What I'm drinking tonight: Driftwood Brewery's "Fat Tug" IPA
... from a keg, in a pub!
The menu spoke of this brew's "grapefruit" and "mango" flavours, as so many hoppy IPAs do, but in this case, the complex concoction of fermented hops really do come together beautifully to produce a very citrus-forward sip that is uniquely refreshing and perfect for a hot summer afternoon!
So many hoppy brews on the market try to outdo each other with heavier and heavier hop presence, but this one masters balance and targets a specific flavour, which it bulls-eyes adeptly!
Perhaps it's the fact that this really is a top notch IPA, or perhaps I don't get out enough and am not used to drinking beer this fresh, but whatever it is, I thoroughly enjoyed Fat Tug. It might be competing for my favourite IPA!
As a warm-weather-friendly refresher, Fat Tug would pair well with outdoor and recreational food - barbecued chicken kebabs, nachos, tacos, perhaps spicy Thai. It'll wash away the heat of jalapenos and habaneros like nothing else!
I must confess, however, that I did not order food at the pub when I sampled this brew, so, as with all subjective experiences, "your mileage may vary!"
Ratebeer.com gives Fat Tug a 99% rating, and I concur - this is a highly recommended sip, especially if you can find it in your local pub!
7% abv as served.
My rating: 10/10 -- Perfect!