#657 Sierra Nevada’s Estate Ale

Last night (1/13/2016) I tried another beer that I got from Habersham Beverage (Savannah, Georgia, USA). This was Sierra Nevada’s Estate Ale, a 6.7% alcohol by volume (ABV) certified organic (by Oregon Tilth) Wet Hop IPA from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Chico. California, USA). Estate Ale is made with organic wet hops and barley grown at the brewery in Chico.

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Sierra Nevada’s Estate Ale comes in a 1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle with a label depicting a country farmhouse surrounded by hop flowers, barely stalks, trees, butterflies, and ladybugs. According to Sierra Nevada’s website, Estate Ale was brewed using estate-grown Two-row Pale and Caramel malts; estate-grown Chinook and Cascade hops for bittering; estate-grown Chinook, Cascade, and Citra for finishing hops; and an ale yeast. This beer exhibits a starting gravity of 16.6 °Plato, a finishing gravity of 4.0 °Plato, and 67 IBUs (International Bitterness Units).

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Sierra Nevada’s Estate Ale is listed as an American IPA on both BeerAdvocate and UNTAPPD, and as an India Pale Ale (IPA) on ratebeer. Sierra Nevada’s website also gives food pairing suggestions including caprese salad, southern barbeque, tamales, and cilantro-focused salsas. Below is the commercial description of Sierra Nevada’s Estate Ale:

“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.” – Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Information about beer found at:
www.sierranevada.com/beer/specialty/estate-ale
www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/140/62328/
www.ratebeer.com/beer/sierra-nevada-estate-homegrown-ale/93000/
www.untappd.com/b/sierra-nevada-brewing-co-estate-homegrown-ipa/7821

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