Sartori Harvest IPA | Driftwood Brewery

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Sartori Harvest IPASartori Harvest IPA

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

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

Added by astout on 10-11-2009

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Photo of Rutager
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
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,

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of psiweaver
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev -6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of H1N1
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear light amber with a finger of beautiful white head. Head recedes, leaving a light layer of foam. Lots of carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of my glass.

S- Nice floral and citrus hops. A faint pine smell comes through. The citrus is most prevalent, but blends beautifully with the rest of the scents.

T- Strangely, the pine comes through first with the citrus following behind. A bit of alcohol is evident, but beautifully balanced. Floral notes are subtly showing through under all the tastes from beginning to end. Very smooth taste. This beer has great balance.

M- Medium bodied and smooth. Perfect carbonation.

D- One of the better IPAs that I've tasted. Very smooth and balanced. I could definitely drink this all night. Too bad for the limited run. I would love to be able to get more of this stuff.

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Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
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

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Photo of bobsy
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of pnkHoody
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of astout
4.23/5  rDev -3%
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.

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