPA

Wrangler Rating:

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Driftwood’s Fat Tug IPA is the long awaited addition to the brewery’s regular line up that filled in the gaping hole of a classic Pacific Northwest IPA. A hefty 7% ABV and 80 IBUs sees this beer punching in the heavyweight category for a ‘standard’ IPA. The hit of hops is fresh, fruity and sharp, and will please the hop-heads out there. On the palate the hops retain their power and vibrancy, and cover the alcohol admirably. The malt is there too, but it is in a supporting role, and props up the hop flavours nicely. This is a great example of a well hopped IPA,  as it is more than just a load of hops in glass though, as ever, Driftwood make a rounded, drinkable and flavoursome beer that is sure to become a staple in the fridge of many a craft beer fan.

ABV: 7%

Best Served: 7 – 9°C

8 comments to Driftwood Fat Tug IPA

  • peter

    this is one of the best IPA i have tested in a long time, wish driftwood other brands were available at the local beer and wine sore in ladysmith, the fat tug IPA is a 10 out of 10 , great tasting beer

  • Hi Peter, I agree this is a great IPA – Driftwood are a fine brewery that keep getting better!

  • […] craft beer fans of the West coast. Since the two IPAs that have been on the shelves – regular IPA Fat Tug and super seasonal Sartori Harvest have proved so popular, a double IPA seemed to be an obvious […]

  • […] Lighthouse Brewing have really upped their game in the last year and a half with some cracking and interesting “big flavour” bombers. They waited a bit to follow up with an addition to their popular if conservative 6-pack range, but it was well worth it. The Switchback IPA is described as  “Pacific Northwest” that promises some big hop notes, and challenging the likes of Central City’s Red Racer IPA and the former Lighthouse brewers at Driftwood with their Fat Tug IPA. […]

  • Mike

    Fat Tug is what an IPA is suppose to taste like still the best one on the market and I have yet to taste one that can compare. Now there are lots of good ones out there, but none like Fat Tug. While trying some other IPA’s at a local beer fest some of the other breweries even said it was the best. Canadian beer of the year in 2011.

  • I agree that this is certainly one of the best West Coast North American style IPAs from anywhere and can compete with any from the USA not just Canada! Although I am naturally wary of saying “It is what an IPA should taste like ” it certainly is a Cascadian classic IPA!

  • Jason

    I’m from New Zealand and am fiercely proud of some of our local brewery’s,And I regularly travel the globe.This is my first time in Canada and have to confess that more than once now I have called Fat Tug “the best beer I have ever had”

  • It is a fantastic beer! NZ has also produced some great beer too! I’m a fan of the Renaissance brewery and we get some of their stuff here in BC

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