This organic ale is “wet hopped” but it manages to bring a lot more aromatic hop character to the front than a typical ale. The nose is crisp with grapefruit aromas. The taste begins with fresh herbal flavours mixing with the hops and blending on the palate with the delicious balanced malt sweetness. It is not overly complex — a very straightforward and enjoyable experience. In the mouth this brew is medium bodied with what seemed to me to be a low carbonation, yet it poured up with a nice frothy light tan head atop the beautiful copper coloured ale.
As an “Estate Ale,” all the ingredients for this ale were grown on the property of the Sierra Nevada brewery, making this a very unique project. It earns a well-deserved 98/100 score from the ratebeer web site. The Sierra Nevada web site gives the following description for this ale.
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.
This beer comes in a 750 ml bottle. At 6.7% ABV, I guess-timate it has approximately 212 calories per 12 oz. serving.
- The Full Pint: Inside Look at Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Ale
- Beernews.org: Sierra Nevada earns organic certification with Estate Homegrown Ale