Sierra Nevada “Estate Homegrown Ale” Review (#142)

Sierra Nevada "Estate Homegrown Ale"


Sierra Nevada
“Estate Homegrown Ale”
Chico, CA

From The Brewery

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.



Appearance: The beer pours to a copper brown with a thick, long lasting eggshell white head.

Smell: Distinctive west coast citrus hoppiness.  Sweet, mild and hoppy.

Taste:Hops up front: citrus and pine – lots of orange and lemon peel – with a sweet and unique malt sweetness. Very interesting and complex. It has an earthy, almost peat funk to it; not a bad thing, just different. Very big, bold, and balanced – lots of hops, but the finish is a lingering caramel sweetness with floral orange hops in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied – I usually would like it a little fuller and creamier, but I think the thinner beer leads to increased drinkability.

Drinkability: Large – the glasses were not full for long.

Notes: I very unique and interesting beer, not only in flavor profile, but also due to the brewery growing all of the ingredients used on site. It is an amazing feat, and very well executed. I would love to see more Estate beers from not only Sierra Nevada, but other breweries as well.


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