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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.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Multilayered, complex, crammed with floral flavor tones and a smooth mouthfeel. Sierra Nevada’s pompously titled, feverishly original Estate Ale is a must for beer enthusiasts. A fine intermediate between pine accents and well articulated hoppiness. Cliff’s notes: Really good.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badhack (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 12, 2014
This goes down very easy, slightly wet on the tongue, fresh hop flavor, very aromatic and easy drinking. Toasted malt, a little sweet. A mix of hop flavors. herbal, citrus, pine, earth hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Underdogs88 (133) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Grapefruit hop aroma with nots of caramel malt. Fluffy off white head with excellent retention. Clear orange appearance. Grapefruit cascade hop flavor is upfront with medium amount of malt flavor full of biscuit and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium full with medium carbonation. Overall, it's a descent beer. I would prefer a little less body to make it more drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AnokaBrewer (33) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2014
This had a hoppy aroma when first poured, but died out by the end of the beer. Darker than expected, copper in color. Tasted great at the start, but was not so great by the end. More of an average beer. Good product, but not better than the traditional Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chadski4 (130) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Disappointed in the almost non-existent aroma. Good balance in the flavors though between the malty grains and grapefruity hops.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerdedDave (512) - - NOV 21, 2014
an organic ale; deep amber-red color; citrusy, floral hop aroma with toasted malt notes; a dry, bitter beer; grassy, citrusy, earthy, herbal hops and toasted malt; well balanced; great, dry, bitter finish

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
monk191 (1082) - California, USA - NOV 19, 2014
A decent paddle ale, unfortunately not as interesting as we had hoped. Pours a nice clear amber with a grey head. No smell whatsoever. Taste is basic, with some caramel upfront, and coriander and a light hoppiness in the finish. Had in the bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerFunGuy (739) - California, USA - NOV 19, 2014
This beer has a very mild aroma. It has a beautiful copper color and clear flavor with starts off citrusy and develops a smokey aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2266) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Poured a medium rust with a huge head. Great lacing. Nicely balanced with upwards hops with malt in the background.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Masterkush7 (566) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
Smell is biscuity malt with a hint of grapefruit hops. Taste is wry close to Sierra Nevadas pale ale. A decent ale but dosent stand out for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1497) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2014
750 mL bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC. Deep orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of lemon and orange peel with some background caramel. Just a hint of soap in the aroma as well. The taste is great with grapefruit upfront that is more juicy than bitter. There is some spiciness on the finish and the flavors are well balanced for an IPA. Nicely done.


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