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RATINGS: 838   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Our handmade Estate Ale highlights the flavors of home. From the sun-drenched fields of California’s North Valley comes our Estate Ale. It’s rich with the flavors of the valley—hops with earthy, grapefruit-like flavors and layered spicy aromas, and barley with mild sweetness and smooth, toasted flavors. Enjoy this remarkable homegrown ale, made with organic wet hops and barley grown at our brewery in Chico, and one of the few estate-made ales produced anywhere in the world. Together, these crops grow alongside the brewery to make a truly unique brew.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Indeed the smell of hops for this one was intense, but the citrus was a little lost in this brew. I’m sure it’s been in their fridge for a while. We still got some pine, and it was very smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Poured an amber color with a good sized head. The smell of hops was intense. I was actually expecting more citrus hop flavor, but in was very piney in flavor. Excellant blend of hops and malt backbone. Good brew!!

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spikester (604) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Since the hop season was last year I can assume this beer is about five months old. Pours clear amber with a big inch of of white fluffy head. Very nicely laced. Aroma is citrus and caramel. Taste is full citrus bitter hops with a bit of leather and a very supportive caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is full and a bit wine like. Drinkability is very good for an IPA. Slightly sweet for the style but hops probably have faded a bit due to age.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Clear dark amber with a beige creamy head that lingers with a froth on top and leaves plenty of lacing. Piny hops, lemons, grass, and a malty sweet backbone to the aroma. Flavor is hoppy bitter, sweet malt, with light alcohol noticeable in the finish. A bit sticky sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2009
bottle. average rocky/fizzy tan head that didn’t last too long into cloudy orange body (minimal lacing was present). aromas of mod citrus and resit hops and moderate caramel and some earthiness. flavors: initially lt - mod bittersweet into mod bitter. long finish duration. sticky mouthfeel. damn fine IPA

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Golden color with a nice herbal hop aroma. Flavor has some nice hop freshness with a bitter & oily feel. Good, though certainly inferior to their regular Harvest Ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (16569) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2009
8 fl oz bottle from Utobeer at the rather steep asking price of 7 quid so it had better be good. Orange amber colour, completely clear with thin off white head. Vegetal hop aroma which is ok, but not beautifully hoppy as I had expected. Quite carbonated in mouth that leads to a certain thinness in the mouth.. Bit of fullness in the swallow, but the malts are a bit muted, some caramel and toffee, but not overly exciting or assertive. The finish is the best aspect of this beer. Good peppery fresh hop. I suppose I was expecting more of a hop bomb. The finish really is quite good. But the aroma and mouthfeel could be better. Given the price I could have bought a Stone Ruination IPA and an Oakham’s Bishop’s Farewell and I know which option I would have gone for. So overall a very pleasant hoppy beer, but it doesn’t really shine.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Very resinous, medium bodied, almost slick IPA. This is a wet-hopped beer, and has the piney, woody and orangey flavors that go with it. Rather sweet malt profile, caramel, slight apples from the esters, and a considerably sugary finish to go with the bitterness. Had it from a keg at GABF, much better than from the bottles I’ve had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Deep copper pour with an off white head. Great hop aroma of citrus and floral hops along with some sweet malt. Citrus hops in the taste with caramel malt and some piney bitterness in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Pretty durn good IPA. The estate thing is a cool idea. I forget where I bought this... probably Brawley’s. Anyway, delish IPA, buy it if you can find it.


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