Driftwood Brewing Co. – Fat Tug IPA

Driftwood Brewing Co. – Fat Tug IPA


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4.6 out of 5


  • Type: India Pale Ale
  • Brand: Driftwood Brewery
  • Pros:

    Hoppy and extremely delicious with wonderful tropical fruit tones

  • Cons:

    Quite a big IPA

  • Conclusion:

    A big, bold, smooth and extremely delicious BC favourite beer

Driftwood Fat Tug IPA (New Label) Driftwood Brewing – Fat Tug IPA Review

The Fat Tug is a northwest style India Pale Ale with a hop count greater than that of the Easter Bunny. As a longstanding staple and favourite in the extensive list of BC craft beers this beer wears many crowns and has earned a reputation as being a top contender for IPAs in BC and around the world. The Fat Tug  pours a fairly dark amber colour with a finger and a half or so of head. Hitting the tongue the taste is rather hoppy with a fruity, floral undertone. While it is hard to pick out the individual sources of this floral taste,  Driftwood calls on grapefruit, mango  melon and passion fruit as the tones that come to mind. This fruitiness accompanies the intense, piney hop flavour into a well-balanced and tasty IPA. Given that this beer is rated at an 80IBU with some out-of-the-ordinary fruit flavours the taste is surprisingly smooth and mellow. Don’t get me wrong, this is powerful and hoppy but goes down easier than you may expect. The flavours come together into a well-balanced, smooth and very enjoyable beer. This is definitely a Best In BC beer.

Alcohol – 7%
Size – 650ml

Driftwood Fat Tug IPA (New Label)

Driftwood Fat Tug IPA (New Label)










Old Fat Tug Label Design


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  1. Jim Slakov
    Jim Slakov 16 August, 2012, 20:37

    favorite ipa so far

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  2. Kelly
    Kelly 6 September, 2012, 09:23

    I’m always sure to have a couple of these on hand- it’s a go-to!!

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  3. PabloD
    PabloD 6 February, 2013, 23:29

    A bold ipa but unbalanced and leaves me with a taste of rusty nails

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  4. Mark F.
    Mark F. 25 August, 2013, 07:40

    My first choice for an IPA

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  5. PabloD
    PabloD 10 September, 2013, 15:15

    I take back my previous comment. It has become my go to IPA. I needed to educate my palate first it would appear. The taste of nails only appeared after falling asleep on the grass soon after consumption. Driftwood rocks.

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  6. Kenmac
    Kenmac 5 October, 2014, 16:49

    One of my favourite beers

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  7. hotmailmsn
    hotmailmsn 27 March, 2015, 11:10

    my fav as well, balanced, malty, well hopped!

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  8. Niceroad
    Niceroad 4 September, 2015, 18:43

    Been my favourite IPA for a few years. Big, bold and very well balanced. Drinking one bomber after the other is almost too easy. You sure have to be a hop head to really appreciate this one though as it might come up as a bit much to others.

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