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Sartori Harvest IPA - Driftwood Brewery

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Sartori Harvest IPASartori Harvest IPA

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 88
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
A fresh hopped IPA with Centennial hop flowers and brewed once a year, during hop harvest.

(Beer added by: astout on 10-11-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

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 MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
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 liamt07
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Viggo
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Derek
4.05/5  rDev -9%
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 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 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 wordemupg
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of canucklehead
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
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 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.

Photo of andrenaline
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Rutager
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Photo of bobsy
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
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 jrenihan
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
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 oldp0rt
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
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 Jeffo
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
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!

Photo of bumchilly25
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of schnarr84
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of papat444
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
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 hooliganlife
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Photo of SebD
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Photo of chickenm
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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Sartori Harvest IPA from Driftwood Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.