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RATINGS: 781   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6157) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2008
(Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival, 26 Sep 2008. At least I think it was this version of the Harvest Ale) Amber colour with rocky, beige head. Fruity, malty nose with notes of toffee, caramel, orange peel and apricots. Fruity, malty taste with orange peel, apricots and a dry, citrussy, resiny bitterness in the finish. Above medium body, balanced sweetness. Lots of taste and everything in stunning balance. Brilliant beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2222) - Belgrade, SERBIA - OCT 4, 2008
24oz’r - Tawny copper color with pretty white head, which is notable. sweet (brown sugar) and wild flower nose. Sticky bitter with more roast/malt than I would have expected. Not as flowery taste as I’d guess from a wet/fresh hop but still a nice deviation from a standard ipa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 2, 2008
On tap at hollingshead deli dark golden color w/ a white head. a bit hoppy, but not as much as I expected. an OK IPA.
Earlier Rating: 12/15/2006 Total Score: 3
I’m just finding my notes. I had this on tap at either Pizza Port or the Stone 10th party; I don’t remember... Dark amber pour, medium white head, some hop flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Dark amber with a medium white head. Rich hop nose, earthy and a resiny, very floral with a warm malt base. Well balanced, enough caramel malt base to give it body and balance the hops. Good fresh hops come through, lots of floral hopping, oily and resiny hop character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asedzie (604) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 1, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2009 2008 Chico Estate Wet Hop Ale 4.99/24 oz. - Nose is spicy. earthy- hints of soil-like aroma throughout- mildly floral hops. Flavor is nicely balanced, mild malt sweetness against vegetal, slightly oily and mildly bitter hop flavors. Flavor is nicely rounded but has many different dimensions of hop flavor. Some lingering bitterness and oiliness follows in the finish. A really wonderful, very expressive brew! Certainly tastes of the place it was brewed. 2009 Estate Brewer’s Harvest Ale 9.99/24 oz- Since RB seems to lack a separate entry for this beer I will put this here. Bottle. Intense copper color, small off-white head. First aroma detected is white wine-like viniousness, then mild pine needles, very light sour notes, some buiscuity dough. Flavor is lightly funky, slight fruitiness from the hops upfront. Hops dominate, malt has soft, subdued character, very faint sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel. Finish has lingering bright pine needle hop quality, mild earth/soil. One of the most complex Pale Ales/IPA’s I’ve had. It rocks to know that this entire beer (except for the yeast, I guess) came right out of the Norcal soil.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Brown copper pour with a decent off white head. Nose is quite floral hop and a bit of caramel malt. The flavor is very well balanced, with a biting hoppy front, followed be a smooth caramel malt mid and finished by dry hoppy influences with some earthy characteristics. One of the most complex IPA’s I’ve had. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayOfBeer (670) - El Cerrito, California, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Poured from tap a coppery-orange with medium off-white head. Aroma is strong floral hops, citrus and slightly herbal. Flavor is strong pine, some light citrus, leafy vegetable, and a little pepper. Fairly dry throughout the taste with a gratefruit bitterness that lingers in the end. Overall, great smell, almost over-the-top hoppiness that is slightly off balance with the malt. Flavor is good but not great with some astringency creeping in, I would drink it again however.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TEJA (1294) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2008
Draught at Stockholm beer festival. An hour before closing and starting at the big beers I stumbled on this marvelous beer. So much aroma and fresh hop taste in one beer. This is probably one of the freshest beers I’ve ever tasted. The bitterness is good with a nice body to compliment the beer. I just wish the would sell it in the state monopoly in Sweden (fat chance when the swedish importer got one keg).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 28, 2008
2008 bottle: comparable to their pale ale; but this is noticeably resinous and the aftertaste is nutty; less citrus, grapefruit puckers, and some table spice; the body is darker and the head is thicker than their pale ale; the ABV is surprisingly high for what it tastes; this is good, but it’s sorta liked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bbbrew (204) - Hawaii, USA - SEP 27, 2008
great beer. no complaints. got to give credit to SN for brewing these fresh hop beers. Logistically, this has to be the freshest as the label indicates that the hops were grown in Chico. Very well balanced, great!

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