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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Lucky to score a few bottles from Marty’s in Newton, Mass. Thanks to Dan for hooking me up! Pours clear, dark copper, with a dense white head of an inch-plus. Lacework aplenty. Ripped sheets of webbed foam throughout the glass as well as a solid skim coat. Nice. Aromatics are grassy, resinous, leafy, and herbal. Quite green and fresh in nature. Plenty of citrus, pine, and earthy moss. Some faint malt to balance, but the hops are what puts a smile on your face. Medium bodied with a slight chew. Sticky and tacky. Bright citrus with hop resins up front on the palate. Leafy, fresh, and fruity. Grapefruit oils spritzed over wet grass near a forest. Bitterness is firm and smooth, and a moderate dryness pulls though as some caramel malt balances. Finishes with some lingering citrus fruit, resinous chew, sustaining bitterness, and a smidge of sweet malt. Killerly quaffable with primo freshness.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2009
Bottle from utobeer, 1 at home, 1 with garethyoung and malachi in the new crown. Aroma is massive citrus, lychee, seriously fresh amazing hop character. Taste is similar, bitter but balanced, big but not overly bold, its just amazing stuff. Id drink this every day for every day of the year and feel very very good about it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
On tap at the White Horse, for "Still here Mr. Selle?" session, at their Old Ale Festival, 28th Nov 08. Reddish copper with a hoppy then fruity aroma - smells like fresh apple skins. Good malty notes and then a long dry finish. The festival programme had the strength down as 7.2% btw.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Tap at the Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, with Traci, Fin & Loz. Slightly hazy red/orange, small but sticky off-white head. Warm spicy tangerine nose, bright pollen. Big chewy hop flavor, good balancing sweetness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (998) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 26, 2008
On tap and bottled. This is a really solid wet hop IPA. Hazy deep golden color with a developing frothy white head. Instant aroma of hop resin, wet grass, orange citrus and sweet malt. Firm, malty flavor with plenty of grapefruit and spicy bitterness on the back end. Very well balanced overall, with a crisp, refreshing finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Bottle. Pours cloudy copper with a thick and lacy pale yellow head. Citrus, caramel, earth and grass aroma. Medium body and carbonation. Light taste, just a bit of toffee and citrus. Pungent, resinous finish with a bitter aftertaste after the sweetness fades.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Pours an orangish amber with a thick white head. Aroma is big, earthy hops. Well balanced flavor, heavy on hops but with a nice malt sweetness. Medium bodied. Very smooth and drinkable. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2008
24 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful golden color with a big, frothy cream colored head that has amazing retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is fresh hops. It smells like my fingers after I harvested my hops this year. I have never smelt a beer like this. Flavor is very citric and a bit of yeast at the end. The flavor is nice and smooth, at the same time very light and refreshing. There is a very nice balance between with the malt as well. Very enjoyable and worth the trouble to get! Outstanding.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LilBeerDoctor (3737) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear deep orange with a thick, foamy off white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of bready dough, light citrus hops, and caramel malt. Flavor of fresh apples, caramel malt, and a floral hops finish. Very nice and crisp. Not as fruity as the regular Wet Hop Harvest, but this is quite nice. I wish this was produced enough so that it could be my session beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2008
On draft at the GL. Pours a semi clear amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of tangy citrus and light pine. Taste of tangy citrus and pine. Quite hoppy.


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