From Victoria, BC, comes one of my all-time favourite India Pale Ales – Driftwood Brewing Company’s Fat Tug IPA.

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This is becoming the go-to IPA tap at nearly every local watering hole I have been to, and for good reason. It’s one of my all-time favourites. Coming in at 7% ABV and over 80 International Bittering Units, this is one of the most perfectly balanced beers between hoppiness, malt, citrus and most importantly, a 650 ml bottle won’t always require a post-drink nap.

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Labeling has changed over the years, and the results to date I’m not overly thrilled about, but it represents the beer fairly well, even if it does come across as a bit of a mess.

You can kill an IPA with heavy malts, but with the Fat Tug, the combination of pilsner, crystal and caraphils malts hold this brew together nicely without taking anything away from the hoppy goodness that makes a great IPA.

I promise in the future I will review beers other than IPAs, so hold on to your beer mugs for that.