Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fat Tug IPA (Driftwood)

It must be hard to produce an IPA in Victoria. This is an IPA-centric place. Releasing an IPA in Victoria is like walking down Douglas Street naked. You had better have a good product and great packaging because everyone is watching and not afraid to give their opinions. Luckily Driftwood has covered their...uh.. assets and flashed us a great beer.

Ratebeer 3.64/5 (6 ratings)
Beer Advocate A+

Taste +4

Like all great IPA's, the nose is big with serious pine, cotton candy and citrus (lemon and mandarin). Every sip slaps you with a hoppy astringency followed by good carbonation and alcohol warmth. The taste is all hops; pick your favourite hop flavour and I'm sure you can find it. Let's see, there is: resin, pine, sight cotton candy, lemon and pineapple. There is just a bit of caramel and bready malts to hold this brew together. As the glass raises up, the piny vapours hits your tongue first. For those keeping score: 80 IBU's.

Aftertaste +2

There is a long coating of sweet, oily resinous hops.

Alcohol Content +1 7%

You can tell it is there from the warmth.

Value +1

A big IPA that stands out in VictorIPA.

Ingame Enhancement +1

I had problems shooting the zombies tonight. After every sip I just stared into my glass and went "mmmmmmm..."

Overall 9/10

If you like a big IPA, then this is the one for you. The Fat Tug (I giggle everytime I say that name) is just two notches above easy drinking; just the way a good IPA should be. It may be a bit premature but this might be the best IPA in Victoria.

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