Sartori Harvest IPA | Driftwood Brewery

Sartori Harvest IPASartori Harvest IPA
BA SCORE
97.2%
Liked This Beer
4.41 w/ 107 ratings
Sartori Harvest IPASartori Harvest IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
driftwoodbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#925
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
107
Liked:
104
Avg:
4.41/5
pDev:
7.48%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of ericj551
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Boozecamel
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of debb
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
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 :)

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of OF001
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of 604growler
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jeffo
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
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!

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Photo of KalanM
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of papat444
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Sartori Harvest IPA from Driftwood Brewery
Beer rating: 97.2% out of 100 with 107 ratings
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