Grab A Beer: Sierra Nevada Estate

October 24th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Beer Reviews, Random Beer Pics

Sierra Nevada Estate
Alcohol by Volume: 6.7%
Find this and more at Full Throttle Bottles in Georgetown!

Impressive label design and green wax dip

Intro: Estate is an organic wet hop ale made with ingredients produced entirely on the Sierra Nevada estate. Available in 25.4oz bottles and on draft throughout the fall season.

Description: Pours a clear, deep, amber color with a thick, creamy head.  There’s not much in the aroma aside from a faint dank, citrus note. The malt profile pegs towards the middle of the road with hoppy bitterness dominating the mix. At 65 IBUs, there’s enough sharp citrus bitterness to notice right off the bat with a lot of it coming through in the finish. There’s also a slight resiny mouthfeel in the finish and you can taste the grassy wet hops.  This is a nice, clean-tasting IPA with more of a drier, earthy, citrus profile rather than a sweet, fruity one.

Verdict: Worth Trying

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Commercial Description/Press Release:

Here in the sun-drenched fields of California’s North Valley, the black soil is rich with promise. In winter, rows of barley seed are laid in the freshly tilled dirt. In spring, trellises are set for hops. From our fields comes a remarkable homegrown ale, made with organic wet hops and barley grown at our brewery here in Chico and one of the few estate-made ales produced anywhere in the world! This Estate Ale is rich with the flavors of the valley—featuring hops with earthy, grapefruit-like flavors and layered spicy aromas and barley with mild sweetness and smooth, toasted flavors. Together, these crops grow alongside the brewery to make a truly unique brew. Enjoy!

International Bitter Units – 65 ¤ Alcohol by volume – 6.7%


3 Comments so far ↓

  • Colin

    I enjoyed this one. I’ve had discussions with others on how much it costs to actually make this beer and if it’s worth it. To me it’s totally bad ass that one of the OG craft breweries that started from very humble beginnings that is now one of the most state of the art can do this with all home grown stuff…why not? Respect to these guys.

  • +Russ

    Yeah, it’s pricey at 10 bucks a bottle but considering the effort and passion that went into it…. it’s worth experiencing.

    Here’s an informative article:

  • Tony B.

    I liked it too, and the fact that it’s all inhouse at Sierra Nevada is pretty cool.

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