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.
So limited its sold out before you can arrive at the store!
From Driftwood brewing in Victoria BC comes the “Sartori Harvest IPA” a wet hopped IPA. All hops used in this brew were picked at the Sartori Cedar Ranch in Chilliwack and brought back to Victoria and put into the brew kettle without drying them (most hops is dried and turned into pellets). Being a wet hopped beer the flavour of this beer can and will change year to year and should be consumed as soon as possible as the flavours will die off faster than regular. This years batch pours a very light golden yellow with a white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, pine with some earthiness and sweetness and maybe a hint of citrus. The flavour starts out with a sweet citrus up front then comes in with pine, resin, caramel, malts, earthiness that builds to a nice bitter hops. This years edition seems very thin but that does not hurt the flavour. The alcohol content comes in at 7% and the IBU is probably similar to last year but a bit lower than the 75. This bottle was super fresh as it was bottled on September 23th and consumed September 26th! It may taste quite a bit different than last years batch but that does not change the fact it is an amazing beer! I just wish it did not sell out so bloody fast even year!
Commercial Description: This wet hopped IPA can only be brewed once a year, immediately following the hop harvest, when fresh wet Centennial hops are spirited from the Sartori Cedar Ranch near Chilliwack to our brew kettle in Victoria. Centennial wet hops have a very unique and rich profile that is allowed to shine through the 100% Canadian malt base we brewed with in 2013. A true celebration of the BC hop harvest!
Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Curried Chicken, Gorgonzola cheese