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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