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RATINGS: 847   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 Californias North Valley comes our Estate Ale. Its rich with the flavors of the valleyhops 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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
badwhale (420) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bomber to glass shaker. Pours a clear copper / amber with a frothy white head and good lacing. Not much nose, to me, has a decent amount of hop bite & bitterness, but not overpowering. Good malt backbone & complexity. Have to say it, pretty damn cool label...


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (1534) - New York, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Tap at Clubhouse BFD. Pours clear filtered golden. White head. Aroma is orange, lemon, fresh citrus, pine, grapefruit, very piney. Flavor is fresh clean citrus, crisp hop bite, orange, pine. Nice. Very clean West coast IPA. Medium bitterness. Standard. Fine but forgettable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2756) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2016
750ml bottle from the Malt Shoppe in Tosa. Pours a golden orange with an off-white head that sticks around for a while and leaving a nice coat of lace on the sides of the snifter. Aroma has pine and citrus and caramel with something herbal or yeasty. Taste is of sweet caramel, tangy pine, grapefruit and some bready malts, with that solid Sierra Nevada yeast. Medium bodied, the carbonation is solid and there is a bit of an alcohol presence. The blend is solid to good; the sweetness of the malts is a strong factor in there, but eventually the grapefruit component becomes more of grapefruit rinds, and the strong hoppiness of that becomes the biggest player. Finishes to the bitter side of bittersweet, but the sweetness still hangs in for balance. Well, this one initially was much different than the middle or the end of the bottle. Sweet, somewhat ineffectual and bready/yeasty became a grapefruit rind bomb. Still stayed enjoyable, although salty and rougher. 13.8

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
coachd (701) - Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Citrusy earthy dank hops in the aroma. Grapefruit, tangerine, some honey, very well balanced scent. See through light amber color with a large off-white head. Tastes earthy and dank as well; not much up front then the hops hit you with a slightly bitter grapefruit rind aftertaste. The palate is a little weak. The amount of carbonation is spot on, but other than that, its a bit watery. Great idea from SN, but the execution just falls short of many of their beers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quick3Beers (1088) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2016
Pours a cooppery amber from a bottle. Fig paste aroma follows in the mouth along with grapefruit and a faint biscuit. How is this not an APA? Good beer nonetheless.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ttoadee (1362) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Clear copper pour, fluffy slightly tan head. Nose is caramel and herbs. Bitter. Middle is sweet caramel, wood shavings, earthy malt. Finish is pithy bitter citrus, not overpowering. Outstanding beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crispaire (153) - - NOV 2, 2016
2016 vintage bottle. Poured a nice orangy amber. Good nose with notes of citrus, earth, and hops. Decent balance of hops and malt. Drinkable IPA, but doesnt have that dankness of fresh hop ales Ive come to enjoy.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (2427) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2016
Bottle at home while in Florida. Pours amber with a white head. Sweet, grassy trop fruit aroma with a good amount of candy. Pine, orange candy, lemon, wood, grass, toast, light vanilla... Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (8313) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 22, 2016
Citrus and tangerine with good malt backbone. Easy to drink and well balanced, unpretentious IPA. Bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (4526) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2016
Bottle. 2016 vintage. Nose is very grassy and light pine and spruce. Very clear medium copper with large white head, rocky, great lacing. Taste is initially bitter followed by a moderate creamy caramel but never cloying or sweet. Light pepper. Overall, the grassiness seems to dominate most of the flavor profile in a way that detracts from the classic citrus IPA profile. Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
Pours a nice deep amber color. Aromas of hops/hops/citrus. Strong hop flavors with malts and a dry finish.


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