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RATINGS: 798   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Pours a reddish brown in color. A very nice two inches of off-white head forms on the pour and hangs around for awhile. Smell is hops. Very floral hops. Smells very good and clean. Wow, really, really mild in the taste. Much less hops in the taste than are in the nose. The rest of the beer really dominates in the flavor. Pretty bitter. Not much of the juicy, resinous hops that I was expecting. Decent, but I drank a Founders Harvest Ale last night and the Founders owns this beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Draft at Toronado. Poured a clear dark orange color. The head was white and left some lace behind on the glass. Modest aroma of toffee and light flowery hops. Not as much enticing hop aroma as I had anticipated. Medium bodied with moderate to high hop bitterness that lingered well after the finish. Very crisp carbonation with sharp pine, dry toffee, and subdued graham cracker flavors. Just so so. Solid beer, but definitely overrated (88th percentile) the day I rated it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3514) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Finally caught up with this one at a tasting at Binny’s. Yeah, aroma is sweet and hoppy. Flavor is pretty bitter, but it seems sort of one dimensional before the sickly sweet malt hits. Mouthfeel is decent and finish is bitter, though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Bottle shared by Robert at State Line. Pour was amber-orangey, decent head and lacing, typical for the style. The aroma was hops, pine, some citrus, resinous and earthy notes too. The flavor followed the aroma, some grass and earthy elements round out the profile, slightly musty (in a nice way), all just great citrus/piney stuff in the fore. Finishes oily and bitter, guess that’s the ’’wet hopping,’’ darned bitter. Full caramel, woodsy, almost toasty and nutty malty profile.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Bottle as a generous bonus from d0b. Thanks man!!
Pours a nice clear nutty dark amber with a pillowy beige head that hangs around and leaves good lacing. Smell is more light than the other fresh hop they have, but with a soft, yet spicy green and piney character about it. Taste is hoppier than the nose leads on, but with similar flavors of clean spicy fresh green hops, pine and sweet caramel malt, but with a nice resinous like lingering bitterness. Full body and lightly crisp carbonation and super drinkable. Really sessionable and a solid IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2008
OK ... there are brewers’ whose styles I love and those I don’t, and I have been very happy with Sierra. This is a special release of their annual wet hop fresh hop harvest ales, prepared with hops that are grown about a quarter of a mile from the mashing tuns. Wow. Slam of fresh PNW hop intensity. Good malt balance, good caramel sweetness, and almost overwhelmingly fresh pine and citrus.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RSRIZZO (1870) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Had this brew at G.A.B.F. 08". Aroma is a very light hop scent. Color is a hazy golden with light carbonation and a nice small tight head. It starts with a light/medium body that goes down crisp. Finish has a very light malt base with hop bitterness but no floral. After taste is dry with more bitterness. Its a good brew, not as good as the regular Harvest but better then the Southern Hemisphere.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2009 pours a clear rich copper brown color with a fairly large long lasting scalded cream tinted fluffy white head. lots of rings and trails of lace left on the glass as the beer retreats. very floral aroma with scents of nice tea/herbs, orange, earth/dirt (hops?), some spice and woodiness. the palate is exceptionally dry, especially on the finish... flavors of grassy hops, caramel (though no sugar), earthy/dirty and some skunkiness in the aftertaste. a pleasant subdued mild sourness carries through. medium body with a very soft texture and creamy mouth feel. carbonation is sharp and dry.7/4/7/3/15/3.6

2009. 9/27/09. dirty leafy hops with a bitter finish. sweetness is balanced nicely by spice. 7/4/7/3/16/3.7

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5399) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Poured a clear copper color with a small, off white head that left some lacing on the glass. Aroma of grass, floral hops, citrus, caramel malts, earth, and pine. Taste of more grass, pine resin, citrus, caramel, light grapefruit, but finishing sweet, and well-rounded. Thanks to Steve for bringing this to the Bigfoot vertical yesterday!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Bottle. Poured a medium and clear amber color with an averaged sized off whtie head. Aromas of floral, grassy, citrus, and earthy. Tastes of lighter earthiness, grass, citrus, pine, and a trace of caramel.


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