Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

FourJ's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FourJ (51) - British Columbia, - OCT 31, 2011
Fantastic... love the fresh citrus hops. Very drinkable without being overly bitter. I wish all IPA’s could be this fresh! I also wish this could be available as I had to drive around quite a bit to round up 6 bottles.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sulawang (1052) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2016
Visual: Wicked artwork on the label. Pours clear light golden orange without much of a head, thin ringed retention with a medium island, glossy hop oils on the surface, slow singular sporadic streams.

Nose: green & orange-citrus sweet dank weed, whiffed a foot away from the pour. (lvl-10)-intensity

Attack: crisp, micro fizzy-smooth mouthfeel

Mid-palate: fragrant-bright, fleshy green dank weed hop oils, peach-apricot, lemony citrus, more soft tingly-fizzy, (lvl-4-sweetness), rounded resiny, toffee toasted barley malt

Finish: long resiny-grassy bitter hops, off-dry

Summary: What impressed me was the immediate bursting aromatic floral-dank-citrus hop oils that escape the bottle and head straight into your nose as soon as you start the pour. Very bright and rounded centennial hop oils throughout with a solid barley malt base. It could be slightly creamier/fuller, but exceptional as it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (913) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2016 10-Oct-2015. On tap at 2015 Fresh to Death beerfest in Victoria.

Aroma: fresh piney hops, grass and earth. Taste: fresh (like an effect of toothpaste), bitter, grass.

Very good.

15-Oct-2016. Bottle 650ml from Denman liquor store. Pours slightly hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is herbal with... canabis (shock!) notes.

Taste is very fresh with piney hops and herbal notes. Piney hops aftertaste. Good.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (1418) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2015
Many thanks to Matt for this beautiful beer! Having this brew while packing up a fine box from me to you! Cheers my friend! Un look d’enfer pour une IPA qui est à la hauteur de ce qu’elle affiche. Tête mousseuse, qui s’estompe tout de même un peu rapidement et qui colle cependant au verre par morceaux. Un nez west coast atypique où la résine et le sapinage ne volent pas la vedette, mais conjuguent leurs atouts à une fleur blanche qui me rappelle le muguet. C’est également un peu sucré. La fin de l’hiver et la renaissance du printemps dans la forêt. Liquide assez collant en bouche sans toutefois être résineux qui laisse échapper des saveurs minérales auxquelles se mêlent limette et écorce de pamplemousse de par la solide amertume qui perdure très longtemps une fois la gorgée avalée. C’est dense, bien effervescent et fort agréable à boire!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (3297) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle 650ml. Pours golden (hazy) with low white head. Aroma is of perfume, flowers, citrus. Taste is of flowers, citrus, pine, bitterness. Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Overall: One of the best harvest ales I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5640) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2015
Bottle shared. Hazy gold pour with thin white head. Aroma is super dank, hoppy, resinous piney notes, watermelon, pine needles. Taste is lightly bitter, tons of fresh hop, quite juicy. Palate is med light bodied. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7886) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2015
bottle shared by mathieuc and minderbinder, thanks! pours unclear bright gold with a very nice creamy white cap, good retention and lacing. dough spicy red maltiness, dilly citrus, juicy berries, melon fruitiness - never overdone; spicy and bitter herbs, clean yeast action. moderate carbonation, light body - oily; balanced spicy-citrusy finish. smooth and fragrant. hands down the best harvest i’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cobaink2 (450) - seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle from spinnakers in Victoria bc. Lots of dank hops. Little Mellon and little lemon on the back end. Malt bill is equally balanced. Really refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1995) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Bottle thanks to mcberko. Fresh hop season! Clean light copper pour. Dank leafy nose. Some herbal element. Lean malt base. Potent, and really quite nice. Stoked to try this, it’s way tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
[5923-20131019] Cask. Leafy evergreen hops aroma. Clear, pale orange body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Hoppy leaf and sweet vegetation flavour. Medium body. Great bitter brew. (7/4/8/4/16) 3.9
(Cask Days 2013 @ Brickworks, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljthiessen (1138) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle. Pale, golden yellow pour with a small white head. Citrus and tropical fruit aroma, pineapple and lemon zest with some orange. Nicely balanced flavour with good hop bitterness. Very solid IPA.

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