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Estate Brewers Harvest Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale
6.70 % ABV

Review by orbitalr0x on 10/22/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2010
Pours into my glass a nice bright red/orange with great clarity and a creamy two fingers of bubbly white foam that leaves patchwork lacing across the glass. Aromas of citric, grapefruit hops leads the way, bright, oily and green. Bountiful malts that are semi sweet with caramel accents. There's a bit of an earthy quality here as well, slightly toasted. Nice!

First sip brings smooth crisp malts upfront with hints of caramel and fruits. Flows into a nice deal of citric, grapefruit hops with an earthy green twist. Well balanced with a good bitterness on the way down and a touch of spiciness. Slightly toasted. Good brew!

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with spot on carbonation. Creamy and easy to drink. A refreshing, tasty, well balanced IPA. Cheers to Sierra Nevada for the love and hard work that went into this bottle. From the hops and barley in their fields to the brew house and now my glass, this is a rey!ally unique brew that I'm glad to support and enjoy!

Price: $10.99 Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 12/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
A - Pour produces a big tan head made up of tight bubbles. Super dense and sturdy, this thing is going nowhere. Nice and pillowy. Body is a clean copper color with streams of tight bubbles rising to the surface.

S - Really earthy tones to the hops here. Green and grassy. Spicy. Sappy. Malts are surprisingly toasty with a nice caramel aroma.

T - Very much what you would expect from the smell. Matls are a bit sweeter, with the caramel coming around right at the front end of things. Hops go through a complete rundown of flavors. They starts off earthy and grassy, then work into more spicy, peppery flavors, and finish more bitter and piney. Toasted malts come on at the end, combining with the piney bitterness to bring this beer into the aftertaste where the bitterness hangs on for what seems like forever. As soon as the aftertaste is gone, I want another sip.

M - Medium bodied with resiny, dry bittering hops. Carbonation is fine with a nice fizziness.

Overall - Quite a nice beer. Glad that Sierra Nevada decided to ship some to MN. This brewery continues to push out good beer after good beer and get little to no attention for the great things that they are doing.

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 10/07/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2008
As stated on the label:
" Chico Estate Harvest Ale is one of the few estate havests ales produced anywhere in the world today. All of the hops in the beer are grown on the premises of our brewery in Chico. After picking, we take the hops directly to the brew kettle, without being dried, so they retain nearly all of the natural oils.
The result is highly resinous, earthy-citrus fresh-hop notes layered throughout the nutty, sweetness of the malt. Enjoy"

On to the review:

Picked up this bottle at SouthBay Drugs and Liquor, thanks Joey! 24oz bottle.

Pours a copper color with a huge pillow of foam, easily three fingers worth. The foam takes quite a while to settle down and leaves some thick, soapy, spider legs on the glass.

Earthy hops with toast, caramel and nutty malts. Notes of flowers, spices, and a bit of pepper. I think I remember reading an earlier review about this smelling similar to Nugget Nectar and I can see a resemblance. As the beer settles it opens up to lemon and grass. More nutty aromas seem to rise. Not ultra-hoppy on the nose but I like the combination of the earthy-citrus, slightly spicy hops with the toasted and nutty malts.

Surprisingly bitter, more of a dry bitterness really. Resiny, pine, citrus, nutty malts and some caramel. A bit grassy, floral…like chewing on hop cones. A little soapy and dry in the aftertaste. Near the end of the glass I get some coffee, chocolate and wood flavors near the end and well into the aftertaste.

Great carbonation, a tad thick but the bubbles pick it up in the finish.

Served In: Stange

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