Sartori Harvest IPA - Driftwood Brewery

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Sartori Harvest IPASartori Harvest IPA

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BA SCORE
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 96
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 36
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy bright light orangey with a medium size head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of floral hops with light citrus and bitter finish is quite enjoyable. Taste is also a nice mix between some floral hops with some nice clean citrus notes with a medium bitter finish and light sweet malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no appearance of alcohol thought it can be felt at the end of the glass. Nothing extraordinary but well done nonetheless.

Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of pnkHoody
4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time reviewer, greetings.

Driftwood is the most interesting local brewery we have in Victoria in my opinion. The Farmhand Ale in particular is beautifully fresh and drinkable.

I picked this up at the Hillside Liquor Store where I work in the fridge. The label design, like all Driftwood's stuff, is a tasteful and bold graphic artwork, this time of some ripe hops.

A: Rich and orange like a bronzed mango, with an enduring head.

S: Dull, warm citrus pierced with a hint of near-medicinal pine aromas.

T: Surprisingly not as bitter as I expected from a fresh hop brew. More of the pine comes out in the flavour, giving an otherwise restrained IPA a lively, tonic-like quality that makes you open your eyes and smile.

M: Smooth with a hint of a tannic pucker, very pleasant.

D: I'd stick to one per session, but I could drink one every other night while it's in season.

My first wet hop brew, so I can't put it into context, but this is a beer with real impact. If I had to criticize it, I'd say, like a few of Driftwood's beers, this one could accommodate another percentage point in the ABV. The kick is slightly wanting for such a flavourful beer. But I'm nitpicking... Great beer.

Photo of Derek
4.06/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wet Centennial hops from the Sartori Cedar Ranch hop farm, south of Chilliwack, BC. 66 IBU.

A: Copper-bronze with a huge, off-white head, great retention & exceptional lacing.

S: Apricot, nectarine & tangerine with a little grass & pine. Slight underlying sweet toffee aroma. Not a huge aroma (could it use some more late/dry hopping?), but it's quite nice.

T: Nice leafy hop flavours: nectarine, apricot, grass; toffee & caramel; very smooth bitterness; alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderate body has a slight residual sweetness.

D: A good drinker.

A good IPA, but it doesn't match the Sierra Nevada fresh/wet brews.

They picked up the hops & brewed the next day, so I guess putting the wet hops aside for 'dry' hopping doesn't really fit the theme. I'd say it could use a little more hopping at flame-out (or in the whirlpool if they use one) for an IPA. Man I love the centennial. :D

Picked up at Point Grey Beer & Wine on Broadway in Vancouver.

Photo of OF001
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
4.11/5  rDev -7.6%
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!

Photo of papat444
4.12/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of jrenihan
4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz fresh from Victoria, pours a gorgeous burnished orange with copper and amber hints, 2 fingers of sticky off white foam with great retention and lacing down the glass.

Loads of floral and grapefruit hops in the nose. Hints of pine and lemons, a light kiss of caramel. Sweet and fresh.

This is a balanced beer, not as hoppy as you might expect. Nice fresh, lively floral and citrus notes, followed by a nice light caramelly sweetness, a delicate balance. Hints of grass, lemons, pine in the burps for sure. Lots of hop flavor, just not a ton of hop bite in the finish. This dances over the tongue rather than browbeating it with hoppy bitterness. I feel perhaps at 7% it should go for a little more browbeating but it's hard to complain how frickin' drinkable this is. Still some bite, especially as I clear the palate - it's actually somewhere in the middle, lots of piney resin in the finish.

Not a hop monster, just a well made Canadian IPA with plenty of hop action going on. Lively but light silky carb. Some residual sugar makes the body a touch thicker, adds to the slick silky mouthfeel. It's good.

Photo of MasterSki
4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, ritzkiss shared this one with me.

Pours a clear amber/orange, nice and bright, thick slightly off white head forms, drops a ton of lace spots, settles down to a pretty thick layer, good retention.

Smell is nice, tea, lemons, floral, very malty, caramel sweetness, toast, biscuit, crackers, light grapefruit and pine, big malt and big hops, very fresh aroma.

Taste is similar, big and malty at first, honey and caramel, toast, lemon and tea, grapefruit, some floral, nicely balanced, big lemony and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very dry and bitter in the finish but still nicely balanced. Didn't realize this was 7% at first, one of the pieces of the puzzle on how that night went so wrong. Thanks Eric!

Photo of astout
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Driftwood, not sure if this will be a one time brew or become a seasonal fall release. What I do know is that I will need to buy quite a bit of it either way.

Pours a rich golden orange colour with decent slightly off white head.

Aromas of honey citrus and pine, you can definitely tell the difference wet hopping makes the hop aromas are far more subdued, and reminds me a lot of sticky pine resin smell.

Hop flavours integrate really nicely on the palate with the caramel smooth malt presence. Really reminds me of a honey grapefruit type thing.

Mouth feel is awesome, just smooth creamy and dense, great weight and probably perfect carbonation, exactly what I would want in an IPA.

Great IPA, not the best I've ever had but I would put it up there against the best of them from BC at least.

Photo of Ghrymm
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice hoppy IPA Great job guys!

Photo of almostjay
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Photo of BDTyre
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA from Driftwood. I wish they did this year-round, but I guess this would sort of defeat the purpose.

Amber-to-light copper colour with a nice white head that is almost like froth on a cappucccino.

Fresh, floral hops, bread dough, toffee and a hint of yeast all are present in the scent.

Strong, but lightly floral hop taste with a mild bitterness. Low, creamy malt background.

Good carbonation, not too fizzy but more zest than some IPAs I'ce had. Even at a 7%, this is still a nice beer to sit bank and enjoy.

Photo of OskarL
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I agree , this is a great IPA with a fantastic frsh hop nose and lovely thick mouthfeel with real balance in the main body. These guys are showing why they can compete with the best In BC by making an IPA as good as Central City or Phillips. They need to create a regular IPA that is available all year round

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
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,

Photo of debb
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
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 :)

Photo of bobsy
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared by Ritzkiss - thanks Eric!

Pours a rich copper colour with a creamy off-white head that shows excellent retention and leaves huge sheets of lace. The nose is a fragrant bouquet of grapefruit, pine, apricot and caramel. It certainly sets the table for the flavour, and serves as a great advert for this beer.

The body is far heavier than you will usually find in an IPA, and has a wonderful creamy smoothness. Its actually more reminiscent of a double IPA, but of course the ABV isn't there to match that. Mmmm... let's call it an IPA and a half.

The flavour seems to be mostly about sweet citrus. There's definitely some tangerine, clementine and candied orange in there, and it seems to be mixing in with a big dose of pine. While all of these flaavours come from the hopping, the bitterness is no where near excessive, and its extremely drinkable. Not that its all about hops either, and the malt brings a nice caramel aspect.

An impressively drinkable west coast IPA. Not as bitter as most, but also better than most. Driftwood's successful run continues.

Photo of LampertLand
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Photo of schopenhauerale
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Sartori Harvest IPA from Driftwood Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.