Sartori Harvest IPA – Driftwood Brewery (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Sartori Harvest IPA – Driftwood Brewery, 7% ABV, 650 ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


-I went to pick this up today after having read up the 3.92/5 ratebeer score, only to initially find out it had been sold out without hours of arriving at the store. Lucky for me though the manager was kind enough to sell me (perhaps) the last one stored in the back room. Score!

info from

“This wet-hopped IPA can only be brewed once a year when, in the midst of the hop harvest, fresh Centennial hops are spirited from Sartori Cedar Ranch near Chilliwack to our Brew Kettle in Victoria. Sartori’s fresh hops have a delicious profile unique to the patch of land they cultivate in the Columbia Valley making this limited release singular and remarkable.”

  • Style: Wet Hop IPA
  • Taste: Green bright dank weed peach-apricot resiny hopped barley malt long grassy bitter
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.70 CAD (after 20% off) – 650 ml., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, every year
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: for sure

Visual: Wicked artwork on the label. Pours clear light golden orange without much of a head, thin ringed retention with a medium island, glossy hop oils on the surface, slow singular sporadic streams.

Nose: green & orange-citrus sweet dank weed, whiffed a foot away from the pour. (lvl-10)-intensity

Attack: crisp, micro fizzy-smooth mouthfeel

Mid-palate: fragrant-bright, fleshy green dank weed hop oils, peach-apricot, lemony citrus, more soft tingly-fizzy, (lvl-4-sweetness), rounded resiny, toffee toasted barley malt

Finish: long resiny-grassy bitter hops, off-dry

Summary: What impressed me was the immediate bursting aromatic floral-dank-citrus hop oils that escape the bottle and head straight into your nose as soon as you start the pour. Very bright and rounded centennial hop oils throughout with a solid barley malt base. It could be slightly creamier/fuller, but exceptional as it is. Last year I had Steamworks’ Fresh Hop IPA [C+], and it was nowhere as good; Definitely in the Top 10 Best local BC beers I’ve had to date for the 5 year old blog.