From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Fresh Hop Sartori Sour IPA”. This weird and wonderful brew pours a weird brownish copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of floral and herbal hops with some sweetness and a definite sour note. The flavour is of sourness, toffee, sweetness with grassy, herbal hops with earth and a medium bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 30. This beer is more sour ale than IPA for sure but it is a fun brew and I am glad that I got the chance to try it this year. I hope you do too!
Commercial Description: Our hands harvested these columbia hop cones straight from the Sartori Hop Ranch in the beautiful Columbia Valley. These fresh hops met our sour red IPA, infusing this once-a-year brew with fresh green earthy flavours. Herbal notes meet fruity melon and tangy citrus, all nestled in a tart IPA.
Well it is that time of year again! Driftwood Brewing out of Victoria BC has brought us their 2017 version of their wet hopped “Sartori Harvest IPA”. In traditional fashion I could not find this beer in Vancouver but I did find it while in Kelowna. The beer poured a fruity tropical notes with floral and herbal middle and some pine at the end. The flavour is of mild resin and bitterness, herbal notes, mild hint of malts with mild tropical fruits and a pine finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7%. I was happy to finally really enjoy a bottle of this as the last few years it didn’t do it for me. I hope next years batch is as good or better than this version.
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.
From Cigar City Brewing in Tampa Bay Florida comes their “Guayabera Citra Pale Ale”. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, herbal and floral hops and a sweetness. The flavour is of citrus, melon, herbal, resin, hint of dank hops, bitterness and some bready malts. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 50. This Pale Ale is absolutely a great example of what I like in a beer of the style.
Commercial Description: Traditional throughout Latin America, the guayabera shirt combines style, functionality, form and tradition in it’s four-pocketed design. We at Cigar City feel the same reverence and appreciation for the guayabera that we do for the Citra hop varietal, an ingredient that imparts notes of tangerine, lime and berries to this traditional American Pale Ale. The exclusive use of Citra hops in this beer creates a flavor that’s at once unique and recognizable, while it’s dry, crisp character and moderate alcohol make it as refreshing and functional as a crisp linen guayabera.
From Four Winds Brewing in Delta comes their “Fortunello Farmhouse Ale” a beer aged in a Foeder for 6 months. The beer pours a orange brown colour with a beige head. The aroma consists of orange peel, anise, herbal, sweetness wood and a floral finish. the flavour is of orange peel, kumquats, herbal, anise, candi sugar, generic fruit, wood, spices, mild bitterness, mild brett and some malts. The alcohol content comes in at 8.3% with an IBU of 15. This beer is one of the more unusual releases from Four Winds Brewing and may be challenging to some but is quite enjoyable.
Commercial Description: This herbaceous farmhouse ale was brewed with dark Belgian candi sugar and bay laurel, then aged over kumquats and bitter orange peel in an oak foeder for six months. Delicate aromas of citrus and annise precede notes of dark pit fruit, settling into a mild Brett funk.
From Faculty Brewing in Vancouver comes their “418 Citra Pale Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, cracker with a floral finish. The flavour is of citrus, crackery malts some mild herbal notes but very little hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 40. If you are looking for a standard Pale Ale that hits on the sweet side this might be the pale for you.
Commercial Description: Pale Ale brewed and dry hopped with the super popular hop Citra containing high alpha with a strong citrus flavour and aroma.