I have to admit that I didn't know anything about Driftwood Brewing's Sartori Harvest IPA until earlier this year. I heard that it was "the" beer to get if I'm going to get any seasonal beer this year. I was really intrigued because I didn't think that it got any better than their Fat Tug IPA, truly one of the top IPA's in BC. I wanted to know what this beer was all about and why it was the most popular seasonal release of the year so I decided to poke around a bit.
Here's what I found out:
- It's released around every September
- It's "wet hopped" not just once but throughout the brewing process
- They use fresh Centennial Hops from the Sartori Cedar Ranch in Chilliwack, BC
- The hops are still dripping with oily goodness when the brewing process begins.
- It's really expensive. (depending which Beer Store you go to)
So, after finding all that out, I went to my local Cold Beer and Wine Store and put my name down on a list for when it came in. That's right! A LIST! When I left the store, I immediately told myself "This beer better be f@cking EPIC! When it came in, I bought 3 at $9.50 a bottle plus tax
The Twitterverse was all abuzz about this beer. People were tweeting their asses off about it. There were a few that missed it and were asking everybody where they could get it. People were tweeting about it for a few days after and I couldn't wait to try it. You see, I bought them on Wednesday and I couldn't get to drink it till the Friday so I was salivating at the chance to try it.
Finally the day was here. It was Friday evening and I had a long day so as soon I had the chance, I opened one up and poured in a glass. Holy crap the smell was amazing. There was a sweetness in the aroma that made it different than the Fat Tug, Switchback, or any other IPAs out there. But that's as far as it went for me. I'm not going to describe the taste in detail because I'll be sounding like my past blog post about their Fat Tug. The biggest and only difference I found was that the Sartori Harvest IPA had a really unique sweetness to the taste as well as the aroma. Don't get me wrong, the taste was really, really good and I prefer this over a lot of other IPA's but I didn't think that this one was worth me putting my name on a list and spending over $9.50 plus tax each for 3 bottles. Next year if I happen to walk into a Cold Beer and Wine Store and see the Sartori Harvest IPA sitting there, I'll for sure buy one. But if there's a list for it, chances are that I'll just grab the Fat Tug and be on my merry way. I'm sure you guys will disagree with me and tell me otherwise but this is just my opinion and I'm sticking with it.