Phat Matt’s IPA

Phat Matt’s IPA (7% ABV, 64 IBU)

Man, have I mentioned here that I love IPAs? I’m both a student and a slave of the hop infused liquidity sustenance known as a micro IPA. I always get excited when a new one drenches my palate. Which is what happened for this post’s tasting. Cruising the micro section of a nearby convenience store I saw Phat Matt’s IPA (7% ABV, 64 IBU) and I instantly grabbed it. I’m not really sure why but I wonder if the label’s pic of the phat dude looks like your’s truly. Ha.

This phatty comes in as one of the darker looking IPAs that I’ve tasted with an opaque dark copper color, it had a disappointingly weak head. The expected IPA odor of citrusy goodness emanated well. There was also a dark and bold malty smell which I tasted in the finish too. In reading it’s website’s description of the brew I see why I noticed some firsts, at least for me, in that they described this beer as a “British style IPA” which they go on to say “offers a straight forward, no-nonsense approach to a classic style of beer.” This bolder and mightier tasting brew reminded me somewhat of the Ninkasi Total Domination IPA that I previously wrote about here. In the end I enjoyed drinking Phat Matt’s IPA not because it’s similar to other IPAs but because its different. Cheers!

About Juan J

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My name is J. and I love to drink beer (I have the belly to prove it too!). I am the only West Coast blogger on this wonderful site. I am also by no means a pundit in the art of tasting and writing about good beer but just a regular dude who has grown to love craft and micro beer especially Oregon and West Coast beers and now I have the opportunity to blog about my likes and dislikes to anyone who wants to read my rants and raves. Portland is filled with good breweries and so is the rest of Oregon and the left coast. As I’ve grown older my taste preferences have also grown from boring and inexpensive domestics to tasty, calorie filled and 'spendy' micro adult beverages. I prefer India Pale Ales (IPAs) along with Amber Ales but any beer that makes my palate happy I'll bottoms up the son of a gun. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Cheers! 04/19/12

At the moment my favorite brews are/come from:

Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewery (IPA)
Escondido, California's Stone Brewery (IPA)
Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewery (TG IPA)
Honorable mention:
Lahaina, Maui’s Maui Brewing Co. (Hi.P.Hay IPA)


  1. After giving it some thought I think I failed to pour the beer correctly and initially which is why the head was weak. Done properly I think the head would come out fine. This is case of taster error. Cheers.

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