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RATINGS: 816   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Bottle. Aroma of spicy, citrus, very green hops, really nice interplay between theser hop notes and the light but ample, sweet malt. Flavor seems more piny to me with grapefruit edges, spicy bitterness, and mellow, but mildly chewy malt. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (8005) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2008
On Tap at the Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia in company of Loz, Casey and Traci, on my fortieth birthday 16-11-08. Pours Dark amber in colour, in fact looks really good, and a nice white head to top things off. Wonderful oily hops, thick and hoppy beer, grapefruit rampages through, very decent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1958) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 6, 2008
24 ounce bottle in Sierra Celebration pint glass. Clear bright copper with fluffy, slightly loud, lasting head and mucho lace. Citrusy, piney yeast aroma. Toasty caramel nutty sweetness with fresh hop resiny piney earthy woodsy--as in a forest not a barrel--flavor and bracing final lingering bitterness. Medium body and carbo. Soft mouthfeel, probably because its room temp. Slightly waxy texture. Complex and tasty. Very well balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Big ol’ 40oz’er. Amber pour with a healthy head. The aroma is spicy but also has noticeable citrus and grain. Very flavorful. Very spicy hops that make my tongue tingle. Spicy just keeps coming to mind as well as noticing the solid malt grain background. Medium body, semi-dry. I’d drink this again, and though it is not my favorite hop profile, I enjoyed this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2008
2008 bottle pours crystal clear orange copper with a big pillow like head that sticks to the sides. The aroma is of hop oils and citrus. The flavor is solid hop with lots of citrus and pine and a pronounced orange grapefruit juice foundation. The palate is medium to rich bodied with good carbonation. Overall this is so good, I’m glad I got the two.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoth (563) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear amber, with a medium biege head, good lacing. Smells of pine resin and citrus. Medium, dry body. Mild malty flavor at first, quickly changes to bitter predominately citrus and pine hop flavor, with a long bitter aftertaste. There’s a lot of complexity in the hop flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
From a 24 oz. bottle purchased locally. Aroma is a wonderful mix of hops, citrus, pine and a little spice. A clear amber with a rocky off-white head that remains. Taste is again full of hops complimenting the aroma with orange peel and pine. Firmly bitter, rich toasted malt but not sweet. Medium to full bodied but finishes fairly dry. Easy to drink. A great example of a well-crafted wet hop beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Medium dark copper with a frothy sustained head... Citrus and something almost medicinal in the nose... Earthy, slightly peppery, but not very citrusy taste... A bit different which is good in the world of IPA’s... Whatever is causing the medicinal smell is playing nicely against the earthiness of the hops for me... Just enough sweet malt to balance but not overpower the intricacies of the hop flavor...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2008
22 oz bottle from Binny’s (Orland Park, IL). I had this rating typed out before the downage, and I lost it since. This beer I remember having a very appealing appearance, big cakey offwhite head that stuck around through the entire tasting. Aromas were a little light, resiny and citrusy, but not over powering. Taste was dissappointing. Underpowered without an overbearing malt backbone. Simply underpowered. Still, was very sessionable and atleast drank smoothly. No off notes, just weaker. Cheers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle into tulip. Pours a nice dark amber, just a bit hazy, with a big, fluffy off-white head. Lotta nice lacing. Nose is a bit of citrus in the form of orange rind, mixed with some prickly pine resin and an unexpected alcohol presence. Flavor is nice and balanced; the hop presence up front is prickly, a bit medicinal, but well balanced by a crisply sweet biscuit malt note. Certainly, hints of citrus coming out also, but the hop character is really more represented by a big, resiney, slightly antiseptic bitterness. Slightly vegetal towards the finish as well. The bitterness kinda of sits on the palate, and leaves the tongue a bit tingly. Mouthfeel - Medium body, full, with a nice creamy carbonation.


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