Sartori Harvest IPA - Driftwood Brewery
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4.19/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
01-09-2013 23:56:26 | More by OF001
British Columbia (Canada)
4.48/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
01-07-2013 03:20:49 | More by FondueVoodoo
4.08/5 rDev -8.1%
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!
12-02-2012 20:05:55 | More by Jeffo
4.1/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
10-11-2012 11:17:51 | More by papat444
British Columbia (Canada)
4.43/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
10-06-2012 07:16:26 | More by schopenhauerale
British Columbia (Canada)
4.68/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
02-05-2012 02:47:29 | More by IllNate
4.35/5 rDev -2%
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
12-06-2011 03:01:11 | More by hooliganlife
Sartori Harvest IPA from Driftwood Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.