Harvest IPA – Persephone Brewing Company

From Persephone Brewing Company out of Gibsons BC comes their “Harvest IPA” a beer that is wet hopped with their own hops gown on site.  These hops are only one year old and most hops do not really achieve the best oils until a few years in.  Persephone Brewing took a huge gamble with wet hopping this beer with their young hops.  The beer pours a deep amber colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of biscuit malts and floral/earthy hops.  The flavour is of earthy hops with a decent hops bitterness, resin, citrus, but the real star of the show is the caramel and biscuit malt backbone.  The alcohol content comes in at a very respectable 6.5%.  The real star of this beer are the malts but this is an amazing wet hopped beer and is a very welcome addition to the local landscape.  I have my bets that this beer will be even more amazing for the next few years as the hops plants mature.  If you can still find a bottle then do not hesitate as this is one awesome beer.

Commercial Description:  This light amber IPA is brewed with fresh cascade and centennial hops grown on Persephone’s farm. This beer has an aroma of orange and grapefruit, a subtle citrusy, grassy flavour with a light caramel malt background.


Sartori Harvest IPA (2013 Edition)- Driftwood Brewing

O’hare’s Beer Club October 2013 Box

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

Click here to check out the October 2013 Box.

My review of last years batch

Other reviews of this years batch:

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