Driftwood Brewery’s Fat Tug IPA was one of the first beer I opened from my first beer exchange with Leapbeer. While I did taste this beer and take my notes when this beer was fresh, somehow posting the review slipped through the cracks!
This brewery got it’s start in 2008, making it one of the newer breweries I’ve tried from the Victoria area. So far, I have been very impressed with the quality and variety of beers this brewery has put out. Fat Tug IPA is considered a Northwest-style IPA.
Appearance: Copper Amber, light tan head, touch of haze, solid retention.
Aroma: Touch of biscuit/breadiness, spicy hops, citrus, pine, grapefruit peel. Very typical of a “NW-style IPA.”
Taste: Citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit with a nice bitter kick.
Overall Impression: Fat Tug is a very nice representation of a Northwest-style IPA. It’s got a good hop character with a fairly sharp hop bitterness. It still has a nice bit of malt sweetness to balance out the profile though. If you see this beer, it’s worth a try. It’s great to see our Canadian neighbors putting out some good craft beer!
Availability: Victoria, BC; British Columbia; and Seattle, WA.