Sartori Harvest IPA (2017 Edition)- Driftwood Brewing


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.

 

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Je Ne Sais Quoi – Little Kn?wn Brewing Co


From Little Kn?wn Brewing Co a collaborative project between 49th Parellel Group a beer distributor in Western Canada and Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery out of Ontario comes their “Je Ne Sais Quoi” a Session IPA.  The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of mild fruit aroma backed up with some floral hops and maybe some pine but not much else.  The flavour is of mild resin, pine, bitterness and some fruity citrus notes in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.2%.  As India Session Ale’s go this is a pretty good brew although one of the issues with the style is it has little to no body.

Chrono Wet Hop IPA – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks


From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes this years version of “Chrono Wet Hop IPA”.  The beer pours a copper orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of semi tropical fruits, citrus, floral hops and a hint of malt.  The flavour is of resin, pine, herbal, tropical, citrus, caramel and some bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.9% with an IBU of 66.  I have not been the biggest fan of fresh hopped beers over the last few years as they lack bitterness.  I am happy to say this one was a tasty one and a good kick off for the fresh hop season.

Commercial Description: Chrono Wet Hop IPA: Time is of the essence. Freshly picked Centennial and Cascade hops from BC Hop Co were immediately brought to the brewery and thrown into the brew within hours of picking. The magic of the fresh hops deliver a juiciness and dankness that we will never get from dried hops. Enjoy a light malt body and a citric blast from the wet hops!

Widowmaker IPA – Backcountry Brewing


From Backcountry Brewing in Squamish comes their “Widowmaker IPA” a North East style IPA. The beer pours a murky orange with a white head. The aroma consist of tropical juicy fruits with sweetness and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, orange juice, pith, pine with a fairly low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 50.  If you are like me and love the NE style IPA you will really enjoy this brew.

Commercial Description:  Our signature IPA is made in the east coast style. This style of IPA is characterized by a light malt profile with a big pulpy body that is there to complement the intense juicy character coming from the hops. Despite the absolute truck load of hops used in this style of beer the bitterness is restrained and comes across more like that of a pale ale. In this beer, we kept the malt profile light but full and we threw in a ridiculous amount of Citra and Mosaic both in the kettle and in the dry hop to create this intense juice bomb. This beer is unfiltered and un-fined to leave as much flavor and mouthfeel behind in the finished beer as possible.

Free Dive IPA – Coppertail Brewing


From Coppertail Brewing in Tampa Florida comes their “Free Dive IPA”.  The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, floral hops and maybe a dank note or two.  The flavour is of grain, citrus, citrus rind, resin, pine, bitterness, earth, herbal hops and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at a good 5.9%.  This was a really nice India Pale Ale and a great introduction to this brewery.

Commercial Description:  Whether you’re diving for stone crabs under Tampa Bay’s Sunshine Skyway or just wishing you were, this beer’s got you covered. Expect huge hits of citrus and pine aromas layered over a bright malt backbone. Perfect for a day on the water.

Food pairing as per brewery: Spicy grilled shrimp