Sartori Harvest IPA - Driftwood Brewery

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 87
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 4.38%
Wants: 97
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: astout on 10-11-2009

A fresh hopped IPA with Centennial hop flowers and brewed once a year, during hop harvest.
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Photo of almostjay
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't love fresh hop beers in general, but I love this one. Very perfumy nose, which is usually a turnoff for me, but it works in this beer. Clean, not overly bitter flavor and just a nice beer through and through. (216 characters)

Photo of meloroast
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

grassy, wet, hoppy, slight citrus but alllll muted to result in amazing drinking.
upon first sip i was disappointed. then i kept drinking. and it opened up, but in a very subtle way.
you have to
take
your
time
with this one. (229 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Kump. Thanks for sending me this long-time want. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - A finger of foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and plenty of lacework. Transparent golden body.

S - Big orange rind citrus aroma, with some dank marijuana. Very fresh and green, with almost a hint of Sorachi Ace-esque lemon (although I don't think that hop was used here). Not much malt; very neutral, bready backdrop.

T - The taste has a bit more doughy, caramel sweetness from the malt, but it's still quite hop-forward with plenty of herbal, green, dank herb, and bitter grapefruit hoppiness.

M - Medium body, pleasant carbonation, dry finish, with oily wet hops and a dry, crisp finish. Spot on for the style.

D - I'm generally lukewarm to 'wet hop' beers, but this is quite nice; I can see why it's so popular. Still, the hop character is somewhat retro for my more 'American' palate. Very C hop with the citrus and dank combo. I'd definitely drink it again, but wouldn't seek it out unless I were living somewhere hop-deprived. (1,039 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On cask during Cask Days 2013.

Beer is clear amber in colour, with a big white head. Great retention.

Nose contains weedy hops and light citrus fruit. Caramel.

Flavour is similar. Light citrus fruits, sightly dank weedy flavours, and grassy notes. Quite biiter.

Medium bodied, and surprisingly carbonated for a cask beer,

Overall, very nice. (346 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Driftwood Brewing 'Sartori Harvest IPA' @ 7.0% , tasted via 650 ml bottle's purchased for around $7 , this review from a cask tapped Oct10/13 (Beagle's Pub) & growler notes from the Sep25/14 pouring ... ahh to be local

A(g)-pour is a light gold from the Growler to a clear amber/gold in the glass with a medium size head off white head that is leaving a small spotty lace along the pint
c*a-have a great seat as the cask is tapped , pour is clear gold with a big frothy head

S(g)-big citrus & pine on the intial pours , sweet and sticky hops
c*s-not a big a nose as I was expecting from the cask version , still a punget beer

T(g)-so very smooth and crisp & fresh clean tasting IPA , big grapefruit , slight dry finish
c*t-wow , clear clean crisp tasting IPA , butt the real wow factor is the smoothness that this beer takes on from the cask , wow

MF(g)-good carbonation , full bodied , a certain dryness lingers on the palate
c*mf-good carbonation , lots of foam still from the pours , full bodied

Ov(g)-I can see why so many people love this beer , I'm another one , get it while you can , it's going down quick & selling even faster , good size line-up even for just a Growler fill
c*ov-great beer , so worth the trip to the Beagle Pub

probally the 'best crafted' beer I'll sample during BC Craft Beer Month ; ) & what a way to start a great Fall/Autumn , prost LampertLand (1,388 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From notes

Appearance: It has a beautiful deep golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dank piney resins, citrus, grapefruit, some pineapple (very tropical hop aroma) and some faint bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice hop flavor. Piney resins upfront, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and faint bready malts. So hoppy fresh!

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a great overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. This is a world class IPA! (662 characters)

Photo of ericj551
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 growler:
Poured from the growler, this beer is slightly clearer than in the bottle. Just a bit hazy and more of a golden color than I remember with a beautiful head and lacing. Spicy, earthy and herbal hops fill the aroma with a bit of grassy character. Similar in the flavor, heavily earthy and green, with some grassiness. Maybe lacking a bit of the fineness of previous years, but really enjoyable.

2011 bottle review:
Driftwood Satori Harvest pours a slightly hazy light amber with a nice head that slowly fades. The aroma is big, pungent grapefruit and dry orange citrus hops with a nice spiciness and allusions to a bold bitterness. Some sweet pale malt pokes through just a bit in flavor, followed by a big citrusy hop burst. There is tons of resiny grapefruit flavor, but also plenty of herbal, slightly earthy and spicy hop character. The resiny bitterness lingers in the finish. This is the best wet hopped IPA I've had, really showcasing the Centennial hops. (975 characters)

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on Friday and drank the following Tuesday. (09/20/2013 and 09/24/2013 respectively)

This is the kind of freshness that Sartori Harvest IPA deserves. Anyone who cooks knows the quality difference between dried herbs and fresh herbs, especially if it's a major component of the final dish's flavour. That same difference in flavour quality shines right through with this fresh-hopped IPA.

Appearance: Sartori pours a rich golden yellow with big fluffy head and good retention.

Smell: The hops are floral, very fresh, plus orange and a little lemon. Really pleasant – no off-notes at all, just fresh fragrance – like big green leaves. No bitterness.

Taste: Typically we describe hoppy beers in terms of other flavours – be it citrus fruits, woody notes, or floral qualities. Well to be honest, after spending a few minutes studying what I was tasting, the best description I can come up with is that it tastes like hops. Truly and more accurately than usually possible, this beer has a real fresh hops flavour in it. You can taste the greenness of the hops, the oils are balanced and gentle, yet rich. There is very little bitterness for the amount of flavour. I would say it’s primarily orange citrus as far as influential flavours, with a background of both rose petals and rose stems.

Finish: It finishes with a gentle drying bitterness that isn’t overly potent but does last. The oils are left behind to some extent. It is earthy, but not woody.

Side Note: This isn't a huge IPA - it's not a hop monster like most DIPA's tend to be. This is all about quality over quantity, even though it's still very much hop-forward. (1,645 characters)

Photo of debb
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a lot of floral notes this year. Exceptionally good. Light on the nose and in the mouth. Those fresh hops are really shining through with minimal bitterness,, which I must say is a bit unusual. Very, very balanced. I imagine in a week or two and this will be a completely different beer so do try now. Definitely better than last year and would highly recommend a try. Nice job! Please release more :) (407 characters)

Photo of OF001
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

650 mL btl served at 7C in a tulip. Just a little experiment to see how it developed. I know it is a fresh, wet, single source hop IPA that is meant to be had fresh; but frankly I was unimpressed with this year's offering on the day of release and it got better during the ensuing days/weeks. Hence the tasting now.

AVERAGE SCORE should be 4.75 at least

Slightly pale, matte amber pour with slight copper/orange tones. Nice frothy off white head that ends quickly but laces well and good carbonation (etched tulip helps) gives it a lasting film. 3-4 protein clumps and slight sediment.

Very low nose, mainly pine and orange with a mildly sweet note. Very muted, but expected.

Beautifully balanced. Overtones of orange, slightly fresh not but hints of older (not stale) citrus oils. Nice solid malty base that is mildly sweet, some bread and gentile but precise yeast quantity. Hops, mainly citrus and leafy. Only slightly bitter but a fresh resin note that is oily in texture but also effervesent. This hits every layer of hops. Muted floral notes with a titch of berry and forest bush.

Medium to heavy body with the carbonation giving zesty contrast to its weight and perking up the citrus flavours and holding up the mid-level hops. Dry-ish finish that is still satisfying enough that i don't feel like i need to have more, but i really want to.

I may have given this a 4 on first release. Maybe. It was unbalanced in my view. This on the other hand is fucking fantastic. IPAs are not my favorite. By the balance and depth of this, especially in the malt is amazing. the lack of nose is the only thing that keeps it out of the 5s as it hold back slightly the flavour profile of the more fragrant hops. While not a traditional IPA, for what it is this, NOW is in the top 3 beers I have ever had. (1,803 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden copper clear IPA with bubbly and foamy head that initally was 2 fingers and slowly settles leaving lacing along the glass and plenty of variable bubbles.

S:Big fruity smells of peach, melon, pineapple and sweet maltiness. The hops show through with notes grapefruit and pine sap, with a trace of minerals at the very end.

T: Pine sap & grapefruit up front, the hops are bright and pop, then quick subside and allow sweet and smooth malty notes in the mid point, the malts to shine through to support the bright hops. There is a mineral trace in the background that reminds me of the hard water mineral flavour.

M: Light to medium bodied with a buzz of carbonation all the way through. A light syrup mouthfeel coats the palette and give the brew a subtle body while the carbonation is refreshing.

O: I like this beer more than I expected - I worried it wouldn't hold up to the hype. It's bright and malty, light and carbonated - it's one of the best examples of a West Coast IPA for my dollar. I'm a serious fan of Naughty Hildegard and this is yet another great example of Driftwood's exceptional skills. (1,123 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So, Rutager tricked my buddy into giving him my address here in Holland so he could send me this surprise. Thanks heaps man! Living where I do, surprises like this are few and far between. Very much appreciated.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Head becomes a little foamy after some time, but slowly fades to a full foam cap. Gamboge orange in color with almost no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some foamy lacing down the glass. Nice looking beer, though the head ends up a little on the foamy side for my liking.

SMELL: Wonderful nose on this. Honeydew melon, lots of pineapple, orange peel and some nice lemon notes as well. Very nice, bold fruits on this one, with a touch of pale and caramel malts as well. Very nice.

TASTE: Starts with some pale malts, sweet caramel notes and some honeydew melon up front. Flavor becomes more forthcoming after the swallow, with floral and piney, bitter hops, touches of orange peel, lemon, and some light hints of honeydew melon. Delicious for sure, but the flavor doesn't quite match the magic that is the aroma. More pine and floral forward than expected.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Not quite as creamy as hoped, a touch prickly perhaps, goes down fine and finishes somewhat dry on the palate. Enough weight, but not quite as smooth and creamy as expected.

OVERALL: The nose on this was spectacular, but the flavor wasn't quite in the same league. The aroma prepared me for a melony, fruity hop bomb, but instead, the flavor showcased more floral and pine qualities. The feel was also not quite as smooth as I'd expected. Despite the slight identity crisis here, this is still a top class, enjoyable beer from a brewery that has done nothing but impress me so far. These guys might be my favorite in Canuckville. Cheers again Rutager. Top class surprise man! (1,941 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to trying this one for a while. Thanks to Rutager for the bottle.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle and split with my wife. Best before date is blank but who are we kidding, all these will disappear in a month!

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, light gold body. Lots of head which really takes its time. As it diminishes, the head is bumpy and bubbly.

Smell: Hops in the form of papaya, ripe peaches, juicy mango and a bit of sweet sugar. The fruit really shines and jumps out.

Taste: Hop juice with mix of peaches, mango, hint of melon and a tinge of grapefruit in the finish. Veers more towards a sweet fruit-like presence rather than bitter.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, creamy smooth, some bitterness shows its teeth but is more in the background.

Overall: A solid IPA that i would love to have on a regular basis. Get one if you can still find it. (873 characters)

Photo of schopenhauerale
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage, 650 ml bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Opaque golden amber, two fingers of supple off-white head, ample lacing.
S - Sweet, floral hops - pungent but subtle - with a hint of malt
T - A masterpiece of restrained Northwest hops. Balance is outstanding, there is zero bitterness
M - Full and tingling on the tongue, sticky and smooth on the finish.
O - What is my favourite Vancouver Island IPA? With honourable mentions to Switchback and Pandamonium, it's a deadlocked match between this and Fat Tug. Driftwood knows its art. (553 characters)

Photo of IllNate
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy light amber. Nice creamy off white head. Aroma is a fine citrus IPA, with sweet grapefruit and some pineapple. Bit of biscuit malt in the back. Puckering bitterness hits right away, but very pleasant citrus hops (pineapple and grapefruit again) and a great balance. Mouthfeel is a bit puckering, but overall it's a nice balance leaving you want another sip.

Overall a very fine IPA indeed, best one I've sampled since Pliny I think, which is high praise. (478 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to rutager for this

pours a clean bright copper with a creamy white head. nice lacing and retention. bit of haze towards the bottom of the bottle.

lots of citrus fruit, mainly grapefruit and various orange.

a subtle yet complex hop variation. lots of citrus with a well blended pine and resin. nice balanced bitterness behind sweet citrus. malt backbone was hidden and balanced.

tingling from the carbonation lines the lips, bit of a chewy body. but drinks easy.

this was great, loved every sip, would drink many times again (537 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DaftCaskBC for giving me this one. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy (this is an unfiltered beer) golden amber color with about an inch of off-white head that had good retention and lacing.

There was a bright, bold hop scent across the olfactory unit as soon as the beer was opened and it got bigger when the beer was poured. A closer sniff revealed some bready malt and I found a bit of a honey-like sweetness in the background. The flavors were good, solid malts which gave a nice foundation to a variety of hop flavors.

The body was fairly typical for a NWIPA, full and a bit sticky on the finish. Drinkability was very good for a 7% brew, I would have drank the whole 22 myself, if I hadn't been sharing with OKComputer. Overall, a very nice brew that's worth a bit of effort to try. (822 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

many a thanks goes out to DaftCaskBC for a taste of some canadian pride!

a - opened the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. beer poured a rich transparent orange with a thin white ipa head with milkshake like lacing. visible carbonation raced to the surface of the glass. much deeper than the fat tug i had earlier.

s - nice sweet hops. lemon, orange peel...candied hops. smells really nice and fresh.

t - much thicker and richer than the fat tug i just had. syrupy hops. fairly sweet and candied hops. great ipa, but somewhat sweet and kind of toffee like from the malt presence.

m - full bodied. very rich.

o - overall, another FINE ipa from driftwood. really enjoyed fat tug and this one, but fat tug was a bit more my speed...but hot dawg some great ipas are flying under the radar up north. driftwood needs to get in cahoots with unibroue so i can get these locally. really impressive. (908 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

650ml bomber thanks to EskimoDave poured into tulip 27/10/11

A glows amber and it just looks thick with suspended particles throughout, not many bubbles but they produce a dense two finger cream colored head that lingers for a little while leaving thick rings of lace

S some marmalade with a healthy dose of floral hops, citrus, there's some faint pine and loads of tropical fruit pretty nice

T much more pine then the nose and lots of toffee that I couldn't smell, a little sweet and just missing something the nose had still just beautiful though

M thick and creamy from the bubbles with a nice mellow bite too it, a little sticky sweet and some grit left behind to chew on and taste for ages

O perhaps a 4.7 for taste and feel so "exceptional" seems appropriate here, this is sweet hop candy that I just want to eat all day, World Class beer here

BC is pumping out the good stuff and I think Driftwood is leading the way, I didn't think I'd like this as much as Fat Tug and to prefer it amazes me. (1,009 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a clear, light golden-amber with over a finger of frothy white head that fades fairly quickly but leaves some nice bands of lace.

Smell. Really nice floral hops, some mixed citrus fruits citrus and just a little light toasty grains. This stuff smells great.

Taste. Really nice floral hops, citrus fruits complete with rinds, some caramel and light grains, a little grassyness in the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. Above light in body with smooooth medium carbonation. Really nice.

Overall. Another kick-ass beer from Driftwood. Wish they were around for a while longer, but I can see why they sell out so fast everywhere. I need to grab a bunch of these while I still can! (689 characters)

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 poured into 16 oz nonnic pint. Reviewed 14 October 2011.

Ar: Fresh citrus resin, mild floral, pine, clean malty sweetness,

Ap: Dense light tan thick head, great retention, light lace, brilliantly clear copper

T: Resin, piney, fresh wet resiny bitterness from the hops, citrus peel, mild floral, clean malt base with , grapefruit, fruity, light tropical fruit, strong citrus and pine, light alcohol in the finish

M: Medium carbonation, smooth medium body, pleasantly assertive resinous bitterness in the finish without being rough or over the top.

O: Very well done, great all around without being over the top, (619 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3/4" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Citrus, earthy and pine hops.

T: Very interesting taste profile. Citrus, earthy and pine hops up front which transitions to a biscuity malty and almost honey-like finish. Very nice.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium to low level of carbonation with a slight drying finish.

O: What a hop bomb. Although it clocks in at 66 IBUs it seems like more. Definitely worth trying. (468 characters)

Photo of psiweaver
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Alan from Hair of the Dog shared this at the Matt Release

A- Pours a light amber with a beautiful soft white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Very nice medium size bubbles.

S- Amazing rich floral hoppiness with lots of citrus, a slight ine backing but mainly rich citrus zest

T- Amazingly balanced. this is one of the best IPA's i've ever had. Great citrus flavors, very flavorful. Fantastic world class taste.

M- Very smooth great bubbles perfect carbonation.

D- very easy to drink. wish this was produced more often and in a bigger quantity. (555 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to H1N1 for sending me a fresh bottle of this!

Poured from bomber in to Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Light orange colour, completely filtered with a half finger of head that quickly disappeared.

S - Nice fresh bitter hops up front with some citrus and pine notes. A nice sweet caramel malt backbone provides just the right amount of sweetnewss.

T -A well balanced IPA. Nice bitter pine and earthy hops. The citrus that was in the nose doesn't come through in the palate. The malts provide a good backbone of caramel sweetness. The bitterness lingers nicely in the finish.

M - Medium body, nice chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - A very good IPA. A little citrus in the palate would have made this one stellar. Glad I got to try this. (738 characters)

Photo of OskarL
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a white three finger head that has good retention and leaves nice sticky lacing.

Smells of noble hops, pines, grass and citrus.

Taste is grassy, piney hops, herbs. Hints of yeast, alcohol and some sweet malts in the background. Finishe with some bitterness lingering for a while.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low carbonation and smooth. (376 characters)

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Sartori Harvest IPA from Driftwood Brewery
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