Fat Tug IPA – Driftwood Brewery (Canada)

Fat Tug IPA – Driftwood Brewery, 7% ABV – 650ml, (Victoria, BC, Canada)

On the front label:

“With an extreme power to tonnage ratio, this behemoth velivers a barge load of hops. This unassuming 22 ounces bottle packs 80 IBUs of unrelenting diesel power! Let this Fat Tug pull you in slow and low to Hoppy Nirvana.”

  • Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • My Rating: B+
  • Taste Profile: light caramel malts -> bright tangerine and hops -> grapefruit bitterness -> clean finish
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.50, 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours orangish-brown with a smallish head, micro CO”, not much visible CO2 action. Bright tangerine on the nose. Light caramel malts and a very bright hoppy tangerine start, transitions into a sharp fruity grapefruity bitterness, creamy mouthfeel, clean finish. Medium-high complexity, med-high depth, excellent transitions, good carry, great drinkability. A very balanced and well-crafted IPA.

Old Cellar Dwellar 2010 – Driftwood Brewery (Canada)

Old Cellar Dweller 2010 – Driftwood Brewery, 11.8% ABV, (Victoria, BC, Canada)

On the extra ad:

“The third release of our now annual winter brew. Barleywine is the biggest of beers! Copious amounts of malt and hops are employed to produce a very limited release of this very special brew. Enjoy the bright and snappy hop character of this beer now and lay down a bottle or two to see how it mellows with time. This beer will last indefinitely- Cheers!”

My notes:
  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like it: wow smooth and tasty for 12% ABV
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$18 , 650ml., Winter 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy orangish-brown, small head, thin lacing, lots of medium-fast moving CO2 streams. Very malty on the nose. 8/10-level sweetness (way sweet) up front, alcohol is detected immediately, transitions into caramel & toffee malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, more alcohol in the mids and finish, brown sugar, medium hoppy finish. Long mellow bitter and malty finish lingers in the mouth. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, great carry, decent drinkability. Alcohol buzz kicks in 1/4 through the bottle. Smooth, beware.