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RATINGS: 848   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Pours a lightly hazed amber color topped by an inch of lasting off-white head. Smells of nuts, pine, citrus, and caramel. Taste is medium bitter with notes of pine, grapefruit, walnuts, and grass. Very balanced, actually teeters on the brink between APA and IPA. Finishes semi-dry that has a lasting bitterness. Very good, but maybe not quite as good as the Southern Hemisphere Harvest.

3.6
Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 24oz bottle (Binny’s Naperville)-Pours an orangish amber with a big off white head and an aroma of hops and malt. The flavors begin with hops, citrus, and malt on the back end. This medium bodied brew is very well balanced and quite tasty. NICE

3.9
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
Fin (10541) - 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
malrubius (2898) - 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
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
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
scoth (685) - 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
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
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...


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