MASSIVE thanks to my friend Christie for suggesting, and telling me exactly where to buy, this savory masterpiece. I owe you a beer. Seriously.
You’ll be the only one
’cause no one can deny
This love I have inside
And I’ll give it all to you
My love (My love, my love)
My.. endless love” – Lionel Richie and Diana Ross ‘Endless love’
Two absolute home run brews from these guys (this and Fat tug) put Driftwood Brewing far and beyond as my all time favorite brewery (As I’m rebooting this, I’d say this statement is now debatable). Let this serve as my love letter and statement of undying affection to the almighty brew masters at Driftwood in Victoria. You had me at first Tug(hurr), now I realize this is the brewery I want to grow old and have children with(durrrr).
ON WITH THE SHOW
This frothy little ditty claims to be an ESB (extra special bitter), and while I agree wholeheartedly with the ‘extra special’ label, Fat Tug is easily the more BITTER beer. Hilde’s a bitter girl, but not a face-hammer like the majority of IPAs are.
She pours a beautiful hazy amber color with a good 2 fingers of fluffy, slightly tan colored head. Her perfume is intoxicating, with bread and caramel doing a perfect salsa jig with a litany of hop notes. Orange rind, grapefruit, and pine are just a few of the highlights, the list could go on.
The taste is phenomenal! Big and bold, this lady has an immense burst of hoppyness. Like all the hops, all at once, daring you to fuck with its family, Persian-style. Hop-a-mania gone wild, brother. Caramel and breads balance beautifully under the hop cascade, with blood orange, pine, grapefruit, and florals takings turns at sweetly caressing your taste buds. The bitter hangs on the pallet for quite some time. BY GAWD it’s tasty. BY GAWD THAT MAN HAS A FAMILY.
In all seriousness I was blown away by the taste, although, I am partial to more potent flavors. I drink my coffee black, and enjoy really sour or bitter drinks in general, so keep that in mind if you choose to try this.
No thanks Turkish, I’m sweet enough.
4.5/5 Have you met my new girlfriend? Her name is Hildegard. Yes we’re going steady. Find this beer and drink it, you won’t regret it (unless you have a crippling alcohol addiction… Then you probably shouldn’t get this).
*At the time of reboot, this is still the absolute best ESB I’ve ever had. It’s also my current favorite beer all-time.