I am back though, with a big question - what is Canada's best IPA?
And I mean a regular lineup beer - not the limited run or seasonal deals like Driftwood's Sartori Harvest, for instance - something you can find easily and not use up your weekly budget on one bottle.
The best is Driftwood's Fat Tug. It's exactly what I think of when I think of an IPA. Clear and bright, bitter and hoppy as heck. And I don't know I would have even entertained debate - until Category 12's Chromatic came along. This beer is really a stunner. I've had Imperial IPAs that would run screaming from this beer. Yet it's perfectly drinkable.
But then I started thinking about it, and I wonder if Driftwood's own Raised by Wolves isn't better. I mean it's really really good. This is a pretty hard choice.
Honourable mentions? Hoyne, Yellow Dog, Copper, and oh yeah... Big Mario from BNA. Keep an eye out for Big Mario. If you like Fat Tug, you need to check out Mario.