Well it is that time of year again! Driftwood Brewery out of Victoria BC has brought us their 2018 version of their wet hopped “Sartori Harvest IPA”. Once again this was a hard find although I have stopped hunting it down also the last few years. I found this one out in Maple Ridge myself. The beer pours a copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grassy and herbal hops, pine, citrus and caramel. The flavour is of herbal and grassy hops, resin, dankness, earth, citrus, lots of citrus pith with some bitterness that feels more like a spruce tip bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7%. This years batch tastes pretty good and it is definitly working towards what I would expect from an American IPA but it still lacks the bitterness that this style really should have.
Commercial description: 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.