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


on tap


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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
v1rgil (172) - Burnaby, British Columbia, - NOV 21, 2012
From bottle -pours yellow gold with medim creamy head. Aroma is mild hoppy citrusy with hint of mint and pine. First sip is creamy citrus hoppy goodness. So worth the wait and hardship of finding it. No bitter aftertaste. Aftertase is creamy sweet with citrus and mint.

fiery1 (1817) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2017
650ml bottle @ the office. 2017 Vintage. Nose is sweet pine, grapefruit, with a sweet fruit... maybe peach. Flavour has light sweetness, somewhat malty, and a decent semi floral, pineapple, resinous hop finishing bitter character.

patricks110 (2794) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 24, 2017
Daaamn what a beer. Pour is a caramelized orange colour with a sticky, bright white head that pours thick and puffy and then fizzles down slowly. The nose is bright, pine, resin, pineapple is heavy, grapefruit is subtle. Mild malt base with a touch of toasted caramel and bread notes. Mild bitterness on the finish but an aftertaste of pine subsists. Pineapple is huge on this beer with a big zesty, pine needle and fruit forward profile. This is one of the best IPA's I've had.

rejtable (2891) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2016
Bottle at Xmas 2016 gathering. Pours light orange some head and lacing. Notes of pine, grapefruit, elastic bands, maybe some peach. Medium bitter, light sweet. Fully creamy body, some sticky, lively carbonation.

Hungover (109) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2016
Suuuuper dank. Concrete, pine and resin flavored coming out first. Thick mouthfeel and overall well balanced. Nice one.

PilsnerMonger1 (2) - - NOV 6, 2016 does not count
Dank and bitter. Both overwhelm anything else that may be happening with this beer.

solidfunk (9734) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 2, 2016
Pineapple and potpourri. Lots of pine. Big on smell. Good malt backbone. Orange pour with decent head and lacing. Bottle thanks to my mom, who brought this from Victoria.

sulawang (1210) - - 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.

beerplace (2330) - 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.


yourilevesque (1829) - 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!

Minderbinder (3469) - 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.

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